Originally conceived to circulate air and cool a room, today's ceiling fans can also reflect a room's style. Ceiling fans are available in many styles, including outdoor versions, with various features.
Ceiling Fan Types
Hanging propeller: The majority of residential ceiling fans are this style, which resembles a plane's propeller hanging from a pole attached to the ceiling.
Directional: These fans can be turned at an angle to ventilate a specific area, as opposed to a hanging propeller model which is meant to ventilate an entire room.
Rotational: A combination of directional and hanging propeller fans, rotational models have multiple sets (here there are two) of blades that spin independently of each other. The sets are connected to a hanging pole which rotates the sets of blades on a vertical axis, while they're spinning independently.
Outdoor: Fans specifically made for outdoor use are manufactured to withstand temperature changes and humidity. These fans will have a UL damp or wet rating, meaning that they're suitable for damp and/or wet locations.
Ceiling Fan Styles
Ceiling fans come in many styles, colors, and shapes to complement any room's décor. Though there are nearly as many ceiling fan styles as decorating schemes, we break down the four main styles.
Contemporary: Clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme typify contemporary style fans that would pair well with modern, contemporary, or industrial decor.
Palm Leaf Blades: Named for the shape of a palm leaf, these fans have a tropical, coastal feel. The blades can be made of wood, bamboo, palm fronds, and more.
Traditional: Fitting a room with traditional décor and furniture, traditional fans often have ornate detailing.
Transitional: Occupying the middle ground between contemporary and traditional, transitional style fans have clean lines with a touch of embellishment. Because of this, these fans are the easiest to include in a room.
Ceiling Fan Features
A ceiling fan can do double duty when it's combined with lighting. If the ceiling fan of your choice doesn't have lighting, do a little investigating. The same company may sell a lighting kit that will fit your fan.
Dome lighting resembles an upside down dome placed where the blades meet at the middle of the fan.
Branched lighting on a ceiling fan looks like two or more tiny spotlights attached to the middle of the fan. Often times these lights can be adjusted to light a specific part of the room.
Dimmer lights are another option. The dimmer function can be incorporated into the fan's wall or remote control.
Energy-efficient fans must have Energy Star ratings, which is a certification given by the U.S. government. Energy Star rated fans aren't any more expensive than non-energy-efficient fans and they will save you on energy bills.