A while ago, I wrote about the choice of an air conditioning system and a ceiling fan. Since last summer our house was quite warm (actually hot) and all AC's were sold out, I thought it would be a good idea to start thinking early about climate control. I started to like the idea of a ceiling fan and see below what I came up with.
Ceiling fans have been around for a long time. The concept of ceiling fans is pretty old and before the electrical fans, they were manually operated using large tracts of curtains and elaborate hooking structures. But the primitive technology of modern ceiling fans that was invented a hundred and fifty years ago and has been subsequently upgraded in the last hundred years. Over the last twenty years or so, the new modern ceiling fan has evolved, a much more upgraded, sophisticated and multipurpose device.
Contemporary or state of the art ceiling fans are no match for heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) units or climate control systems, but there are enough wonders to marvel at the genius of engineering. One of the most compellingly captivating elements of contemporary ceiling fans is its affordability despite all the features.
- Let us begin with the cosmetic aspects. The physical features or appearance, ala design and aesthetical elements of ceiling fans are amazing. Ceiling fans have often been decorative. There are century old ceiling fans with elaborate designs and intricate architecture. But sophistry has never been an attribute of ceiling fans of yesteryears. They were either dull, purely utilitarian, or extravagant, usually in the royal courts and a prerogative of the rich. Today, even the most affordable ceiling fans look elegant. Some of the best affordable modern fans are the Harbor Breeze ceiling fans and the Westinghouse ceiling fans. They can be chosen according to one’s personal preferences, the shades on the walls in one’s home and there are hundreds of variances in designs, features and more. In a nutshell, a ceiling fan is a work of art and science, while it was either predominantly art or primarily science for all the past decades.
- Ceiling fans are capable of different types of wind motion. Earlier, a ceiling fan would only be able to circulate air which allowed hot air to rise up and flow out from the room, facilitated by windows or vents, and cold air to prevail. Today, a ceiling fan creates myriad types of wind motions within the room. From circulating air normally to focusing on specific areas, throwing air with great gusto at specific places to really sprinkling the pockets of circulated air all around, a ceiling fan is capable of much more than what one can normally imagine.
- Today, ceiling fans come with various speed settings. This may not come as a surprise because most fans, even those of the sixties and earlier, came with regulators. But those regulators were not strictly an attribute of the fans. They were energy regulators, controlling the voltage of power. Today, a state of the art ceiling fan can have innate speed settings, typically also associated with wind motion and pattern of swings.
- Energy consumption is another area where the latest ceilings fan is amazingly evolved. Ceiling fans have never had the tendency to gorge on power but modern fans are even more energy efficient. A ceiling fan or operating one doesn’t cost even the tiniest fraction of what climate control or HVAC units demand.
Ceiling fan is a great investment and almost every place deserves it. Even if a property is located in a cold region, a ceiling fan can still act as the facilitator of ventilation or circulation of hot air.