Fans are a quick and effective way of cooling a room. They can also be used to help with ventilation and sometimes even drying. They come in lots of different designs from contemporary to traditional and utilise many different materials including natural ones such as bamboo or palm leaves. Fans can also be relatively cheap to run and much more economical than air conditioning units. Some fans are fixed in place like ceiling and window fans whilst others are portable like desk fans. Two very popular styles of portable fan are tower fans and stand fans, also commonly known as pedestal fans. The question is which one do you choose?
All fans have a certain wind to noise ratio. The more air they move the noisier they are. Tower fans move less air than stand fans, but are markedly quieter too. Indeed one of the unique selling points they claim is their quiet and smooth running ability. Whilst tower fans are generally quieter, some people report a high pitched whining noise, which can become unbearable over time. Stand fans on the other hand make a much lower pitched sound, but they can be noisy especially when operating at full speed. If operating noise is a concern for you check the fan’s decibel rating online to decide what will be tolerable for you.
Another point to consider is style. These days there are a fantastic range of fans available in lots of different styles. Tower fans generally look sleek and modern and come in a myriad of different colours. They take up less room and may be more suited to flats or bedsits where space is at a premium. A modern tower fan doesn’t necessarily need to be hidden away; it can become a part of a great contemporary design for a room. A stand fan will take up more room than a tower fan, but can also be a great addition to a classic or vintage room. On a purely functional front, if you’re not concerned about design at all, a stand fan will move the maximum amount of air and will be the most economical to purchase.
One important factor to consider when selecting any fan is the air in the room itself. Fans are often used in rooms with little outside ventilation and they work by circulating the air. A stand fan will only ever circulate the existing air in the room. On the other hand the better tower fans offer the ability to circulate the air and also to filter it too. The best ones can remove pollen, bacteria, and pet hairs. Some with graphite crystals can also remove odours, domestic fumes and gases. Indeed, the very best can be set to automatic and switch themselves on when the air quality drops. For allergy sufferers a tower fan could be an important addition to the home.
Another question to consider is where the fan is going to be located. A fan should always be located as close as possible to a power source. The last think you want is a cable running from your new stylish fan across the middle of the room. When considering location you also need to think about the output of the fan. A stand fan is capable of moving larger amounts of air than a tower fan; therefore would be more suitable for use on an outdoor patio or in a large open plan setting. Again check online for the fans CFM rating. CFM ratings are the cubic feet per minute created by the fans air flow. Basically it’s cooling ability, the higher the figure the more air the fan can move in a minute.
Don’t forget before you buy there are other sorts of fan available too. If you’re looking to get fresh air in to a room a window fan can be a great way of drawing in fresh cool air in the evening and can be run in reverse as an extractor. A desk fan is a cheap way of circulating air without the expense of a large tower or stand fan and many small fan heaters can also be run without heat on a cold setting if you just need a small amount of ventilation. If you’ve already decided on an upright fan the question is to decide whether style or function is more important and in all cases go and try both sorts before you buy.