We've known since we moved in a year and a half ago that we would need to replace the fixture, but it wasn't until a couple 90 degree days hit this year that we realized how badly we really needed to get a working fan in there! So we headed out to Lowe's and picked out one of the cheapest light/fan combos available. There were no great deals or clearance sales this time, so we ended up paying a full $70 for this guy. Kind of a bummer. I think the lesson here is don't wait until you can't wait any longer! We bought it in a moment of desperation, but if we'd been on the lookout earlier this year we probably could have gotten one on sale.
For the record, the "five minute fan" part is how long it takes to put the blades on. Now how long it takes to get things all unwired and rewired. Anyway, we (meaning mostly my mom, the electrician extraordinaire) just followed the instructions in the box to install the new fan. We TURNED THE POWER OFF, which was the single most important step. Then we unscrewed the old fan from the ceiling and disconnected all the wires.
Then we just secured the light kit to the fan, installed the glass, and screwed in the bulbs. Ta-da! Much better. And besides looking much better (I'm loving the dark metal & wood!), it also FEELS so much better! It's amazing how much difference a fan can make in the summer. I've even read that using ceiling fans allows you to turn up the thermostat several degrees higher and save some $$$ on your cooling bill!
And that's the story of a boy and his fan. Although, really, it's more like he's a fan of the fan. :)
Have you done any fan work lately? How do you stay cool in the summer?