Product Type: Homebase Tower Fan
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Good for UK summers.
Homebase Pedestal Fan
Member Name: kama0529
Homebase Pedestal Fan
Advantages: Oscillating. Adjustable. 3 speeds. Fairly quiet. Wipeable. Inexpensive. Durable.
Disadvantages: Some background noise. Feels a bit flimsy.
Its fair to say that I have not had much need over recent months to turn on my Homebase Pedestal Fan - but back in the summer, this was a different story and I used it a fair bit. Unlike in other places in the world that are geared up for hot weather with air-con installed in their houses and swimming pools in their back gardens, here in the UK we have to make do with regular cool showers, cold drinks - and a fan in the corner of the room which battles to keep the room temperature at least a little more comfortable.
The fan was bought from Homebase about 18 months ago for the low cost of £17.99 - which seemed a very reasonable price to pay. I have used it for two summers and it has remained in working order despite some fairly heavy use over the summer period - and, to be honest, it still works as good as new. Although it feels fairly lightweight and even a little flimsy, it is actually quite durable as it has survived my house - which is no small feat!!! The pedestal base is stable and not easy to tip over, and from a safety point of view, the grill holes are too small for little children to poke their fingers in to (so no trips to the Emergency Department!).
This fan is made of plastic and works by blades inside the round grill swirling around very fast, creating a movement of cool air which emits from the fan and cools the room. There are three possible speeds to this fan (1, 2, and 3), which the highest speed being the one which will turn the blades the fastest and so create the coolest air and the most blow. I would tend to have it set to the highest level most of the time as I have fairly big rooms and so the maximum effect really is needed. However, in a small office, I would expect that it would be possible to have it on a lower setting - which would mean less noise and less electricity being used.
As well as the blades moving inside the grill, the grill also moves from side to side, meaning that the air is being oscillated around the room and not just being focused in one direction. This clearly allows greater movement and circulation of air within the room which keeps the room that little bit cooler. It also means that you do not have to have the fan directed at you all of the time which, even on the hottest days, can make you cold rather than cool very quickly. However, this feature is optional and if you would prefer to have the fan blasting in one direction then you can simply turn off the oscillating feature.
From an effectiveness point of view, I have found that it helps keep the room cooler. Its not magic and it is no where near as good as air-con, but it is an aid which can make the heat a little more manageable with no effort needed on your part.
The only negative thing about the fan, as with all fans, is that it does create a background noise - and the higher the setting, the more noise is created. To be honest, I'm able to tune this out as white noise, but my partner hates it and regularly nags me to turn it off because of the noise. I would say it is a fairly soft sound and is constant and so you habituate to it very quickly.
Because it is made from plastic, it is wipeable - which is a good thing as it does have a tendency to attract dust. However, it can be hard to get all of the dust out of the small holes in the grill - but most of it can easily be wiped or dusted away.
Overall, I recommend this fan for summer use.