Awesome - thank you. Cost is a big issue for me - first home, and whatnot, but I will look into what you talked about. It may come down to needing to buy a somewhat lower quality disposable fan to be replaced in a few years... Some of the Hampton Bay ones are around $100. Either way though, thank you very much.
Is addind a thermostatic remote and light kit a do-it-yourself project that a novice like me could accomplish? If not, any rough idea as to what that would run me to have an experienced person do it? I can paint and hammer nails in, but I have never done much electical work aside from installing a dimmer...