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About Fans

Everybody will unanimously agree that air-conditioners are the best option for combating the summer heat. But they are expensive to buy and also to run. The second option has always been and still is electric fans.

Electric fans might not give you the same level of comfort as that of an air conditioner. But considering the low price and low running cost, they give you the most value for the money. This is a win-win situation for people who are looking for budget-friendly options. Even if you have an air conditioner, it is good to have an electric machine because if it is too hot outside, even air conditioners struggle to cool the room down. In that case, you can use both of them together. So, read this article before you start shopping for these machines.

Types of fans

They have come a long way over the years. Nowadays, you can find so many different types of them with interesting features and modern designs. The variety comes with unbelievable variance from different brands. These brands keep proposing changes in size, shapes, performance and the ease of using the machines. Hence from portable to ceiling, you can find endless options to explore and shop from. Therefore, before you head to make a purchase, you need to understand your needs and be clear about what you are looking for. This article will tell you about the four most popular types in the market right now.

Ceiling fans

As the name suggests, ceiling types are mounted on the ceiling. They are still popular in most parts of the world because they are completely safe and can blow air equally across a room. Since they are on the ceiling, this is out of reach for children and pets. For the same reason, it requires a bit of wiring. Usually, the wiring is done at the time of construction itself. However, if there is no electrical point for these machines in your home, you still can install one with a bit of extra effort. It is typical for this type to have three or more blades. More blades mean more wind. But it also means more power consumption.

Pedestal fan

The main advantage of a pedestal over a ceiling is portability. You can disassemble a pedestal and carry it in a large briefcase. And as the blades of a pedestal will sit closer to you than a ceiling fan, they tend to be more effective. However, there are a few tradeoffs. Firstly, they take up some floor space. Secondly, children can put their hands through the grill of a pedestal, and that can cause minor to major injuries. One feature that can be useful in some situations while a disadvantage in others is the way a pedestal blows air. The wind is concentrated towards the direction you point the face of the machine towards. People sitting away from the machine blades will get little to no wind.

Tower fan

These days, towers are taking over the place that ceiling fans once held. Towers bring with them a slew of functional and aesthetical benefits. The design of a tower fan is unlike any other traditional option out there. There are no visible rotating blades in them. The closest traditional fan to a tower fan is the good old-fashioned pedestal fan. Both of these have wildly different designs, though. For one thing, a tower fan has almost the same width from top to bottom. As the blade is inside the bottom casing, there is no risk of accidents either.

Bladeless electric fan

This type is not just about futuristic design; it also has several functional benefits. Similar to a tower, the bladeless design is safer than the traditional options, especially if there are small kids in your house. Although there are blades inside bladeless style, they are more like that of a vacuum cleaner. The blade is inside the motor that is inside the base of the machine. So, there are no moving parts that are visible outside. This also makes it possible to fit such a machine inside a small form factor. That too, without compromising the performance. In order to achieve that, the manufacturers use a mechanism that amplifies the speed of the air.

Tips on how to buy the right type of fan for your home

They are a nice alternative to air conditioners. They consume a small fraction of electricity as that of an air conditioner and are just better for people who are not comfortable sleeping in an air-conditioned room. The real challenge, however, is finding the right one for you. As there are hundreds and thousands of different models to choose from, it can be really hard to choose one among them. But not if you know what criteria to consider in such a machine. Here are some things that you can look for while purchasing online.

  • Choose the type – The first step to finding the right type is to choose which type of them you want. If you want to replace your old ceiling option, then look for one that is more advanced and energy-efficient. Pedestals offer great portability. So, if you want something that you can move around the house, they are a great option. If you have small children in the house, look for a tower or a bladeless machine.
  • Airflow rate – This is an important metric for these machines. However, most people either do not know that such a thing exists or choose not to look for this. The airflow rate will tell you how fast the machine can blow the air. Or basically, how effective it is. But you might not always be looking for the fastest machine out there. Sometimes other features will take priority over the windspeed. In that case, look for an option with the highest air flow rate in its class.
  • Noise level – All machines will produce some level of noise. But in the case of bladeless machines, the noise level is very much unnoticeable. A noisy machine is not something you want if you love to get sound sleep at night. That being said, a little noise can actually be helpful. Just make sure that the machine you are buying does not scream like a banshee.
  • Look for extra bells and whistles – Machines with only blades and speed adjustments are too old fashioned. These days, you can find machines that come with several useful features, like timers, remote control, programming features, and safety sensors. Although pedestals used to be a safety hazard for pets and children, you can find machines that have sensors that automatically shut off the machine if somebody touches it.

Apart from these points, there are other nitty-gritty things to look for in such machines. One of them is the size of the machine. Tower, bladeless, and pedestals come in a variety of different sizes. Depending on the sizes, the airflow rates will also vary. And make sure that you are buying a fan from a reputable manufacturer like Philips, Nobel, Midea, Dyson, and Black+Decker. Finally, don’t forget to check out other products from the Household category.

Question & Answer

Can electric fans make you sick?

There is nothing about electric machines that can harm you. Generally, most people won’t notice any bad effects from using it. However, if you went to sleep, directing a machine running at full speed at your face, you might feel a little heavy-headed when you wake up. This is because the rapid movement of air can evaporate moisture from your mouth and nasal passage. And if you are prone to allergies, don’t use it in a dusty room. The air from the machine will blow the dust around and can possibly irritate you. You can avoid this by tilting it a little away from your face.

Can electric fans cause a fire?

No. If you are using a good quality product, the risk of causing a fire is minuscule. However, there does exist a tiny bit of fire risk associated with any kind of equipment that uses electric current. This includes computers and mobile phones as well. If the body of the machine and the cables are in good condition, you don’t have to worry about a fire hazard. Moreover, electrical equipment usually has a fuse that trips if it detects unusual spikes in the current. On top of that, electrical wiring itself will have safety features to avoid causing fires.

Are electric fans expensive to run?

This comes down to how much power a typical machine consumes. Typically, household options consume anywhere from twenty-five to seventy-five watts of power. Running a seventy-five-watt machine continuously for an hour will only consume 0.07 units of electricity. This is pretty insignificant compared to the power consumption of other household equipment. Also, when you compare the other options to cool yourself down in the height of the summer, they are the least expensive option.

If you are looking to buy electric fans online in the UAE, look no further as you are in the right place. You will find anything from the best portable air cooler to cheap electric machines to buy in Shops.ae. Use the product search engine to find whichever type you want. There are more than 500 shops and brands offering climate control equipment on Shops.ae. These include brands like Westpoint, Crownline, Elekta, Nikai and Sonashi.

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