Ceiling Fan Installation Cost

How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?

A ceiling fan is a type of mechanical fan that hangs from the ceiling, providing ventilation for the surrounding area through the rotation of broad blades. A ceiling fan can help you save money on energy costs, since it’s an affordable and efficient alternative to air conditioning. It also provides you with an easy way to create airflow and coolness in your home. There are several factors that affect the cost of installing a ceiling fan, such as labor, fan size, type, style, motors, and more. In this guide, we examine the average cost of installing a ceiling fan.

Size

The size of a ceiling fan is based on the measurement of its blade span: the diameter range of the blades while they rotate. This can be measured in two different ways, depending on whether the fan has an odd or even number of blades:

  • Odd number of blades: distance from blade tip to the fan center, multiplied by 2.
  • Even number of blades: distance between the tips of opposing blades.
Fan sizeSuitable room size (sq. ft.)Cost
29”-36”75 or less$50-$140
36”-44”76-144$50-$380
44”-54”145-225$50-$620
50”-72”226-400$50-$950

Type

  • Standard: this is the type of fan commonly found in most homes. They point straight downward and have blades that rotate parallel to the ceiling. Most have 5 blades and a built-in light fixture. They cost anywhere from $50-$950.
  • Hanging propeller: this fan type has its propeller and blades hanging downward from a “downrod”, a pole that extends downward from the fan’s base. Because they hang lower than other fans, they are best for ceilings 9’ or higher. They cost $150-$950.
  • Low-profile: also known as “flush mount” or “hugger” fans, low-profile fans are designed to keep the blades close to the ceiling. This makes them suitable for ceilings 8’ or under. They cost $50-$560.
  • Directional: directional fans can be adjusted to point in whichever direction you’d like there to be targeted airflow. Their construction is similar to that of a standing fan, albeit mounted upside-down (with a downrod). They cost $150-$1300.
  • Rotational: rotational or “dual-motor” fans are typically directional fans with dual heads, which rotate on an axis (a downrod). They usually cost $190-$2,800.

Fan mounting

Fans should be mounted so that their blades are a minimum of 7’ from the ground. Low ceilings (less than 8’) should have low-profile, flush-mounted fans. Sloped ceilings and high ceilings (higher than 9’) should have fans outfitted with downrods. See the table below to learn what fan downrod lengths are suggested for specific ceiling heights:

Ceiling HeightDownrod Length
9 feet6 inches
10 feet12 inches
12 feet24 inches
14 feet36 inches
16 feet48 inches
18 feet60 inches
20 feet72 inches

Indoor vs. Outdoor

If you’re considering installing a fan in an outdoor area, you can’t go with a normal indoor fan. Their motors and structural materials are not made to withstand outdoor elements. This is why you’ll need to pick a model specifically designed for outdoor installation.

There are 2 types of outdoor ceiling fans, categorized by the UL’s Damp-wet rating:

  • Wet-rated: resistant to rain, snow, and wind. Best choice for outdoor areas where there will be exposure to water and moisture. Can be hosed off for cleaning. Wiring is waterproof, and blades are resistant to warping. Wet-rated fans range from $100 to $800, on average.
  • Damp-rated: resistant to high humidity, but not waterproof. Therefore, they cannot be directly exposed to rain and other wetness. Best choice for enclosed outdoor areas such as patios and garages, as well as humid indoor rooms like bathrooms and laundry rooms. Damp-rated fans range from $100 to $950, on average.

Style

  • Contemporary: contemporary fans have a sleek, modern style, usually minimalistic. Monochrome color palettes are common. They cost anywhere from $50 to $1,250. Designer-made contemporary fans can cost as much as $2,800.
  • Transitional: transitional fans can be thought of as the mid-point in the transition from traditional to contemporary style. Their mixture of elements from both of these styles makes them easily adaptable to most room designs. Their price range is $50-$950. Designer fans can be priced as high as $1,900.
  • Traditional: traditional fans have a style based on classic motifs, and are often ornamented with antique-style patterns. You’ll find that many have wooden blades. They cost $50-$900. Designer models can cost over $3,000.
  • Tropical: featuring blades shaped like palm leaves, tropical fans have an exotic appearance. They are often made with wood or other natural materials. Their prices range from $150 to $1,850. Special designer fans of this type can cost over $10,000.

