An oscillating fan is a type of fan that oscillates or swings from side to side. These fans are very popular because they are inexpensive, and are available in different styles. An oscillating fan consists of a stationary stand, or body. The casing that houses the fan blades is mobile, and moves from left to right and back. Due to their structure and way of operation, oscillating fans provide cooler air because of the way they distribute air throughout the room. Here are few advantages of an oscillating fan:
- Choice of Placement: Depending on the type of oscillating fan, the stand can be mounted on a wall, placed on the floor, or kept on a table. There are portable oscillating fans available, that you can carry around and clip on to desks. Wall-mounted oscillating fans are ideal if there are children and pets around in the house. If you want a smaller range of ventilation, you can choose a table oscillating fan. The larger tower fans provide coverage over wider areas in a room.
- Better cooling: Oscillating fans provide better cooling because they rotate, thereby allowing better air flow around the room. The air in the room is moved around, as compared to stationary fans that only move the air straight ahead. This also enables better ventilation and aids in maximizing the efficiency of air-conditions and heaters that are running at the same time.
- Easily Adjustable: Some oscillating fans have adjustable poles that can be decreased or increased in height, and held in place with a knob. In most oscillating fans, the face of the oscillating fan grill can be moved towards the ceiling or the floor. You can also choose to keep the fan stationary.
- Alternate Heater/Air-conditioner: Some of the advanced models of oscillating fans can function as space heaters for a room in the winter. These fans usually have a thermostat on the base, and can be controlled manually or with a remote control. Such fans can be used around the year, as a heater in cold weather, and a cooling fan in the summer. They use only a fraction of the power required by air-conditioners or heaters.
- Tower Design: Tower oscillating fans consist of vents that run along the entire body of the fan. These vents blow air around at 90º angles. The larger vent height and rotation angle enable air flow over large areas. The sleek design of these fans makes them fit in most tight corners.
- Ionizer Feature: The latest trend in oscillating fans is the addition of ionizers, which enable air purification in the room. Fans that include ionizers are equipped with air filters that keep out dust and other allergens. These filters can be removed and cleaned as required. These options are required for people with asthma or any other respiratory or sinus problem.
- Remote Operation: Many oscillating fans come with remote controls, which makes it easy to operate the fan when you are in bed, or while you are watching TV.
- Timers: Timers are also a popular feature in most oscillating fans, using which you can preset a time period for which to operate the fan. At the end of the specified period, the fan will automatically shut off.