Looking for a cool way to beat the heat this summer? A ceiling fan could be the answer! Home Depot's Dave White shows you how!

Ceiling fans have become more than just a way to circulate air in the room; they are important design elements and can set the style of a room.

Studies show that by setting thermostats higher and using ceiling fans, homeowners can save as much as 40 percent on summer cooling bills and 10 percent on winter heating bills without sacrificing room comfort.

Choosing and Installing a Ceiling Fan

Choose the proper ceiling fan:
Bigger is not always better. You want to choose a fan that is proportional to your room's size. This is important for both efficiency and style.
If you have a low ceiling — less than 8 feet — be sure that you look for a fan that can be mounted close to the ceiling. Generally you do not want the blades closer than 7 feet from the floor.
If you have a high ceiling, you'll need to use a replacement down rod to position the blades about 8 feet off the floor.

Preparation for hanging fan:
Shut off the power to the existing fixture at the ceiling box. Merely turning the wall switch to off isn't good enough. Turn off the power at the circuit-breaker box.
Remove old fixture and inspect old ceiling box. Make sure you have the right box (metal/ fan rated). Properly secure to framing/ joist.

Wiring fan:
Match wires (follow fan instructions)
Secure with wire nuts

Always make sure you follow proper code.

If you ever feel uncomfortable consult with a licensed electrician.

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Ceiling Fan Options

Hampton Bay 52” Veranda Indoor and Outdoor Fan — $149.00
Weather-resistant mahogany blades
Powerful, yet quite motor offers superior air movement
Accu-arm — rubber noise isolators minimize vibration noise, self aligning blade arm eliminates wobble
Lifetime warranty

Hampton Bay 52” Redington III with Remote Control — $99.97 (on promotion until 7/26 for $79.97)
Quick connect feature — easy assembly
Reversible blades
Comes with light caps that allow you to remove the light kit and disguise the hole with a decorative plate
Accu-arm — rubber noise isolators minimize vibration noise, self aligning blade arm eliminates wobble
Lifetime warranty

Lutron Maestro Fan and Dimmer Control — $49.99
Allows you to change fan speed and adjust light level
Eliminates inconvenient pull chains

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