How to make your fan work harder - ipanergy

by Regina Wu
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How to make your fan work harder - ipanergy

The sun is beaming and if you're outside enjoying a cold drink or heading to the beach, you're probably thrilled! But if you're inside your home trying to get work or chores done, you might be struggling to keep your cool.

British homes are infamously ill-equipped to deal with heatwaves, and most of us don't have the luxury of aircon. You may rely on a fan to cool down, but if used the wrong way, all it will do is blow more hot air in your direction, which is the last thing anyone wants.

We've put together some top tips to make your fan work even better and help you ride out the hot spell.

Let the air in

      Get hot air out and let cool air in by creating a crosswind. Keep your windows, doors and blinds shut during the day to avoid hot sun beating down into your house. Then, during the evening, open your windows and place one fan facing towards the window, so it pushes the heat out. Use a second fan, placed inwards, to circulate cool air into the room.

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      Ice, ice baby

      A neat little trick for making the breeze from a fan cooler is to make a kind of homemade air conditioning unit. To do this:

      • Fill an empty 1 litre plastic bottle or 4 pint plastic milk bottle with water and replace the lid.
      • Freeze.
      • Place the bottle on a tray and cover it with a damp cloth.
      • Position the bottle, tray and cloth in front of the fan.

        As the air passes over the iced bottled and damp cloth, it will circulate chilled, refreshingly cold air around the room. Brrr-illiant!

        Keep your fan clean

        When you need a cool breeze, the last thing you want is dust blowing back at you - particularly during hayfever season.

        If you want to improve your fan's performance, make sure you check and clean it as recommended by the manufacturer to prevent a build-up of dirt from restricting the airflow.

        Short on time? Unplug the fan and take it outside near an outdoor plug socket on a dry day, then blast the fan with cool air from your hairdryer, front and back. Wipe down the base and buttons with a cloth.

        For a thorough clean, unplug the fan, then unscrew the front grill and slide off the blades (check the user guide first for the best way to do this). Swirl the blades in a sink filled with warm, soapy water. Rinse, dry thoroughly and re-install. Clean the grill the same way.

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        Settle down with a quieter fan

        If your fan keeps you cool but makes a racket, it might be time to invest in a new one.

        In our most recent tests of tower fans, the Dyson Cool Auto React Purifying Fan was the quietest, achieving full marks on the GHI's decibel test. It was the second highest scorer overall, too, at 85/100.

        by Regina Wu

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