What's the Best Fan?

In short order everyone will transition from complaining about how cold it is to complaining about how hot it is, especially me. A fan is a great thing to have around to supplement your air conditioning, or depending on the temperature, protect your electric bill from your A/C unit getting run at all. But which fan is… »4/27/15 3:46pm4/27/15 3:46pm

Dyson Put a Filter In Its Bladeless Fan To Cool and Clean a Room

Following up on its first humidifier that used a UV light to kill germs in its water reservoir, Dyson has just announced an updated version of its Cool fan that now includes a built-in 360-degree glass filter to remove 99.95 percent of airborne invaders in a room. And not just any filter, but a high-efficiency… »3/31/15 3:30pm3/31/15 3:30pm

Dyson's Humidifier Uses UV Light To Kill Germs in Its Water Reservoir

The slow but steady approach of winter means that it's almost time for many of us to fire up our heaters—also heralding the return of of chapped lips and dry skin. Dyson's new humidifier is one solution to the problem, but it doesn't only prevent dry air. It also ensures your home isn't being filled with… »10/20/14 12:00am10/20/14 12:00am

This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… »9/18/14 10:56am9/18/14 10:56am

The First Smart Ceiling Fan Only Runs When You're There to Enjoy It

Do you notice anything missing on this ceiling fan? The dangling chains that are commonly used to turn them on and adjust their speed are gone. And they haven't just been replaced with a wireless remote. This is the first intelligent ceiling fan that only runs when it detects people in a room, and automatically… »6/04/14 10:00am6/04/14 10:00am

Dyson's Bladeless Fans Are Now 75 Percent Quieter

It's been over four years since Dyson introduced a fan that somehow worked without visible blades. And besides releasing a few new models over the years, the company hasn't announced any major updates to its Air Multiplier line since 2009. But it turns out that's because Dyson's engineers were finding clever ways to… »3/05/14 8:54pm3/05/14 8:54pm

A Simple Clay Pot Could Replace Your Noisy Air Conditioner

Air conditioners aren't exactly known for being particularly environmentally friendly, but during a scorching summer we're all happy to turn a blind eye. Not Thibault Faverie, though. Perhaps racked by guilt, he's created the Cold Pot, a simple terracotta device that can cool a room using just evaporating water. »2/05/14 2:40pm2/05/14 2:40pm

An Inconspicuous Wicker Fan That Blends In With Your Cottage Decor

If you're fortunate enough to have access to a lakeside cottage in the summer, you probably won't lament the fact that air conditioning isn't included. Most of the time, a cool breeze off the lake is all you need to stay comfortable. But on those particularly unbearable days when it feels like the planet's melting,… »7/23/13 5:00pm7/23/13 5:00pm

You Should've Seen the Fly Swatter That Made These Insect Wing Fans Possible

When it comes to design, it's never a bad idea to see what Mother Nature has come up with first. After all, she's had a lot more time to perfect her creations than we have. And what could be a better design to steal for a fan than an insect's wing? It's lightweight and effective at pushing air, and the only tweak… »3/11/13 2:20pm3/11/13 2:20pm