How to find the best fan
Practical and convenient: feel refreshed at the touch of a button
Finding the best fan - matching your personal needs, and your living space requires good planning. Before purchasing a fan, you should consider what you want. For example, should the fan operate with minimal sound so you can also use it in the bedroom? Are smart features important to you so that you are able to control your fan with many settings available? Or does size and style matter when researching for the most suitable fan? Create your fan checklist with the help of the following guide.
Different types of fans
When is a
Fans can be extremely useful all year round. In the summer, fans cool us down pleasantly, whereas in winter, it ensures good distribution of the heating air accumulated under the ceiling. This option is perfect for reducing heating costs. If you want to benefit from your fan 365 days a year, you should ensure the fan has a winter operation option.
What types of
fans are there?
Ceiling fans are installed and wired via the ceiling connection. They are available either exclusively for cooling and distributing the air or with integrated LED lamps for general lighting. Floor and table fans. are more flexible when it comes to placement. Fans with battery charging via USB are perfect as portable fans.
Which technical details do
you need to pay attention to?
Of interest are performance, suitability for a particular room size, as well as different levels of intensity. Depending on the type of ceiling, pay attention to the weight. Stand fans should have the ability to tilt and oscillation (moving the head). Also convenient: height-adjustable floor fans. And operating options range from pull chains to smartphone apps.
Ceiling fans with and without light
Super quiet for the bedrooms
Do you only have one power connection on the ceiling and can't decide whether to use it for a fan or a ceiling light? Then simply choose a fan with integrated LEDs for good general lighting. You can also use a remote control to select the colour of your light, such as with models from Starluna. Quiet fan models are ideal for the bedroom, such as WhisperWind® motor, as with Hunter. Depending on the size of the room, you should consider the suitable fan diameter.
For example, guest room:
|Large room, For example, living room:||Very large room,
e.g. loft apartment:
|< 3 x 3 m
Ø: 76 – 122 cm
|< 6 x 6 m
Ø: 127 – 137 cm
|> 6 x 6 m
Ø: ab 142 cm
Cool breeze provided with table fans
Conveniently take it with you wherever you go
Table fans are perfect for unexpected hot days as they can operate without any installation effort - simply plug them into the socket and cool down. Small fans are particularly popular for the work or home office, as well as in living rooms and kitchens. In addition to its cooling effect, fans can add a touch of style and flair to the room - for example, with models from Casafan in retro chic.
Targeted cooling with standing fans
From concentrted airflow to oscillation
Similarly to table fans, stand fans are also put into operation in the blink of an eye at the nearest power outlet. They can switch on immediately - either directed to a specific corner or oscillating in a larger radius. Due to these features, several people in an office can benefit from the pleasant breeze. Standing fans are usually adjustable in height and angle of inclination, and some models can also be adjusted to oscillate.
Comfort through versatile controllability
In keeping with the times, fans can also be controlled smartly - by remote control or via an app. You can adjust the speed and direction of rotation conveniently via the app. If the fan also functions as a light, you can change the light color with the touch of a button. If desired, the fan can also be voice-controlled. Another option: some fans manufactured have the ability to turn a traditional fan into a smart model by installing a radio receiver.
Fans with IP protection class
Feel refreshed in your outdoor space
If even the most beautiful shady place in the garden does not provide the necessary cooling in the summer, it's time to invest in a fan for your outdoor space. With appropriate IP protection of at least IP44, ceiling fans, for example, from the traditional company Westinghouse, can be easily hung in covered areas of the garden. Individuals who only want temporary cooling can also take a table fan into their outdoor space during a hot summer's day.
Firstly, it is important to clarify what needs and spatial conditions a fan should be adapted. If you shy away from the installation effort, we recommend choosing a floor fan that only requires a power outlet. If you want to save space on the floor and also benefit from operating during the winter, we recommend choosing a ceiling fan with the option to run in reverse. If you would like to use the same ceiling socket for both the fan and the general lighting, it is advisable to choose a fan with built-in LED lighting. If you want to incorporate the fan into your smart home system, check out our smart fans range. Finally, it is important to be aware that if you want to use your fan outdoors, you will need a fan with a suitable protection rating of IP44 or higher.
The size of the room impacts the diameter of the fan that needs to be selected. For small rooms of less than 10m², a diameter of 76 - 122cm is sufficient. A diameter of 127 - 137cm is appropriate for larger rooms. If it is an even larger room, e.g. a large loft, there are suitable fans from collections such as the Westinghouse range, with a diameter of more than 250 cm.
It is not possible to make a general statement on how many watts a fan should have. However, the power consumption depends on the fan speed or revolutions per minute. For a model offering different speed levels, the power consumption increases with the revolutions. On the product sheet, among other information, the power in watts is indicated in relation to the different speed levels, e.g. power: 60/45/40 watts; speed: 175/135/85 rpm.
A fan is perfect when you lack the necessary cooling and it is no longer sufficient to open the windows or take shelter in the shade. A fan with a "winter function" may also be necessary for the colder months of the year, when warm air from the heating system accumulates under the ceiling and warm air needs to be distributed in the room, thus reducing heating costs.
Table fans are best suited for cooling a specific area, e.g. around your desk. Floor fans can be individually adjusted due to the adjustable oscillation, providing refreshing air circulation, even in large rooms. A ceiling fan is unbeatable in terms of its cooling effect: the larger the room to be cooled, the larger the diameter should be. The only additional cost of ceiling fans necessary is the installation in advance. You can find more information about the installation process in this guide.
Usually, ceiling fans are installed in the centre of the room. If it is pleasantly cold outside, you can place the stand fan with its back to the open window so that it draws in the cool air and distributes it throughout the room. On the other hand, if it is too hot outside, you can place the fan elsewhere in the room. Depending on how intense you want the airflow to be, you can let the fan swing or lock it in one direction.
For best air circulation in summer, you should set up the stand fan with the head pointing slightly upwards, as this is the best way to cool the warm air rising upwards.
In the product details we indicate those fans that operate particularly quietly - even at whisper-quiet volume. Hunter, for example, relies on WhisperWind® motors, making the fans suitable for use in the bedroom or work area. Suppliers such as Westinghouse, Starluna and Casafan also attach importance to the quiet operation of their fans. In our shop you will find a wide range of quiet fans.
A fan can run as long as you desire. If you run it to go to sleep on a warm summer evening, you can also use the handy timer function so that it doesn't run all night, saving you electricity.
To enjoy your fan for a long while, you should clean it regularly, as this will prevent the dust from the swirling and settling on the rotor blades. Please ensure the fan has been disconnected from the power supply before cleaning, then you may proceed with vacuuming the fan. Alternitively, you can use a damp cloth to wipe down the housing and rotor blades. Remove any grille that may be attached to protect the rotor blades beforehand. In regards to cleaning tower fans, we recommend carefully reading the operating instructions, where you will find information on how best to open the casing to clean the unit.
When the rotor blades rotate counterclockwise in summer mode (forward rotation), there will be an output of a cool breeze, lowering the room temperature by up to 8 degrees. In addition, this allows the air to circulate pleasantly in the room. If, on the other hand, the blades rotate clockwise (winter mode or reverse mode), the fan distributes the warm heating air that accumulates under the ceiling. In winter mode, there is no cool breeze under the fan, preventing the risk of catching a cold.