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When we had that strange mini heat wave in April I thought I'd get ahead of myself and replaced my twenty year old pedestal fan with a more effective (and infinitely more attractive!) tower fan. After reading around and comparing all the various options I went for this Premiair PTF06RI Tower Fan with Ioniser as it was deemed to the best in its price bracket.
At the time it was priced at £60 including free delivery and I'm pleased with this, although I saw the same fan in a small electrical shop in London for £42.95 recently so if you are interested in buying one then I suggest you shop around. Actually you may have to as despite extensive searching I cannot find a single online store stocking this particular fan now, even Amazon are sold out and don't know if they'll be getting them again!
The fan stands roughly 2 ½ feet high and although streamlined it has a slightly bulky appearance which I think is nicer than the very thin tower fans that I had been looking at previously. It has a modern design with chrome effect around the display panel and the body of the fan being silver at the front and a dark grey at the back. The display panel itself is large enough that you can see at a glance what setting the fan is on, but not so big that it takes away from the overall look - when the fan is on the panel is lit with a lovely blue colour that I find rather soothing at night when I've turned the lights off.
The fan is very easy to use and a simple to follow instruction manual is provided with it. You will probably need to have a look at the manual before using it as there are several different options for setting the fan, all of which can be found using either the buttons at the top of the fan or the small remote control. There are eight speed settings which go up in gradients from a light breeze to a very strong wind that can literally blow all your papers around the room so approach this top speed with caution! I find the most comfortable setting is somewhere in the middle, although I did make use of the top setting last month when it suddenly went very hot for a couple of days and I found it extremely refreshing and very cold.
I am very pleased with how quiet this fan is, it's practically silent compared to my now defunct elderly pedestal fan which would roar into action and gradually get louder. You can obviously hear the motor but it's a very subdued tone and if you have the fan on one of the higher settings you can barely hear the motor over the whooshing of the cold air.
There is a timer mode which is very easy to set and on the few occasions I have had cause to use this feature I can tell you it's accurate and reliable. The timer is handy in the evenings when it can become stuffy at this time of year, I sometimes set it to timer mode on the very low setting when I get into bed and that's just enough to stir the air and make my bedroom a more comfortable sleeping environment. Setting the timer allows me to avoid the fan slowly giving the bedroom an Arctic temperature if left on overnight!
There is an ioniser function which I sometimes use, but who is to say whether it is effective at cleaning the ions in the air! An ioniser is supposed to be very good for allergy sufferers and asthmatics so perhaps I should use it more often as I suffer quite severely with both of these conditions, although my main reason for not activating the ioniser more often is purely for comfort reasons as it does reduce the amount of speed settings I can use.
I think the oscillating function of the fan is excellent. It rotates to a wide enough angle that the fan can be placed in the corner and it will cool the air throughout the room, yet it's arc means that none of the power is lost by it directing the air flow at the wall. I think the width of the fans rotation was extremely well thought out by Premiair because it seems to be perfect to me. Of course, you can stop the rotation at the touch of a button and then the air will be directed in one spot which is a godsend sometimes when I feel a hot flush coming on, sadly an unavoidable side effect of the myriad tablets I take daily but one which this fan does help with (as would any fan in all honesty, but the high 'hurricane' setting of this one is the best I've ever come across!).
I cannot fault this fan at all. It's quiet, effective and just as easy to operate as my very simple three button ancient pedestal fan. Admittedly it was rather more expensive than I had thought to pay for a fan, especially given our very poor English summers, but it has proved worth it's weight in gold on the odd hot day we've had this year.
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