When the temperature rises, it's time to turn out the floor, table, and desk fans, especially if you don't have central air conditioning.
But in a well-designed house, that can sometimes feel bittersweet because so many fans look awkward or downright ugly.
"Let's be real," said Laura Umansky, the founder of Laura U Design Collective, an interior design firm with offices in Houston and Aspen, Colorado.
The good news is that there are more – and better – options than there used to be.
Ms. Umansky has a Dyson fan in every bedroom of her home in Snowmass Village, Colorado. "I like that it's calm and very elegant," she said.
But she also likes retro-style fans: "There are some really cute, vintage-looking fans out there."
Of course, you can install a ceiling fan instead, but plug-in fans have some advantages. Unless your overhead area is monopolized by a fan, there is room for a decorative light fixture that is more of a design statement.
And as soon as the weather gets cooler, according to Ms. Umansky, a plug-in fan can be "easily stowed in a cupboard".
Should a fan vibrate? If you are concerned about maximum performance, this should be the case. "I want it to spin and move air all over the room," said Ms. Umansky.
How is the fan controlled? "A remote control that you keep on your bedside table is helpful," said Ms. Umansky when you want to adjust the settings from the bed.
Should it serve as an air purifier? Not necessarily, but if you have allergies an air purifier can help.
Stadler Form Otto Fan Bamboo
Fan with bamboo casing
About $ 200 at Target: 800-440-0680 or target.com
Arden pedestal fan
Floor fan with wooden tripod legs
$ 429 at Rejuvenation: 888-401-1900 or rejuvenation.com
VFan Mini Modern
Retro style Vornado fan with metal case and legs
About $ 40 at Home Depot: 800-466-3337 or homedepot.com
Air purifier cool
Oscillating air purifier fan with remote control
From around $ 550 at Dyson: 844-705-4777 or dyson.com
Bluefeel rechargeable desktop fan
Portable fan with remote control and USB-C charging cable
$ 60 at the MoMA Design Store: 800-851-4509 or store.moma.org
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