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If you're looking to increase the comfort in your home while reducing your cooling cost, ceiling fans can be a great addition to your home. While a ceiling fan doesn't actually cool the air, it does provide evaporative cooling that can make it feel cooler. In addition, by circulating warm air downward during the heating season they will keep larger rooms more comfortable and allow your furnace to work more efficiently to maintain a set temperature. During the hot summer month's ceiling fans create a cooling breeze by drawing the cool air from the lower areas of the home.

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans come in a variety of attractive designs to complement any decor. Some even come equipped with a remote control and variable fan speed. While installing a ceiling fan is a task many homeowners take on themselves, we always recommend hiring a qualified professional electrician. The most important reason is safety, but it's also important that new fans be installed so the blades are balanced and rotate smoothly, quietly, and efficiently.

Avoiding Ceiling Fan Problems

If your ceiling fans have stopped working, or are shaking, or otherwise not operating correctly, it may be wasting electricity... or worse, it may represent an electrical hazard. In this case, it is typically best to have a professional electrician install a replacement.

Need professional ceiling fan installation? Call Ostrom Services. Our licensed electricians are experienced at installing ceiling fans in the home.
It's that first hot day of the year in the Roanoke area and you turn on your air conditioner, and nothing happens. Before calling Ostrom for service, there are a few simple things you can check yourself.
  1. Make sure the thermostat is set to "Cool" and not been accidentally moved to "Off" or "Heat".
  2. Ensure the the thermostat temperature is set low enough to make the AC unit turn on.
  3. Check that the unit's external safety switch (located on an exterior wall near the condensing unit) is set to the "on" position.
  4. Check that the circuit breaker that controls the compressor and the circuit breaker that controls the blower or air handler, are set to the “on” position.Reset the tripped circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker cannot be reset, do not try to reset it more than once. Have a qualified technician check the unit to determine the cause of the problem.
If none of the above recommendations works, give us a call. We have fully stocked trucks in your neighborhood ready to help.
There are many types of fans designed to improve airflow inside the home. Each plays an important role in maintaining comfort as well as healthy indoor air. The four main types of fans are:

Whole-House Fans

Designed to circulate air throughout a home's ductwork, this type of fan is sometimes confused with an attic ventilator fan (see below), which exhausts hot air from the attic to the outside through an opening in the roof. In some cases, whole house fans can reduce the need for central air conditioning by circulating air on days when it's not too hot or humid, particularly when combined with ceiling fans and other forms of air circulation.

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

A bathroom exhaust fan is designed to remove stale, moisture filled air from bathrooms, laundry rooms and other enclosed spaces. They maintain healthy air quality by reducing the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. When installing an exhaust fan it's important to ensure that the fan is vented to the exterior of the house and not into an attic.

Attic Fans

Also known as an attic ventilator, attic fans regulate the temperature in an attic by removing hot air. They are usually controlled by a thermostat that automatically turns the fan off and on, or sometimes by a manual switch. An attic fan can be gable mounted or roof mounted.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great option for improving airflow in rooms. While ceiling fans do not actually lower the room temperature, they circulates the conditioned air where it's needed and provide evaporative cooling.

Have questions about installing fans in your home? Call Ostrom, we can help with all your home electrical needs.
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