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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. The average cost to install a ceiling fan ranges between $350-$650, with the average homeowner spending around $398 on installing a mid-range 48” 5-blade rattan fan.
|Ceiling Fan Installation Cost|
|National Average Cost||$398|
The price of a ceiling fan can also vary by type. Whether a fan has a light attachment or a remote control feature can impact the cost of the fan, as can several basic design features of the fan.
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 1 1 light fixture. They cost anywhere from $50-$300.
Also known as “flush mount 2 2” 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-$300.
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-$550.
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 2 upside-down (with a downrod). They cost $150-$800.
Rotational or “dual-motor” fans are typically directional fans with dual heads, which rotate on an axis (a downrod). They usually cost $200-$1,500.
Wall mounted ceiling fans are directional fans that typically have an adjustable neck. These fans are mounted to provide more angular direction for cooling a specific area rather than to provide cooling for the whole room. They usually cost $270-$1,300.
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.
|Fan size||Suitable room size (sq. ft.)||Cost|
|29”-36”||75 or less||$50-$200|
While size and function matter greatly in the practicality of a ceiling fan, the style of the fan is one of the leading factors that people will take into consideration. There are a wide range of styles of fans, which makes it possible to fit a ceiling fan into any home design scheme.
|Style||Standard Design Cost||Designer Cost|
Modern ceiling fans fit neatly into a contemporarily designed home with sleek, modern features for a streamlined appearance. They are often made with metal and are occasionally accompanied by wood for a slight two-tone appearance. Their prices range from $40 at the low-end to $2,000, and designer models are available for up to $15,000.
Industrial ceiling fans are typically much larger in size than a traditional fan, often made of metal and having a stripped down appearance that fits well within a warehouse or minimalist designed home. Many restaurants opt for industrial designed fans. These fans start as low as $50 and will go up to $500, with designer options available starting at $1,500.
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.
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.
The rustic ceiling fan design is for a rustic designed home, with sturdy features that are timeless and often have an antique appearance to them. Rustic ceiling fans typically start around $50 and may go up to $1199, with designer options available starting at $2,500.
As farmhouse décor has become a prominent theme across the United States, farmhouse ceiling fans have been designed to support this look. The farmhouse ceiling fans are traditionally rustic with mixed materials, including wood and metal. They start as low as $50 and go up to $1,199, with designer options starting at $2,500.
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.
Victorian ceiling fans also have an antique nature to them, but without the same classic rough appearance that is common with farmhouse or rustic designs. Victorian ceiling fans showcase many of the fine details of the Victorian era. Ceiling fans in this category may start as low as $99 and often go up to $2,200, with designer options available at a much higher price point, often starting at $5,000.
A mission style ceiling fan is a more traditional ceiling fan that has a low profile appearance. These ceiling fans are typically not statement pieces in a room, but rather support the design of a room. Mission style ceiling fans will start at $100 and go up to $700, often dependent on materials. Designer mission style ceiling fans may go up to $1,500.
This is a low profile ceiling fan design that sits close to the ceiling and provides quality airflow. The hugger ceiling fans start around $100 and prices range up to $1,000, with designer options available for about twice that at $2,000.
A windmill ceiling fan will also have a rustic or farmhouse-like appearance, but one of the distinctive factors of this type of fan is that it often has an increased number of blades, or the design of the blade is designed to be reminiscent of a Dutch windmill. This type of ceiling fan will often cost between $100 and $1,500, with designer options starting at $3,000.
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.
Lantern ceiling fans mimic lantern designs by having a hanging component that is encased, often including a light. These ceiling fans will start at $150 and go up to $3,000, with designer options available for over $10,000.
The fandelier is a growing trend in ceiling fan design that mimics the traditional chandelier with all of its charm and accoutrements but with the added benefit of including a fan. This type of fan is popular in bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Fandelier ceiling fans start at around $230 and range in price up to $2,000, with designer options available at the high end beginning at $15,000.
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.
|Plastic||$50 - $200|
|Aluminum||$60 - $400|
|Steel||$70 - $1,500|
|Wood||$100 - $1,400|
Ceiling fans that have plastic blades are often available for a lower cost. Many smaller fans designed for children’s rooms have plastic blades. These light-weight blades add a fun, whimsical touch to any nursery or playroom. The cost ranges from $50-$200.
Ceiling fans with aluminum blades are suitable for use in a living room, office, kitchen, or dining room. Lending a more sleek, modern look, aluminum fan blades are quiet and aerodynamic. They start as low as $60 and may go up to as high as $400.
Ceiling fans with steel blades provide an industrial style. If made of a stainless steel product which is climate resistant, you may see these fans installed on a screen porch or pool pergola 3. A steel blade fan goes well in a mixed, textured environment for a New York style home. They can cost as low as $70 or as much as $1,500.
