Best Cooling Fans To Help Beat The Heat in 2023
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Best Cooling Fans To Help Beat The Heat in 2023

By Robyn Willis
Mon, Nov 14, 2022 10:10amGrey Clock 5 min

The weather is heating up and you’re looking at ways to keep your cool. Whether you’re renting or you own your home, fans are not only an effective way to feel more comfortable in the heat, they’re more cost and energy efficient too. While a ceiling fan costs about 2c an hour to run, aircon costs between $1.49 and $1.94 per hour – a significant saving when cost of living pressures are on the rise.

The kind of fan you choose will depend on the size of the room you hope to cool, whether you rent or own and how much you have to spend. Where possible, ask for a demonstration of the fan and its features, taking note of aspects like noise and the speed at which the air is moving. You might also take note of details like lights, which can be annoying if you’re running the fan while you sleep.

 

1. The Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan, $599

Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan WhiteSilver

This stylish looking device is a cooling fan and air purifier in one, with Air Multiplier™ technology and HEPA filter to provide a steady stream of cool, purified air. It also has an oscillation feature to help you send the air wherever you want it to go. The bladeless design also means it’s a safe option around small children and pets.

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2. AirDynamic 3D™ Connect Air Circulator, $299

the AirDynamic 3D™ Connect Air Circulator

This compact pedestal fan stands just 36cm high and has been described as ‘small but mighty’ in reviews. With nine blades and eight speeds, it is Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible, allowing users to control it via voice or their phone. It has automatic vertical and horizontal circulation for an even distribution of air.

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3. Dimplex 50cm high velocity wall fan matte, $249

Dimplex 50cm High Velocity Wall Fan - Matte Black

 

No room? No problem. This three-blade wall fan from Dimplex can be mounted wherever you need it for directional cooling air. It has three speeds and oscillation for even distribution of air and comes with a remote for ease of use.

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4. DeLonghi Dual Oscillating Tower Fan, $199DeLonghi Dual Oscillating Tower Fan White DETF122WH

There’s a reason that this fan is a best seller. Standing almost a metre tall, it has three speeds and three wind modes and has an LED display that dims automatically after a minute – ideal when you’re trying to sleep. It has dual 360 degree oscillation and can be set to one, two, four or eight hour settings if desired.

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5. Omega Altise Tower Fan, $119

Omega Altise 120cm Tower Fan OT120B

The slimline good looks of this tower fan make it a great choice where space is at a premium. Standing 120cm high, it has three speeds, a 12-hour timer and wide angle oscillation. The display goes dark once set and the unit runs quietly, making it ideal for bedrooms. At 4kg in weight, it’s not much drama to move around if necessary.

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6. Heller Metal Desk Fan, $69.95

 

The appeal of this desk fan is largely based on its cool retro looks, but it does all the things you want from a fan – it oscillates, has three blades and has an adjustable tilt. It’s available in silver but we like the gorgeous glow of the copper finish.

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7. Breville the PopFan Foldable and Rechargeable, $79.The PopFan™ Foldable Rechargeable Fan

 

You’ll wonder how you managed without this compact, handy fan that can store up to 15 hours running time on low speed, or four hours on high speed. As the name suggests, this fan pops up when required offering 360 degree air delivery and four speeds. When you’re done, it packs away for easy storage. Rechargeable via a USB port, it’s a super convenient option for cooling down.

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8. Fenici Pedestal Fan 40cm, $35

Fenici Pedestal Fan 40cm - Black

 

If everyone at your place is suffering through hot summer nights, this is the fan for you. At this price, you can buy one for every bedroom to create enough air flow to keep everyone comfortable as they sleep. The no frills option, it still has five powerful blades, three speeds, oscillation and can be adjusted up to 120cm high. It’s also stylish enough to have around the house without creating clutter.

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How can I make my room cooler without AC?

For the best results, take action before the room heats up. That means closing windows and drawing blinds to stop the summer heat coming in. Appliances can also add to how hot a room feels, so turn off anything you’re not using. Cooling fans, whether they are ceiling, floor or desk lamps, will move warm air on and replace it with cooler air.

Is it better to sleep with AC or fan?

Whether it’s better for you to sleep with the fan or the AC on will depend on a few factors. AC certainly costs significantly more to run than AC, so if money is a concern, a fan can be a better option. AC costs more to run the cooler you want to go, so running the fan with the AC can create the best of both worlds. AC can also remove some of the moisture in the air. Depending on where you live, and the levels of humidity, that could be a benefit or a problem.

Do cooling fans actually work?

Fans work by moving air around. They make people feel cooler by cooling the sweat on their skin and moving warm air on. An AC unit, on the other hand, reduces the air temperature in the room. Fans can be extremely effective during heatwaves and in areas with high humidity, as they reduce the moisture in the air, effectively making spaces feel cooler.



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Companies are eager to hire strong players who use hybrid work schedules to schmooze clients on the course

By CALLUM BORCHERS
Fri, Jun 14, 2024 5 min

Standout golfers who aren’t quite PGA Tour material now have somewhere else to play professionally: Corporate America.

People who can smash 300-yard drives and sink birdie putts are sought-after hires in finance, consulting, sales and other industries, recruiters say. In the hybrid work era, the business golf outing is back in a big way.

