Ceiling fans can help you feel cooler and reduce the load on your HVAC system. Many people think installing them is simple. But between proper mounting and electrical wiring, DIY work can be dangerous and end up costing more than hiring a professional. If you’re considering ceiling fan installation in Milwaukee, here’s a look at what it may cost.
Cost of Installing a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fan installation costs vary with each project. According to Forbes, you could spend as little as $100 for a simple installation, but most jobs range between $150 and $350. Installing a high-end ceiling fan can exceed $2,000.
The following variables can impact the actual cost of installation:
- Labor: An installation company may charge for labor based on the type of fan, wiring work needed, and the difficulty of the installation. Adding switches, lights, and accessories can also add to the labor cost. Contractors set labor rates based on their level of experience. Remember, you’re paying for quality service by a licensed electrician.
- Fan Type: Standard fans with three to five blades and built-in lights are typically less complicated to install and, therefore, less expensive. They usually hang on a 2- to 10-inch fixture. Low-profile fans are also relatively inexpensive to install.
- However, installing hanging propeller fans (mounted from high ceilings) and directional fans are more costly. Rotational or dual-motor fans can cost a few hundred to more than $1,500, while moisture-rated outdoor fans can run from a few bucks to over $4,000.
- Location: An electrician who installs a ceiling fan must meet local building code requirements. Local or regional rates tend to impact labor costs. Therefore, the cost of ceiling fan installation in Milwaukee may differ from that in Brookfield, Oconomowoc, or Madison.
If you’re replacing an old fan, you may not need new wiring. But installing a new fixture often involves setting up wiring and electrical components. An electrician may also recommend a dedicated circuit. Standard wiring work can cost around $350, but installing a circuit can add $1,000 to $2,000 to the project.1
Adding a switch to control the fan and light separately requires additional wiring work. That can mean spending up to another $200.1 Setting up a remote control feature, adding smart accessories, or choosing updated lights, fancier blades, or other custom features will also impact the cost of the project.
How to Save on Ceiling Fan Installation in Milwaukee
Attempting a DIY installation most likely won’t save you money. Don’t let the fantasy of saving a couple of hundred dollars affect your judgment. Hiring a professional ensures the work is done safely, the fan is mounted correctly (so it won’t fall and injure someone), and there won’t be any electrical hazards.
However, you can save by repairing an existing fan. Choosing a location with existing or nearby wiring to connect the unit can lower costs. Contractors’ discounts can also help you save; many offer seasonal deals or discounts for installing multiple fans. Regardless of the scope of your project, get three or four quotes. They’ll help compare contractors to make sure you’re getting high-quality work at a fair price.
Consider the Energy-Saving Advantages
Professional ceiling fan installation can be an investment, but consider the benefits over time. A properly installed fan can save on cooling and heating costs. For example, when using your AC, running a ceiling fan can maintain the same comfort level even if you raise the thermostat by 4℉ (according to the U.S. Department of Energy).2 You may not need the AC at all in moderate temperatures and climates. There are benefits in any case; when you consider electricity rates, a ceiling fan costs a fraction of what an AC does to run.
When choosing a ceiling fan, invest in one that meets your needs rather than the cheapest option. It will provide the most long-term advantages.
Call Over the Moon for Ceiling Fan Installation in Milwaukee
Ceiling fans provide a cooling effect without lowering the actual air temperature. They also help circulate conditioned air, so your HVAC system can work more efficiently. At Over the Moon, we’ll help select a ceiling fan suited for your home and provide any electrical updates needed. Our team also provides light kit installation, remote and speed control installation, and ceiling fan repairs. Call (262) 240-6519 to request ceiling fan installation in the Milwaukee area.