An Easy Guide to Installing a Ceiling Fan in a Manufactured Home
Looking for a way to survive those steamy summer days? Here in Michigan, we know these days all too well, even if we spend half the year dealing with frigid, snowy weather. There are several methods you can use to cool down your home during heated days, such as a large air conditioning unit, tiny room air conditioners, or even wetting your t shirt and wearing it damp. However, nothing beats the classic ceiling fan. It’s affordable, effective and easy to use.
There are three main kinds of fans you can install in your home. There are plug-in ceiling fans, standard ceiling fans, and light fixture ceiling fans. Plug-in fans must be mounted so that their cord can reach an outlet, which can be a bit of a hassle. The other two are wired directly into the room’s electrical box.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are installing the fan in your bathroom, you should look for a rating on the box to determine if it is resistant to moisture and condensation. If you install a fan that is not resistant to rust or does not have a sealed motor in a bathroom, it may stop working rather quickly.
When figuring out how large of a fan to buy, consider the size of the room. If your room is smaller than 75 feet squared, look for a 29-36″ blade span. If the room is in the 76-144 foot squared range, go for a blade span of 36-42″. For rooms with square footage of 144-225, a roughly 44″ fan blade will work and for rooms of 225-400 square feet, 50-54” should do.
Install the fan in the center of the room at a height of at least 7 feet. 8-9 feet will work the best.
Now down to the actual installation. Plug-in fans are the easiest- simply mount the fan and plug the cord into a wall outlet. The other ones require a little bit more work.
As with all electrical work, turn off the power to the room you are working in before you begin. If there is an existing fixture where your fan will be, then remove it. Start by removing the shade and the light bulb, then find the two screws holding the fixture in place. Some light fixtures will require these to be unscrewed, while other fixtures simply need to be rotated around them. Either is fine, depending on the model. Now you should be able to expose the wires connecting to the fixture- unscrew the wire nuts and the fixture should be removed entirely.
From here on out, all you need to do is follow the instructions with your new fan to install it. Enjoy the fresh, cool air!