Fan Buying Guide
June 02, 2021

We’ve all been there: summer finally decides to make an appearance and suddenly our homes turn into greenhouses, collecting heat all day, and then storing it all night, resulting in an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

Before you rush to your local Robert Dyas store or start browsing online for instant cooling satisfaction, here are a few handy tips to consider when buying a fan, which, if used properly, will help cool your home or office, and avoid the need to consider more expensive and larger solutions such as air conditioning.

How much will a good quality cooling fan cost?

You don’t need to spend a fortune to keep cool but for those wishing to invest more, it’s often a case of “you get what you pay for”, which we will delve into further below. As a rule of thumb, a basic fan will cost less than £20 and then go up in price towards the more expensive options.

Which fan is best for you?

In order to help you buy the best fan, there are a few things to consider such as the size of the room you want to cool, your design preferences and features. We have listed a few options below for you to make the best choice.

What types of cooling fans are available?

Whether you have plenty of space for your fan, or are just trying to keep your office desk area a little more comfortable, there will be a fan design for you.

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Desktop Cooling Fans

The desk fan design is the classic cooling fan design, with a compact base for desktop applications. Models may oscillate to help spread cooled air around, but if you are looking to cool a certain area or small room, and you have a desktop, then this type of fan will provide the cooling you need.

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Pedestal Cooling Fans

The pedestal fan design takes the classic desktop fan and places it on a pedestal. This allows a wider area to potentially be cooler, and a pedestal fan often features a wider range of oscillation to spread the cooled air around.

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Tower Fans

An alternative to the pedestal fan is the tower fan. These offer a very compact footprint ideal in small spaces and are often designed with quieter motors, to give high levels of cooling without too much noise pollution. These will also feature an oscillating mode so that the cool air can be circulated throughout the room, or focussed on a particular area! The tower style fan can also be a safer option for those with younger members in the household or pets, as any rotating blades are safely concealed.

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Floor Fans

The floor fan offers a stylish ‘industrial’ look compared to other fans and comes with an open design so that more air is drawn through the fan, increasing the cooled air that is blown out. These styles often feature more powerful motors with variable speeds, to cool a room more quickly.

And of course for short term use in limited spaces such as an office or even the car there are clip on fans, USB powered fans and handheld fans available, which take up little space, and can be taken from place to place to be used wherever you need a blast of cooler air.

What features should I look out for in a cold air fan?

Once you have chosen the style of fan that suits your home or office, there are some features worth looking out for on selected models. Having variable speeds will allow you to control the amount of cooling air being produced and the noise level of the fan. A remote control version can be handy for those who want to move around as little as possible on a humid evening, and some fans even offer a timer delay option. Don’t panic if they do not, as an alternative is to use a plug in timer. 

What can I do to get the best out of my air cooling fan?

Here are a few handy tips on how to get the best from your cooling fan: Place the fan backing on to an open window or cooler room – it will then draw in cooler, fresher air. If you have a loft, open the loft hatch. Hot air rises quickly, and is much better in your loft than in your bedroom!Consider a timer plug - so that you can control the use of the fan, especially with younger family members. At night, you can try pointing your fan facing – securely - out of a window, as any rising hot air will be sucked outside, allowing cooler air below to rise to aid cooling.