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Funky Floor (and Desktop) Fans

Summer’s almost here and you know what that means – the kind of heat that begs for a sweet blast of AC to keep temperatures <em>and</em> tempers from flaring. But, what if household budget cuts are putting a crimp in the cooling plan? For many, that means it’s time to rev up the old-school box fan. It may not “oscillate” (whatever that means) and it sounds like an attack helicopter on the warpath, but at least it moves air around, right? That’s right, but if the noise, unwieldy shape and lack of performance just aren’t cutting it, you can rest assured there are floor fan options that may be more suitable to your summertime needs that cost you less than it does to run the air conditioner. Here’s a look at some of our favorites: <strong>1. The Workhorse<a title="Heavy-Duty Floor Fans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/portable-fans/lorell-llr44554-three-speed-heavy-duty-floor-fan_g1225145.html?isku=9118561&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13313" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13313 alignright" title="Heavy-Duty Floor Fan" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/heavydutyfloorfan-300x300.jpg" alt="Lorell Floor Fans" width="107" height="107" /></a></strong> First out of the gate every time is the standard heavy-duty floor fan. It features all-metal construction, three-speed push-button control and a 90-degree tilt feature you can use to try and control the hurricane. It might roar like a chainsaw, but it’s worth it. <strong>2. The Actual Horse</strong> <strong><a title="Decorative Horse Fan" href="http://www.atgstores.com/portable-fans/deco-breeze-dbf0334-horse-figurine-portable-fan-brown_g680178.html?isku=6196626&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13314" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13314 alignright" title="Horse Figurine Fan" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/horsefan-300x300.jpg" alt="Horse Figurine Portable Fan" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> Yep, it’s a horse fan … except it’s not <em>for</em> horses, if that makes any sense. As a decorative fan it doesn’t really move high volumes of air, but it definitely works and it looks pretty cool. And, if you don’t like horses, these fans come in all kinds of animal shapes like bears, birds, cats, frogs, dogs … you name it. &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong>3. The Sleep Inducer<a title="Scientific Sleep Fan" href="http://www.atgstores.com/portable-fans/savoy-house-18-sf-es-13-18-flst-sleep-fan_g1453174.html?isku=10000516&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13315" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13315 alignright" title="Sleep Fan " src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sleepfan-300x300.jpg" alt="Savoy House Sleep Fan" width="107" height="107" /></a></strong> Here comes the science. This “sleep fan” uses proprietary technology to create a sound that the lab coats say promotes relaxation. The blades (which, if you examine closely, look very strange indeed) even produce air movement that’s conducive to sleep! &nbsp; <strong>4. The Future<a title="iFan Bladeless Fan" href="http://www.atgstores.com/portable-fans/lava-heat-italia-ifan-16_g1285658.html?isku=9497846&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13316" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13316 alignright" title="iFan" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/futuristicfan-300x300.jpg" alt="Lava Heat iFan" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> Not to be outdone, the “iFan” laughs in the face of so-called proprietary technology that relies on antique fan gadgetry – like blades. This <em>bladeless</em> fan (tut tut!) does all kinds of fancy stuff: it has five speeds, a touch tilt feature, remote control power <em>and</em> it oscillates while doing it – although we still don’t know what that means … <strong>5. The Old Havana<a title="Antique-Style Fan" href="http://www.atgstores.com/portable-fans/fanimation-fph210ac-havana-motor-assembly-portable-fan_g136288.html?isku=762154&amp;linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-13317" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-13317 alignright" title="Old Havana " src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/oldhavanafan-300x300.jpg" alt="Old Havana Fan" width="108" height="108" /></a></strong> The Old Havana (actual name, folks) is designed as an homage to 1930s style. As such, it does <em>not</em> oscillate, but it does have three speeds and optional stainless steel hardware that makes it good for damp locations. Oh yeah, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which may be the most 1930s thing about it. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you find a good way to stay cool as the summer months round the corner.
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