This type of fan is as the name suggests – a fan installed or suspended from the ceiling. A ceiling fan generally consists of four parts: a canopy that serves to keep the fan balanced and houses the wiring, a down rod that positions the fan slightly lower than the ceiling, a housing that covers and protects the motor from dust and blades that rotate to circulate the air.
Ceiling fans can feature anywhere from just two blades up to nine blades. Fans with more blades increase the drag on the motor and therefore move slightly slower than fans with two or three blades. So while they do tend to circulate less air, they are quieter. Fewer blades allow for faster rotation, which results in the sound being more noticeable. With that in mind, fans with four or five blades prove to be an ideal compromise in terms of achieving the ideal balance of air circulation and sound. However, it must be noted that recent technological advancements now mean that regardless of whether a fan has two blades or seven blades, the air circulation is effective and the sound is minimal. This means that more often than not, the number of blades is more about aesthetics.
Other points to think about when selecting a ceiling fan are illumination and control. Some fans come with a built-in light source, but most do not and require either a single or double globe installation. You should also consider how you would like to control the fan – would you prefer a remote control, pull switch or wall control?
Standing fans are sometimes referred to as pedestal fans. They’re made up of a metal stand holding a fan head inside a metal cage. Blade numbers usually range from two to four.
The biggest selling point of this type of fan is that it’s both portable and adjustable. Standing fans are fairly lightweight and can be moved about the room, or from room to room as and when required. Simply aim it in a specific direction to get the airflow exactly where you want it. The stand itself is usually adjustable so you can change the height of the fan and the head may have tilting capabilities. With features like this, as well as the ability to adjust the blade speed, this is our top recommendation if you’re looking for a way to cool down your home without installing a ceiling fan.
Whether you’re working in a conventional office or at home, a desk fan is a great option for keeping cool while you work. Studies show that maintaining a workspace with sufficient airflow helps increase productivity. So if you find yourself feeling sluggish or distracted, this handy appliance may help combat that.
Desk fans come in a variety of designs, with small pedestal and box shapes being the most common. These designs are small enough to fit on most desks without taking up too much space and have a casting that protects your fingers from the blades.
Because they’re so portable, desk fans are great for moving around the room and positioning in different spots. They’re effective enough to keep a single user cool without impacting others nearby – ideal for an open-plan office space where not everyone may want additional air circulation.
Portable rechargeable misting fans are a must for the South African summer. They don’t rely on electricity to operate, so you’ll still be able to keep cool when loadshedding kicks in. This also allows you to move it about the house without concerns about available plug points. You can even take it outside for use on your patio or braai area.
Misting fans combine a regular fan with water jets to create a fine mist. When the water droplets are released into the air, they pull heat energy with them, lowering the temperature to create a cooling effect. This is why you needn’t worry about this fan making your furniture or clothes damp.
Another convenient feature of the misting fan is the built-in water tank. Simply fill it up and you’re good to go. No need to rely on apressurised water source while the fan is in use.