Hanging a Ceiling Fan from a Cathedral Ceiling

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Flat head screw driver
Philips screw driver
Wire cutters
Metal electrical box, specifically for fans
Fan kit with a remote control
Down rod fan mount

A ceiling fan is a convenient way to cool a cathedral ceiling. These high ceilings collect heat during the summer and, to a lesser degree, during the winter as well. This happens because heat rises. Air circulation is important and this is easily accomplished by installing a ceiling fan. 

There are other different reasons for installing a ceiling fan that range from decorative purposes to energy and money saving purposes. The main objective will determine the type of fan that is installed.

Step 1: Preparations

The first step is to decide on the location of the fan. The center of the ceiling is a good choice. Measure the room to be sure what center is. 

Install the metal electrical box. Do this by cutting the appropriate size drywall out of the ceiling. Insert the metal electrical box into this opening and screw it into the wood joists. Be sure to use a box brace for this. If there is an attic, carry out this step from there for easier fitting. Don't forget to turn off the circuit breaker before wiring this unit. 

Once the appropriate metal electrical box has been installed, it is important to measure from the center peak of the cathedral ceiling to the floor before installing the fan. This will determine what length down rod fan mount is needed. The fan, when installed, should be no less than 7 feet from the floor. This will  prevent the circulating blades from hitting anybody as they pass beneath it. 

Step 2: Install the Down Rod and Base

Make sure that the wires are long enough to feed through the down rod. This is important because the wires need to connect to the electrical box. Feed the wires in from the down rod. 

Double check that the circuit breaker is still turned off. Attach the ceiling fans base to the down rod then attach both to the electrical box. Be sure that everything is wired appropriately before continuing.

Step 3: Install the Fan

Join the fan to the fan base making sure that everything is attached securely. The fan will vibrate when turned on so it is important that it is hooked up properly. Check that all screws and fittings are tightly secured and the components of the fan are also effectively tightened.

Step 4: Test the Fan

A remote control is important in order to avoid having to climb a ladder every day to turn the fan on. Using the remote control, test the fan. Turn it on and off then on again. Be sure that the fan direction feature works and that it is running in the correct direction for the time of year. 

A correctly installed fan gives a cathedral ceiling a welcome decorative touch. They also provide savings in the form of energy efficiency to make this option even more attractive.