As the warmer months approach, many of us will be looking for the best ways to stay cool. Fans are a cost-effective solution to combat the heat; yet, when temperatures reach high levels, we may be led to believe that a conventional fan becomes inefficient, but this is not the case.
We take a look at a few simple things you can do to boost the effectiveness of any fan when the heat is on.
Stick to the lowest speed setting
True, running a fan at a faster speed will circulate more air; nevertheless, this will require the fan to use more electricity.
This means that having a fan on a higher setting will actually have the opposite effect, as the increased quantity of electricity required to operate the fan at a greater speed will generate more heat, as well as the additional annoyance of excess noise.
Using a fan on the lowest setting will still produce an effective flow of air while reducing excessive heat generated by the device.
Place it on the floor
It is tempting on a hot day to set a fan right in front of you to take advantage of the circulating air, but this is not the most effective method to utilise a fan.
It is basic knowledge that heat rises, thus it is always ideal to set a fan in the coldest region of the room to circulate the coolest air. Because the floor level always has the coolest air, positioning any fans on the floor will produce the best benefits.
Keep it clean and dust-free
Whether you choose a regular fan or a type with concealed blades, the numerous components can easily become a magnet for dust and debris, producing a blockage in air flow and dramatically reducing the fan's functionality.
Keeping fans clean, especially in key regions, can substantially reduce the likelihood of appliance malfunction, which can lead to a variety of problems.
It is advised that standard fans be completely cleaned with a duster at least once a month, especially in sections responsible for air movement. Remove the fan's blade cover if possible to allow complete access. When doing this, make sure the fan is turned off.
For fans with concealed blades, refer to the manufacturer's instructions in regards to both how to clean the fan, and how often it should be cleaned.
Fans can be an important tool in keeping any house or company as comfortable as possible in hot weather, and adopting these simple tips and tricks will ensure that you get the most out of them at all times.