As the temperature rises, we get hotter and hotter. If the temperature remains high or continues to rise, we can soon start to perspire. On hot days, the air – and consequently the heat – can accumulate in loft and city apartments in particular, as well as in apartments in old buildings. The same thing can happen in apartments and houses with big walls of glass on the outside. Whether you are in the office or your bedroom, as soon as the heat builds up, you begin to perspire: it becomes harder to concentrate, you start to feel sluggish and despite being tired, you find it almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. There is only one thing that can help in such situations: cooling down.
There are numerous ways you can cool your body and mind. There are a lot of tricks for cooling yourself down such as taking a hot shower (yes, hot!), putting your wrists under the cold tap or drinking peppermint tea. If you don’t have air-conditioning, you will need to be creative – or get yourself a fan. Fans are a real alternative to air-conditioning systems and come in a variety of designs, to suit every budget.
Fans – why they cool us down
All fans – no matter what type or model – are based on the same operating principle: they circulate the indoor air. That creates a flow of air which has a cooling effect on the skin. But why exactly?
Our skin is enveloped in a layer of warm air. The higher the room temperature, the more heat and moisture we release through our skin – we constantly absorb sweat. This makes the air close to the body moist and hot. The flow of air created by the fan blows away that warm layer of air enveloping our skin, replacing it with cooler and drier air. This enables our sweat to evaporate quicker and more effectively so that we experience a cooling sensation. A gentle flow of air from a fan is enough to bring about this natural cooling which is one of the body’s own functions.
Why fans are a real alternative to air-conditioning
Anyone without air-conditioning might easily become envious of someone raving about theirs in the middle of summer. However there’s no need to be as a fan is a great alternative – perhaps even a better solution for cooling yourself down. Fans definitely have the edge over air-conditioning where health is concerned. Air-conditioning systems actually cool the air, but not naturally like the fan. The cooling effect of the air-conditioning system is produced artificially and also dehumidifies the indoor air. If an air-conditioning system is left on all the time, the indoor air will become dry and our mucous membranes will dry out, increasing the risk of us catching a cold. That is one of the reasons why people who enjoy the benefits of an air-conditioning system also often have colds. In addition, an air-conditioning system can also lead to circulation problems when you come in from outside where the weather is hot into an area where the air-conditioning is turned up high. Fans make use of the natural cooling effect by circulating the existing indoor air.
Both devices require power, however a fan is much more energy-efficient than an air-conditioning system. In addition, an air-conditioning system will need to be installed: a complicated task that can also be expensive, depending on the individual system. According to the device and type of installation in each case, it is not even permitted for air-conditioning systems to be installed on or in certain buildings. Once an air-conditioning system has been installed, that’s where it stays whereas a fan can be placed where it is needed and all that it requires is a power source. Consequently, the fan is a flexible device that can be used to provide direct or indirect cooling as required. It will depend on the intended use, requirement and budget in each case as to whether you choose an air-conditioning system or a fan. It is important to know that a fan can be just as refreshing as an air-conditioning system and is probably better for your health.
What types of fan are there?
There are many different types of fan to choose from: they come in all shapes and sizes and are designed for various types of use. The categories they fall into include floor-standing, table, pedestal, tower, wall, ceiling, USB and handheld fans. It will depend on your personal needs as to which fan is the right choice for you. There is a suitable solution for every need. Here is a brief overview of the most common types.
If you would prefer to be shown the characteristics of the different types of fan, watch this video.
Mostly used for indirect cooling, they are placed on the floor. Floor-standing fans focus on wind production and therefore usually have several speed settings. Some models also oscillate (swivel from left to right) while others remain in the same fixed position. In this category, Stadler Form has a device equipped with swivel mode (Charly floor) and two devices with impressive exclusive designs and concentrated wind power: the designer fan Q and Otto with his unique bamboo frame.
These are among the most popular fans purchased in Switzerland*. Pedestal fans are height-adjustable and have a swivel mode. Their freely adjustable height and oscillation make pedestal fans ideal for highly effective, indirect cooling. It can be very pleasant, particularly in the bedroom or lounge, if the breeze produced is not aimed directly at you but still delivers effective cooling. Stadler Form offers an attractive option in this popular category in the form of Charly stand.
If you have limited space, a space-saving tower fan with its slender stature is the right type for you. These fans move and distribute the air in the room evenly and pleasantly and have various speed settings. An elegant example is tower fan Peter from Stadler Form. He can produce whatever wind strength you want, from a natural breeze to strong wind, and is easy to operate using his remote control.
They are perfect for small spaces such as office desks, bedside tables or occasional tables. Table fans cool you down when you need them to and are extremely handy. Some models have a USB connection, making them flexible too, so a table fan can also make the ideal travel companion. Stadler Form offers two very different devices in this category: Tim with his classic appearance and USB cable and Peter little, the little brother of tower fan Peter. The latter can also produce whatever wind strength you want, from a gentle breeze to strong wind, and also has an automatic swivel mode.
Anyone who opts for a fan will be spoilt for choice. One thing’s for certain: once you’ve made your decision, it’s a good idea to purchase your device sooner rather than later. Because as soon as the temperature starts to rise, the demand for fans can go through the roof and they can quickly sell out during the course of the summer.
Cool yourself down now with a Stadler Form device before it gets too hot!