Ceiling Fan Installation
Find out how much your project will cost
Nothing is better for cooling you down, increasing air circulation, removing stale cooking smells or even distributing heat than a ceiling fan.
You can have a new ceiling fan installed or replace an old one fairly simply and at a reasonable price. Here are a few things that may affect the cost of installing a ceiling fan
What’s your style?
There are ceiling fans in every possible style from traditional carved oak to slick stainless steel, to fans that resemble the propellers of old airplanes. No matter what your style there is a ceiling fan made to match. The first thing to consider when choosing a ceiling fan is how much prominence you want it to have in the room. If you have a small room, a large fan will become a focal point. But If you have 16 foot ceilings, the fan will be much less noticeable. If you want your ceiling fan to match your home’s decor consider choosing colors that will compliment the room colors, wood tones that will match existing wood trims or a similar style (modern, country, etc.). Which ceiling fan you choose will affect the price of the project of course. There are as many prices for ceiling fans as there are fans to choose from, so choose one that fits your style and budget.
Ceiling fans are designed to evenly distribute air in a room, so the size of your room can dictate the size of the fan. In very large rooms, you may consider more than one fan. The larger the fan motor, the more expensive it may be. However, if you choose a smaller fan, or choose to use one fan rather than two in a very large room to save on costs, this might end up not giving you the fan power that you need. So weigh your costs against the functionality that you want before making a decision.
Hidden Costs of Electricity
Ceiling fans need about the same amount of power as most light fixtures, so be careful that your electrical circuit doesn’t get overloaded. If the fan includes a light fixture, make sure ahead of time that the circuit is able to handle both the fan and light. If your circuit will not hold this capacity then a new circuit must be run from the home’s main panel to the fan. So there may be costs incurred with the installation of a ceiling fan for both installing a new circuit, and for increases to your electrical bill.
Although some ceiling fans have exposed cords that can be plugged into wall sockets, the preferable installation is for the fan to be wired into the ceiling like a light fixture. If there was an existing fan or light fixture already in the room, the installation is reasonably simple using the existing wires.However, if there was not a preexisting fixture, you will need to create a place to hang the fan. Of course, it is easiest to install ceiling bracing and electrical wiring during new home construction even if you will be installing a fan at a later time. But if you want to place a fan in a new location in your home, new wiring must be run to the new location. Consult an electrician about the costs for wiring the new ceiling fan or for using the existing wires.