This Summer's heat wave shows no signs of relenting, so now's the time to invest in a good-looking fan. While unsightly plastic versions will collect dust off-season, these versions can be incorporated as part of your decor year-round. Whether you're in the market for a tropical-inspired ceiling fan, a retro table stunner, or something that simply disappears, we've got you covered.
As the temperatures rise, we're staying cool in high-tech style. Solar-, USB-, and iPhone-powered fans are a few inexpensive options, but there are also a few beautifully designed, innovative ones that are on our wish list. Click on to discover chic ways — and one wacky one — to stay cool this Summer.
Isn't this retro-looking fan adorable? I have a couple fans in this style at our house and love the way they look — and the fact that they help cool the house effectively on the rare, hot Summer days in the Bay Area.
Did you know that you can actually use electric fans to supplement your air conditioning system? Instead of running the AC all day and all night, try using fans during the night to pull cool air into your house. Then, pull down the curtains and shades in the morning to eliminate sunlight pouring into rooms and warming up your house. With these easy steps, you can often delay turning on your air conditioner during the day and eliminate its use at night in many areas of the country.
Have you tried using fans instead of — or in addition to — air conditioning in your home? Interested in buying the fan shown here? It's the Deco Breeze Retro Table Fan ($47).
Do you have any similar tricks for cooling off? Share them in the comments!
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Instead of using a space heater, I’m thinking about adding an exhaust vent fan with a heater. This will not only warm the bathroom, but also improve indoor-air quality by circulating the air and removing odors and contaminants. One fan that I’ve had my eye on is the WhisperWarm ventilation fan by Panasonic Home & Environment Company. It’s quiet, lightweight, compact, and comes with an optional light and nightlight that uses CFLs.
Looking for a simple, eco-exhaust fan that doesn't heat? Then check out the WhisperGreen Energy Star-rated fan. The WhisperGreen uses a super-efficient DC motor, and comes with variable 2-speed and delay timer controls built-in or as a single-speed fans. All WhisperGreen models exhaust fans comply with Green building IAQ standards.
The magazine Scientific American recently answered a reader's question about how to turn down the heat without turning on your air conditioner, and I thought it was definitely information worth sharing. You can read the whole article here, but I've summarized most of the major points below.
- The key to keeping cool is maintaining air flow over the skin's surface (also known as a breeze). Thus, "Instead of turning on that AC, see which direction the breeze is blowing outside (no matter how minimal it may be), and then open a few windows strategically to try to get it flowing through the house from end-to-end or side-to-side."
- Use fans if the breeze isn't doing the job.
- Even better, create a wind tunnel effect by positioning one fan near a window, to pull air in, and another by the other end of your house to suck hot air out.
- If your house gets a lot of sunlight, keep the curtains and/or blinds closed to cut down on the heat gain that can happen with sunlight beating down on your interior space.
- Turn off lights, too! While CFLs give off much less heat than incandescent bulbs, they still produce some heat.
When CasaSugar reader Sumnboutme bookmarked a gorgeous ceiling fan as part of the seaside cottage Casa Craving challenge, I was inspired to go on the hunt for two more island-inspired ceiling fans to round out a Good, Better, Best. These easy, breezy fans would work well with Caribbean-style decor or minimalist, natural elements.
Good: I love the angled blades on this light and airy Hampton Bay 4-Blade Fan with Bahama Beige Finish ($199).
Two even better islander ceiling fans, so read more
Critical darling — and personal fave — "Friday Night Lights" has struggled in the ratings all season, but there was a bright spot last week. The show recorded recorded one of its best nights since the premiere, and on Valentine's Day night, no less. Still, it remains to be seen if that surge (plus the consistently great writing and Kyle Chandler's perfectly mussed hair, of course) will be enough to nab the show a second season.
So some fans have decided not to sit back and wait. They've devised a pretty awesome "care package" to show NBC just how much love "Friday Night Lights" gets. Viewers will send the packages to NBC; to hear what's inside (this is pretty funny), read more