Ceiling Fan / April 24, 2018 / Glenna Gillespie
If you're among the fortunate, the room will have a ceiling box that is being used for a light fixture already mounted in the center of the room. Generally, the existing ceiling box will need to be replaced with one specifically designed for mounting a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans weigh considerably more than light fixtures and may require additional support. If the material that came with the fan doesn't include a new ceiling box and mounting brackets, you will have to purchase these separately before proceeding. You may need to hire an experienced, licensed electrician to do this part of the job if you don't have the expertise yourself. The primary consideration is to make certain that the ceiling box provides adequate support for the weight of the ceiling fan. A brace (mounting bracket) mounted between ceilings joists will provide the necessary support.
If you have decided to downsize, you might think you want to take your lovely ceiling fans with you when you move. Before you go to all the work of taking them down, however, check to make sure that they'll actually fit into your new home. Chances are that if the fans were purchased for larger rooms with higher ceilings, they aren't going to fit the smaller space in your new residence. Even if the light fixtures in your new home look lovely, they aren't going to make up for the lack of your favorite ceiling fans. However, there's just no way you can use the old ones. If you hung one of them people would be sure to run into it, so you might as well be nice and leave the old fans in your old house. Putting them into storage wouldn't solve a thing. There are much more appropriate fans on the market, and you're going to find some to love in more low profile models.