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Ceiling Fans: A lesson in Innovation

3:10 AM Rajesh Rawat 0 Comments

A fan is a simple device, which is used to push air around a place using work. The work that is done can be mechanical or physical. This invention can be dated back to the early ages, when the kings of the yesteryear kingdoms would use giant fans made of bamboo and leaves, which was to be pulled by a team of people, in order to provide strong gusts of wind. Since then it has gone through a radical change. It reached its pinnacle during the late 1800s when engineers made fans which would work via electricity. The fans we use today are some of the last remnants of the invention from the early 20th century. But they continue to evolve in very small ways and stay relevant.

Fans are extinct in places like the United States and other fully developed countries where other technologies and ventilation systems have replaced them. Yet in developing nations like India, they play a crucial role, in most households. They are a part of almost every home in India and one can find a fan in every room. The technological aspect of fans has remained pretty much the same since the 1940s, it has a motor which runs a three bladed fan at fast speeds to move and circulate air around the room. This is very important for places which experience high levels of hot and humid climate. They can help push stale air out of the room while keeping the room light and breezy.

Since then, most decorative ceiling fans today feature a host of design features and innovations. Some are multi-bladed and can be used to move around air faster and more efficiently. There are other designs which feature a singular plate of metal, fashioned into a three blade system. Such design allows for a very seamless flow of air and can move at very fast speeds. They also come with various design elements, such as patterns and LEDs. They add to the sheen of the fans and can liven up a room. Some fans are also made of premium materials such as wood, this helps match the decor of the house. They also come with features such as remote control, which allows for the user to customize the lighting on fans and control the speed of the fans. There are also many designs for fans to be used in children’s rooms. They can feature vibrant colours and murals of their idols and some also come with a night light.

As one can see, fans have come a long way since its first iterations and it has been a slow and continuous innovation. Its adaptability to modern day demands and needs is what has helped it survive for so long. They are essential features in homes in developing countries like India, where electricity can be a problem and buying higher end air circulation appliances such as ACs can be very expensive. A quality fan can last for a long time and can be continued to be used for generations even.