Blade material

Your choice of blade material can raise or lower the total cost of your fan. For example, ornately carved wooden blades will increase your fan price by 150% compared to if you chose standard wooden blades. Colored steel blades can cost 20% more than steel blades with a brushed-nickel finish.

Motor

Your fan’s motor will run on either an alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). AC motors have been used in ceiling fans for longer than DC motors. They use 70% less energy than AC motors, and are also quieter. DC fans are more expensive, with price increases of 200%. AC fans are the cheaper option, and provide a more consistent, even airflow than DC fans.

Electricity

Before installing your ceiling fan, make sure that your electricity circuit isn’t overloaded. Most ceiling fans use less than 1 amp (about 120 watts). Most homes have 15 amp circuits (1800 watts). Keep in mind that at any time, your circuit’s maximum load should only be 80% of its capacity (12 amps for a 15 amp circuit). Add up the power usage of your other appliances and consider when you will be using them to determine whether or not your circuit capacity is adequate.

Upgrading your electrical circuit panel costs $1,300-$3,000 on average. If there is no electrical wiring where you’d like to put your new ceiling fan, you’ll need to add it. Installing new wiring costs $6-$8 per foot.

Labor

It generally costs $60-$90 per hour for a handyman to install your ceiling fan. Typical installations take 1-2.5 hours ($60-$225).

Labor costs cover the location and cutting of the mounting hole, and the mounting of the ceiling fan support bracket 1 in the ceiling joists. It also includes the installation of necessary wiring, the placement of the fan, and the installation of a corresponding power switch, as well as all installation materials and equipment.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Remote control: controlling your fan with a remote is more convenient than needing to get up and flip a wall switch or pull a cable every time you want to change your fan’s settings. Fans with remote controls cost $130-$1,000+.
  • Light fixtures: getting a fan with a built-in 1 light fixture can save space and make it easier to light your room. Fans with lighting cost $70-$1,250+.

Additional considerations and costs

CFM & Measuring Airflow Efficiency

The airflow rate of a fan is measured by cubic feet per minute (CFM). The CFM represents how much a fan moves; fans with higher CFMs produce a higher airflow.

For a fan to be considered efficient, it must have a CFM of at least 75, and preferably operate at a low wattage. To measure a fan’s airflow efficiency, you must divide the CFM by the watts used by the fan on its highest setting.

Fan noise & maintenance

If your ceiling fan begins to make noise, check to make sure that the blades are secure and all screws are tight. Screws on your fan’s blades, mount, and motor should regularly be checked and tightened for proper maintenance. Keep the blades clean and free of dust. Large accumulations of dust can also cause noisemaking, due to the imbalance created by the dust’s weight. If this maintenance routine fails to eliminate fan noise created by imbalances, you can buy a ceiling fan rebalancing kit for as little as $3.

Cost to install a ceiling fan varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

National average

$575

(to install a mid-range 52” hanging-propeller fan)

Low: $110
(basic 52” standard fan)
High: $3,225
(designer 52” rotational fan with remote control and light fixture)

Cost to install a ceiling fan varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from air-conditioning and heating contractors in your city.

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Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Arlington, TX
+6%
Astoria, NY
+93%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Avondale, AZ
-2%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Beaumont, TX
+10%
Boca Raton, FL
0%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Gainesville, FL
-12%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Herndon, VA
+16%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Lake Elmo, MN
+23%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Levittown, PA
+28%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lynn, MA
+19%
Manassas, VA
+12%
Maplewood, NJ
+27%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midlothian, VA
-3%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
New York, NY
+77%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palmdale, CA
+9%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pittsburgh, PA
+9%
Portland, OR
+11%
Raleigh, NC
-3%

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