Globally, the use of air conditioners to combat heat has become increasingly popular. Consequently, the humble fan has found itself relegated to the status of a poorer cousin. Interestingly though, fans do not cool the air at all. Instead, they provide an effect commensurate to cooling by evaporating sweat generated by the body. The Industrial Revolution led to the evolution of fans. The modern versions of floor, tower and pedestal fans we see today, all owe their origins to inventions made in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Floor fans can stand on the floor and facilitate the circulation of air in the adjoining area. These fans possess a variety of features. For example, the latest models of floor fans will offer multiple fan speeds, adjustable heads and oscillation control. Some advanced models also enable the user to operate them via remote control. This enhances the convenience of these fans. Ideally, these fans must stand independently on the floor, without swaying from side to side.
Pedestal fans are fans mounted atop a pedestal or a rolling stand. Like the floor fans, these also provide cooling and constant air circulation. However, they usually have one difference. The rolling stands on which these fans stand, allow users to adjust the height of these pedestal fans. Thus, unlike floor fans that provide cooling at one specified height, pedestal fans provide cooling at variable heights. Pedestal fans also provide the features of an adjustable head and oscillation control. Thus, these three qualities make pedestal fans provide a higher degree of effective cooling and air circulation. However, bear in mind that pedestal fans do not provide as much convenience in mobility as floor fans. Users can carry floor fans from place to place easily. However, pedestal fans are larger and heavier. Thus, you will need to exert more effort in moving them even though, they would be atop rolling stands.
Relatively newer in the market, tower fans represent a sleeker version of the floor and pedestal fans. They usually come with a broader base that provides them with the stability to support their weights. They derive their name from the towers constructed in historical times. This makes them perfect for placing in living rooms and dining rooms, since they add to the indoor décor while providing cooling benefits. Furthermore, they do not consume a lot of space because of their structure. Other features they come equipped with include multiple fan speeds, LCD controls, remote control features etc. In comparison to floor fans, tower fans occupy lesser space and can easily fit into the tightest of corners. Further, floor fans usually have more weight around the head and are more likely to tip over with the slightest push. Since tower fans have a more-or-less uniform structure, they are not top-heavy. Further, their wider base gives them sufficient stability to stand independently without much likelihood of falling over. These fans also have smaller grates. This eradicates the chances of injury to children who are curious enough to poke their fingers through the grate, when the fan is operating.
Regardless of which fan you choose, each possesses features that makes them convenient choices for providing cooling. Where the floor fan provides greater mobility, the pedestal fan provides enhanced coverage of area for cooling with its flexibility. Similarly, where the pedestal fan is heavy and ordinary looking, the tower fan complements the indoor décor of the house. Consider your specific circumstances before you choose a model. If chosen effectively, you could well become a fan for life.