How Much Do Electricians Cost To Install a Ceiling Fan?
Ceiling fans can help cool down a room, or circulate heat. Before hiring an electrician to install a ceiling fan, here’s how much it’ll cost, plus answers to common questions.
The hotter weather is coming, and you probably have thoughts about how to stay cool indoors swirling around in your head.
While you can install a central air conditioner, there are cost-effective ways to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home into the spring and summer—for example, you can install a ceiling fan.
But what is the cost to install a ceiling fan? Let’s take a look at how much it will be to hire an electrician to do the job safely.
Costs of a Ceiling Fan
The first step is shopping for a ceiling fan. There are a lot of details to consider depending on your needs and size of your space.
You want to look at the blade span when you’re shopping fans. If you want to keep cool in your 300 sq. ft. bedroom while you sleep, then you should find a ceiling fan that has a minimum 52-inch blade span.
If you’re looking to cool a large dining room or living room, then you might want to consider something larger—such as a 62-inch blade span.
Aside from blade size, you can also consider whether the fan has a built-in ceiling light. If you do want a light, then you can consider an energy-efficient LED model to save electricity costs. These types of bulbs also last considerably longer than other types.
Also look for a ceiling fan that runs off a DC motor, as this will save you even more money to run it.
Many ceiling fans will come with an adjustable wall switch that lets you control the speed of the blades, depending on how hot or cold it is. That way you can save money if you don’t need maximum speed.
Once you’ve got these points covered, you can find a ceiling fan that fits your style. Whether you go with rustic wood blades or something more contemporary, it should be a design that fits the rest of your space.
Depending on the features, ceiling fans themselves can run you anywhere between $85 for basic units up to $375 or more. Knowing how much it will cost to install each unit may help you decide which is the best option.
Costs of Installation By an Electrician
It’s best to let a professional install a ceiling fan for you to avoid any wiring hazards.
But how much will hiring a certified electrician cost for this job?
It depends. If the wiring is already present from an existing light fixture, then you’re probably not looking at a huge expense.
However, in some cases, an electrician will have to add wiring as part of the installation, which can make the job considerably more expensive. The type of mounting required for the fan can also add some dollars.
The general consensus is that it will cost you around $100 to $150 to install a ceiling fan, not including the price of the fan itself. But that number can change depending on a number of factors. For example, high ceilings and no existing wiring can add more to ceiling fan installation costs.
It’s important to get a solid quote from an electrician before you start the job. Many electricians have a flat rate fee for this type of job, as it’s very common. In some cases (depending on how experienced the electrical contractor is) it may only take an hour or less to get the new fan in place.
Once you know how much it will cost to install each unit, you can better budget for the size and type of ceiling fan you’re looking for. Also, take into consideration how much in energy savings you can expect each year.
Why Install a Ceiling Fan? Know The Benefits
There are many advantages to having a ceiling fan in the rooms you use most in your home.
One big advantage is cost savings on your energy bills. While you may already have a cooling system in place, that doesn’t mean the cooled air is being effectively moved around your home.
A ceiling fan can help circulate the air to increase the reach of your air conditioner. Not only can a ceiling fan help spread around that cool air when temperatures soar, but it can also help blanket you with heated air from the furnace during the colder months.
This is actually why most ceiling fans give you the option of which direction the blades are spinning. Typically during the summer, you want your ceiling fan to be turned counterclockwise for the best results. That means you may not have to set your thermostat quite so low when you have a ceiling fan running, which will cost less in utilities in the long run.
In fact, you can save up to 35 percent on your HVAC hydro bills when you use a ceiling fan.
Fans Double As a Pest Deterrent
Here’s one advantage of having a ceiling fan installed that you probably haven’t considered—it can keep pests at bay.
Bugs have a hard time getting around in a room with a strong wind current created by a ceiling fan. The bugs may also come in contact with the spinning blades when they do try to fly around and ruin your indoor relaxation.
There will be less dormant places in a room when you’re circulating air constantly, which can also help prevent bug breeding.
Ceiling fans can also be installed outside to help keep your backyard parties pest-free as well. You should ensure the ceiling fan is designed for outdoor use and humidity if that’s your intention.
Get an Estimate
Knowing the going rate per hour of electricians in your area can help you determine the costs of hiring an electrician to install a ceiling fan. There are online price tools to help you get an idea of how much to set aside for the job.
You should also try to get an estimate straight from the electrician in writing, if possible.
Now that you know how much a ceiling fan installation will cost you, get out there and find a ceiling fan that looks great and can improve your family’s indoor comfort!