I’m preparing to install ceiling fans in 3 bedrooms.
What I have: Each bedroom has a switch that controls an outlet (on the same wall as the switch). No light fixtures or fans in the ceiling.
What I want: A “dumb” dimmer switch to control the lights on the ceiling fan. A Z-wave 14287 GE Fan switch to control the fan speed on the fan. Make the existing outlet stay hot.
This will be the first time I’ve ever used any home automation device so please excuse any dumb questions!
I know I’ll need a neutral wire at the switch for the GE smart switch to work. But do I just need the neutral wire going to the ceiling fan (shouldn’t be a problem because I’m putting in new wiring for the fan anyway)? OR, do I need a neutral wire at the switch already (coming from the service panel)?
What do I need to look for in a fan? I’ve read that I should only get fans with AC motors. But what about fans with a remote (I don’t actually care for or want to use the remote, I just need to know if those will work with the z-wave switch)? What about fans with a pull string to control fan speed? Most of the fans at the local big box store seem to come with a remote.
Will the z-wave switch work manually before I set up a ST hub? Since these will be the first devices I’m setting up, I don’t know that I’ll have the ST hub up and running before the electrician install the switches and fans.