Wood blade fans come in a variety of wood materials and shades. From simple birch to a deep cherry, wood blades can be distressed, aged, or pure stained. You can also find them with intricate carvings for a rich look for the mancave or study. A ceiling fan with wood blades start at $100 and go up to $1,400, depending on the type of wood used and the level of craft and customization applied.
Smart ceiling fans are the latest advancement in ceiling fan design, featuring built-in 1 wifi capabilities that make it possible to control a fan's actions through a smartphone or other tablet device. It is also possible to put a smart ceiling fan on a schedule, allowing it to turn on and off as you require throughout the day.
With the growing trend of smart home devices, the smart ceiling fan fits right in and can be managed with other home technologies. There is an Alexa ceiling fan ($140-$350), a Google Home ceiling fan ($140-$350), and bluetooth ceiling fans ($350-$500). Smart fans come equipped with the capability of working alongside your existing home technologies. This is also the case with the Apple Homekit ceiling fan ($320-$1,000). You can even purchase a wifi ceiling fan control adapter ($90-$150) or Homekit Ceiling fan control switch to convert your existing fan ($31-$80).
There are several variables that may impact the cost of a ceiling fan. The price of a ceiling fan unit may range from as low as $40 to as much as $3,000, depending on the design, quality, and additional features of the fan. Labor for an electrician to install the unit will typically cost between $60-$225, depending on the complexity of the installation. It generally costs $60-$90 per hour for a handyman to install your ceiling fan. Typical installations take 1-2.5 hours.
Labor costs cover the location and cutting of the mounting 2 hole, and the mounting 2 of the ceiling fan support bracket 4 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.
Installing a new ceiling fan where there was no fan previously may come at an increased cost compared to the cost of replacing an existing fan. Installing a new ceiling fan from scratch will typically require an electrician ($40-$120 an hour) to go into the attic and install additional wiring to accommodate the needs of the ceiling fan. When replacing an existing ceiling fan there is frequently no need to update the wiring. When a ceiling fan is removed the old fan is typically discarded by the contractor. Older ceiling fans may need to be replaced if they stop working, become discolored, deteriorate, or you just want to update. If you have a high-end ceiling fan, you may want to have it repaired at a cost of $60-$400.
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 Height||Downrod Length||Cost|
|9 feet||6 inches||$5-$20|
|10 feet||12 inches||$6-$84|
|12 feet||24 inches||$11-$76|
|14 feet||36 inches||$10-$75|
|16 feet||48 inches||$25-$100|
|18 feet||60 inches||$30-$100|
|20 feet||72 inches||$35-$100|
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 3 types of ceiling fans, categorized by the UL’s Damp-wet rating:
Dry-rated ceiling fans are designed for indoor areas that are not exposed to moisture. This includes most rooms of the home, including bedrooms, dining rooms, workshops, finished basements and foyers. A dry-rated ceiling fan can be used in a kitchen as long as the kitchen has been equipped with proper ventilation. Cost for a dry rated ceiling fan is $60-$900, on average.
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.
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.
There are many different styles of ceiling fans, and many options include lights. For a ceiling fan that includes lights, there will be additional steps in wiring. In most cases the existing wiring from a previous ceiling fan or previous light can easily be adjusted to accommodate for the wiring needs of a ceiling fan with a light. Purchasing a new ceiling fan with a light fixture increases the price by $40-$80 as opposed to a fan without a light. An example would be: the cost of a lantern fan starts at $150 but to buy a basic lantern fan with a light, it would cost around $230 or a rustic ceiling fan might be priced at $150 but one with a light would run about $200. Of course, it always depends on the type of fan you use, the brand, and the features.
When there is not an existing feature to be replaced, the installation process of a ceiling fan can be a bit more complex than in cases where there is a fixture that has to be removed and replaced. The process to install a ceiling fan where there was no existing feature requires a ceiling fan electrical box installation. In addition, there is an increased cost to install a ceiling fan without existing wiring. The electrician will have to install a ceiling fan mounting box, and additional wiring for a ceiling Fan with light installation at a cost of $210. With the cost of the electrical box, this type of install can run $280-$320.
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.
Both ceiling fans and air conditioners are designed to help cool your living space, however, they work in very different ways and each serves a benefit in different circumstances. An air conditioner is ideal for cooling down large spaces that are enclosed. This could include a whole house, or a single room in a house. The air conditioner will ensure that the overall temperature in a room remains at the desired level, frequently around 78 degrees F (which is the recommended air conditioned temperature for sustainability purposes). When comparing ceiling fans vs air conditioner unit pricing, the ceiling fan wins every time. A 3-ton air conditioner unit costs about $0.36 an hour while a ceiling fan runs less than $0.01 an hour.
A ceiling fan will not keep an entire room cool to a certain temperature, but will instead circulate airflow and help to create a slight breeze and cooler atmosphere within a room or designated space. Ceiling fans are much more helpful in outdoor spaces or areas with open doors and windows. They can cool the area directly surrounding the fan without wasting energy trying to cool the larger space in the way an AC would.
