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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans have been around for about 150 years as an efficient cooling system. Of course back then they were not electric. The earliest ceiling fans were driven by the use of a water turbine, which in turn would spin a series of belts attached to the fans. The design became very popular and they began to be used in public buildings such as large department stores and offices. Apparently some of these non electric systems are still in use today around the world. Talk about environmentally friendly! 

The same inventor that created the first electric sewing machine designed the first electric ceiling fans. He adapted his motor from the sewing machine to drive a ceiling fan. He even created the first ceiling fan with an inbuilt light. This meant that installers didn’t have to find another place on the ceiling and could simply incorporate an existing light point. 

Ceiling fans have come a long way since then and there has been a move back to the more decorative and stylish types of fan as newer manufacturers have entered the market like Hunter Pacific, Martec and Mercator. Hunter Pacific fans for example are designed right here in Australia and have won Australian design awards. 

One of the great benefits of ceiling a fan is that they can circulate the air efficiently in a room creating a cooling effect at a much lower power use and cost than say refrigerated air conditioning. With air conditioning you also need to have a sealed room to keep the temperature down. A ceiling fan simply creates a gentle breeze in the room and eliminates the feeling of stuffiness on a warm day. 

Here at Ceiling Fans Direct we carry seven different brands of ceiling fan. Everything from, outdoor fans, timber blades, metal blades, plastic/cloth blades, traditional and modern ceiling fans. It really is quite extraordinary the various types now available. I really like one of our newest arrivals the Diane Metal ceiling fan made by Hunter. It has a retro feel to it but is really handy as it can fit into tight spaces and be made directional. You often will see this type of fan used in restaurants and bars as you can direct the airflow straight at the patron.