Fans buying guide

Keep your cool no matter the weather with the right fan for your home or office. There’s no reason to spend a fortune on air conditioning when a quality fan will do the job on warmer days. To help you find the right fan for your needs, and to give you more information on what’s available, we've put together this guide.

How big does your fan need to be?

When looking for a new fan, think about the size of room it’s going in. Smaller rooms require less air circulation to cool, therefore requiring a smaller fan. Meanwhile, larger rooms tend to require larger fans, or you can opt for several smaller ones.

Fan features

While most fans work in a similar way, there are a number of different features to think about when making your choice. Safety is of course an important aspect – if you have children or pets at home you will want to ensure that the fan blades are safely behind a mesh or cage.

If you are looking to cool a larger room then it might be wise to opt for a fan with a moving head, as this helps distribute the flow of air over a larger area. You may also want to consider a oscillating fan as this lets you target the flow to a specific place.

Types of fans

All fans are designed for the same purpose – circulating cool air. That doesn’t mean they are all created equally. There are a wide selection available, and by and large the differentiating factor is size. However, with recent technological advances, there are an increasing number of bladeless fans available.

  • Pedestal Fans:Pedestal fans offer an affordable way to cool down. Perhaps closest in design to a classic fan, pedestal fans are a good way to lower the temperature in a medium to large-sized space. Most pedestal fans have an oscillation feature, meaning that they gently move from side to side spreading cool air over a larger space. Usually they also have different speed settings too, which means you can choose between a gentle or more powerful breeze.
  • Tower fans:For those seeking a sleeker more modern alternative, tower fans may be the best choice. Moving away from the traditional fan look, tower fans take up less space and are generally less intrusive. They are also quieter and more than capable of cooling a medium-sized space. Many models also come with remote control capabilities, meaning you don’t have to get up to cool down.
  • Bladeless fans:These modern air coolers draw in air at their base before expelling it through a gap in the main ring unit. Bladeless fans are safer, more hygienic, and quieter than traditional fans. They also offer a more powerful airflow due to their design, plus many models feature an air purification function. With an attractive ergonomic design they are a pleasing addition to most rooms.

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