When purchasing a ceiling fan for an outdoor space versus an indoor space, it is important to check the specific fan for its moisture tolerance. Indoor fans that are rated for dry-only spaces cannot be used outside. However, an outdoor ceiling fan in many cases can be used inside, as not having exposure to moisture isn’t going to impact the fan. Indoor ceiling fans start as low as $50 and may go up to over $1,000, while outdoor ceiling fans will typically start closer to $100 and can also rise in price to over $1,000.
When looking for an energy efficient ceiling fan, look for the Energy Star ensignia. Ceiling fans that are approved by Energy Star have been found to utilize ceiling fan power consumption at responsible levels to preserve energy. Using Energy Star products will keep the cost of running your ceiling fan low while also reducing energy consumption. To choose this environmentally sustainable choice won’t cost you more on the purchase end but will save you money in the long run. An Energy Star ceiling fan will run you $60-$600, depending on size, brand, and material.
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 3.
Ceiling fans, like most other products, come in a plethora of brand names. Some brands are cheaper than others, many have better options, and there are top of the line types that will cost you much more. When shopping for a ceiling fan, keep in mind that more expensive does not always mean better. Read reviews online to find the best fan for the money you want to spend.
|Brand of Ceiling Fan||Cost|
Known for it’s over 100 years of ceiling fan innovation, Hunter is one of the less expensive brands available. But beware, that doesn’t mean they don’t have much to offer! Hunter has evolved with technology and style, offering smart fans, inspired design, and quality since 1886. The hunter ceiling fan price is $50-900.
Originally known for electronics, lighting, and power tools, Westinghouse continues it’s tradition of excellence in an entire line of ceiling fans. The website boasts of every style, color, blade size, and material available on the market. The cost for Westinghouse ceiling fans ranges from $55-$1,700.
Founded in 1890 by John W. Emerson, the Emerson company offers indoor and outdoor fans made of the finest materials. Features included in the Emerson line-up are plated finishes, hand-carved blades, and durable, long-lasting motors. This brand of ceiling fan costs $85- $3000.
The Kichler Company has been around since 1938. It started as a lighting company offering everything from dining to bedroom, indoor to outdoor. In recent years, Kichler added ceiling fans to its vast line-up of quality products. Pricing starts at $100-$1,000.
The Monte Carlo company focuses on providing energy-efficient fans that are trendy or classic designs. Since 1996, the company has been known for its exceptional customer service and high quality performance fans. Costs range from $170-$1,000.
With designs that are described as works of art, Minka Aire ceiling fans are constructed with attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. Consumers are drawn to the global brand known for its ‘mini-fan’. The ‘mini-fan’ is designed specifically for small areas to make the most of air management. Expect to pay $200-$1000 for these luxury fans.
Technicians and engineers work together in the Casablanca R&D department to produce the most flawless, high-performing ceiling fans available. From sketching and cutting to buffing and perfecting, Casablanca fans undergo rigorous in-house testing to present a performance-driven ceiling fan to consumers. The pricing for these fans is $400-$700.
Ceiling fans may require maintenance over time. When a fan begins to make noise or the blades appear to be uneven when the fan is on, these are good indicators that maintenance is necessary. You can do regular fan maintenance on your own by checking the basic components, including checking that the blades are secure and that no screws have become loose. Keeping the blades free of dust with regular cleaning will help with the maintenance of the blades as well. When dust accumulates on the blades it can cause the fan to function unevenly and can even cause noise to develop. You could also hire a professional handyman to clean and maintain your ceiling fan at a cost of $60-$90 an hour.
In cases where a fan breaks and if your fan is only a few years old or is a high-end ceiling fan, you may want to consider having it repaired. Repairs generally run around $60-$400.
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.
The cost for a ceiling fan installation is going to range based on the type of fan being installed and whether there was a fan previously installed. The average cost of installation of a ceiling fan is $398.
It is recommended that a licensed electrician install a ceiling fan. The installation process requires directly working with the wiring to the home, which can be dangerous when handled by anyone other than a trained professional.
A ceiling fan can be installed in the place of a light fixture, though there is a chance that additional materials will be needed to complete the installation. If there is no connection for a light fixture, the cost would be about $210.
The cost to install a ceiling fan where there is existing wiring is going to be significantly cheaper than installing a ceiling fan where there was no fan previously. Ceiling fan installation for a replacement fan is typically between $85-$150 for labor, plus the cost of the replacement fan.
The best brands of ceiling fans are highly rated for durability and functionality. These brands include Hunter, Emerson, Kichler, Monte Carlo, Minka Aire and Casablanca.
Ceiling fans are not necessarily outdated, they are a highly practical in-home option that can reduce energy costs and support a more comfortable lifestyle by keeping the home cool.
The length of time necessary to install a ceiling fan will range depending on the complexity of the fan’s installation process, as well as whether or not the wiring is in place or not prior to the installation process. The process can take anywhere between one and three hours.