I hate working/living/sleeping in the heat. But I also despise high electricity bills and breathing in stagnant refrigerated air. Just one of our A/Cs in the RV pulls a whopping 22 amps. You’d think more people would refrain from using them all the time, yet, today was our first warm — not hot, just warm – day of the year, and walking through the park I could hear most of the A/Cs humming away.
Since it cools down pretty significantly during these early spring nights, we haven’t once touched our two A/Cs, choosing instead to find other ways to cool down during the pre-maturely hot Texas days. We accept that at times we might feel hot and even sweat a little.
Whatever the case, running the A/C constantly is not a fulltime solution. It’s an energy hog and not really healthy for you.
Still, I want to keep somewhat cool during this summer.
Enter the fan.
I’m not talking the ceiling fan in our RV that spits out some measly weak air currents every now and then; I’m talking a real, super duty fan that will make it feel significantly cooler (on average, a good fan will make you feel about six degrees colder).
With summer temps breathing down our necks, the husband did some intense research for a good, solid and effective fan to cool down the RV in lieu of using the A/C. I’m sure at some point we’ll break down and crank that puppy up, but using some high-quality fans will severely delay that moment and make it easier to refrain from using the A/C constantly this summer.
This time around, we wanted to buy the best, kick-butt fan we could find.
Why all the research for the fan? We’ve been down the “cheap fan from Wal-Mart” road and we prefer to not go down there again.
Here was our criteria for the perfect fan:
- It must blow some powerful and intense breezes.
- It must be quiet. (We once bought an industrial fan that could blow a house down, but could also blow your eardrums out as well.)
- It must be compact. (We live in an RV. ‘Nuff said.)
- It must be light and easy to move around.
- It must be energy-efficient.
- It didn’t have to be oscillating, but should produce good air movement in the entire room.
- It must be well-made and have a ton of good reviews.
So, did we find “the” fan?
We pulled out the brand new fans (two) yesterday to put them to the test during the heat of the day. These fans are a dream! Super quiet, small, and powerful; we watched “Tangled” on television last night and didn’t need to turn up the volume… and we were cool as cucumbers.
Here’s what we got:
We ended up choosing two highly-rated Vornado Midsize 630 Air Circulator, 3 Speed CR1-0074-06 fans; one for the kids’ room and one for our room. We started out using it in the livingroom yesterday and it was so easy to move it to the bedroom when we went to sleep. It’s light, sturdy, pushes out an immense amount of air, and with its “tornado” design, it circulates air throughout the entire room so you don’t have to be right in front of it to feel refreshed.
What I like the most? It’s soooooo quiet!
What my husband likes the most? It’s only uses .5 amps. That’s one-half of an amp. Compare than to running just one RV A/C that sucks up a frightening 22 amps!
Want to save money this summer? Invest in a good fan like we did before the heat really arrives and all the good fans get taken. You can snag one here at Amazon.com and get free shipping (that’s where we bought ours).
Let me know if you have one and what you think about it. Here’s to staying cool this summer without going broke!