Our 15 Favorite Ceiling Fans to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer
Discover our top ceiling fan picks, and stay nice and cool all summer long.
As temperatures start to rise, I can’t help but think about the question on everyone’s mind as summer approaches: "how can we best keep our home cool this summer?"
Even if you’re lucky enough to have a competent AC system in your home, it might be a good idea to consider adding some fans. Fans are great for a few reasons: they allow you to control the temperature by room (something you’re not able to do with a central AC system); they’re more energy efficient; and best of all, they’ll allow you to save money on your monthly electricity bill.
The design of fans have come a long way over the years, and these days you can easily find some stylish options across a wide variety of price ranges. I picked my 15 favorite models, keeping different styles and budgets in mind.
For a contemporary home, a simple modern fan like this is a great choice. This aerodynamic design is on the pricier side, but it’s a classic that you’ll likely have in your home for years to come. It’s also included in the permanent design collection of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, so it has some solid design street cred.
This black, gun metal fan is a fresh update on the classic ceiling fan design. It’s super budget-friendly and would work well with virtually any style of decor. It also includes a modern light.
This unique fan reminds me of those school science projects when we made models of all the planets. The unusual design means you can easily make your space stand out. It’s also on the larger side, so it would work well in a bigger space.
If your style leans more toward traditional, a fan such as this might be a good fit for you. The fan itself is hidden under the chandelier light fixture, so you may not even notice it if you were looking up. Additionally, this fan ionizes your air, so it actually improves your home’s air quality.
This simple fan has a completely traditional fan design, but with updated elements. The wood blades and polished nickel detailing bring a freshness to it that you don’t find with standard builder-grade fans. But it’s simple enough that it won’t interfere with any other design elements in a room.
This fan has an art-deco vibe and would really look great in a space that makes use of vintage elements and decor. The design is inspired by a Parisian bistro and includes a beautiful leaded glass light fixture.
Here’s a simple, industrial-inspired petite ceiling fan that would look great in a smaller space. It would also work well if you had a larger space and needed to line up several in a row. It comes in either a tarnished bronze or natural iron finish.
Here we have a bit of a modern take on the industrial fan style. This sleek fan includes a wall-mounted remote control and a dimmable light fixture. It’s also available in either satin nickel or natural iron.
This fan has the look of a traditional portable box fan but it’s ceiling mounted. It features more powerful air circulation than a standard fan, so it’s great for a space that really needs some extra help when it comes to the cooling off factor. Again, this one would work well on its own or lined up on the ceiling with several units.
With blades shaped like palm fronds, this outdoor fan is a great choice for a patio or lanai. It has a pull chain, so you aren’t limited by needing to install it close to a wall switch.
Here’s a low profile fan that’s great for a more modern outdoor space. It’s 54 inches wide, so it’s also a good pick if you have a larger outdoor space you need to accommodate.
This stylish fan is designed to work indoors or outdoors. It has a bit of a midcentury modern feel to it with rounded lines and a wood finish. The fixture is light adaptable, which means you can include a light if you need one or skip it if you don’t.
WILD CARD FANS
If you’re not able to mount your fan to the ceiling, this wall-mounted option could be the perfect solution for you. It will work either indoors or outdoors and is a great choice if you have a small kitchen or porch that just needs to amp up the cool factor a bit.
Here’s a unique light/fan combo that has a super sleek vibe. The fan is fully integrated into the design of the fixture, so again, it’s easy to miss. The halogen lights will provide plenty of illumination for your space, and the fan is an extra bonus.
At first glance, you probably wouldn’t even realize that this fixture is also a fan. With minimal footprint, it’s a really great choice for a smaller space. The contoured blades allow for a unique outward flow air pattern that will keep your space surprisingly cool.