How Much Does a Ceiling Fan Cost to Install?

by Hannah Stephens
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From keeping mold and mildew at bay to creating a cooling breeze, ceiling fans are ideal for making your home healthier and more comfortable. They can even make your HVAC system more efficient, potentially leading to major savings on your utility bills over time.

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Considering their advantages, it's no surprise that ceiling fans are popular among homeowners — in fact, over 80% of single-family homes have at least one ceiling fan installed. Ceiling fans can be expensive if you choose a premium model, but there are also plenty of options for families on tight budgets.

On Average, How Much Does a Ceiling Fan Cost?

According to This Old House, ceiling fans cost between $50 and $1,400 (CAD 70 and CAD 1,900) per unit, not including the cost of wiring or installation labor.

You'll notice the price range is pretty broad. That's because factors such as the brand and fan features can significantly impact how much you'll pay. Most homeowners spend between $100 and $600 (CAD 135 and CAD 800) for the unit and labor, and the national average cost of ceiling fan installation is around $250 (CAD 335).

You'll also need to purchase a remote control kit if you want to operate your fan using a handheld remote. Universal remote control kits typically cost between $15 and $30 (CAD 20 and CAD 40) and are compatible with most fan types.

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How Much Does Ceiling Fan Installation Cost?

How much ceiling fan installation labor costs depends on the cost of living in your area and the complexity and size of the installation. Most contractors charge between $50 and $200 (CAD 67 and CAD 268) per unit for installation, not including the cost of the fan or additional services such as wiring or switches.

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What Other Factors Affect the Cost of Ceiling Fan Installation?

Understanding what factors affect how much ceiling fan installation costs can help you choose a model to suit your wallet. Consider the factors below when estimating your project costs:

Fan Type

Standard ceiling fans are the cheapest models, costing between $50 and $300 (CAD 70 and CAD 400) on average uninstalled. These fans are relatively basic without any premium features, and they're usually operated with a pull cord. At the other end of the price spectrum, dual-motor fans typically retail for around $200 to $1,500 (CAD 270 to CAD 2,000). These models have multiple fan heads, allowing them to circulate air around larger spaces more effectively.

Other popular ceiling fan types include the following:

  • Directional fans: $150 to $800 (CAD 200 to CAD 1,075)
  • Energy Star-rated fans: $60 to $600 (CAD 80 to CAD 800)
  • Wet-rated fans: $50 to $1,200 (CAD 70 to CAD 1,600)
  • Smart ceiling fans: $120 to $1,000 (CAD 161 to CAD 1,341)

Fan Size

The larger your room, the larger the fan you'll need to circulate air efficiently. Therefore, it's significantly cheaper to install a ceiling fan in a small room measuring 75 square feet or less because you'll only need a fan with up to 36-inch blades. Prices for fans of this size vary by manufacturer and features, but they usually cost between $100 and $300 (CAD 135 and CAD 400) without installation labor.

At the other end of the scale, you'll need fan blades measuring 50 to 72 inches for larger rooms. Expect to spend between $65 and $650 (CAD 90 and CAD 875) on the largest ceiling fan models.

Electrical Work

Ceiling fan installation costs can increase significantly if you need to install wiring or switches to power your fan. You're more likely to require electrical work if you're installing a ceiling fan for the first time instead of replacing an existing unit. Electricians typically charge up to $2,000 (CAD 470 and CAD 2,700) to install wiring to support a ceiling fan, according to Angi.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.

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