Fans to Keep you Cool: Classic, Contemporary, Cutting Edge

Fans to Keep you Cool: Classic, Contemporary, Cutting Edge

Trent Johnson
Jun 30, 2010

A good fan can lower the perceived air temperature by up to 8 degrees, reducing your need for costly AC, and making you much more comfortable. While a $20 plastic box fan will work, it may not be something you'll want to show off to company. Here are some more attractive solutions that keep your pad looking and feeling cool.

If you're in the market for a fan, there's no shortage of options. From desk fans and floor fans, to ceiling fans (more difficult for renters) and window fans, the options are endless. When purchasing a fan, two of the most important things to consider are amount of air flow and amount of noise. Larger fans typically generate more airflow at lower speed settings, and thus create less noise along the way. A few more things to consider when picking a fan:

  • To cover a larger space, consider an oscillating or adjustable fan.
  • A fan with multiple speed settings allow you to control the flow and noise.
  • Child safe grills are a must if you have kids or pets.
  • If you're going to take the fan outside, make sure you look for UL Damp and UL Wet rated fans for safety.
  • Some fans include lights, remotes and reversibility features.

Below is a roundup of fans that will keep your home looking and feeling cool, from classic, to contemporary to modern.

Classic (Top Row 1 - 4)


  1. The Brewmaster belt-drive fan by Fanimation ($1,600)

  2. Italo Ventania double fan by Matthews Fan Company ($2,280.00)

  3. Allaire Telescoping Floor Fan by Restoration Hardware ($209 - $229)

  4. Fargo desktop bank fan by Fanimation ($331).

Contemporary (Top Row 1 - Bottom Row 2)


  1. Isis by Big Ass Fans ($ varies)

  2. Wooden Fan by Otto ($199)

  3. The Enigma by Fanimation ($1,598)

Cutting Edge (Bottom Row 3 -5)


  1. The Silent Air air purifier by Hoover ($129)

  2. The Under Cabinet Circulator by Vornado ($79.99)

  3. The Air Multiplier by Dyson ($299.99 - $449.99)

For more tips on staying cool, checkout these other posts:
10 Ways To Save Energy When Air Conditioning Is A Must
Best Ceiling Fans 2010

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