I know if you have watched any of those “Redesign your House in a Weekend” shows on cable, you know that all designers hate ceiling fans. It seems that no matter what the homeowner says in the beginning of the show, the poor ceiling fan is the first thing to go. Those fancy designers aren’t paying your electric bill.
Put a ceiling fan in every occupied bedroom in your house. Put another one in your kitchen, and then one in the room that you spend the most time in like your living room or office. This way you can adjust the temperature on you programmable thermostat a few degrees to save a little money and you will still be comfortable because you got an amazing, comfort increasing, and yes, beautiful ceiling fan.
The engineer in me has always made me a function over form kind of a person. But if you are looking for the best performing fans I have ever found, you have to check out this link to see what beauty and brawn in the same package looks like. Fan link
Forget the designers, I love my ceiling fans. They burn a whole lot less electricity than central air.