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Manufacturer: Bionaire

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      24.08.2012 19:22
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      A good air circulator/fan

      When I have been out visiting family they seem to have these high energy and powerful fans which feel at times like they have air conditioning. They are actually just a normal sized fan in theory and yet the power they generate is fantastic. The last week or so I have seen some of these huge fans for sale and some which are not and they all seem to have a high price tag attached to them. The majority seem to cost around £50 or more. I currently have got a stand-alone fan which during the warm weather has done nothing to assist me in cooling down at all. The fan seemed to have little power and just seemed to spread warm air around the various rooms which was just adding to the humidity. I went to a local electrical store that had this Bionaire fan down in price to £29.99 and I just thought I would go for it. I picked the item up and instantly you can see how heavy it is because although it has a handle on the top it is a tough fan to move around. The fan is built for you already and you have a wall bracket as part of the equipment which I think is there for you should you feel the urge to put this on a wall. You are told how to do this with an instruction sheet as well which comes in handy. The fan is metal and solid and you're instantly trying to find somewhere to put it. You have two options because of how the stand is designed. You can have the fan pointing forwards or pointing in an upwards type fashion. On the back of the fan is the speed control and you have the usual three speeds which you have on most fans. When I turned this setting to the first number the speed was fantastic. The speed for most people is a problem because it does generate exceptional speed but the speed helps generate this cool air which spreads around a room very quickly. This was just on setting one and my living room had curtains waving up and down and even picture frames falling over. I decided to experiment further by turning it on to full blast and within 5 minutes the room was too cold and I actually needed to turn the setting down because of how cool it was. I admit perhaps that a home might not be the best place for this but my home can get warm quickly. There is good and bad points like with most things. The good point is that it will cool you down and the home will have a nice cool air breezing through and it goes everywhere. Stand-alone fans tend to focus on air in one area and even then it is warm air. The second good point is that you know on setting one the fan will offer cool air and if you need it cooler then setting three will help you achieve this feat. The bad side is that your pets act differently because of this fan. My dogs seem unaffected by the power and sound it can generate. However, my cats tend to walk past and then run because they will fly away if they didn't walk. The sound is also perhaps a problem as it is loud but I think like me within a few hours the sound is not really a problem but if you want to watch television then it is. The fan was a great deal reduced from £60 to £29.99 and to me it is a quality fan which does provide excellent coverage for the cool air it generates. There are issues regarding sound and how powerful it can be but for me if you wish to be cool then this is a great item to have. The fan size is 19 inches although it does appear bigger then this when you remove it from the box

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      24.08.2011 16:33
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      4 stars

      A few years ago when we moved into our house, we had an extremely hot bout of weather. My house doesn't have the best insulation, and once the conservatory gets warm the entire place just gets unbearably hot. So off we headed to B and Q to get a fan. Unfortunately everybody else in the same area had the same idea, and by the time we got to B & Q, there was very little choice. I'd wanted to buy a small desk fan, but the only fans they had left were huge. I couldn't wait any longer or try any other shops, so in the end I picked up this Bionaire fan for £50. I can see it's gone up in price since then, but I can't see it ever needing replacing so it's pretty good if you have the space. One point to note is that this fan doesn't have a stand and the height can't be adjusted except by placing it on something such as a table. It's large in size, and pretty heavy as it's metal, so not ideal for transporting. I can carry this on my own for a few paces, but you wouldn't want to be carrying it on your own or down some stairs, particularly if you're not strong. It has a small metal handle on the back which is secure enough to carry it by. The other thing to mention is that this fan is incredibly powerful. I set it up in my lounge, and it's strong enough to blow the canvas prints I have off the wall from a distance of a metre (and a height difference of around 2 metres). For this reason these fans work well in the gym; I've noticed them recently as my local gym and they are used in the advanced spinning classes to keep the cyclists cool. My cats absolutely refuse to walk past the fan when it's on (from any distance), which is useful if you need to do any animal herding. The fan has three different settings, none of which are particularly mild. I'd say that the lowest setting is probably close to twice as strong as your average standard desk fan. For this reason, you're going to be cold within minutes of sitting in front of this fan in anything less than a pair of jeans and a thick top (unless you're exercising of course). The fan can be angled simply by pushing the top back (which angles it up) or pulling it forward (which angles it down). It's easy enough to do, and it angles enough to blast cold air onto your ceiling if you wish. You can't angle it left or right; to do this you have to move the whole fan. I have no idea how much electricity this fan uses, but I imagine it's a large amount, which puts me off using it quite a bit. However, it's so powerful that walking in on a hot day and simply turning it on for five minutes is enough to cool you down. If you want to pretend you're in an advert or on a photoshoot with your hair streaming behind you, you can do that too. Would I recommend this fan? Well, it's not been nicknamed 'The Beast' in our house for nothing! It's probably not best suited to the home environment unless you like being freezing cold all the time and don't care about your electricity bill. It's still going strong after five years and it's a good fan, but be aware you need space to store it and small animals will literally be blown away.

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