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Bye Bye Bugs: A New Reason to Love Portable Fans

2013 July 19

Higher temperatures and energy bills aside—there’s a new reason to keep a handy fan nearby. The New York Times reported this week that the gentle breeze from an electric fan could be a “poorly known strategy” for keeping mosquitoes and other bugs at bay during summer get togethers.

Indeed, the Mosquito Control Association endorses the approach: “Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers, so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution.” The group says mosquitoes fly slowly — from roughly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, depending on the species, making it quite a feat to take on the wind generated from even a lil’ ol’ fan. We’ll embrace any solution that doesn’t involve strong scents or wrapping yourself in netting.

So, is this common knowledge for all of your summer soirees? Either way, if we’re going to beat the heat (and the bugs!) here are a few of our favorite ways to do it:

(Note: While portable fans can go where you go, it’s important to note that they aren’t necessarily rated for outdoor and shouldn’t have a permanent home in your backyard).

Portable table and floor fans at lumens.com

1. Otto Fan by Stadler Form, $200 2. Cinni Table Fan by Atlas Fan Company, From $323  3. Charley Floor Fan by Stadler Form (now discontinued) 4. Arden Floor Fan by Fanimation, $329 5. Urbanjet Fan by Fanimation, $149

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