So you've done all your homework and chosen the best outdoor ceiling fan for your location. That's half the battle. Now it's time to install that in the ceiling area where you'll be using it. What follows here is a basic guide for installation of these outdoor fans, but this should not be used in lieu of the official instruction manual included with the product.

In this particular how-to we'll be installing a 52 inch Harbor Breeze fan using a close mount style. Installation will require some electrical work in addition to the fan mounting, so it's best to make sure you've shut off all circuit breakers and the switches to the fan's supply line leads. The last thing you need is an unfortunate electrical mishap while working on the fan's wiring.

The next important consideration will be the type of mounting the ceiling fan will receive. Outdoor ceiling fans can be put up with Close Style fan mounting or Angle Style fan mounting. Close style works best for ceilings that are less than 8 feet above while the angle style mounting is used for fans that will be up on ceilings 8 feet or higher. Doublecheck the area to make sure the fan blades will have at least 30 inches of room with no obstruction where they are. Also, make sure the blades are at least 7 feet above the ground. If you'll be using the angle style mounting, then you'll want to make sure the ceiling angle is no steeper than 25 degrees. Again, these instructions are for close mount style, meaning our roof is about 8 feet above the surface area.

Now that we've checked our area, next we secure our included mounting bracket to the electrical box on the celing. To do this we use included screws spring washers and flat washers. On the Harbor Breeze fan, we also remove the blade mounting screws and washers from the motor, and remove the rubber washer from the bottom of the canopy piece.

Since we are doing a close style mount for our fan, we don't need a downrod or hanging ball. Therefore we remove the hanger pin, lock pin and two downrod set screws from the motor assembly piece's top. From there, we remove every other screw and lock washer from the top of the motor housing. The electrical wires are pulled through the canopy hole, and then we attach the canopy to the motor housing. Three screws and three lock washers are used to hold it in place. Next we hang the fan onto the tag of the mounting bracket, using one of the non-slotted holes in the canopy.

Now it's time for the wiring. It is very important to refer to the instruction manual at all times while performing the electrical wiring, and also that the power for the circuit breaker has been shut off. The Harbor Breeze includes hanging chains to control both the fan speed ON/OFF and the dome light ON/OFF. Depending on how you want to be able to operate the fan, you will need to refer to the specific wiring diagram. For example, you may want the fan controlled by the chain, while the light is controlled via a wall switch. Or you may even choose to have the fan and light each controlled by different wall switches. In each of these cases, there is a different wiring scheme to create an electrical circuit for power amongst the mentioned components. Refer to the included instruction manual for full wiring schematics.

The final stages of installation will include fastening the blades onto the fan as well as the dome light and installing the pull chains, motor housing and lightbulb. Once everything is completed, the circuit breakers are switched back on to give the fan power. All new outdoor ceiling fans include instructional guides as well, or you can refer to the manufacturer's website for PDF downloads. Remember to exercise care when performing all install and wiring work, to prevent any accidents. With the right tools, some patience and use of the instructions, you'll have your fan up and running. Then you'll be able to enjoy the cool breezes and air circulation from your fan on those hot summer days!