It takes one really hot night and a horrible sweaty sleep to convince you this is the very last time. I treasure my eight hours at night and spurn anything that interferes with them. That would be the heat. It sneaks up on you come late spring and early summer. It lasts well into Indian summer in the fall. I hate sleeping when the temperature soars, but I don’t like a freezing AC blast of cold air in my bedroom either. There has to be a happy medium somewhere here. You are caught between a rock and a hard place. I pondered the problem looking for an answer that wouldn’t alter my body temperature while I slept. I think I found it: a ceiling fan. This rather archaic invention has been around the tropics a long time and has made its way as a décor item into most American homes, especially in what are called “sun rooms,” also known as screened in porches.
It didn’t take me long to identify the solution to my problems and to get right to the task of reviewing ceiling fans online. You have your pick of many materials such as metal, plastic, or wood and all in many colors and textures. If you are big on matching décor, you will have no problem. They make these things pretty much as substitutes for ceiling lighting, but for me, they are work horses that bring a cool breeze to your environment. A ceiling fan is a sleeping partner and gentle friend. You don’t have to live in the southwest to want one of these essential mini-motors. They look fine in colonial homes as well as Tudor or French country. For me, the look of the thing simply didn’t matter. As a point of fact, I find there are too many choices. It just has to generate enough of a blast of coolness to help me sleep. No more hot nights for me.
I wanted a simple unobtrusive ceiling fan that had a remote control and several operating levels from low to medium to high or extra high. The gadget has to be easy to wipe down when it gets dusty and also easy to change the bulb. Many ceiling fans have ample options of center lighting fixtures so if you want a bright or dim room, you can have it. Both the speeds and the volume of light are on dimmers—both from a fixture on the wall and a remote control panel. Kind of high tech for a low-tech item. Speaking of tech, I wanted one that had replacement parts just in case there was some little mishap that needed addressing like a nut or bolt falling on the floor.
As I sit quietly in my bed at night waiting to enter slumberland, I turn on the low volume setting of my ceiling fan and wait for a wash of coolness to cover me like an airy blanket. It is a wonderful way to begin your nightly ritual.