Content of the material
- $75 $150
- Can you install a ceiling fan without wiring?
- Where Should Ceiling Fans Be Installed?
- Optimal Sizing, Speed, and Placement
- How difficult is it to install a ceiling fan?
- Additional Ceiling Fan Features
- 7. Add the switch housing
- 3. Install the ceiling bracket
- Ceiling fan accessories
- How much does a ceiling fan cost?
- How long does it take to install a ceiling fan?
- Ceiling Fan Maintenance Tips
- 1. Cleaning
- 2. Lubrication
- 3. Warning Signs
The average cost of ceiling fan installation is $75 to $150 with most homeowners spending around $150 to $350 for both parts and labor. Hiring a handyman to install your ceiling fan will cost $50 to $75 per hour and typically take 1.5 to 2 hours. If an electrician is needed, the hourly rate averages $40 to $100 per hour and it will take two hours or more. Get free estimates from fan installers near you.
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Can you install a ceiling fan without wiring?
You do not want to install a ceiling fan without wiring. So when you don’t have the wiring, you’ll have to install the electrical box yourself. One switch is for the fan and the other switch is for the light attachment. Even if you don’t plan to add a light now, run the wire for a second switch.
Where Should Ceiling Fans Be Installed?
Put ceiling fans in all the rooms where your family spends a lot of time. The kitchen, the family room, the den, and the bedrooms are obvious choices. Some people have fans in all the rooms, and even on the patio and in the workshop or garage. Ceiling fans can greatly enhance the décor of any room, as there are literally hundreds of colours and designs to choose from. Ceiling fans also provide excellent lighting options, as well. Simply pick out the ceiling fan that suits your personal style and décor and Expert Electric will be more than happy to install it for you.
Optimal Sizing, Speed, and Placement
Use this formula to find the best fan size for a room’s occupied space (the part of the room where people gather the most): Occupied space (in square feet) divided by 4 equals the blade span (in inches). Step blade span down a bit for rooms with low ceilings, and go wider if the ceilings are high.
Another good rule of thumb is to remember that blade spans of less than 36 inches are ideal for spaces smaller than 75 square feet, such as baths and breakfast nooks. Spans of 36 to 42 inches work in rooms of up to 225 square feet, like a dining room. Larger living rooms and bedrooms can handle 50- to 54-inch blades.
Make sure that the cubic feet of air that the fan moves per minute (cfm), measured at high speed, is near the top of its class. Some 52-inch fans, for instance, rate as low as 2,050 cfm, while others reach 7,800. High-cfm fans not only provide a better breeze, they usually have robust motors that will last longer and run more quietly.
For optimal performance, the fan should be hung at least 1 1/2 feet from the wall or a sloped ceiling, 7- to 10-feet from the floor, and at least 8 inches from the ceiling. Steer clear of hanging the fan too close to any lights, as rotating blades under a bulb will create an annoying flicker.
How difficult is it to install a ceiling fan?
1 out of 5 Easy Somewhat easy. It takes a bit of work to install a fan-approved electrical box, but the ceiling-fan assembly and installation are very straightforward.
Additional Ceiling Fan Features
- Lights – Ceiling fans are either designed with or without lights, but more commonly they are designed to include lights as in many cases a homeowner is replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. Outdoor ceiling fans are more likely to come without lights included.
- Ceiling fan with a remote – Ceiling fans with remote controls start at around $70 and can be as much as $1,100, depending on the brand and other design features. You don’t have to install a new fan to have a working remote control since a remote-control kit for your fan can be purchased for $20–$100. It should take about an hour for an experienced worker to complete the task, and if your handyman is able to install the remote control in the fan housing, it will likely cost around $75, or if you hire an electrician to do the work, the total cost will be around $120.
- Ceiling fan remote app – Smart technology gives homeowners the ability to schedule a ceiling fan to work in conjunction with the HVAC, with responsive on-off controls based on temperatures inside the home. Many products are also compatible with the like of Nest, Alexa, and Google Home, and that allows for the addition of features like being able to control the fan using voice, or over the internet when away from the house.
7. Add the switch housing
You’ll most likely put your switch housing into place using screws. There will be a wire plug that goes from the upper to the lower switch housing. Make sure this connection is secure, because it’s what turns the fan on.
