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Getting the most from your Pedestal Fan

Cooling fans have come a long way in recent times. Below are some clever tips on staying cool this summer.

How to get the most of your Pedestal Fan?

  • Instead of air forcefully blowing directly over you, position your fan in a corner and tilt it upwards so that it circulates an even and gentle breeze around the room.
  • Cool down the air temperature in your house in the afternoon or evening by positioning one pedestal fan directly facing out towards an open window and another pedestal facing inwards directly in front of an open window on the opposite side of the room. This will draw-in cooler outdoor air and expel warmer indoor air.
  • Double the cooling effect by standing your pedestal fan right in front of a split system or portable air conditioner allowing it to blow the cool air over a wider area.
  • Create a "swamp cooler" by placing a large bowl of ice on a table directly in front or behind the fan. The air blowing over the ice increases the wind-chill effect.

Some Science!

Our bodies are like mini heating radiators, emitting a tiny layer of warm air around us about 1-3mm thick. In the hot, still air of summer, this layer of warmth acts like a blanket insulating our body heat inwards. A cooling fan helps to blow this layer of warm air off our skin and expose us to the cooler air temperature of the air around us. This is the same reason why we get "wind chill" in winter. The effect is even greater for sweat - while it initially cools us down, the muggy layer of sweat needs to be evaporated.