Simple Green: Ceiling Fans

Simple Green: Ceiling Fans

Abby Stone
Jul 11, 2008
A fan is an eco-friendly way to cool a room
Last night, as we blogged earlier, we toured the Venice Beach Eco Cottages which are not only beautiful but sustainably designed. One item we were drawn to in each cottage were the fans in the bedrooms. Ceiling fans are more than just a romantic and sexy way to move the steamy air in your bedroom around. In the summer they can pull the warmer air up and, in the winter, push it down. Even if you already have a heating and cooling system, they can maximize its effectiveness. But, if like in these cottages, your ceiling has rafters, beams or other unique architectural features, or, if your ceiling's space is small (a narrow kitchen or bathroom perhaps) a flat revolving ceiling fan may not be ideal.

The Old Havana Fan by Fanimation was the solution posed by the problem of the rafters in the Venice Eco Beach Cottages. Not only can they by mounted so that their blades will not connect with an existing element (like the rafters here) but their fan's head can be angled to take advantage of variations in the directions of natural breezes and window placement.


  • The Artemis Ceiling Fan. This is a beautiful flat spinning option.
  • Vent Bettina Fan. For a large room with two distinct areas that need cooling. Tender Greens, a restaurant in Culver City, uses a similar style on their outdoor patio.
  • Roundup: Best Modern Electric Fans. If you can't mount a ceiling fan, if you don't subscribe to the "moves air up and down" ceiling fan theory, or you just want additional cooling, this is a roundup of some great table options.

[Opening Photo: Eric Staudenmaier via Venice Beach Eco Cottages]

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