It's hot now in New York, and Muggy and gross. My fourth floor apartment is especially hot, and muggy and gross. It really doesn't help that we're the top floor, all the heat escapes from the roof in the winter and the sun bakes us in the summer. Yesterday I sent the 'ol boyfriend to Home Depot to buy us a ceiling fan. Yes, they're ugly and sometime gross too, but they really do help, especially when you're watching your budget, (and the environment) and you do not want to turn the AC on. Last summer I found a beautiful solution to an ugly problem, with a price tag of $47.97 in New York City you can't go wrong with this fan. The simple white globe light is included (it does not look that yellow) and it is really easy to install.
To Order: HomeDepot.com
Well I wouldn't quite call it beautiful, but the fan is unobtrusive to a room and it works well when you use it in a smallish room - my living room is 12' x 12' and my kitchen is 10' x 12'.
Fan pictured in my living room: