Photograph by Brian Snelson

by Bonnie Joy Flamm, Interior Designer

When cooler heads need to prevail, there are fans!

Did you know that in the days of the Roman Empire, the privileged would be fanned with large palm fronds to beat the heat? Fast forward a few hundred years and today, everyone can feel the breeze with wonderful fans designed for any room and any decor.

Here are the different types of fans you can use in your home: Ceiling or flush mounted, floor or table, outdoor and “Energy Star.”

There are also a full range of finishes, blade types — check out the cool picture of a “Caribbean” fan above– and hanging options. Importantly, Energy Star fans are high quality and affordable. Adding these types of fans to a room will also lower your energy bills as well as being environmentally friendly, because they use less power than a standard air conditioner.

So, whether its a transitional fan for the guest room, or a period specific ceiling fan for your living room, there is a wonderful selection of fans to choose from when cooler heads must prevail!

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