On an average day in Singapore, the heat can only be described as unbearable. To counter such weather, we all turn to our favourite word “air-con (AC)”. Every bus, train, mall and car is now equipped with air-conditioning. But what about at home where the air-conditioning bills are yours to pay?

Would a fan be able to cool you as much as an air-con can? We find the best fans for you, to be a fan of.


Fans vs Air-Con: How much it costs you?

Electricity Bills

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The SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for most Singaporeans will be, if the weather is not too hot, a fan will do. Once it goes to the point of indoor sweating, the air-con takes over. However, most of us are unaware of how much electricity an AC unit consumes. The National Environmental Agency found that air-conditioning takes up to 40% of an average household electricity bills, the single highest contributor to electricity bills.

An AC unit can consume anywhere from 1000 to 3500 watts per hour whereas a fan usually takes up only 15 to 90 watts per hour based on fan type (standing/ceiling) and speed. With electricity tariff prices rising, this should be the main point of comparison between your cooling options.

Environmental Impact

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A much less known consequence of using the AC unit, they generate high amounts of harmful greenhouse gases.

Chlorofluorocarbons and hydro-fluorocarbons are released into the atmosphere every time an AC unit is switched on. These greenhouse gases are contributors to rising global temperatures, which unsurprisingly, cause more usage of air-conditioning. The result? A cyclical effect where the more we use our AC, the more we need to use our AC.


Are Fans Cool Enough?

Fans are commonly thought to be not cooling enough for intense weathers, or unable to cool a room enough to be comfortable in. That used to be true with last decade fans that were unable to output strong enough wind pressure or speed to keep up with the weather. However, new age high-tech fans now boast technology that is not only able to keep you cool but also keeps your bills low.

What to Look Out For When Buying a Fan

FeaturesWhy it is important?

Sturdy design

- look for a fan with a solid structure and made with durable materials.

Quietness

- consider the noise level of the fan, especially if you intend to place it in a bedroom. A quiet fan has a noise level of fewer than 60 decibels.

Easy to clean

- over time, the blades are bound to get dirty. Before choosing a fan notice if the grille is easy to remove so you can clean the blades. A bladeless fan won’t have that kind of issues.

Timer

Do you usually forget to turn off your fan? Get one with a timer.

Speed settings

- a fan with different speed settings will allow you to better control the cooling performance of the fan.

Intuitive controls

- a remote control is more convenient to adjust the fan speed from afar.

Adjustable height and tilting head

- these features allow you to target different areas of a room at different heights.

 

Our top 5 Recommendations for High-Tech Fans

1. Vornado 660B Medium Air Circulator from SGD$399

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The Vornado 660 is a clever combination of the words vortex and tornado. And it deserves that name. It is considered less a fan and more of an air circulator, it creates a unique airflow pattern called Vortex Action to circulate all the air in the room. Unlike a traditional fan, even when the Vornado is not pointed at you, you will still feel the cool winds travelling around the room. The price may seem steep for an initial purchase, but consider this as a long term investment.

Each Vornado has a 5-year warranty and will naturally replace your reliance on your AC unit, reducing electricity bills in the long run.

2. Dyson AM07 Tower Fan from SGD$779

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Dyson fans are always a sight to behold with their exceptional bladeless design. The AM07 or Air Multiplier 07 combines form with function. The Air Multiplier technology draws surrounding air and accelerates it through the machinery, ‘multiplying’ the air output. The bladeless design also ensures it is safe even with kids around. Many reviews praise the quietness of the fan, with some claiming it has led them to a night of better sleep.

As of this article written date (26th May 2019), the Dyson AM07 is on a 55% discount at Lazada (link above)!

3. EuropAce Jet Turbine Fan EJF 198C from SGD$179

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The EuropAce Jet Turbine Fan is the best value for money air circulator you can find on the market. Note that this is not the cheapest, but rather works best for what it is worth. Similar to the Vornado, the EJF 198C circulates air around the room, ensuring constant levels of temperature anywhere in your room. It is, however, not as strong in reducing the room’s temperature on its own. The product is recommended to be paired with air-conditioning for maximum use.

This means you could turn on your AC unit for shorter periods of time and use the EJF 198C to keep the temperature cool.

4. Mistral MFD440R Remote Tower Fan from SGD$128

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The tower fan design has largely remained unchanged for decades because it is simple and efficient. The Mistral MFD440R sticks to the traditional design infused with new technology. Coupled with an in-built air ionizer, enjoy cool and fresh air all day. And as the name suggests, you are given a remote control with the fan to adjust its speed and timer settings.

The slim size is a huge plus if you don’t have much space in your room.

5. KDK U48FP Ceiling Fan from SGD$498

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If you feel like your room is too large for a standard fan, or you want a stronger cooling option, look no further than a ceiling fan. The KDK U48FP is a highly recommended product by many homeowners. It comes attached with a light source that has 3 settings (white, cool daylight, warm) removing the need for any additional ceiling lights. The fan boasts a 1/f Yuragi function, a mode that mimics the calm and relaxing winds of nature.


You can have all the settings changed easily with the portable remote control that comes with the fan.

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