The size of your area, the amount and type of cooling you want, as well as running costs will determine which fan or air conditioner is best for your home.
Here’s a few hints to help you make the right selection:
Permanent options, like a ceiling fan or heat pump (air conditioner in summer), are the cheapest heating & cooling options to run, but are more expensive to install. They’re best for large regularly used rooms and can be used to distribute cool air through your whole home when installed with a heat transfer kit.
It might be a bit of a rush to install a ceiling fan the same week as an incoming heatwave, but you’ll be well set up in the future without stealing a precious power point in your lounge or bedroom. Ceiling fans also come in handy in winter, as they can help circulate the warm air that sits at the top of the room.
Here’s what to look for if you opt for a ceiling fan:
Portable cooling is best for cooling smaller spaces for a short time, and if you want a portable option. They are inexpensive to buy and relatively economical to run.
Portable Fans don’t cool down the air but instead just move it around. Then, why do we feel the cold? The answer is simple: the moving air creates a chilling effect on the skin which makes us feel colder
Simple yet effective, personal fans are the answer if you are always hot. These will help you stay cool this summer. Use the USB fans anywhere. Simply plug into a USB port and use at the beach, the campground, and more. Some are also battery operated and small enough to fit in your handbag! Personal fans are easy to set up and offer a simple solution to staying cool this summer.
Ideal if you need a powerful fan that circulates air through a large space like a warehouse, gym, or large office space.
Air circulator fans offer strong performance and large room coverage, keeping large groups cool during summer events or activities. Use both outdoors and indoors. Choose from pedestal or floor fans depending on what you need.
Ideal for large rooms and lounges. The adjustable height allows you to blow air at your ideal height producing increased air circulation
Ideal for large spaces. Floor & Box Fans provide a stronger air flow than most conventional fans
Ideal for compact spaces. Tower fans have a tall design with a cylindrical blade making these ideal for family homes with children.
Ideal for small rooms and spaces. Desk fans are small & portable, making them an ideal solution to cool you down in warm temperatures.
Ideal when floor space is an issue or the ceiling of your house. Helps you save floor space and it is the best type of electric fan for places with low height floor. Installation process is simple & easy.
Portable Air Conditioners (PAC’s) or Evaporative coolers do cool the air electrically or by water. They both require some windows or doors to be open to create airflow and allow hot air trapped inside to escape. The cooler process relies on airflow, with warm air passing through a cooling pad, getting moisture, being pumped through the house and finally exiting via open doors or windows. Only 100% fresh air is circulating, rather than stale and recycled air. It also means that evaporative coolers can also be used to cool outdoor spaces, such as terraces and alfresco areas.
An evaporative cooler is a device that cools air through the evaporation of water. Evaporative cooling differs from typical air conditioning systems, which use vapour-compression or absorption refrigeration cycles.
Benefits of an Evaporative Cooler:
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A portable air conditioner not only delivers strong performance and large area coverage, but it also delivers precise cooling, dehumidifier capabilities, and clean, cool air during humid periods.
Benefits of a PAC:
Before buying yours there are several things to consider first:
HANDY HINT: Portable air conditioners are great to cool rooms between 0 to 40m2, and work better with rooms that are more closed off. Closing all doors, windows, and curtains to block any drafts will also dramatically improve the cooling efficiency of your portable air conditioner.
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Select a cooling solution that will cool your room or yourself faster and more efficiently. Think about when you’re in the home and don’t waste energy cooling rooms when you’re not using them.
Look for models that have certain features that will assist in keeping you cooler like:
Fans require regular cleaning to ensure trouble free operation
Always choose a safe location for the fan, keeping in mind the safety precautions outlined below:
Mitre 10 recommends you read and follow the specific instructions in the user manual of your selected model.