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What is the best portable fan to buy in Canberra?

By Testfest 14 January 2014 38

Hello rioters,

It’s hot and getting hotter. I like to sleep without sweating so I am looking for advice on the quietest pedestal or tower fan to buy so that I can use it in my bedroom at night. It needs to be as quiet as possible or the missus gets the hump and turns it off…

Yes, I know that proper air conditioning or even ceiling fans would be the best thing to get, but I live in a rental property so that sort of permanent installation is just not on the cards right now.

Thanks in advance.

 

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IrishPete 5:05 pm 15 Jan 14

zorro29 said :

dtc said :

Thinking laterally as well…ear plugs. They arent as uncomfortable as you may think.

Agree. I have slept with ear plugs and an eye mask for about 15 years (or maybe more). I don’t live with noise etc but am an exceptionally light sleeper/easily disrupted so it helps me settle and sleep better.

Not to mention totally sexy…

Surely the eyemask is compulsory with the name of Zorro?

IP

gazket 3:35 pm 15 Jan 14

the bigger the blades the more noisy it is. just like wind turbines.

Best fan is the old brown box Bonaire , they blow like a hurricane compared to the s*** they offer now days.

zorro29 3:20 pm 15 Jan 14

dtc said :

Thinking laterally as well…ear plugs. They arent as uncomfortable as you may think.

Agree. I have slept with ear plugs and an eye mask for about 15 years (or maybe more). I don’t live with noise etc but am an exceptionally light sleeper/easily disrupted so it helps me settle and sleep better.

Not to mention totally sexy…

dtc 3:17 pm 15 Jan 14

Thinking laterally as well…ear plugs. They arent as uncomfortable as you may think.

veronicamars 1:29 pm 15 Jan 14

I’ve just bought a Dyson air multiplier and honestly don’t find it any better than the blade fans we have for moving air, however it is less noisy. We once had a portable evaporative cooler and we found it no more useful than a fan for cooling, so don’t waste your money on that.

Zeital 8:27 am 15 Jan 14

A_Cog said :

Last month I bought two evaporative coolers (one LG, one by some other company which I can’t remember) to protect me from the summer heat. They’re 55W and 70W. One cost $99, LG cost $120. They were to replace my two tower fans, because I hoped I could do better.

Not super impressed. You add tonnes of water (one is 7L, the other is 11L), put in some ice cubes, close the door to the room, but the air isn’t that fantastic. They push air out like a tower fan, they make the same amount of noise, and you’ve always gotta check the water level because if they run dry when they’re on ‘cool’ then you blow the motor (or sumfink). They’re both kinda… meh.

That’s because you are using it wrong, evaporative coolers are meant to be put against a open door (keep your screen door locked over night blah blah) to the outside so it can draw in air/cool air/cool air comes out other side. they don’t work that at all if there is no cross flow of air as well, ie. an open window etc.

yes they do get in the road a bit if your trying to get in and out but before we got a full evaporative cooling system at our house this was the next best thing. we only had one big portable one and that did most of the house

shauno 8:14 am 15 Jan 14

c_c™ said :

It’s not a dud, might have been staff price but I picked it myself off the shelf from general stock. Sounds just like the display models and it’s an issue raised in most reviews of them.

The problem is inherent to the design. The impeller in the base operates at high rpm so is high pitched and quite loud, while the cylindrical airfoil surface accelerates air out while creating currents to draw more air in.

That tends to be the way with Dyson though, it’s a trend with their engineering. Fix one problem but introduce a bunch of others. Dyson vacs don’t loose suction, but their design certainly never had as much suction to begin with. And the Dyson Airblades technology supposedly dries quicker and easier than traditional air driers, but in experience, they’re louder and blow the water up your arms.

I bought a Dyson Vac and I probably could have got a cheaper vac just as good but ive got no complaints works ok. The Dyson hand cleaner works really well ive used a couple of these as there installing them on various offshore installations. No idea about the fans but its good that they come up with these new ideas and at least it pushes the envelope a bit and encourages others to up there game.

IrishPete 7:47 am 15 Jan 14

I just bought a Kogan reverse cycle portable air conditioner for $299 (normal price) with free delivery (New Year Sale). Much better than I expected, though it struggled through yesterday (and probably will for the rest of the week). House is very draughty and poorly insulated, so I’m not surprised it struggled.

Not as noisy as I expected, but I wouldn’t sleep in the same room as it running – I’d suggest using it when the sun goes down to cool your bedroom, then switch it off and leave windows/doors open.

The Kogan is not an inverter air conditioner (portable inverters are 4-figure prices, if they exist at all), so it starts and stops (if it ever reaches its target temperature!), which is probably more annoying than constant running. Running cost is about 1kw per hour, probably less if it is switching itself off and on. I’m only using it during sunlight so that ACTEWAGL don’t get my cheap solar electricity.

Someone had a cheap Dimplex portable inverter air conditioner listed on Ebay in Canberra recently, but they ended the listing early, dammit.

Am working up to buying and installing one of the highly recommended and super-efficient Mitsubishi Heavy Industry split system “hyper-inverters” that have a COP around 6, as much for cheap heating as for cooling. (The Kogan claims a COP around 3, but that would be reduced by the “open window effect” of portable air conditioners).

IP

taninaus 7:28 am 15 Jan 14

Madam Cholet said :

Passing by Homeart t’other day I noted they had ‘misting’ fans for about $130. Felt very cool when I stood next to it. I’m assuming you fill some part of it with water and it then spews it out as an icy mist. Wasn’t overly noisy and they had tower or more squat versions. Honestly been considering a purchase myself.

