It seems like the most consistent advice I've gotten when trying to figure out how to make my window air conditioners more effective is to invest in ceiling fans. It makes sense: they help cool in the summer, warm in the winter (with just a flip of a switch). And they help prevent stale air (one of my biggest pet peeves about not having a central heating/cooling system).
So, now the problem is finding the right fans for my apartment—and finding someone to install them. (I'm now accepting applications.)
This is the fan that I'm leaning toward at the moment. I'll need two of them, one for my bedroom and one for our living room.
I like that it's pretty unobtrusive (our ceilings are white), and that it has the light fixture included, since that's what I'll be replacing. Now just need to do some checking on Energy Star rating and how complicated the installation process is.
(If you're looking for information on choosing the right size, read more about ceiling fans here.)
Do you have ceiling fans in your home or have you been shopping for them? I'd love to see any recommendations you have.
(image from Lumens.com)