How Much Does It Cost to Install a Ceiling Fan?

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A ceiling fan helps prevent the air indoors from becoming stagnant, making it an effective upgrade for dealing with long winter months trapped inside and staying cool in summer. This ceiling accessory directs air down into the room, or it can be set to rotate in the opposite direction to draw air up from the floor and improve the circulation through the home.

The cost of installing a ceiling fan ranges from about $144 to $352, depending on the type of ceiling fan, installation location, current wiring, and several additional factors. On average, you can expect to pay about $247 to have a professional install a new ceiling fan. Take a look at this guide for a more thorough breakdown of the costs and factors that affect the price of the installation.

Ceiling Fan Installation Cost Factors

Before investing in a new ceiling fan installation, it's important to have a firm understanding of the factors that can affect the overall cost of the project, including the current wiring, built-in lighting, switch installation, and the number of fans.

Existing Wiring vs. New Wiring

The first factor to consider when you are budgeting for the installation of a new ceiling fan is whether the location where you want the fan installed has existing wiring that is compatible with the new ceiling fan. If you are replacing an existing fan or the location has pre-existing wiring that is compatible with the new fan, then you will likely end up paying just $100 to $300 for professional installation.

However, if the ceiling fan will be installed in a location that does not have suitable wiring, then the installer will need to run new wires to complete the job. This addition will cause the cost of the ceiling fan installation to increase, so you may need to pay up to $2,000 for the installation of the new wiring and the ceiling fan.

Built-in Ceiling Fan Lighting

Some ceiling fans come with built-in lights, so you get the benefit of a fan and lighting with the installation of this combined unit. While this is a great idea, especially for locations in the home that have poor lighting, there is an additional cost to install this type of ceiling fan. On average, you can expect a ceiling fan/light combo installation to cost about $100 to $300 more than a standard ceiling fan installation.

Ceiling Fan Switch Installation

If you are replacing an existing ceiling fan with a new product, then you may not need to worry about paying for a switch installation. However, if the ceiling fan will be installed in a location without existing wiring, then the installer will need to add a switch to control the fan. This switch installation costs an additional $100 to $200.

Alternatively, if you are putting in a ceiling fan/light combo where a standard ceiling fan was previously installed, then the existing switch may only control the operation of the fan and not the light. The installer will need to replace the existing switch with a new switch that can control both the light and the fan.

Number of Fans

Another factor to keep in mind when you are coming up with the total cost for the project is the number of fans you want installed. If you just want one fan installed, then the average cost is about $247, but if you want two or more ceiling fans installed throughout the home, then the cost of the materials and cost of labor increases for the job.

However, it should be noted that this can be an effective way to save money. If you are planning to put in three ceiling fans, it's a good idea to have all of the work completed at the same time, instead of calling out the installers for three separate installation appointments.

Additional Costs of Ceiling Fan Installation

After coming up with the basic cost for the ceiling fan installation, you need to consider if there are any additional factors that could influence the final price of the project.

Remote Control Addition

Some products have the option to purchase a remote control for the ceiling fan as an alternative to installing a wall switch or as an addition to the wall switch. This simple device will let the user turn the fan on or off, adjust the speed, adjust the direction, and control the lights, if applicable. However, adding a remote control to the total cost of the job will increase the price by about $150 to $300 on average.

Ceiling Fan Accessories

There are a wide range of accessories that you can invest in to customize the look of your new ceiling fan, though each addition to the product will increase the total cost of the project. If you want a custom design, consider researching ceiling fan products with various color and style options for the blades, casing, and lighting fixtures. You can also find chain extenders, shades, finials, cages, and decorative downrods to complete the look.

Outdoor Ceiling Fan Installation

When most people picture a ceiling fan, it's usually installed indoors, possibly in the kitchen or overhead in the bedroom. However, you can actually install a ceiling fan outdoors in a shed, barn, garage, porch, or patio. If you decide to have a ceiling fan installed outdoors, the cost of the project changes based on the existing wiring, the placement of the fan, and the moisture rating of the product. It may have a "damp" or "wet" rating indicating features such as moisture-resistant motors and rust-resistant housing. On average, the cost of an outdoor ceiling fan installation ranges from just $70 to over $4,000.

Types of Ceiling Fans

Once you begin researching ceiling fans for your home, you will find that there are several common types of ceiling fans to choose from, including standard, low-profile, hanging propeller, directional, and rotational.

