Ceiling Fans Aren’t the Enemy

By: Natalie Morris, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements, Product review
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When I first had a home of my own, I was an avid “Trading Spaces” watcher. I’d observe the drab “before” shots, devour the home repair and decorating tips, and marvel at the outcome of only two days’ work and $1,000. I loved every minute of it.

But one “Trading Spaces” trend I could not embrace. The show’s 10 designers universally loathed ceiling fans. Time after time, fans were removed from the new designs and replaced with a more interesting or charming or artistic lighting option.

I’m not here to defend the aesthetic qualities of ceiling fans. Maybe in tropical décor they add to the beauty and romance of a space, but they’re generally bulky, awkward-looking, and even a little bit ugly. But sometimes function simply must beat out form—and ceiling fans are an excellent example of that.

The Case for Ceiling Fans

The air flow generated by a ceiling fan has a huge impact, even if you have central air. According to  experts, using a ceiling fan can help a room feel seven to eight degrees cooler—for example, a room set at 80 degrees will actually feel like 72 or 73 degrees.

If your home does not have air conditioning, the cooler air will help you feel more comfortable during the summer months. If you do have AC, you’ll notice an immediate change in your energy bills for the better. Because the ceiling fan helps the room feel so much cooler, you’ll be able to set the thermostat higher, using less energy and saving money.

Ceiling Fan Style

Even though ceiling fans may not be as elegant or interesting as other lighting options, the styles have come a long way in recent years. You’ll find these fixtures in almost every style, from traditional to mission to contemporary to tropical. Ceiling fans may not be the epitome of design style, but they’re definitely worth keeping—even if you’re remodeling the rest of your room!

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