desk or on the floor. Larger models are permanently installed on theceiling. Electric ceiling fans are sometimes used in the winter to circulatewarmer air back down from the ceiling
Fig: Electric fan.
Electric fans made their first appearance in the 1880s. These early fanswere made primarily of brass. Over the ensuing decades, fans wereconstructed out of a large number of materials, including steel, copper and aluminum. In the 21st century, most domestic fans are made out of plastic. Schuler Wheeler invented the electric fan in 1886
"Wheeler (1860-1923) figured out how to apply the fledgling science of electricity to make a fan turn. Drawing on the work of Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla, Wheeler invented a desktop fan consisting of two blades-unshielded by any sort of protective cage-powered by an electric motor.The fan was marketed by the Crocker & Curtis Electric Motor Co’’.‘‘... further development of the electric fan fell to Philip H. Diehl, aGerman immigrant who'd lost everything in the 1871 Chicago fire’’ .
TheIndustrial Revolutionin the late 19th century introduced belt-drivenfans powered by factorywater wheels. Attaching wooden or metal bladesto shafts overhead that were used to drive the machinery, the first