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Cost To Install A Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can be a great addition to any room because they are functional as well as decorative. They come in a wide variety of styles and are gaining popularity because they can help make homes more energy efficient. Installing a ceiling fan only takes a few hours, but it makes a huge difference in the comfort and look of your room.

National Install a Ceiling Fan Costs

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National Install a Ceiling Fan Costs
Average reported cost $229
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Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $580
Most homeowners spent between: $166 to $249

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Choose Your Style

You have many choices to make when deciding on a ceiling fan. Some fans hang low and are excellent for tall ceilings. Other fans are especially made to hug the ceiling to maximize space in your room. They can be traditional or contemporary in design. Some ceiling fans feature bright colors for children's rooms, and others also come with a remote control. If you install a ceiling fan on a porch or patio, the circulating air is more comfortable and can help keep bugs away, but make sure that the fan is made for the outdoors.


The biggest thing to consider when installing a ceiling fan is placement. If you are replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan, you will need to replace the electrical box with one specifically designed for fans. It's best to hang the electrical box directly on the ceiling joist. Having attic space above the fan to work with is very helpful but not mandatory.

Installing the Ceiling Fan

Most ceiling fans have the same basic steps for installation. Most importantly, turn off the electricity to the switch before you begin. Remove the existing fixture along with the electrical box. Feed the cables through the new electrical box and screw it onto the joist. At this point, you can use glue and finishing nails to add a ceiling medallion. Next, the ceiling plate is attached to the electrical box. Leave the blades off to make it easier to work around. Connect the wires using twist-on wire connectors, and screw the canopy into the ceiling plate. Finally, add the light fixture and blades.

Ceiling fans are an easy way to save money on energy costs. You can put them up in one afternoon and make a huge difference in the look and feel of your room. With many different styles and features, ceiling fans make a great investment for any homeowner.

Last updated on May 18, 2016

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