When you consider how to install, and how not to install, a bedroom ceiling fan bracket, everything has its do-s and don't-s.
This is one of five ceiling fan locations.
They were installed after these folks moved in.
Not having bedroom ceiling fans, these folks opted for the comfort of having them.
In a previous post about electrical usage, ceiling fan installation is a very smart move from a energy-usage point of view.
A ceiling fan lends comfort to a room for very little money, about the equivalent of a 75 watt light bulb!
So, to put one in each bedroom is a far cheaper way to make the room comfortable then, say, air conditioning!
Let's have a look.
This bracket is perfectly installed.
It is anchored by roof rafters on each side. It holds a lot of weight!
The box wired properly, with a connector clamp, and there is a cover protecting the box so it is properly encased.
They used a box that allows insulation to cover it.
They bought and installed exactly the right bracket.
This is how to install a bedroom ceiling fan bracket!
It is a Best Practice.
But wait! I said this box allows insulation to be laid back over it!
Where is the insulation?
The insulation in this attic is 15" deep. It is a good amount, providing a good thermal barrier, as desired.
But insulation is only effective when it is level and uniform! There should not be holes, gaps, divots, or the like, and it should NEVER be flattened out under plywood for storage in the attic space.
There are five bedrooms in this house. Each has now been equipped with its own ceiling fan.
And each ceiling fan bracket location, from the attic space, looks like the photos above!
This is how NOT to install a bedroom ceiling fan bracket!
Each of these locations represents 6 or 8 square feet of area with insulation, or with little insulation.
It is NOT a Best Practice.
HEAT SEEKS COLD!
In summer, heat is radiating INTO each bedroom. In winter, heat is whooshing OUT from each bedroom!
The job would be perfect if finished. And finished is defined as spreading the insulation back over each ceiling fan bracket so it is level and uniform and provides the intended R-value!
My recommendation: DIY strikes again! Or the electrician! I have found in my vast experience with life that electricians are usually concerned with electricity! The rest is periphery! And the DIY guy just slaps it up, hopefully reading the instructions. But I bet the installation instructions with these brackets say NOTHING about attic insulation!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560