Misting Fans More Effective in Extreme Heat than Normal Fans

Extreme Heat WarningMillion of Americans use some type of electric fan every day to stay cool, especially right now as we sit in the midst of one of the hotter summers in recent memory. But according to a new medical report, an electric fan by itself is really not an effective means of staying cool. There is one exception, however: misting fans.  Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York elaborated to CBS News:

“Electric fans, only when used with misting spray in healthy people, may have the ability to promote cooling,” says Glatter.

Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for young children and the elderly, and at least 46 people have died due to heat-related issues this summer alone. In addition to using a misting fan, CBS News provided a few additional tips for dealing with the heat this summer:

  • Seek out public places with air conditioning if you don’t have an indoor AC
  • Drink plenty of cold water
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, which can all lead to dehydration.

For more on this study and some additional tips for dealing with the ongoing summer heat, be sure to check out the CBS News article below:

“Electric fans’ effectiveness during heat waves questioned in new report” — CBS News