Assess Your Skills
Determine whether you are going to mount the ceiling fan in a room that already has electricity run to the ceiling fixture. If you need to run electricity through the ceiling, you may want to hire an electrician to install your ceiling fan unless you have electrical experience. If the ceiling already has electricity in a light fixture or an old ceiling fan, basic electrical skills should suffice.
Purchase the Hampton Bay Ceiling Fan
Depending on the height of your ceiling and the type of cover you want, select a ceiling fan with the appropriate mounting brackets and canopy type. You may need a close-mount canopy if you have low ceilings. If you have high ceilings, your ceiling fan may need an extender rod for the canopy. Mounting brackets should fit with your existing electrical wiring either between ceiling joists or directly below the joists.
Pick a fan with enough ceiling fan blades to move the air for the room you are cooling. Typically, more blades can move more air. While more blades can cost more, you can make up the cost in energy efficiency. Also choose a fan with appropriately sized blades for your room.
Also choose a light fixture to go with your fan if you wish. Some fans offer remote control.
Install the Fan
Sort out all the ceiling fan parts, and make sure that everything is available before you begin. Carefully read the instructions. Set up your ladder. Gather your electrical line tester, your Phillips and slotted screwdrivers and your wire cutters.
Turn off the electricity at the circuit box. Use the line tester to make sure that you’re not dealing with any live wires at the ceiling’s electrical box.
Separate the hanger and the canopy. Secure the hanger to the ceiling joists. Put the canopy back in place.
Run the wires from the ceiling to the motor. Connect the ground wires and the black and white wires using twist connectors. You can cover the connectors with electrical tape if you wish. You may want to have someone hold the fan’s motor while you do the wiring because you are standing on a stepladder during the process. Tuck the excess wiring inside the canopy. Secure the motor to the canopy mount.
Attach the blade arms and the blades. Put the blade arms in their proper slots on the motor. Be careful as you perform this process to not bend the blade arms or you may have an unbalanced fan.
Connect the light housing to the motor. Snap the electrical couplers in place making sure that the colors match. Add the light covers, and put the lightbulbs in the light fixture.
Turn the electricity back on to the fan. Switch the fan on. Make sure that it operates with a minimum of vibration and that the blades are not out of balance. If they are, make sure that each blade is secure. If the fan remains unbalanced, use a set of weights to balance the blades. This kit, sold separately, requires you to add a small weight about midway down the blade to each blade until the wobble disappears.
Set the fan to operate counterclockwise to cool the room in the summer and clockwise to move warm air downward during the winter.