Temperatures in Cyprus are really high every single summer and so is the price of electricity; although electricity is high all year long. These are the two most important factors that led the demand for fans go really high. But as their technology has been significantly upgraded, it is good to know what is available on the market today before you start looking.

A fan will not just cool your room. It will also help with ventilation especially in case of smokers. Also, it will control humidity by keeping it at low levels, while in the same time it will save you from mosquitoes in the most natural possible way and without any use of chemicals!

In the old days, there was fear and ignorance regarding the use of fans. As well as, misuse. At the time before air conditions, we all remember of someone getting severe muscle or nerve pains from using fans the wrong way or a grandma who refused to buy one, to avoid getting “sick”. However now with new technologies and much better consumer information, fans again conquer the place they deserve.

Additionally, awareness about global warming and the consumer shift towards more ecological and natural solutions for the needs of everyday life, further enhances their use.

Types of Fans

The fans now on the market are mostly using electricity and are divided into two main types: air and/or water fans. The first, is the classic type with the motor and the propeller that blows air or at some cases, cooler air. These fans also carry a tank for adding water or ice water while some such fans can even be filled with ice cubes! :)

The second type, sprays water droplets while there are fans that combine these two types as well, by blowing air and spraying water at the same time.

Recently, there was an impressive debut on the market by a new type of fan, the so-called "ring" which also blows air but with no blades. It does the same job with the classic but it is more powerful, uses less electricity, is safer due to the lack of blades and nearly silent.

For now, as it is something new and revolutionary, it is considered to be an expensive option compared to the prices of common electric fans but it is far superior in appearance and quality.

In general, apart from technology there are many types of fans depending on the space they will cover, where they will be placed and the needs to be meet. Let's take a look at the main types of fans:

Classic Fan

Our well-known fan that blows air via a propeller, which either with a leg, or an arm that fits to the wall, or a small basis to sit on the table or desk, can be placed in almost every part of the house.

Heater Fan

It is also known as bathroom heater and is a usually small fan adapted to the wall or on a steady base at the floor that blows cold or hot air. It is mostly used to quickly heat a room, usually small rooms such as bathrooms. However, due its increased use of power, it is not an economical solution and thus cannot be used as the main heating source for the house.

Window fan

This type of fan, usually of a small size, is installed or “built” in windows to help with a room’s ventilation by renewing the indoor air.

Tower Fan

Narrow columns with an inner fan that blows air and/or sprays water. This elegant solution does not require much space as the classic fans do, so it is an ideal solution for the office or any small space.

Ceiling Fan

It is usually installed on the existing lights of a room or if there aren’t any, there is the option of the one that includes lights. There is a big variety at styles and shapes, they usually have no cover or other protective device (no need due to the spot they are installed) and it is probably the ideal solution for any room because the ceiling makes their work is very effective.

From my personal experience, make sure that the propeller is placed behind the lights of the room and not in front of them because at night the illuminated rotating blades will turn your house to a club! :)

Hand Fan

These cute little fans are widely spread in hot countries especially after China invaded the global market, mainly online; they are everywhere. These very practical hand held fans come in almost every design and color, work with batteries and might even include a special water tank to spray water, as well.

Settings

Every type of fan has its basic settings such as the power adjustment but also some extras that you won’t find in all fans.

So, according to your needs look for fans:

  • with adjustable blades that allow the user to turn them to specific spots in a room
  • with an extra function of a fresh air ionizer that filters and purifies the air
  • with an additional cover for kids safety
  • with a remote control so that it can be operated from a distance
  • with a less noisy motor
  • with a guarantee that will ensure its quality but also its good operation for many years
  • with a timer so that it automatically stops working after a specific period of time
  • with a switch that controls the direction of the propeller’s rotation
  • with the option to rotate so that it cools more than one spots in the room

In our local market you may find all types of fans with the option to include all or some of the above settings. But besides technology, design and good operation, fans should also be used the correct way in order to protect our health.

Very few are aware or follow the basic instructions on the correct use of fans, although they are really simple. In general, there are 4 basic rules to always follow and stay healthy:

 4  Health Rules

1.

Drink water. A fan might dehydrate your body by blowing air and thus, you should make sure you are always hydrated.

2.

Avoid sitting or sleeping with a fan facing directly your body for long, especially if you are sweating, because this might result to medical conditions.

3.

Avoid letting kids and fans alone together in a room and make sure you add a protective cover to the propellers.

4.

In cases of extreme heat, a fan working in a completely closed room is not healthy because it’s not cooling it, instead it blows hot air to your body and dehydrates it. In this case, we always open a window or we use extra cooling methods apart from fans.

Did you know?

  • If you place the fan in front of the window, the air will be cooler because it will be channeled from outside and not the already hot room, inside.
  • It might sound strange but during winter the fan should be rotating clockwise in order to compress the hot air down and during the summer it should rotate counterclockwise to easier circulate the cooler air which is “heavier”.
  • If you are building your home, remodeling it or you are just dreaming of changes, ask AtYourService specialists a question as to how can fans, window fans and ceiling fans can help reduce the use of electricity, make it healthier and most of all, cooler!