3. Install the ceiling bracket
Now it’s time to install pieces of the new fan. First up is the ceiling bracket. Use the screws that come with the new fan, and secure it into the holes on the electrical box.
Bring the wires from the ceiling through the center hole. In our case, that was one white wire and one yellow wire (plus the green one on the ceiling bracket).
Ceiling fan accessories
Depending on the ceiling height for where you’re installing the ceiling fan or if you want additional controls, the ceiling fan cost can go up.
If you’re installing the ceiling fan in a room with high ceilings, you’ll need an extension downrod. Ceiling fan downrods can cost between $10 to $75, depending on the length. To determine what size extension downrod you need, simply take your ceiling height in feet and subtract 8. You’ll need to convert that measurement to inches because ceiling fan downrods are measured in inches.
For sloped or vaulted ceilings exceeding 34 degrees, a sloped ceiling adapter is needed to ensure proper ceiling fan installation. This type of adapter costs about $37 and replaces the ceiling fan canopy that comes with your fan.
If you want to add an additional ceiling fan control or add a wall control to a fan with handheld remote, an accessory control will add an additional $30 to $100 to your ceiling fan installation cost. Typically, the remote receiver is included with the accessory control; if it isn’t, it can cost around $30 for the necessary receiver. Keep in mind that if you’re adding a wall control to your fan, there may be additional work required at your wall switch. You can always reach out to a certified, professional electrician for help.
Learn more about what accessories you need or might want for your ceiling fan installation by checking out our ceiling fan buying guide.
How much does a ceiling fan cost?
According to a number of appliance retailers, ceiling fans can cost about $100 – $500, depending on the type and the material it’s made from.
- Fans with powder-coated metal blades are generally the cheapest. These are for general purpose, but may eventually corrode, particularly if you live close to the coast.
- Fans with timber blades are more expensive but are said to be quieter when the fan is on.
- Fans with stainless steel blades are more expensive again but may be worth the investment for coastal properties.
While most people usually buy fans to cool and circulate air on hot days, there are also reversible fans that are designed to re-distribute the hot air that rises to the ceiling from heaters in winter, giving you the best of both worlds all year round.
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How long does it take to install a ceiling fan?
The specific requirements for each installation vary from job to job, but your installer should advise you how long it will take. However, it generally takes about one to two hours to install a ceiling fan for the first time.
Ceiling Fan Maintenance Tips
In order to keep your ceiling fan in optimal working condition, ceiling fan maintenance is extremely important. Below are some of the maintenance tasks that you can perform on your ceiling fan:
Overtime a ceiling fan’s blades can collect dust. Once dust has accumulated on the blades, it can become airborne during use. This either spreads the dust through the air, which is not enjoyable for anyone in the room, or it can be sucked into the motor. If too much dust is drawn into the motor, it can result in shaking and cause the motor to run hot. This can lead to an expensive repair bills down the road. You should clean your ceiling fan at least once a year. Start by cleaning the blades with a brush and then use a damp, soapy cloth to remove the remaining sticky stains. Leave the fan to dry before using it again.
Most machines with moving parts require lubrication on a regular basis. Older ceiling fans require lubrication while newer fans are self-lubricating. If you are unsure whether your fan requires lubrication, check the owner’s manual. If your fan is not properly lubricated the motor can become damaged and cause electrical fires. To lubricate your ceiling fan, use any light oil to fill the oil hole that is located on the topside of the motor. Fill this hole until the oil flows over and then remove the excess with a tissue or rag.
3. Warning Signs
When starting up your fan for the summer, there are several problems that can generate because of lack of maintenance:
- Noise – If your fan is becoming noisy, check all the connections on the fixture. Tighten all the screws to ensure that nothing is moving or shaking during use. If your fan continues to make noise during use contact a professional to check for a larger problem.
- Bad smell – If your fan is emitting a bad smell this could likely be due to the motor overheating. Too much dust has gotten into the motor or it has not been properly lubricated. Have an expert check the fan to make sure that it is safe to run and prevent further damage to the fan or your home.
- Wobbling – Wobbling can be the result of an improper weight-alignment. This can happen due to a variety of factors, including: warped blades, bent blade irons, blades or blade irons not being screwed on straight, blades being different weights or shapes or sizes. A wobbling fan can be dangerous and comprise the security of the fan.