Fans, heating and air treatment buying guide
Fans offer a simple way to cool the air around you, circulating air to maintain a comfortable temperature with an instant breeze. They vary from straight-forward desk fans, through to more advanced models with bladeless technology. Premium models often offer oscillating functions, variable speed setting, timers and remote controls.
Desk fans are perfect for the home and office. They take up a minimal amount of space and provide an instant burst of cool air in the immediate area. Desk fans are available in a range of sizes, with the larger models offering a wider reach of cool air.
Pedestal fans are ideal for cooling larger spaces as they can circulate air to a wider area, and the height can be adjusted depending on where you want it to stand. They usually come with an oscillating function, variable speed settings and tilt controls.
Tower fans are more discreet than pedestal fans. They stand upright and take up a smaller amount of space while still cooling large spaces efficiently. Some models have timer function and remote controls.
Dyson fans offer a unique bladeless design, using AirMultiplier technology to draw in the surrounding air and amplify the flow of air distributed. Since there are no rotating blades, the airflow remains uninterrupted and offers a constant stream of cool air. The design makes these models easy to clean and safe to use.
Air conditioners work by extracting warm air from a room and re-distributing it as cool air, expelling excess heat from the appliance with a hose which should be vented through a wall or window. An internal compressor draws in hot air and uses a cooling unit to rapidly reduce the air temperature. The now cooler air is then blown out, bringing down the overall temperature in the room.
Our range of portable air conditioners can be placed in any room but require the extraction hose to lead outside through a wall or window.
Pollutants in the air inside your home, including pollen, pet dander and dust particles, can be harmful to your health, especially when you consider that we spend on average 90% of our time indoors. Our homes are often far more polluted than the air outdoors. Air purifiers work to improve the quality of this air by removing and trapping airborne bacteria and impurities, providing a healthier and safer environment for you and your family. Air purifiers are ideal for allergy sufferers who could be affected by the level of pollutants in the air, which can exaggerate asthmatic symptoms and allergies, such as hay-fever.
Most air purifiers use a HEPA (high efficiency-particulate air) filter to trap harmful particles within the air, including pollen, dust mites, pet dander and smoke. The size of the filter will determine how much air the purifier can clean.
Air purifiers come in a variety of shapes and designs and should be selected based on the size of the room you are looking to place it in. All of our models specify a maximum room size that they are suitable for.
Everyday items, including scented candles, household cleaners, air fresheners, antiperspirants, pollen, mould spores and pet dander can cause the air in your home to become more polluted. Because we keep our homes sealed in order to lock in the heat there is no way for these pollutants to escape, which can often aggravate symptoms experienced by allergy sufferers. Air purifiers draw in the air around them and trap these, removing them from the environment.
Excess moisture in the air can lead to damp and mould, which can have serious implications on your health if left untreated. Dehumidifiers work by extracting liquid from the air, preventing mould from forming on your walls. They are also ideal for drying damp clothes - place it next to your washing and enjoy dry clothes, quicker. Some models have additional setting to further speed up the drying process.
Dehumidifiers use water tanks to capture the excess moisture they collect and models come with various tank capacities. Go for a model with a larger water tank to cut back on the amount of times you need to empty it.
Look out for water stains on your ceilings or walls, which are clear signs of excess moisture in your home. Some other clear signs are frequent condensations on your windows, small black mould spores and must or mildew smells.
Unlike dehumidifiers, Humidifiers are designed to introduce moisture into the air in your home and ensure that the air in your home is never too dry. Keeping the air hydrated is vital because air that is too dry can compromise your natural defences against colds and allergies. Your skin can also benefit from moisture in the air - keeping your skin hydrated combats dryness and itchiness.
Intelligent models, such as the Dyson AM10, have an automatic mode which will humidify the room to an optimum level when it senses the level of moisture drop below a certain point.
Moisture produced by humidifiers can help prevent the throat from drying out, which can help to tackle snoring. Humidifiers have also been known to improve sinus health, particularly in those who suffer from congestion and sinusitis. They ensure your sinuses are never too dry, easing congestion and soothing sore throats.
Maintaining the optimum level of moisture in your home improves your respiratory system to expel germs from the body. If maintained, ideal humidity levels can also ease other discomforts caused by dry air such as itchy or dry eyes and sore throats.
Our range of heaters offer the perfect solutions to keep your home warm and comfortable when the temperature outside drops. Portable heaters come in all shapes and sizes, whether you’re looking for a quick fix fan heater to provide an immediate blast of hot air or a radiator to heat larger rooms with more natural heat.
Fan heaters expel heat in the immediate area, and are ideal for providing that extra burst of warm air in a cool room or office. Some models have the ability to oscillate, meaning the heat is dispensed more evenly throughout the room. Most fan heaters also have a cool blow function, and can therefore be used as a cooling fan in summer months.
Radiators offer a more robust heating solution, radiating heat across the whole surface and heating the surrounding room evenly. Unlike fan heaters, radiators are virtually silent when they are in use.
Oil-filled radiators work by heating the oil contained within them; the oil is heated electrically so there is never any need to top up or replace the oil.
Oil-free radiators dispense heat around the room in the same way without the need for oil. They are usually lighter and therefore easier to move around than oil-filled models. Oil-free models will also generally heat up faster.
Convector heaters generate heat using an electrical element, with the warmed air rising up and heating the surrounding room. Convector heaters are quick to heat and use a thermostat to achieve the ideal temperature. An automatic cut-off feature will ensure that the appliance never overheats.