Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fan vs. fan

To say it's miserably hot here in North Texas would be an understatement. The weatherman is promising a cool front by the weekend which will drop temps into the 90s for highs. Compared to the trip-digits we're currently having, this is a very good thing. I may have to find my sweaters.

On the other hand, just because it's hot outside doesn't mean it's cool inside. We keep our a/c set in the high-70s and run ceiling fans. At night, we use a stand fan also. If last fall is any harbinger, I'll actually miss the drone when it becomes cool enough not to have it.

But we're having a party, an outdoor party, and so we need more fans to circulate what will be very hot air on the patio. So we journeyed to the Big Box and picked up a couple. We put them together (does NOTHING come pre-assembled?) as a warm-up to our TV stand effort. Not that it was hard, but it stood as a reminder of how things keep getting cheaper and cheaper in construction. The difference, particularly in the motor casing between these fans and the company-identical one from a few years ago, is very noticeable.

For starters, the whole thing is lighter in weight. We'd better hope God doesn't decide to give us a breeze during the party, or these babies will be over on their noses. I just don't have a lot of confidence that I'll still be hauling them around in 5 or 6 years.

The price was right (and we did have other choices), but if you get what you pay for, I'm fairly sure we did.

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