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Modern Ceiling Fan

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Posted By Brent L.

A modern ceiling fan is considered to be one of the most important appliances that homeowners can buy for their homes. In spite of the presence of air conditioners in various forms, shapes and sizes, ceiling fans have still managed to remain as an essential part of a home's cooling system. So for those interested, read on and learn about the history of the ceiling fan and how it exactly came about.

Ceiling fans actually first appeared in American towns during the mid to late 1900s. Primitive forms of ceiling fans were not powered by motors and electricity (since they were still undiscovered at the time) but by streams of running water and turbines. The turbines were made up of a system of belts that turned the blades of the fan using the energy from flowing streams and water bodies.

Although this is far different from today's modern ceiling fans, such designs are still being used or placed on display in some parts of the world. The modern ceiling fan that we know today is actually invented in 1882 by a man named Philip Diehl. This invention came at a perfect time as electricity has just started to become more and more accessible to many homes in the country during this period. From 1882 to 1892, Diehl continued to develop better fan models and innovative designs that brought more efficient cooling and ease in use.

A few of the most important improvements that Diehl made from his first design included reducing the motor size and introducing a safer and more efficient system. His invention steadily rose to popularity and by the 1920s, every American household was seen using his invention.

Up until today, Diehl's final design has practically been left untouched. Today, a modern ceiling fan is still used to create air movement inside the room and produce a comfortable cooling effect. Enclosed within the fan is a small motor that is used to rotate the blades to produce air movement. Blades now come in various designs and sizes and these variations will depend on the size of the room that needs to be cooled. Larger fans with stronger motors are generally used to cool down larger room spaces. A typical modern ceiling fan usually has a blade length of 32-52 inches that are mounted in a 12-15 degree angle.

Today, most ceiling fans have 4-5 blades which are precisely balanced and spaced to create better stability and more efficient cooling effects. Aside from that, there are now certain added features to modern fan designs that were not there before such as remote control operation and heaters.

Modern ceiling fans have indeed come a long way from its turbine driven ancestors. So in the age where air conditioners are the more preferred kind of cooling system, never take a modern ceiling fan for granted. These pieces can still give you a number of benefits that you can never find in the usual air conditioning systems. So even of you do have the more modern cooling systems at home, it is also highly recommended that you invest in a good ceiling fan model as well.

Comments (11)

By Angel B. on JUL 8 2017 @ 9:07PM

Doesn't hot air rise though? So, won't fans just blow the hot air in the room back down and actually make it hotter?

By Mandy C. on JUL 8 2017 @ 12:04PM

My kids are in separate rooms, but only one of them has a fan in it. It is a sore point of contention for them, and I'm not sure if the gilr's room is wired up for one.

By Felix C. on JUL 8 2017 @ 8:03AM

How much would it cost to have someone install these vs. trying to do it myself?

By Heidi M. on JUL 8 2017 @ 7:22AM

Even if you have an uneven ceiling, they come mounted on balls that can rotate, so it's easy to get them to point straight downward.

By Etta S. on JUL 7 2017 @ 6:14PM

The wind dries out my contacts.

By Jesse M. on JUL 7 2017 @ 8:22AM

Lying on my bed with the cool breeze coming from a fan is my picture of paradise when it's hot outside.

By Andres F. on JUL 7 2017 @ 6:19AM

The good thing about ceiling fans is that they look a lot nicer than just a light sitting in the middle of the ceiling and nothing else.

By Jim H. on JUL 6 2017 @ 9:13PM

Fans are good for circulation of air around, but don't depend on them to cool you down all that much by themselves.

By Myra C. on JUL 6 2017 @ 12:09PM

I have some in my house, but almost never use them.

By Katie M. on JUL 5 2017 @ 4:03PM

Some ceiling fans are a lot bigger than others, so if you don't know how big a fan you need, then do some reasearch for what fits best in the size of the room you have.

By on DEC 31 1969 @ 5:00PM

Ceiling fans really haven't changed all that much over the years, but they don't need to.

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