Keeping cool

August 17, 2010

One of the things I first notice about a home is the light fixtures.  Am I alone on this?!

I’m not a fan of brass anything.  Except brass instruments, but that’s a whole other board game.

When we bought the new abode, it was chock full of brass lighting fixtures.  Every lighting fixture had some sort of brass on it and while they worked just fine in terms of functionality (ya know, after we got 10 years of dust off of them), I just wasn’t having it.

There are a few things you can do to your home to really change the look of it without having to spend a lot of dinero.  You can paint the walls a new color for around $50 depending on the size of the room and the kind of paint you use, and you can swap out that ugly brass ceiling fan for $50!

We opted to keep ceiling fans in every room in our house because our 8′ ceilings were low enough that any pretty, low hanging light fixture would bonk us on the head (well, I’m short, so mostly Mr. Windows and his 6’1″ self would be enduring the bonking), and the idea of cheaper climate control is quite appealing, too.

We purchased all of our ceiling fans (there are five total) at a store called Menards.  Those of you that live in the same city that we do know that there’s not a Menards to be found in our neighborhood.  We actually visit the Menards in “the North” every time we go to visit Mr. Windows’s family.

Our living room is ginormous.  I’m not kidding.  It’s literally about 1/3 of our home.  So, when we looked up and saw the 72″ Hunter brand ceiling fan hanging high above us in the light fixtures section at Menards, we were sold. 

You can’t get a good idea of its massive size in this picture, but trust me–a 72″ fan is a large, large ceiling fan.

We also loved the little speckled design on the globe part.

The only thing we don’t like?  It only has two light bulbs in it.  This is something that I (dumbly) never even thought about checking!!  So, we put the largest fan with the smallest output of light in the largest room in our house…not exactly brilliant!

Oh well.  We still love it.

The next ceiling fan I’d like to show you is the one in our dining nook.  We don’t have a room specifically for dining as it’s a part of our kitchen, but it previously had a ceiling fan above the table area and with my obsessive baking habit having a ceiling fan in there seemed like a really good idea.

I LOVE this fan!  Seriously, it’s probably my favorite light fixture in our house.  I love it.

What I don’t love is the fact that it only has ONE light bulb.  Seriously, I dropped the ball on this adequate light output situation. 

The last fan I’m going to show you is the one that we put in all three bedrooms.  We felt like we were being pretty sporadic with our light fixture choices and since we have a hard time agreeing on, well, anything, we decided to just stick with the same fan and put it in three places and call it decided.

ALL of these ceiling fans have FOUR light bulbs!  WIN!!  Too bad they’re in the rooms that we use the least (doh!).  Oh well, live and learn, right?!

So there you have it–the fans that cool and light our main rooms.  Later I’ll show you the rest of the light fixtures we (Mr. Windows and Grandpa-in-law Windows) installed.

For now, here’s the cost breakdown and brands of these five fans:
Living room fan: Hunter–$199
Dining nook fan: Westinghouse–$99
Bedroom fans: Westinghouse–$50 x 3
TOTAL for fans: $448

All were purchased at Menards in the summer of 2009.

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