Advice on fans
1. Where will you be using the fan?
There are different types of fans. The place where you'll be using the fan is important for finding the best fan for you. Below, we'll briefly explain the different models available.
On a table
A table fan is small and compact, and can easily be placed on your desk or a table. Table fans usually don't have any exiting features, but do exactly what you'd expect from them: they'll keep you cool on a hot day! Usually, you can choose different settings. You can easily set the fan to oscillate or just blow in one direction.
On the floor
A stand fan is the most common type. These fans are also called pedestal fan, tower fan, or column fan. You place these on the floor. Often, the height can be adjusted, they can be controlled with a remote, they oscillate, and have all kinds of more high-end options such as a timer. In addition, there are also floor fans. These are the most powerful fans. They are compact and suitable for larger spaces. Because they're so powerful, they usually also make more noise.
On the ceiling
A ceiling fan attaches to... well, yes... the ceiling. These low-noise fans blow air over a large surface. They're often used in bedrooms or offices. Turning them on or off is usually done with a wall switch or remote. Some models also have integrated lighting. The load capacity of the ceiling junction box has to be at least 100kg. Ensure that the ceiling fan hangs at a height of at least 2.30 meters, so you can't put a raised hand between the blades.
2. Is it important to you that the fan operates silently?
The noise level of a fan is indicated in the number of decibels (dB) it produces at the highest setting. Fans that generate less than 50dB are called extra silent. This sound is similar to a soft hum. A fan that produces more than 60dB is relatively loud. This sound is similar to a normal conversation.
|Number of decibels||Comparable sound level||Noise level||Suitable for space|
|49dB or more silent||Soft murmuring||Extra silent||Bedroom, study|
|50-60dB||Background noises, electric tootbrush||Silent||Living room|
|61dB or louder||Normal conversation at a 1-meter distance||Audible||Kitchen, bathroom, hallway|
3. How powerful does the fan have to be?
A fan moves the air. At the back of the device, air is sucked into it and immediately moved and accelerated, and then blown out of the front. The faster the blades are spinning, the more air will be moved. A lower speed uses less energy, so it's recommended not to use a higher setting than necessary. At a lower speed, the fan also generates less noise. Technically, all this means a fan does not cool the air, it just moves it around. This can feel like a draft on your skin, but the temperature in the room won't actually get lower.
4. Want to cool the entire room?
The casing of an oscillating fan turns on its axis. Oscillating fans ensure an optimal distribution of the flow of cool air. This is perfect when you want to get a refreshing breeze in the entire room, or want to prevent stiff muscles. You can get stiff muscles if the fan is aimed at you continuously. Most fans, particularly stand and table fans, have a horizontal oscillation function. Sometimes, fans oscillate vertically as well. That means the fan moves up and down. This function is more common for stand fans. A fan doesn't actually lower the temperature in the room. Is that what you want? In that case, a portable air conditioner might be what you're looking for.
5. Want to set the time when the fan switches on or off yourself?
A number of fans are certainly not lacking when it comes to user-friendliness. There are, for instance, fans with a timer function. This lets you set the time when the fan turns off (at night, for example) or when it turns on (just before you get home from work, for instance). There are also models with a remote that let you control the fan from your bed or lazy chair.
6. Got children or pets?
If you have children or pets, it's a good idea to choose an fan that's extra safe. Safe fans have a grill to cover the blades. This prevents children's fingers or pets' tails from getting between the blades. There are also bladeless fans. Because these fans don't use blades that chop the air, they give off a smooth flow of air to cool the room quietly. Extra-safe fans are usually also equipped with a stop safety.
7. What else can you keep in mind?
Ionization: Some fans have an ionization function. That means that it electrically charges flying (dust) particles. They get heavier as a result and fall to the ground. The air becomes fresher and its quality is improved.
Heating: A number of high-end fans, like the Dyson fans, also have a heating function. That means the fan can be used for heating as well as cooling. They do so using a heater. That means you can enjoy the fan in winter as well as summer! A heating function does use more power though.