Smart fans: everything you want to know

Smart fan

During the summer, it is no superfluous luxury to have a smart fan at home. However, there are different types with different possibilities, with different purposes. So of course you have a floor or table fan and the standing fan. The larger the room, the more airflow is required.

When you buy a smart fan, you can almost always control it with a handy app on your smartphone. With this you determine the wind speed, sometimes also the direction (the oscillation) and in many cases also other behavior. For example, when the device turns on automatically, based on various factors. This can be through a fixed schedule. But sometimes you can also have the fan respond to the weather or the temperature or to other devices through a smart home network or physical hub. The number of options differs per device.

Advantages of smart fans

Smart fans can therefore be controlled via an app, schedule or other device, but sometimes also via a supplied remote control or voice control. Unfortunately, it is not true that certain types of fans all offer the same functions. Therefore, you should pay close attention when buying, by looking at the box or going through the functions. For example, does such a device support Google Assistant? Then the voice assistant’s logo is now well-known on the box or product page. Is there an app? Then you see the logos of the app stores.

Smart fan

You also have smart fans in all shapes and sizes. You actually have the standard types that are also made without WiFi chips. Small versions that you put on the desk or mount to the wall, the tower fan that is narrow and high and a ceiling fan that cools the ceiling. If you’ve used a fan without WiFi in the past, you can be poisoned that the device also has a version with smart controls.

With the app you can control all functions of smart fans. This is how you determine the speed and whether the device should oscillate. You can of course turn it on or off or determine the mode (some versions also have a natural and night mode, with different wind speeds).

And then of course we have the smart fans with extra functions, such as air purifiers or extra cooling or heating. These are fans that are often more expensive, because they do more than just provide a breeze in the house. These fans can help you maintain a clean environment (while also gaining insight into the outdoor air quality) or help make your room cooler or warmer. However, these are not standard functions for a fan, so we do not see them everywhere in the shops.


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