Beat the heat
An English summer can represent an array of weather conditions, and as I write it seems as though we've leapt straight into summer this year and bypassed spring. While most of us enjoy the sunshine and warmth, there are also occasions when we need to keep cool and comfortable - so a good electric fan presents an ideal solution.
Fans can come in all shapes and sizes and be either desktop or freestanding. If you'd like something a little more stylish, NScessity's range sit well on any desk, and give you an oscillating fan with 3 speeds and robust metal build.
You can make use of Air Wick or Glade aroma cartridges with the Bionaire Aroma fan, which will not only give you a cool breeze but a fragrant one too. It includes a retractable cord, remote control and an eight hour timer.
At the top end of the budget are the unique, stylish and energy-efficient Dyson air multipliers. The benefits of these fans come from their no blade-technology, meaning safer (stray fingers won't get caught), and easier to clean. (In one swoop with a cloth, the fan is dust free - a breeze, if you'll excuse the pun.) The fans will give you one stream of air, which isn't buffeted like bladed fans. The desk model is a 12" model, which also oscillates - and with a distinctive dimmer switch you have more control over the fan's speed.
If you don't have the space on a desk or tabletop, and want your fan to cool a larger area, maybe a pedestal or tower fan is for you. This range starts at £29.95 with the NScessity Ultra Slim pedestal fan, with 3 speed settings and oscillating function, perfect for those warmer nights. If you'd like to remote control your fan, the Holmes Tower Fan has an 8-hour timer, so you can drift off to sleep knowing the BT150R-IUK will turn itself off after you hit the land of nod.
Other modern designs from Dyson include the eye-catching pedestal, and its tower fan priced at £299.99 - not cheap, but we really do think they're incredibly innovative. Again, as with the desk fan no blades, so easier to clean, and they come with a remote control so you can adjust the speed of the fan and choose to oscillate or not.
Tower fans tend to offer a quieter cooling experience, so are the perfect companion to keep you cool on a warm night. These range widely in price, but generally offer timer functions and 3 speeds. Some in the range have a life-like breeze setting, like this Bionaire, which will adjust fan speed randomly.
However if you want something that will cool the air rather than simply move it around, then a freestanding air conditioning unit would be best. These draw in air then actually refrigerate it until it's blown out - a much better option for allergy sufferers. These are also better suited to use all year round, as they're combined air coolants and dehumidifiers.