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FAQ About Fans

The right fan with the right features can help you survive the blast furnace of summer with a refreshing chill down your spine. Here's a quick rundown on things to keep in mind when you're fan shopping.

How does a fan keep me cool?

Placing a giant fan in your tiny sweltering bedroom in the middle of summer may not lower the room's absolute temperature. But through the dazzling science of convection it will create a wind chill effect, which is akin to the "Feels Like" temperature on a weather forecast. The fan-circulated air carries away the heat that's evaporating from your body. This quickens the cool down rate of your internal body temperature, keeping you locked in a blissful state of perpetual chill.

Is there a big cooling difference between fan styles?

Pedestal fans and floor fans tend to be larger in diameter with larger blades. This allows them to move more air in a larger area. If floor space is an issue tabletop desk fans are a great option. If visual style is your main concern, zero in on some tower fans. Sleek, modern, and usually sporting a very small footprint, they can fit unassumingly into corners and stand tight against walls in heavily trafficked hallways. Window fans tuck smartly into a window frame, and can be used to suck cool air in or pull hot air out.

How do bladeless fans work?

These fancy space-age-looking gizmos provide steady air flow, have no exposed blades to snag your fingers in, and operate very quietly. They're not entirely bladeless either. The blades are simply hidden in the base or housing of the fan. The air is then sucked up and shot through thousands of tiny pinholes in a hollow ring or tube. They also double as fantastic conversation starters.

What features should I look for in a fan?

Oscillation, multiple speeds, and a tilting head are common features that give you control over a fan's coverage and power. Advanced features that can greatly enhance your fan experience include digital LED displays, remote control operation, and built-in timers that will shut the fan on or off after a preset amount of time. Some fans will also double as heaters, a handy feature when the temperature dips during winter. Other double-duty fan options include misting fans, which shoot a thin veil of cooling water vapour into the air, and ionizers, which purify stale air by releasing negative ions that reduce static electricity.

Why should I buy a fan and not an air conditioner?

When compared with air conditioners, fans are generally cheaper to buy and operate, require next-to-no setup or installation, can be easily moved from room to room, and are (in most cases) far quieter. Air conditioners are an energy-intensive solution to a problem that can often be addressed with some simple air flow. A well-placed fan or two can also be used to support an air conditioner, spreading its chilled air further.

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What to consider when buying a fan