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Are ceiling fans more cost effective and efficient than portable box pedestal room fans?

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I bought a ceiling fan for my front room for $80 (live in Canada) and that old girl has been going for over 10 years! I wouldn't be without one. Go for the ceiling fan as heat rises and it really circulates the air. Also being as cheap as they are you could have one in almost any room you choose to have one in. Ceiling fans are much quieter than a floor or oscillating fan.

Have you heard of Vornado fans? They circulate the air nicely in the whole room and there's no cost for installation in the ceiling. Both costs are comparable, minus installation cost of ceiling fans.

You can also find programmable ceiling fans that will automatically move air with a certain temperature. Remember you can switch the air to downward (winter) and upward (summer) to bring the temperatures to where you want them.
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