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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Keeping your home cool in summer is key to
living comfortably during
those hot days and nights, especially when you don’t have access to an air conditioner.
That’s where fans and air circulators can
come to the rescue, supplying refreshing breezes
at a very low cost when compared to air conditioners. And they’re energy efficient, too.
Whether it’s ceiling fans, pedestal fans, tower fans or even desk fans, there are options
out there to suit your needs and to help give you some relief from those scorching summer
days. Our comprehensive guide to fans and coolers details your options and the information
you need before buying.
The best fan for your needs
will depend on
where you need cooling, the size of your room, budget and, of course, personal preference.
There are five main types of fan.
Tower fans are a
great option if you don’t have a lot of space as they’re tall and narrow,
and only take up a small amount of floor area. Strong and usually quiet, tower fans push air
across a wide area and can be purchased with or without blades, to ensure the safety of your
family, especially if you have children.
While they’re similar to pedestal fans, tower fans tend to have more
features such as an in-built thermostat, which can check the temperature of a room and
automatically turn on and off when required.
Best used in: Bedrooms and other small rooms.
A classic choice, pedestal
fans have the ability to affect large rooms, and
their height and direction (straight or rotating) can be adjusted to give you more control
and flexibility. More powerful than tower fans, pedestal fans are a great option if you need
to service a large room or need greater control over air direction. They’re portable, so can
be moved from room to room.
Best used in: Living rooms and larger areas.
Desk fans are a quick and easy
solution to catch the breeze while you’re working at home or
in the office. Depending on the power source, desk fans only need to be plugged in and
switched on to operate.
Best used in: The office or at home, on your desk.
fans are small devices that operate from the floor and can be placed in
the corner of a room, out of the way. Look for one with an adjustable height and direction,
for greater control and flexibility.
Best used in: Small rooms or smaller living areas.
Ceiling fans are a great, more
economic alternative to air conditioners as
once they’re installed on your ceiling, they can cool the whole room. Ceiling fans are
powerful and can also be used in conjunction with an air conditioner to increase their
efficiency on those scorching hot days and nights.
Best used in: Bedrooms, kitchen/dining rooms, living rooms and other
The difference between a fan and an air circulator is that air circulators keep the
air in a room moving
constantly, which creates a cooling effect. While fans blow air on you to provide a nice
cooling breeze and are generally only used in summer, air circulators can actually be used
year-round. This is because they don’t create a “wind chill” effect, but rather regulate the
temperature in a room.
“Air circulators are also very handy to use in conjunction with your air conditioner in
summer, as they can help to circulate the cool air around the room quicker, meaning your air
conditioner won’t need to work as hard and you might see some benefits on your energy
bills,” says Scott Bazley, Heating and Cooling Buyer at The Good Guys.
The power a fan can produce depends on three key factors –
size, speed settings and motor.
“Before beginning your search for a new fan, you’ll need to keep in mind how big the room is
that you’re purchasing it for, as that will ultimately determine the fan size and motor
power you’ll need,” says Scott Bazley.
“Before beginning your search for a new fan, you’ll need
to keep in mind how big the room is that you’re purchasing it for, as that will
ultimately determine the fan size and motor power you’ll need.”
Fans with high speed settings, such as those with a high number of watts, will generate a lot
of air movement and provide you with greater control over the temperature in your room.
Ceiling fans are powered by an in-built motor, so buying the right size for your room is
critical. If you buy one that’s too small, your fan won’t work effectively, while if you buy
one with a motor that’s too big, you’ll be wasting a lot of energy when you don’t need to
and you’ll feel it when your energy bill arrives. The bigger the motor, the faster the fan
There are two different types of motor found in ceiling fans – DC motor
(direct current) and AC motor (alternating current). AC motors are the most powerful,
measuring from 17.3 to 58 watts, while DC motors are more energy efficient by using less
power, ranging from 5.2 to 27.5 watts.
“Fans with big motors will spin quickly, while there are also stability
and noise benefits as they won’t make as much sound,” says Scott Bazley. “This is
particularly handy if you’re looking to install ceiling fans in bedrooms.”
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Fans are a great, cheap alternative to air conditioners, but
while they are cheap to run per hour, cost can add up quickly as homes will generally
feature more than one fan.
As an approximate guide, here’s what different types of fan will cost per hour to run*:
All ceiling fans must be installed by a licensed
professional, such as an electrician. The Good Guys makes this process easy, with tradies
on-hand, ready to come to your home and install your ceiling fans, including those with
light fittings, to get your new cooling system up and running as soon as possible.
Ceiling fan installation starts from $129. Our tradies will even show you how to use your new
fan and clean up when they finish! For more information on our ceiling fan installation
Portable fans are
very affordable and depending on your
needs and the features you’re looking for, there’s one to suit every budget.
Shop the biggest range of tower, pedestal, floor, desk and ceiling fans from the best
including Mercator, Dyson, Vornado, Omega Altise, Kambrook, Nordic, Sunbeam and DeLonghi, at
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