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Air Circulators vs Fans: Ultimate Guide - Solenco South Africa

Air Circulators vs Fans: Ultimate Guide

If you are deciding on whether to invest in a traditional fan or an air circulator, then this guide is for you. 

Lately, we have found that a common question in the searches seems to be, what is the difference between a fan and an air circulator? Is there even a difference? 

Most people think an air circulator is just a fancy term for the traditional fan we have all come to know and love on those hot summer days. Truth is, there is quite a big difference between the two. 

The truth is some air circulators do look like an electric fan, however, they do not work the same. 

Let’s clear the air. 

How Do Fans Work?

Fans only move the air in the room in one direction. They lack the aerodynamics to keep the air moving all around the room.  The only time you feel truly cool is when the fan is facing you head-on. 

How Do Air Circulators Work?

By continuously keeping the air in a room in motion, air circulators make sure the air is evenly distributed within an enclosed area. They are designed to improve the environment we are in, and keep the entire room cool. Similarly, they can warm up the room, depending on the temperature you set it at. 

MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator

One of our air circulators, the MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator, was reviewed as ‘arguably the best fan ever invented’. Never mind the fact that it is unbelievably quiet (only 20dB - 20dB is similar to a babbling brook, a whisper or some rustling leaves, in other words, very, very quiet.) and superbly energy-efficient (much more cost-effective and efficient than the run of the mill fan), it can move a huge amount of air effortlessly. About 1056 cubic meters per hour to be exact. Something a traditional fan could only dream of doing. 

MeacoFan 1056 Air Circulator

If you have guests over, everyone in the room will feel the cooling effects, not just the people sitting directly in front of it. It is ideal for the office, home, bedroom or family room. Not only that, but it has an ECO mode, which adjusts its efforts based on the current room temperature.

Air Circulators and Winter: 

Did you know that air circulators can help keep you warm during winter? Their ability to move air efficiently around a room helps them do this. 

Using a heater on its own will make a room warmer, but naturally, all the warm air rises and sits against the roof of the room. By adding in an air circulator, and having it point up to the ceiling, the hot air from the heater will circulate near the floor with the cooler air. Thus, giving your room a more even temperature. 


When it comes to cost and efficiency, the world of air circulators wins hands down, every time. The room in which your air circulator will be placed will turn into an area that you never want to leave, purely because the magic of an air circulator is to make sure the room is an optimal environment for the users in it. Having the ability to circulate cold or warm air around the room due to its unique blade design makes it ideal for summer and winter. It is the perfect all season round companion, giving you the ability to regulate your home temperature the way you want it. 

If you are looking for a taller and more robust air circulator, there are pedestal versions as well. 

MeacoFan 1056P Pedestal Air Circulator

Ready to step into a world of cool? 

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