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Fan Financials
The electrician came by and based on the wiring in my home, which isn't in a convenient spot, the work will require drilling laterally through a ceiling runner. That will require punching a hole in my ceiling to drill the hole and fish a power line then hiring a drywaller to patch and paint the ceiling. The total estimate comes to about $575, almost twice the price of the actual fan. Is it worth it?
Posted 04/22/2009 06:48 PM in Home, Shopping
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Fan Fare
My living room faces west which means summer afternoons can get pretty toasty. In an effort to save money, I started keeping my A/C set between 78 and 80 last year and I open the windows at night when it's cooler. But sometimes those hot afternoons are a little too much to bear.

For the last couple years I've been thinking of getting a ceiling fan to circulate air and keep me cool but I've found it a little tougher than expected because I have a lot of requirements:
  • Must act as a primary light source, therefore it must support at least three standard lightbulbs (so I can use CFLs)
  • Must be mountable on an extension rod since I have a vaulted ceiling that is about 16' high where I want it
  • Must be mountable on an angle since my vaulted ceiling is not horizontal
  • Must be designed for large rooms (52"+) since I have a vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan to the kitchen and dining room
  • Must have a remote control because who wants to move and stretch to reach a dangling chain when it's hot?
  • Should have classic styling (i.e. wood patterns, brushed metal finishes), should not be too modern, too simple or too fancy.
With summer coming soon, I decided to finally go fan shopping. I started out at Home Depot which has an okay selection. I found a Hampton Bay Garrison which seemed to meet my criteria. I went to customer service and asked what I had to do to get it installed and they said they no longer do ceiling fan installations. Boo.

After that I went to Lowe's where I was disappointed because they had mostly small room fans that only supported candle bulbs. On the other hand, they still offer ceiling fan installations so I inquired about that only to find out they won't conduct installations unless there is already a load bearing power receptacle installed.

Unfortunately, my vaulted ceiling has no receptacle and probably no electric lines either, so my final option was to call an electrician to do a full installation job. I managed to find Al's Accurate Electric which offers free quotes. I called them and got to speak to Al who seemed quite friendly so hopefully things will work out with him when he comes to give me a quote Saturday at 8AM.
Posted 04/17/2009 06:43 PM in Home, Shopping
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