I checked out several places looking for ceiling fans that I liked and wound up buying 4 fans from Menards. Hunter's 54" Brighton and Turn of the Century's Brigham (52") & Camden (2 of the Camden, both 42"). The Hunter went into the "dining" room. The Brigham in my bedroom, and the two Camden's in my den and library. Also bought a remote for the bedroom since the fan is above my bed. (Total cost, $326.51.)
I talked with someone at the contractor desk at Menards and he recommended John Borcher for the ceiling fan install. A few calls with Mr. Borcher and we were set. He arrived this morning (before 8:30am) with Cliff and with his grand-nephew. The nephew is between 7th & 8th grade and enjoyed the toys in my house, but he also helped out the gentlemen from time to time (and got a bit of ribbing from them too when he was distracted by the interesting things in my house).
They did a nice job getting the fans up. The Hunter had tons of pieces, and getting the remote into the Brigham made that process longer than necessary (and a wire that unhooked that was unnoticed until the fan was completely up - that was an issue too). But they were gone before 1:30pm and I had fans in my house - woo! Cost for installing 4 fans? $260. Total cost for my house upgrade, less than $600! Nifty!
There is a drawback to my new fans which I hadn't even considered, however. The poor kitties spent the morning under the bed thanks to the strangers in their house (though Lucy popped out twice) and now refuse to come out because OMG!!!! There are Monsters on the ceiling!!!!!!!!
Poor Lucy has been out twice since the fans were up and all she does is run through the house looking above with this look of sheer terror on her face. (Yes, I'm anthropomorphizing here...) Linus won't even get out enough to see the new Ceiling Monsters. *sigh*
I do hope the kitties realize these new additions to their house are not monsters but instead will help keep us cool in the summer (and maybe reduce our cooling bill). I especially hope they realize this before they die of thirst or poop/pee under the bed. (I've at least gotten food to them and I think they finally ate some of it.) Maybe tonight in the dark it won't seem as scary to them.