Although a ceiling fan is a complex fixture with lots of parts, each step of installation is fairly simple. The most challenging task is assembling the parts in the right order.
Make sure the ceiling box is fan-rated and firmly attached to framing.
If there is three-wire cable (with black, white, red, and ground wires) from the fixture box to the switch box, you can install a standard fan/light switch.
With two-wire cable use one of the following means of controlling the fan and the light:
-- Let the wall switch control both the fan and the light; turn one or the other off using the fixture's pull-chain switches.
-- Install a fan with a built-in wireless remote control or add a wireless remote to the fan.
-- Purchase a fan that has a special switch that controls fan and light functions through a two-wire cable.
About 4 hours to install a ceiling fan and switch
Screwdriver, drill, strippers, voltage tester, lineman's pliers, nonconducting ladder
Stripping wire, splicing stranded wire to solid wire
Spread a drop cloth on the floor below; position a ladder
Ceiling fan, screws, wire nuts, electrician's tape
A two-wire cable brings power to the switch and three-wire cable runs from the switch to the fixture box. Splice the black lead on the switch to the black incoming power wire. Splice the switch light lead to the hot wire from the lamp and the switch fan lead to the hot wire from the fan. Splice the white wires together and connect the grounds.