Advise on Ceiling Fan for Home

Hi OzB,

I am in process of constructing a new home for myself. I will be installing ceiling fans in my home. I have an agreement with my builder that I can supply my own fans and they will charge me for the installation.

As I do not have any idea about fans (Jimmy Grant here), I was wondering if you have experience and knowhow to help me.

Budget: $250 - $400 each (please advise if I am being unrealistic)
Fans needed: 2 standalone fans, 2 fans/light combo
Wants: I am looking for something reliable, not too fancy but aesthetically good.
Colour: I am thinking white or black fans (but that is a more missus dept.)

Can you please provide reco if you can, or pointers on where to looks. Which brands to consider.

Thanks for your help.



  • I put these in my house and been happy with them, Couldn't see much difference between these and the expensive ones

    You need to decide if you want wired switches or remotes. I went for wired as have had remotes previously and found that they are not as unreliable and the kids are constantly taking them off the wall and then losing them or dropping them on the floor


    Living areas

  • Just had 2 of these put in, paid $300 each. DC and quite as a mouse. We have 10 fans the others are all cheap steel ones 14 years old still ok but will be replacing them as needed.
    They come with or without light, remote only though.

    • Thanks for the reco.

      Is there something different that needs to be done in terms of electrical connection for a DC fan. Or is the AC/DC convertor in-built in the fan itself?

  • Do you intend to use the winter/summer switching? We have a couple of fans that work well in summer but they are just too awkward to get to for changing over to winter mode. These things are over 20 years old now and they are wired activation but the summer/winter switch is one the fan.

    Just something to keep in mind.

    • Thanks.

      Yeah, summer/winter mode ios something that interests me. Will keep in mind

      • I'd recommend Summer/Winter switches, particularly when a) installation is in a larger living area; b) ceiling is high; and c) heating system is in that room. It brings the warm air back down to where you are. I reckon it's saved us big $$ over the years.

  • I bought two Fanco Eco Silent DC ceiling fans which have excellent reviews.
    Unfortunately, both were noisy requiring warranty service.
    Also, the LED lights are not dimmable and so bright that they are totally unsuitable for bedrooms.
    Not recommended.