At the slightest heat stroke, the fan becomes your best ally! On the stand, on base, in column… Learn how to choose the right model for your use. Spotlight on a product in the air of time.
Why choose a fan instead of air conditioning? The fan is a good alternative for cooling a room in your home at a lower cost. However, unlike the latter, the fan does not distill cold air but will create an artificial wind: it is the displacement of air caused by the fan that will create a pleasant sensation of freshness.
Fan: on base, ideal for one person
Among the fans with propellers, one distinguishes the models on base, those on foot and finally, the model’s columns, all equipped with at least three speeds to be able to adapt their power at any time. Depending on the size of the room and the number of people to cool, you can choose: in a 20 m2 room or cool just one person, a floor-mounted fan, also known as a ‘table fan’, can be sufficient. It can be placed on a desk or a piece of furniture at least one meter high and comes in different diameters. Instead of the most common 40 cm diameter, use a more compact 25 cm diameter fan if it is to be placed on a bedside table.
Floor fan: cooling an entire room
For a more collective use and a wider diffusion of the air, you will be able to opt for a fan on foot which, thanks to its important air flow, is adapted to the large rooms. It can be installed wherever you want (in the living room) and thanks to its height adjustable foot, you can influence the direction of the air. For greater efficiency, opt for a powerful (with a 60 Watt motor) and oscillating model. By oscillating, the air is better shared in the room, so you don’t get sick, for example. But be careful that the angle of oscillation is wide enough. The wider it is (55 to 60 degrees is a minimum), the better the air will circulate in the room. Another criterion for choosing a propeller fan is safety: check that the bars on the fan grille are tight so that a child cannot slip his hands in…
Good to know: the larger the diameter of the fan blades, the larger the airflow, even if you are far away. Convenient: Some fan grilles open for easy cleaning.
Column fan: aesthetics in the first line
If you lack space, it is advisable to bet on a column fan. High up, it diffuses a vertical air flow that sweeps the room and refreshes you pleasantly. This type of fan has a lower air flow, so it’s more of a comfort product, perfect for a pleasant breeze. Handy, the column fan is also more design with a great finesse of lines and often sophisticated (with the presence of LCD screens for example or other comfort options). To judge its real power, take a look at the air outlet, the wider it is (around 60 cm for 1.20 m for example), the more powerful the fan will be. Also check its stability in store (especially if it oscillates).
Fan: Silence, it’s turning!
If you decide to place it in the bedroom, pay attention to its volume. The standard does not impose a maximum noise level, but the manufacturer must indicate this on the instructions. The market average is around 50 dB but some brands have developed much quieter products, such as Rowenta’s new range: “The Turbo Silence Extreme range reaches a sound volume of 35 dB(A), softer than a flowing stream. Almost inaudible, it is ideal in a bedroom.
Fan: why such variable prices?
For a table fan, count from 15 euros private label to 40 euros for a more qualitative fan with a solid grid (more metal), good air flow and excellent stability. Prices for floor fans start around 29 euros but a higher end product will easily oscillate between 50 and 100 euros. Finally, for 50 euros, you can buy an entry-level column fan, when you will have to pay 90 to 150 euros for a programmable product, equipped with a remote control system and additional functions.
Often made of plastic when others can be made of stainless steel and aluminum, entry-level products will prove to be less resistant (brands do numerous resistance tests to guarantee a certain lifespan to their products and some like Rowenta guarantee the repairability of products for 10 years). Moreover, these models are generally basic and without options. However, apart from resistance, it is the options that make the price difference. Thus, the fans with timer offer you a real comfort: the one to program the flow and the stop of the fan. Some can also be equipped with a ‘Descrescendo Mode’ which gradually reduces the ventilation speed to fall asleep without being bothered by noise. And if they come with an rf remote, you can even control them remotely. Other interesting options are Rowenta’s mosquito repellent function (you can insert mosquito repellent tablets in the space provided for this purpose), the breeze mode (the fan randomly varies the ventilation speed, which simulates a light, very pleasant wind) or finally, the 360° total rotation function (some column fans rotate on themselves without stopping for a total sweeping of the room).