– “Switchblade” looks: Some manufacturers make fan blades with different stains on opposite sides of the blades. The homeowner can flip the blades over for a new look without replacing the entire fan.
– Cheap, cheap, cheap: Even at high speed, modern ceiling fans use only the energy required for a 100-watt bulb. They typically save about 5 percent in energy costs annually, with cooling costs alone dropped by as much as 40 percent. These fans create a “wind chill” effect in summer, allowing homeowners to set thermostats lower.
– Count on them: This year’s ceiling fan sales are predicted to top 14 million units. Of these, more than 6 million are expected to be replacements, with most of those being upgrades.
Sources: Hunter Fan Co. in Memphis; Consumers Digest magazine