To fan or not to fan

surfsolMay 6, 2014
Our new home has 4 ceiling fans in it, all with lights. 1 in each bedroom and 1 in the sun room. We strongly dislike fans with lights, so we were going to switch to no lights, all white fans.

My wife says we should go no fans and that fans are "out".

Fan or no fan, what do you think?

Cooling should not be an issue in this house
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Karin Madgwick
Fans are great if you have high ceilings and need them for temperature control.
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Emily Tait Designs
Esthetically they are unappealing to me. I would personally opt for some beautiful larger light fixtures that create focal points instead of something you hope less people will focus on. Lighting is everything in a room.

In my opinion your ceilings are not high enough that I would feel you would need one for circulation.
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Closet Experts
I did not vote because the poll was too ambiguous. In your case, since you are not concerned about inadequate cooling or air circulation, and you do not like the look, then what value do the fans offer? One option is to take them down, cap the boxes, and give yourself some time to see what you really want.
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Patricia Colwell
I agree if you don't need them get rid of them.
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J Design Group - Interior Designers Miami - Modern
This is always a personal choice. However in considering please question yourself whether or not there is adequate lighting for those areas. I cannot see a reflective ceiling plan to determine whether you have proper lighting or not. Thanks

J Design Group, Modern Interior Design Firm in Miami, Florida - Contemporary Miami Interior Designers http://www.JDesignGroup.com
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Jolene
While I may not love the look, here in Southern Ca, I can imagine not having them, especially in the bedrooms. It is necessary to keep AC cost down in the summer and in reverse mode helps keeps heating costs down in the winter (which we haven't had much of in years).
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bgfuqua
here in sw florida fans are a plus. I do not like lights on them.
    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 8:54PM
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larkspurproject
They may not be stylish or appealing, however they do move air in warm/hot climates. I cannot imagine going without fans here in the southwest. If your region experiences hot seasons and your local energy provider isn't sympathetic, stick with fans that are compatible with your home style.
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SoCal Contractor
Fans are not out at all. We don't have an air conditioner in our house because we don't like the forced air system. It's dry and makes us feel sick. A fan simply adds a breeze in the room and refreshes the air. For cooling or just to move the air around, a fan is a great idea.
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Fleischer + Khorrami Interior Design
Fans are great for air circulation, and like anything in your home the fixtures do get dated. There are beautiful new fans on the market that have an updated look.
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Ellen Horn
Fans are a necessity in the SC Lowcountry. However, lose the lights, and make the fans as inconspicuous as possible - they should not be a decorative element.
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