Since the electric fan was invented in 1886, most homes have had the comfort afforded by at least one electric fan. The first unit was a very simple two bladed appliance with a simple cage. Engineers have been trying to improve on the original design ever since. Today there are many different styles and shapes to choose from – including fans with no obvious blades at all.
If you’re trying to choose for your use, please consider these variables:
- small or large diameter
- portable or fixed installation
- doorway, floor, shelf/desk, pole or ceiling
- safe around children or pets
- noise level (some people like the white noise of a fan for sleeping)
- remote control
This lens will cover table, ceiling, floor, doorway, indoor/outdoor, retro, window and wall fans. That’s a lot of types, and this page will showcase the best to help you pick one.
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First the Unexpected Little Doorway Fan
If you heat by wood stove or fireplace, it’s recommended to use a doorway fan to help distribute the warm air throughout the house. These are very small units mounted near the top of a doorway. Some of them are wedge shaped and fit snugly into the corner of the door frame opening. This type of indoor fan is also handy to redistribute the air when your central heat is not evenly distributed from room to room.
The Imposing Stand or Pedistal Fan
A great way to get air circulation up off the floor without a ceiling mount
Most indoor stand or pedistal fan designs are golden oldies, but here are a few innovative designs to look at as well. You must by now have seen the new Dyson bladeless fans and there are other cylinder blade-less tower fans. Note that the standard fans come with 3, 4 and 5 blades and there’s often a choice of white, silver or black colors. Here’s a well recommended selection of the newest styles in pedestal fans.
The Welcoming Window Fans
Inexpensive whole house air conditioning?
Personal, Table and Desk Sized Fans
Please don’t trip over the floor fan!
Ceiling Fans – Decor Provides Comfort and Light
Wall Mount Fans for Fixed Installation – Some are Stationary – others Oscillate
A wall mount fan is a wise choice for a home with pets or small children.
The Whole House Fan
I remember when I was a little girl visiting my uncle’s house in South Carolina. He had a fan fit into a square hole in the upstairs ceiling that would suck the air from the open windows up and out through the attic vents. It was such a delicious cooling breeze that fan would pull through both the downstairs and upstairs windows.
Retro or Deco Fans – Beauty is in the Air
These are fully functional fans that look like they came from a museum collection. They contribute to the total atmosphere of a room’s decor and can lend a flavor of times past, even though they are not antique or “old”. They feature antique copper and oil rubbed bronze and fine wood finishes. These fans are for those who desire and can afford beauty with function; or even someone who likes to decorate with a bit of steampunk style.