Executive recruiter Shawn Cole says he gets so many requests to find ace golfers that he records candidates’ handicaps, an index based on average number of strokes over par, in the information packets he submits to clients. Golf alone can’t get you a plum job, he says—but not playing could cost you one.

“I know a guy that literally flies around the world in a private jet loaded with French wine, and he golfs and lands hundred-million-dollar deals,” Cole says.

Tee times and networking sessions have long gone hand-in-golf-glove. Despite criticism that doing business on the course undermines diversity, equity and inclusion efforts—and the fact that golf clubs haven’t always been open to women and minorities —people who mix golf and work say the outings are one of the last reprieves from 30-minute calendar blocks

Stars like Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie West helped expand participation in the sport. Still, just 22% of golfers are nonwhite and 26% are women, according to the National Golf Foundation.

To lure more people, clubs have relaxed rules against mobile-phone use on the course, embracing white-collar professionals who want to entertain clients on the links without disconnecting from the office. It’s no longer taboo to check email from your cart or take a quick call at the halfway turn.

With so much other business conducted virtually, shaking hands on the green and schmoozing over clubhouse beers is now seen as making an extra effort, not slacking off.

Americans played a record 531 million rounds last year. Weekday play has nearly doubled since 2019, with much of the action during business hours , according to research by Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom .

“It would’ve been scandalous in 2019 to be having multiple meetings a week on the golf course,” Bloom says. “In 2024, if you’re producing results, no one’s going to see anything wrong with it.”

A financial adviser at a major Wall Street bank who competes on the amateur circuit told me he completes 90% of his tasks by 10 a.m. because he manages long-term investment plans that change infrequently. The rest of his workday often involves golfing with clients and prospects. He’s a member of a private club with a multiyear waiting list, and people jump at the chance to join him on a course they normally can’t access.

There is an art to bringing in business this way. He never initiates shoptalk, telling his playing partners the round is about having fun and getting to know each other. They can’t resist asking about investment strategies by the back nine, he says.

Work hard, play hard

Matt Parziale golfed professionally on minor-league tours for several years, but when his dream of making the big time ended, he had to get a regular job. He became a firefighter, like his dad.

A few years later he won one of the biggest amateur tournaments in the country, earning spots in the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open, where he tied for first among non-pros.

The brush with celebrity brought introductions to business types that Parziale, 35 years old, says he wouldn’t have met otherwise. One connection led to a job with a large insurance broker. In 2022 he jumped to Deland, Gibson Insurance Associates in Wellesley, Mass., which recognised his golf game as a tool to help win large accounts.

He rescheduled our interview because he was hosting clients at a private club on Cape Cod, and squeezed me in the next morning, before teeing off with a business group in Newport, R.I.

A short time ago, Parziale couldn’t imagine making a living this way. Now he’s the norm in elite amateur golf circles.

“I look around at the guys at the events I play, and they all have these jobs ,” he says.

His boss, Chief Executive Chip Gibson, says Parziale is good at bringing in business because he puts as much effort into building relationships as honing his game. A golf outing is merely an opportunity to build trust that can eventually lead to a deal, and it’s a misconception that people who golf during work hours don’t work hard, he says.

Barry Allison’s single-digit handicap is an asset in his role as a management consultant at Accenture , where he specialises in travel and hospitality. He splits time between Washington, D.C., and The Villages, Fla., a golf mecca that boasts more than 50 courses.

It can be hard to get to know people in distributed work environments, he says. Go golfing and you’ll learn a lot about someone’s temperament—especially after a bad shot.

“If you see a guy snap a club over his knee, you don’t know what he’s going to snap next,” Allison says.

Special access

On a recent afternoon I was a lunch guest at Brae Burn Country Club, a private enclave outside Boston that was the site of U.S. Golf Association championships won by legends like Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones. I parked in the second lot because the first one was full—on a Wednesday.

My host was Cullen Onstott, managing director of the Onstott Group executive search firm and a former collegiate golfer at Fairfield University. He explained one reason companies prize excellent golfers is they can put well-practiced swings on autopilot and devote most of their attention to chitchat.

It’s hard to talk with potential customers about their needs and interests when you’re hunting for errant shots in the woods. It’s also challenging if you show off.

The first hole at Brae Burn is a 318-yard par 4 that slopes down, enabling big hitters like Onstott to reach the putting green in a single stroke. But to stay close to his playing partners and keep the conversation flowing, he sometimes hits a shorter shot.

Having an “in” at an exclusive club can make you a catch. Bo Burch, an executive recruiter in North Carolina, says clubs in his region tend to attract members according to their business sectors. One might be chock-full of real-estate investors while another has potential buyers of industrial manufacturing equipment.

Burch looks for candidates who are members of clubs that align with his clients’ industries, though he stresses that business acumen comes first when filling positions.

Tami McQueen, a former Division I tennis player and current chief marketing officer at Atlanta investment firm BIP Capital, signed up for private golf lessons this year. She had noticed colleagues were wearing polos with course logos and bringing their clubs to work. She wanted in.

McQueen joined business associates on the golf course for the first time in March at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has lowered her handicap to a respectable 26 and says her new skill lends a professional edge.

“To be able to say, ‘I can play with you and we can have those business meetings on the course’ definitely opens a lot more doors,” she says.

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