Some people may never have considered whether an outdoor fan will add to their comfort in summer. The typical image of an electric fan is of an appliance that helps cool down hot rooms, not the outside environment. But there are times when fans can make people more comfortable, and outdoor fans prove that.
The outdoor models have similar features of electric fans used indoors, including oscillation, which creates a wider flow of air. Outdoor fans also have lighting on some models, misting apparatus that sends out a light mist for an extra cooling effect and remote controls that allow you to get comfortable on your patio without having to get up to turn the device on and off. They can also be set at different speeds that operate quietly so they won't be a distraction to conversation.
On a hot summer night, it can mean the difference between feeling uncomfortable in high humidity and enjoying a pleasant evening on your patio, apartment balcony or any other gathering place for your family and friends. They're also a great way to disperse bugs with a gentle air flow that will shift them away from your dining and relaxation areas.
Some of the distinctive features geared to outdoor use include accent lights at the top of the fan that provides soft lighting for a patio or deck. The Misto outdoor misting fan by Lasko has a 90-degree pivot that can direct mist flow and automatic louvers to enable a wide sweep of mist. The fan doesn't require tools to assemble the mister, which has a 9-foot hose that attaches to a standard garden hose.
Fans that are intended for outdoor use have features that allow them to be operated safely. They have grounded outdoor cords and plugs, and weather-resistant casings so they can be left outside without damage from the elements. They can also be set at different speeds that operate quietly so they won't be a distraction to conversation.
Like all tower fans, outdoor models take up very little floor space and can be placed out of the way. However, with sleek, attractive designs, they can also be left among other patio furnishings without detracting from the visual appeal of the outdoor living space.
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