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Fan fare: 7 ways to stay cool in the next heat wave

August 3, 2010 |  9:24 am


Dyson-Air-Multiplier Sure, summer here has been remarkably mild. We all know it's a matter of time before those hot Santa Ana winds starting to blow through. How about a little preparation?

Whether you're living without A/C or simply want to lower your energy use, modern fans can help you beat the heat without compromising style.

The LoftWing ceiling fan, above, is designed for large spaces such as lofts or foyers. It moves approximately 5,500 cubic feet of air with a back-and-forth motion that only requires 50 watts of electricity. It is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles. Price: $6,200.

More affordable but no less novel: the Dyson Air Multiplier, left. The Home section reviewed a prototype of the blade-less fan in January, and the product has since hit the marketplace. Yes, the design magically delivers a steady stream of smooth air. But function clearly takes a backseat to aesthetics. As our reviewer wrote, "the thing is simply lovely: futuristic, sleek, vaguely enigmatic" ­ -- a fan you buy not just to keep cool, but to be cool. Price: $299.

We've got five more fans on the jump, from a $12,000 sculpture at Moss to a budget buy from Target.

Photo: The Artemis ceiling fan by Minka-Aire complements minimalist interiors and is available in a variety of finishes, including maple or mahogany, nickel or bronze, or high-gloss black, red or white. Price: $499. www.lumens.com. Credit: Minka-Aire.

Photo: The industrial clay floor fan by designer Maarten Baas is hand-modeled on top of a metal skeleton. It's intended to be functional sculpture. Price: $12,500. www.mossonline.com. Credit: Moss.

The retro Deco Breeze table fan from Target can add a burst of orange, blue, purple or lime green to a room. The design also is available in more staid black, brown, silver or white. Price: $44.99 to $49.99, depending on the color. Credit: Target.

Photo: Black & Blum's Propello fan is remarkably streamlined, partly because soft rubber blades allow for a cage-less design. It's also virtually silent. Price: $145 at Design Within Reach. Credit: Design Within Reach.

Photo: The Ar Ruthiane ceiling fan by the Matthews Fan Co. combines the retro flash of a chrome table fan and the power and functionality of a ceiling fan. Price: $1,368 through YLighting. Credit: YLighting.

-- Lizzie Garrett Mettler

Top photo credits: LoftWing, Axel Koester / For The Times


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