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Your quick and easy guide to installing ceiling fans this summer

7 November 2017

There’s nothing worse in summer than being way too hot and having no way to cool down.

We’ve all endured those sweaty, clammy nights when the relentless heat keeps you awake for hours and you just can’t justify the financial/environmental costs of keeping the air conditioning on around the clock.

Electrical price comparison company, Canstar Blue, discovered the average air conditioning unit costs between $0.25 and $0.95 to run – depending on the room size and fan speed.

That’s up to $24 a day to keep the cool air coming.

Your AC is costing you an average of 7 iced coffees each and every day.

You ought to stop handing your hard-earned weekly coffee budget over to your electrical company.

When Canstar Blue measured ceiling fan running costs for Australian homeowners, their results found significantly cheaper than air conditioning at just 2.87c per hour to run (with the cheapest fan studied).

It’s well worth installing ceiling fans to cool things down in your home when you consider the major differences in running costs.

Still unsure of where to start?

Don’t fret – we’ve put together a short guide to having ceiling fans installed so can understand the costs and processes involved.


1. How to install your brand new ceiling fans  

Most Aussies aren’t aware of one critically important factor.

Under Australian Law your ceiling fans have to be installed by a qualified electrician.

Here at GKT Group, we take the safety of you, your family, and our team, very seriously.

That’s why we offer a range of services performed by experienced professionals, including new fan installation, replacements of existing fans, lights and fan repairs.

Always hire a pro for any kind of electrical projects – dabbling with DIY in this department is never worth the risks.

The cost of ceiling fan installation depends on what style of fan you choose and how long it takes to install.

Bunnings has a huge selection of ceiling fans with designs for all different room sizes and price preferences. Fans range from the small Arlec 120cm Ceiling Fan at just $39.90 to the Fanimation 84 inch Ceiling Fan for large living spaces pricing in at an eye-watering $1000.

bunnings fanimationCaption: Fanimation 84 Inch Ceiling Fan from Bunnings, $975

Our electricians start with a service fee of $100 (including travel time and first 30 minutes) plus GST and then build on an hourly rate of $80 or $20 per 15 minutes.

Installing the ceiling fans on the weekend or outside of normal business hours may nudge up your costs a little. Check out our fan installation pricing here for more specific info, and our electrical calculator if you’ve got a couple of odd jobs you want to knock on the head, too.


2. Consider having your old ceiling fans repaired or installed

You might have some old ceiling fans sitting around in the shed from a previous DIY job.

If you just never got around to installing a fan (which is new or in good secondhand condition), never fear.

We can work with old ceiling fans if we deem them to be in good, safe, working order.

The installation and repair costs for old or used ceiling fans is related to our electrical pricing guide.

Oldies are still goodies!


3. Find the fans that are right for you

Go one step further with your home renovation and consider installing ceiling fans with lights.

You can create a minimalist feel for your home by combining downlights with a fan. You’ll be able to consolidate ceiling space, each room will look cleaner and tidier which will emphasise your cool new decor.

Source: Beacon Fanaway Evo2 Endure Brushed Chrome Ceiling Fan

Beacon has heaps of stylish ceiling fans (with downlights available for many options). From standard Airfusion Fans at $99 to super-extravagant Artemis Dark Koa wooden fans at $689, Beacon is an excellent place to start shopping for quality fans.   


Think about the great outdoors 

Hey, it gets super hot outside too – and if you’re entertaining, you’ll need to find a way to keep your guests chilled out.

Outdoor ceiling fans give you a cost-effective way to cool down on the patio or porch. Not only are outdoor ceiling fans great for comfort and relief in the hot weather – but they’re also a seriously stylish way to amp up the look of your outdoor area.

Beacon Fan

Source: Beacon Altitude Eco Outdoor Fan

The geometric look of spinning blades and downlights piercing through the night sky will make you feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury. You can be the envy of all your neighbours all summer long with a little sprucing up job on your outdoor entertaining area.

Choosing new fans or dragging the old ones out of the shed is half the battle. Let us do the rest for you!

Contact GKT today for fast, simple and effective installation of your ceiling fans in the Newcastle or Hunter Valley area.

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