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Dont we all love the Great British weather? Dull, damp, and generally miserable - and thats just through the Summer! Occassionally, though, we do get some often unexpected very hot days. Being stuck in the office during these periods is never a nice experience as most office dwellers will have experienced. The question is, do fans really solve this problem, and is there any particular fan which will discreetly cool your working environment.
Having worked in an office I am fully aware just how hard it is to work in hot and sticky conditions, and how unproductive it makes staff. Some people like to have their own desktop fans, but these can be noisy and therefore distracting, they can also disrupt paperwork on desks with their high-powered constant jets of air. The Honeywell HO-5500RE seems to eliminate most of the problems I have experienced with other fans, but for around the £65 mark is it really able to justify its price-tag?
The Honeywell HO-5500RE is an oscillating tower fan. This means that it rotates. allowing it to cover a larger area with its short busts of cool air. The fan comes with its own remote control and timer, which are useful for controlling the fan to meet the needs of your office. The design could be said to be space-saving, as it doesn't have the large fan head - the entire tower is one tall and slim fan. There are three settings on the fan, normal, natural breeze and sleeping. The normal setting gives a constant jet of air, which has its advantages and disadvantages. The natural breeze is the setting I prefer to use, as it gives a much more natural wind feel to it. The fan gives out random bursts of cool air. The sleeping mode can be used when you are sleeping, and although very few people sleep in the office (!), it would be ideal for home use.
The key point of complaint for most fan owners is noise. If someone doesn't like a particular fan it is usually due to the noise it produces. The Ho-5500RE is extremely quiet, and for this reason it earns lots of brownie points from me. For office use, noise is very important in my eyes. If you are using the fan for night time use then the lights could be an issue, as there are a few blue lights on the top of the unit which may be a problem to light sleepers. The fact that it has a timer, allowing you to set it to operate for 30 minutes, 1,2 and 4 hours is ideal for use during the night, you won't even notice it switch off as it is very quiet!
The fan is extremely efficient from my experience. I find all the features useful, I use the timer during the day and the remote control is very easy to perate with just 5 buttons on it. The unit itself also has five buttons on the top. The remote can be stored in the fan, so as not to lose it when you don't need it.
The build quality of the HO-5500RE really is quite impressive, the five shiny silver buttons on top of the unit havn't had much use as I often use the remote, but this isn't showing any signs of wear even though I have had the fan for almost a year now. The tower has an aluminium band running down both sides of the fan for added rigidity and durability. With al lot of fans I find they are cheaply built out of plastic, but the smart and sleek design gives reassurance that in the design of this fan there were no compromises to either style or function.