History of Fans

Cooling devices for the home have actually been in existence for quite some time. For instance, if you look at ancient Roman days, giant palm leaves were used to create a cooling breeze. Although it took an army of servants to make royalty feel cool, for those days, it worked. Then, the Japanese folding fan known as the Akomeogi was created sometime around the 6th century. Sometime in the Middle Ages, the hand fan was introduced to Europeans and by the mid-18th century, more than 150 fan makers existed in Paris alone.

Not long after, inventors around the world began focusing on the design of mechanically powered fans and while some had success, others failed. By the Industrial Revolution, various factories were using mechanical fans to make working environments more comfortable during the hot summer months. However, when Thomas Edison invented a means of using large-scale power, the ceiling fan was designed.

The pioneer of the modern day electrical fan goes to Diehl with one of the most notable projects being the actual development of the ceiling fan by engineering a motor that could be used in a Singer sewing machine. Then by 1882, the electric ceiling fan was introduced by Diehl. This first device consisted of a bubble type, blade adaptation of this belt-driven fan by using a self-contained motor. The end of the 19th century proved to be a very successful time for ceiling fans.

At this same time, another invention was discovered in the form of electric lights. Soon to follow were numerous home appliances and even streetcars, all operated on electricity. To accommodate all the new things running on electricity, transmission and generator stations were created, thus making electricity more readily available but also more affordable. With this, inventors around the world went to work to come up with the next greatest creation.

While all this was occurring, Diehl continued to work on the advancement of the ceiling fan by decreasing the motor size, as well as now adding light to the fan. This combination proved to be extremely popular and highly functional. By the 20th century, homes across the globe had one, often more, ceiling fans, some with, and some without light kits. Soon, ceiling fans were commonly seen in restaurants, ice cream parlors, and businesses.

Today, there are multiple brands of ceiling fans and the designs are truly amazing. While you can still find traditional styles and even retro styles, which have once again become a popular choice, the ceiling fans of today are available in thousands of gorgeous, whimsical, colorful, and innovative designs. Additionally, you will find ceiling fans that are highly efficient, designed to save money, those with remote control capability, various sizes, finishes, materials, and more to meet any person’s style or home decor.