I have one of the shorter ones of these and yes it is like having an evaporative without the bulk. it takes a couple of litres of water and that lasts all night. in our dry heat the water takes the heat out of the air and makes it more comfortable. unfortunately there is noise (that is hard to get away from).

wildturkeycanoe 7:20 am 15 Jan 14

Thinking outside the square here, why not go for a window air conditioner? Just search the net and you will find cheap ones, under $200. It wouldn’t be a massive job to place one in the open window of the bedroom after removing the flyscreen and using some chipboard, a few bits of timber and silicon as a frame to support it and seal the window cavity. This would be removable and thus okay for tenancy purposes plus gives you not only cooling but heating as well if it is a reverse cycle. If you aren’t so much of a handy-person I can understand why it isn’t an option but if someone were willing to help with it I’m sure you could sleep easy at a pleasant 23 degrees.
I haven’t looked into the portable air con style ones with the big flexible tube to stick out the window, they could be even easier to install but unfortunately cost a little more.
It all depends on how much a good night’s sleep is worth to ya. Good luck with the searching.

dks00k 10:53 pm 14 Jan 14

We too have a Dyson, hands down the noisiest fan I have ever heard. On the other hand we just bought one of these…
http://www.omegaaltise.com.au/product/product_details/Cooling/Tower_fan_OT750RI
I like the fact that it can extend higher to blow over the bed, very quiet on lower speeds and the timer is very handy so one doesnt wake up cold at 5am.

c_c™ 7:55 pm 14 Jan 14

It’s not a dud, might have been staff price but I picked it myself off the shelf from general stock. Sounds just like the display models and it’s an issue raised in most reviews of them.

The problem is inherent to the design. The impeller in the base operates at high rpm so is high pitched and quite loud, while the cylindrical airfoil surface accelerates air out while creating currents to draw more air in.

That tends to be the way with Dyson though, it’s a trend with their engineering. Fix one problem but introduce a bunch of others. Dyson vacs don’t loose suction, but their design certainly never had as much suction to begin with. And the Dyson Airblades technology supposedly dries quicker and easier than traditional air driers, but in experience, they’re louder and blow the water up your arms.

Queen_of_the_Bun 7:25 pm 14 Jan 14

c_c™ said :

peitab said :

The Dyson ones are definitely the quietest, but are not in everyone’s price range. In the past, I’ve found portable evaporative coolers are about as noisy as regular portable fans. Have you considered a fan with a timer? That way the noise isn’t going all night, but you could fall asleep with the fan on (if the noise isn’t an issue for you falling asleep).

The Dyson’s aren’t quiet. I’ve got one, and got it cheap on staff pricing so the price is right, but I’d never recommend someone paying retail get one. They’re effective, but not much more so than a typical blade fan. The big draw back is the aircraft wing design that is used to accelerate the air forced out by the impeller means it’s both very loud, and quite high pitched. So it is intrusive, particularly on higher settings and much more so than a bladed fan.

Maybe you got a dud one in return for the staff discount. Mine is not high-pitched, or very loud.

Queen_of_the_Bun 7:24 pm 14 Jan 14

maxblues said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

I’ve bought a Dyson and I love it. Plus it does look really cool.

I have been thinking of getting one. Is it the straight fan or the heater fan combo? How is the noise level?

Just the fan. At first I thought it was noisy but that was because I was expecting silence.

However, it’s much quieter than my pedestal fan, particularly as it doesn’t make any creaking or clicking motions as the fan turns. It’s much easier to sleep when the sound is constant and you’re not lying awake waiting for the change in sound every five seconds or so.

Plus it is beautiful to look at and very easy to move around. And easy to dust, unlike pedestal fans.

I have airconditioning but have not actually needed to turn it on this week because I just move the Dyson around to whichever room I’m in. Will be interested to compare my electricity bill with last summer’s.

I might even buy a Dyson vacuum now, despite swearing off them after a very disappointing run of them in the UK in the early noughties.

BimboGeek 4:40 pm 14 Jan 14

Use any powerful fan to set up a current through the room, going with any ambient breeze rather than against it. Hang a wet towel or sheet in the window, another in the door. The evaporation should work really effectively.

arescarti42 4:13 pm 14 Jan 14

A_Cog said :

Last month I bought two evaporative coolers (one LG, one by some other company which I can’t remember) to protect me from the summer heat. They’re 55W and 70W. One cost $99, LG cost $120. They were to replace my two tower fans, because I hoped I could do better.

Not super impressed. You add tonnes of water (one is 7L, the other is 11L), put in some ice cubes, close the door to the room, but the air isn’t that fantastic. They push air out like a tower fan, they make the same amount of noise, and you’ve always gotta check the water level because if they run dry when they’re on ‘cool’ then you blow the motor (or sumfink). They’re both kinda… meh.

You probably shouldn’t be closing the door to the room. Evaporative coolers cool the air through evaporation, and if you’ve got the door to your room closed, then the air is just going to become saturated, lessening the cooling effect.

Generally i think the instructions recommend placing the evaporative cooler in front of an open window or door to make sure it gets plenty of fresh air.

Pork Hunt 3:24 pm 14 Jan 14

maxblues said :

Get a second-hand fan off a hovercraft, apparently they aren’t noisy.

Whatever floats your boat… 🙂

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