Ceiling fans are a top-notch way to save on cooling costs in warmer times of the year because the evaporative cooling effects allow for decreased use of your air conditioning. And -- when the ceiling fans are both a mechanical marvel and a work of art, you get a twofer. For replacement, or remodeling, fans are a great return on your investment.
If you're planning a ceiling fan installation, check out these fancy fans, beginning with this handmade Duplo-Dinamico 36" Ceiling Fan ($1668). It's not cheap, but it represents a pinnacle in airflow circulation -- the contemporary design is made with polished copper and features dual drive motors and a full circle's rotation. The fan is made for interior applications, or installation outside in a covered porch. A limited lifetime warranty applies to this beautiful fan.
Another sweet and sophisticated ceiling fan that will help knock back part of your warm season cooling costs, the MinkaAire Belcro Walnut Twin Turbofan ($780). The 42" diameter fan offers a full circle's rotation at 3 RPM; the fan speed is adjustable, as are the fan heads. An integrated halogen lamp provides illumination; the fan kit includes a pair of downrods, a wall mount controller, and a limited lifetime warranty.
The last of the trifecta of fancy ceiling fans that will save you on your cooling costs, the Harbor Breeze Maricopa Antique Brass Ceiling Fan ($249). Damp-rated for either indoor or (covered) outdoor use, this fan features a wide 36" coverage sweep and has three rotational speeds. Additionally, the fan is reversible for use in cooler times of the year, to drive the hot air at the ceiling down to the living space. A 10 year (limited) warranty for this fan.