We all know what a fan is. We all know that there are different types of fans such as ceiling fans, pedestal fans, wall mounted fans and table fans. We know they come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. But do we know how to get the MOST of out of them. Here we present a whole bunch of tips and tricks to make the most of your fan and to cool yourself down quicker.
The ice bucket challenge
Why a challenge ? well, we challenge you to do this and see if you don’t feel cool extremely quickly. If you have a table fan or a fan small enough that you can place it on a table, then get it in position. Then grab yourself a big bucket and fill it with ice. The bigger the better! Place it right in front of the fan. The fan will blow the cold moist air, circulating around the ice, over to you, giving you a super cool refreshing breeze that will cool you down in no time at all.
It’s not the most efficient way of cooling down and all that ice can add to the relative humidity, as the moisture evaporates and gets absorbed into the air, but it’ll sure feel good for a little while.
Blow the hot air out
Setting up a fan to face you and blow air across your face isn’t actually cooling the air, it’s just blowing air around. It might feel refreshing, but what if you want o actually cool the whole room? – well here’s a trick – place the fan near an open window so that it’s facing outside. Yes it’s blowing air outside, but the important fact is that it’s actually blowing the warm air out from the room.
This will work to an extent, but to get a really effective cooling system you’ll need to add another fan. Place this second fan near another window, with the fan facing IN to the room (the opposite of the other fan). So you’ll have one fan at a window pulling in the cool air from outside and you’ll have another fan at a different window pushing the warm air back outside.
If possible, place the fan that is pulling in the cool air on the coolest or shadiest side of your home. Place the fan that’s blowing air out on the warmest or sunniest side of your home. Then you’ll be inviting in the cool air and ejecting the warm air.
This is a great technique to get cool air flowing through your home BUT there’s a few caveats… firstly this will only work if the outside air is cooler than the air in your home. Also check what’s outside the window where you’re pulling in cool air. If that’s where you put your trash or harmful paints / toxic material then you probably don’t want to invite the odours and harmful particles into your home.
It’s Cool down below
Warm air rises, so the coolest air in your room will be down near the floor. Place your fan (if it’s a smallish table fan) down on the floor and angle it facing upwards. This will blow the cool air upwards, mixing with the warmer air and at least making it feel cooler where it matters – around you!
Use your insulation to COOL
If you’re using the two (or more) fan method, try running the fans through the night (subject to security – don’t leave windows open if you’re in a vulnerable area). This will bering the cool air we enjoy in the night, into your home as the outwards facing fan expels the warm air.
When sunrise arrives, stop the fans and shut all the windows and shutters. Yours house will have cooled significantly by now and now it’s time for your insulation in your walls to take over. Insulation was designed to keep houses warm, but just as it can trap heat, it can also trap cool air. US this to your advantage and your house will remain cool for the best part of the day. The repeat the process again the following night.
Get a window fan
If the idea of setting up fans by the windows seems a little untidy, then why not invest in a window fan? Window fans are designed to fir in your window frame. Some can be pretty powerful – enough to pull air all the way through your house.