Standard Ceiling Fan

A standard ceiling fan is the most common option and also the most affordable, at an average cost of $50 to $300 for installation. These products have five blades that are made of wood, fiberboard, plastic, or metal, and they may come equipped with a built-in light fixture.

Low-Profile Ceiling Fan

Ideal for homes with lower ceilings, low-profile ceiling fans do not have a downrod, allowing them to function without taking up as much vertical space. Interested individuals will pay about the same amount for the installation of a low-profile ceiling fan as they would for a standard ceiling fan, with an average cost of $50 to $300.

Hanging Propeller Ceiling Fan

On the opposite end of the spectrum, hanging propeller ceiling fans are made for ceilings that are over nine feet in height. They typically hang down as much as two to four feet in order to circulate air within the living space. On average, these fans cost about $150 to $300 for installation.

Directional Ceiling Fan

One of the more costly options is the directional ceiling fan. This type of ceiling fan costs about $150 to $800 for installation, depending on the size and design. Directional ceiling fans don't just point down toward the ground, the direction of the fan can be adjusted to provide air to the area where it's most needed.

Rotational Ceiling Fan

Coming in at a higher price point than the directional ceiling fan, the rotational ceiling fan is designed with two fans facing opposite directions for cooling large spaces. It can also be used for odd-shaped rooms, porches, or patios due to the size and power of the fan. Rotational ceiling fans typically cost between $200 to $1,500 for installation and may include a dual motor.

Benefits of a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are great additions to the home to help improve airflow and evenly distribute air throughout the space. When set to rotate clockwise, a ceiling fan can push warm air down to help heat up the room during the colder months, or it can be set to rotate counterclockwise to provide a cooling breeze during the warmer months.

Ceiling fans aren't just functionally beneficial, they can also be an attractive addition to the home aesthetic. Modern ceiling fans are also energy efficient and designed to operate at a low volume, so you can get rid of stagnant air without the loud noise of a fan or air conditioner.

DIY vs. Professional Ceiling Fan Installation

Knowledgeable DIYers that have experience working with electrical systems are capable of replacing an existing ceiling fan with a new ceiling fan, provided the existing wiring is compatible with the new model. If you choose to complete this job as a DIY project, the cost ranges from about $100 to $275 for the price of the fan and basic tools.

However, if you are replacing a normal ceiling fan with fan/light combo or you are installing a new ceiling fan in a location that does not have existing wiring, then it's recommended to contact a professional installer to ensure the wiring is installed properly and up to code.

How to Save Money on Ceiling Fan Installation

When you are putting together a budget for any home improvement project, think about how you can save on the total cost of the job. To reduce the cost of ceiling fan installation, consider shopping around for different quotes or researching products to find a ceiling fan and an installer that suits your budget.

You can keep the cost of the job low by installing the ceiling fan in a location with existing wiring. Additionally, by purchasing a new ceiling fan that is compatible with the existing switch, you will be saving on the cost of a new switch installation. For long-term savings, invest in a ceiling fan that is Energy Star rated to help keep your utility bills down.

Questions to Ask a Ceiling Fan Installer

When you are researching ceiling fan installers to complete the installation of your ceiling fan, it's important to be upfront about any questions and concerns you may have regarding the cost, installation process, installer qualifications, and product information.

Take a look at this list of common questions to ask a ceiling fan installer before they start work at your home:

  • What is the total cost of the installation?
  • How much is the ceiling fan?
  • What is the cost of labor?
  • Will I require additional wiring?
  • What fan operates quietly?
  • What kind of ceiling fan is suitable for the space?
  • Are you a licensed electrician?
  • Do I need an outdoor-rated ceiling fan?
  • Will you repair the installation if the ceiling fan becomes unbalanced?
  • What type of light bulbs are compatible with the ceiling fan?
  • Where can I buy replacement blades?
  • Is the work guaranteed?
  • How long does it take to install a ceiling fan?

    On average, it takes an hour or two for basic ceiling fan installation. However, if the job involves installing wiring or switches, then it can take up to three or four hours to complete.

  • Are there other projects I can complete at the same time as the ceiling fan installation?

    When you are having the ceiling fan installed, you may be able to save if you bundle other jobs that you also need completed. Consider having the electrician replace any faulty outlets or switches around the home. You can also ask about installing lighting or putting in GFCI outlets for the kitchen or bathrooms.

  • Is a ceiling fan with a light worth it?

    A ceiling fan helps improve airflow throughout the home, provides a cooling breeze in the summer, and forces warm air down to help keep occupants warm in the winter. Whether it is worth the investment depends largely on personal preference and frequency of use.

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