You could say that Hunter invented the ceiling fan as we know it today. In fact, you ought to say that, because in 1886, John Hunter and his son (who went by the name of John C. Hunter) created the first water-driven ceiling fan for the Tuerk Water Meter Co. in Syracuse, NY. The company is now based in Memphis, TN, and Hunter is still on the leading edge of the ceiling fan market. Not ones to rest on their laurels, they’ve spent the past 130+ years continuing to innovate the ceiling fan industry, with energy efficient fans, high-design fans and most recently, smart home ceiling fans.Read More
The Hunter History
Let’s pick up where we left off…so old man John Hunter and his namesake progeny, John C. Hunter, revolutionized the world of fans—and staying cool in general—by creating the first ever powered ceiling fan (it was water-driven, which sounds like it took a lot of ingenuity) ceiling fan for a company in upstate New York (the Tuerk Water Meter Co. in Syracuse, NY). That was 1886. Ten years later, in 1896, the father-son duo bought out the Tuerk company. After the buyout, they built their company into the Hunter Fan & Motor Co., and began producing an AC-powered Type A fan in Fulton, NY. They had another hit on their hands and as the company grew, so did their offerings, eventually including oscillating desk fans, pedestal fans, attic fans, A/C units, air purifiers and humidifiers. Nowadays, Hunter creates all of these fans and more at their headquarters in Memphis, TN.
How Hunter Continues to Stay Ahead
With more than 130 years of fan-making experience, you can expect Hunter to know a thing or two-hundred about making quality and innovative ceiling fans. Consider their nifty invention of something they like to call “AVT” which allows for for wobble-free function. Then there’s the EZ Hang quick installation system. And the Whisperwind motors that are as quiet as a whisper…in the wind. You can find all of these upgrades integrated into their latest outdoor ceiling fans, ceiling fans with lights, flush mount ceiling fans and more. And they’re still pushing the envelope by trying never-been-done things like ceiling fans with speakers inside of them, ones that involve heating and smart home functionality. Plus their wide range of traditional, transitional and contemporary ceiling fan designs, they’ll fit well into any interior design project.
Hunter Ceiling Fan Favorites
For those looking to keep a low profile, The Low Profile ceiling fan series from Hunter is great for low ceiling fan applications (often referred to as “hugger fans”) as well as a subtle fan that won’t detract from other interior design elements. Check out the Cranbrook Low Profile Ceiling Fan for a fan that’s low profile with retro style. But if bigger is better, Hunter’s ceiling fan options also work in great rooms, commercial ceiling fan locations and large outdoor spaces—look no further than Hunter's large ceiling fans like the HFC 72 (72-inch blade span) or the HFC 96 (96-inch blade span). And if you’re looking for a smart home ceiling fan, Hunter has integrated that technology into some of its newer fans as well—like the Symphony Ceiling Fan that features Wi-Fi connectivity and Hunter ceiling fan’s Surespeed technology.