Ceiling Fans Leading the Future


Article by: Al Halbert

The Current Market

Ceiling fans have been gaining in popularity for the past 20 years. What started as a cost effective alternative to air , Best Purifiers - Take A Deep Breath conditioning to cool your living room , Persian Rug Dealers bedroom or kitchen , Color Help: Choosing Color Combinations has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Ceiling fans are now offered in many styles and price ranges from the very basic to high end designer , Prefabricated Buildings styles. They can cost from less than one hundred to several thousand dollars and are being made to suit any taste or preference.

The ceiling fan manufacturing industry has evolved to provide very high quality fans at reasonable costs and has built the consumer market for these products. , A ive Garage is Not a Messy One This led to explosive growth in the sales of fans through the home , How to Carry a Ladder Correctly improvement retailers like Home , Gas Stoves - Pros and Cons Depot, Lowes and others. The days of showroom sales for the mid to high level fans may be in for a change , Gas Stoves - Pros and Cons due the marketing efforts of these industry giants.

Marketing data suggests that approximately 70% of all ceiling fans are being installed by the homeowner within 2 years of occupying their home. , Ceiling Fans...Why Use Them? They are replacing the existing lighting fixtures with higher grade fixtures and ceiling fans in the bedroom and kitchen , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? area. The living room , Best Air Purifiers - Take A Deep Breath is also a popular choice for fixture replacement with ceiling fan and lighting kit combinations being installed in greater numbers.

The consumer is faced with so many choices in the market today that it can be a bewildering experience for today's consumer. The average purchaser is going down to their favorite home , Rear Projection LCD TV Secrets improvement store to choose their new fan or lighting fixture or even making their choice on the internet. , Small Home Appliances They come to a lighting specialty store or showroom only after being overwhelmed by the choices in the home , An essential guide to buying bathroom products improvement stores aisles which provide little if any service or assistance.

The choice of fans today is greater than at any time in past 5 to 10 years. Many of the major brands are also selling products , Commercial Carpet Cleaning - Why and How to Choose a Reputable Service in the home , Should You Get An Electrical Inspection? improvement market. Companies like Hunter are distributing several models in Home , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? Depot this trend is expected to increase as they gain market share.

Changing Technology

Numerous manufacturers , Infomation About Different Types Of Wet Mops have been paying attention to this trend in the consumer market and are providing fans that meet the needs of today's consumer. The ease of assembly and use of pre-assembled components speed the installation of their products. , Tips on Choosing a New Bath Tub

Westinghouse Lighting Corporation has a line of fans that captures all of these needs and they claim can be installed in 15 minutes on average. The weak link in all of these improvements , Prefabricated Buildings is the ceiling box itself. This is the component that the fan is attached to and must bear the static and dynamic loads of the fans operation. It also houses , Should You Get An Electrical Inspection? the electrical wiring for the fan. This utilitarian component has been under going improvement , Rear Projection LCD TV Secrets for the past 10 years or more to make its' installation quicker, cheaper and easier than the traditional metal , Water Treatment Systems box of yesterday.

The electrical contractor , Water Treatment Systems of today is using products , Home Improvement Projects for the New Year that increase his productivity and maximize the potential profit of his labor. , Downstairs With Farmer Tom They have a large choice of nail-on products , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? that already have the fasteners attached to the ceiling box and all they have to do is hold it in place , Where To Purchase Power Tools and nail , A Productive Garage is Not a Messy One or screw , Memory Foam Mattress Pads Solutions it into a joist or truss for it to be secured. Many of these boxes are thermoplastics which are inexpensive and easy to manufacture. They also have the added advantage of not needing to be electrically grounded so this saves , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide the additional labor , Should You Get An Electrical Inspection? that metal , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide boxes require.

This fact is not lost on the ceiling box manufacturers , Creating a Peaceful Home Environment that are producing ceiling, outlet and junction boxes that are quick to install and are made of plastics , Using Mirrors To Open Up A Home that require less and less labor , Gain Space With Clever Designed Kitchen Islands to install properly. This has gotten to the point that there is now a lighting box that only needs to be pushed onto a wooden , Log Homes - Is a Log Home In Your Future? stud for it to be secured; no fasteners are needed at all!

The ceiling fan manufacturers , Shower Faucets however may not be keeping pace with the trend in ceiling box installation practices. They advise the consumer of their products , Gas Stoves - Pros and Cons to reinforce or replace the existing fixture with a fan-rated ceiling box which is prudent, though are the consumers heeding their installation directives?

The installation instructions for many of the fans available today show a metal , A Productive Garage is Not a Messy One type box that has screws , Tips on Choosing a New Bath Tub going thru the box and into blocking above the box. This is not what is installed in most of the newer construction homes , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? which use the labor , Cleaning Your Kitchen Cabinets saving nail-on products. , Commercial Carpet Cleaning - Why and How to Choose a Reputable Service As a general rule builders and contractors , Six Fireplace Product Purchasing Tips do not provide blocking above the ceiling box with a nail-on product , Chiminea - Buy It for the Versatility of Enjoying Both Fireplace and Grill! as the added material & labor , Creating a Peaceful Home Environment is not cost effective.

The average nail-on plastic , The Perfect Ceramic Tile: A Guide ceiling box is rated for only supporting a 35 pound static load. They are also not fan-rated. This requires that the ceiling box be replaced with a fan-rated box before the installation of a ceiling fan. Fan-rated boxes are capable of holding 70 pound loads and are rated for this application. This is easier said than done! The nail-on products , How House Plans Work do not lend themselves to be reinforced easily since labor , Cleaning Your Kitchen Cabinets savings have also been applied to the construction of homes , Bamboo Flooring: Is It The Right Choice? themselves. In many circumstance the average home , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? does not have an attic, only a narrow crawl space between the trusses is provided. This combined with blow-in insulation makes the location , Shower Faucets of the ceiling box difficult if not impossible when a fan is to be hung on an upper floor. , Chiminea - Buy It for the Versatility of Enjoying Both Fireplace and Grill!

For installation of a ceiling fan between floors , Gas Stoves - Pros and Cons leaves little choice for this task since it cannot be accessed easily from above or below the ceiling since the upper floor , Air Conditioners, What Could Be More Important Than A Good Brand Name is directly above the ceiling box. Cutting a hole in the floor , Gain Space With Clever Designed Kitchen Islands or knocking out the ceiling is not prudent just to place , Should You Get An Electrical Inspection? blocking above a ceiling box. Medallions are available but the added expense, labor , Shop Online For A Top Quality Adjustable Air Mattress and time can be prohibitive, especially if the medallion is painted to match the ceiling. The brace type of products , How to Carry a Ladder Correctly that are sold today are an alternative though they work better in theory than in practice as the old ceiling box needs to be removed before they can be installed. Home , Cleaning Your Kitchen Cabinets Depot has a web , Where To Purchase Power Tools page devoted to this process which they claim can take ½ a day to complete.

A Better Way

Following the trends used in the construction methods of today's homes , Building closet organizers has led to the development of a new and simple method to reinforce an existing ceiling box to that of a fan-rated box that is consumer friendly. Access is gained through the ceiling box itself with a small bracket being utilized in what is in most cases is wasted space within the ceiling box itself. Two fasteners are driven through the ceiling box and into the joist or truss with the bracket being firmly held in position. This bracket has been shown by independent testing by a leading product , Gain Space With Clever Designed Kitchen Islands testing laboratory to allow the ceiling box to sustain very large dynamic loads.

This testing revealed that ordinary thermoplastic ceiling boxes that are reinforced in this manner are capable of sustaining loads that are factors above the requirements of NEC (314.27D & 422.18). These NEC building , Shop Online For A Top Quality Adjustable Air Mattress codes apply to the installation of ceiling fans and fan-rated ceiling boxes. Another added feature , Infomation About Different Types Of Wet Mops is that this product , Small Home Appliances installs in only 2 minute's or less with common hand tools , Shop Online For A Top Quality Adjustable Air Mattress and allows the installation of a ceiling fan to be accomplished in less than an hour from start to finish. If the Westinghouse fans were to be used with this product , Air Conditioners, What Could Be More Important Than A Good Brand Name it could be done in 17 minutes or less! The product , Water Treatment Systems can also be also used with metal , Home Inspection - Going On Top boxes after 2 holes have been drilled in the ceiling box.

Failure modes during product , Water Treatment Systems testing revealed that the test plate was being pulled off of the ceiling box. The ceiling box is left intact and firmly secured to the simulated test truss. A grounding lug and screw , Worktops and Countertops for Kitchens - Buyers Guide to Materials is provided on the bracket to facilitate grounding of the pierced ceiling box to alleviate any concerns regarding an energized component outside , Want Free Money? Its Easier Than You Think! of the ceiling box. This product , Shop Online For A Top Quality Adjustable Air Mattress is manufactured in the United States by EE Products , Cleaning Your Kitchen Cabinets Inc. as FAN-EZE under the following U.S. Patents, 6,881,900, 6,909,045, & 6,965,077 and is available for distribution by retail and wholesale sales outlets. Further information , Memory Foam Mattress Pads Solutions regarding the products , Shop Online For A Top Quality Adjustable Air Mattress can be found at www.eeproductsinc.com or contacting the company directly at 801-254-5144.

Alan P. Halbert
EE Products , Bath Tubs & Bathing: which Bath to Choose? Inc.

About the Author

Mr. Halbert holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and has been a Senior Level Mechanical/Project Engineer in the medical device industry for the last 8 years. During this time he has been granted approximately 3 patents for his work in this field with several patents currently pending. His product design , Bamboo Flooring - More Eco-Friendly than Hardwood Flooring and Bamboo Flooring is Easy to Fit experience ranges from disposable products , Tips on Choosing a New Bath Tub (catheters & infusion sets) to ambulatory infusion pumps , Chiminea - Buy It for the Versatility of Enjoying Both Fireplace and Grill! that infuse venous and enteral solutions.

He is the inventor of the FAN-EZE & N-Forcer products , Shower Faucets & Incorporated EE Products , Persian Rug Dealers Inc. in 2003 to develop and commercialize these products. , Should You Get An Electrical Inspection? He is the President/CEO of this privately held corporation. He has held various corporate positions with a Utah Non-Profit corporation that included Vice President and Treasurer.

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