Don't be tempted to get a cheap ceiling fan from a local depot where you'll only find fans with limited warranties and poor airflow design. Take the time to get a high-quality ceiling fan that will last a decade, the last thing you want it is to have to buy a replacement after a couple of years just to save some money.
Energy conservation and rising fuel costs make ceiling fans a natural choice when it comes to lowering your carbon footprint. During the summer months, a ceiling fan operating in the normal mode can reduce how cool you feel in a room by as much as eight degrees, allowing you to raise your air conditioner's thermostat and reduce energy costs. In the winter, ceiling fans should be operated in reverse mode to recirculate the warm air trapped at the ceiling. For maximum energy savings, turn your fans off when you leave a room.