A stylish way to keep cool
After several hot, sticky nights of tossing and turning thanks to the recent heat wave (read all about it in the Star's new Weather360 blog), I have a new appreciation for fans. Well, at least their function. Air circulation is so key to remaining sane when the temperatures soar, but the method of delivery is rarely stylish.
That's where the new Dyson (yep, like the vacuum cleaner) "bladeless" fan - the Dyson Air Multiplier comes in.
The sleek (and, dare I say, sexy?) fan, first unveiled last year and now popping up at major retailers, works by drawing air into its base, using a hidden fan, and forcing it out through a small gap in the ring. No blades involved.
Dyson claims the Air Multiplier is 15 times more efficient than a normal desk fan, plus it's easy to clean (no getting between gaps in grates) and it's kid and pet-friendly, with no need to fear little fingers or noses getting caught in whirring blades.
While I have yet to shell out for one, the product has certainly caught on. There are reports the company has increased production in an effort to keep store shelves stocked and the Telegraph has said it's set to be the gadget of the summer in the U.K.
Of course, all that technology comes at a price - the Air Multiplier starts around $300. For more details, check out the Dyson website.