So You Want To Install A Ceiling Fan?
Anybody who has a ceiling fan in their home will tell you it was a smart move. During hot months a ceiling fan can bring the cooling comfort of a breeze. There is probably no more energy efficient way to have a cooling system than putting in ceiling fans. They are less expensive to buy, and consume very little energy. Some ceiling fans come equipped with reversible settings so they may be used in winter months to circulate the hot air. At one time, ceiling fans were common in Australian homes, but gave way to air conditioning systems which drove-up energy bills. These days, the retro ceiling fan is back in favor of conserving energy.
Before you buy, here are a few tips on ceiling fan installations:
First and foremost, a ceiling fan must be installed by a professional. Australian regulations state a qualified electrician must be the one to put the ceiling fan in. This is to your benefit in a couple ways. The most important factor being to protect you from injury or even death by electrocution; a dedicated electrician will issue you a signed certificate when the installation is complete. This is for you to keep in a safe place in case you need to make a warranty claim. You will need the electricians’ certificate and proof of purchase of the ceiling fan.
What is involved in installing a ceiling fan?
A conventional fan typically takes an hour, depending on the set up in your home such as wiring, ease of install location, or if it’s a wall or remote controlled fan. Other variables may include each electrician’s estimate, it is best to call around and get some professional input from the electricians. If you are installing more than one, be sure to get them installed at same time to save some money. On average, it may cost around $100 to $200 dollars depending on the fan.
Ceiling fans are fairly inexpensive to buy, starting at low end basic and going up from there into decorative fans with lighting. The standard basic ceiling fans have metal blades, and are significantly louder. Wood blades are preferable because they are quiet and still are within a decent price range. If you live on the coast where moisture is a problem, consider wooden ceiling fans or the more expensive, stainless steel blades. The most expensive fans have the quietest operations. There are a variety of different styles, colors, materials, and designs available in ceiling fan. The best search is to check out clearance and sales, often you will be able to score a higher priced ticket fan for half the cost. Shop around. You could stay simple and spend $90 dollars on a plain metal ceiling fan with no light or go for a traditional polished brass Hayman with no light for only $149 dollars; these are the most common ceiling fans. If you want to go special, then be sure to check out the latest designs which still are budget friendly. Ceiling fans also have accessories, such as cleaning and maintenance tools.
The Final Cost
In terms of dollars spent, count on paying the electrician, and the cost of your fabulous choice of ceiling fan. Depending on your budget as well as your cooling needs, this could be a fun project as well as saving you money in the long run.