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I’ve been heading north (up near Collingwood) for almost a decade now as a means of getting away from the city during the summer, and one thing is for sure, when it gets really, really hot out, it’s hard to stay cool.

Sure, there’s the obvious answer: “Corey, why not just turn up the AC”?

Here’s the thing: when you’re at a shared family cottage, appeasing comfort levels with coolness becomes difficult; it’s a battle of range (some like it cold, others’ nice and brisk), that, unless you’re down for a war with family, just isn’t worth having.

That’s where the topic of personal fans becomes a conversation and, more so, the decision to invest in the expensive offering or simply buy something generic.

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This overview looks at the former. 

Let’s say the investment was made into the expensive offering and discusses if the price tag of $599.99 is worth the inclusions or if the more generic would work just fine, too.

It’s sure fun to unbox a smart fan, but Dyson doesn’t make it intuitive to set up the “smart” part. Actually, it was kind of frustrating. The instructions are made so generically, that figuring out which device you’re actually setting up is where things get confusing – especially for someone like me who is relatively tech-savvy. I am certain my father-in-law, who is in his 70’s, without my help, would have become frustrated and returned the unit. I spent 30-solid-minutes trying to figure out how to connect the WiFi before realizing that the app only needed a quick NFC tap to bond; once that happened, the rest was a breeze. 

Having a companion app with WiFi connectivity is convenient, but not totally necessary; it adds a certain level of ease that is really only useful during setup if you’re a super-visual learner.  What it does do, however, is help your fan bridge into your already connected lifestyle like Nest has done already. Most of us are pre-programmed to modify and adjust our homes’ AC based on needs, cause NEST thermostat allows for it; the fan does the same.

A quick launch and a few slides, from anywhere, gets the fan on and roaring even if you’re miles away, offering a cooler-than-normal bedroom, allergen-free, upon arrival. Again, though, this means babysitting and remembering two apps, not just one, which can be challenging if not already part of a routine.

What makes this fan unique is the built in HEPA filter, something a generic fan doesn’t have and something that makes the expense a bit more worthwhile in a COVID-19-laden world. HEPA filters pull in all the particles in the air that you don’t see; this means all the aerosols from potentially-infectious airborne coughs and sneezes. In this case, it means catching the small, person-to-person aerosols that you don’t see, the potentially COVID-positive ones left in the air, once your guests (under 10 people, please) have all left that might be positive and just don’t know it / haven’t shown symptoms yet.

In the case of larger rooms, make sure you have more than one fan present, as there is a range in square footage that the Dyson covers – the Pure Cool covers about a thousand square feet. A fair argument is that for about a hundred bucks, you can buy a separate HEPA fan, which is true, but a bit clunky call things considered. When digging you’ll find the price for an all-in-one, from a fairly reputable brand, nominally less than the Dyson itself. 

All things considered, like any other high end-positioned product, Dyson – like Rolls-Royce – will always have its buyer and Dyson knows this. They are well-made, well-engineered products that are backed for life and last forever. Sometimes the cost is justified, others’ it’s subjective, but in making the case for a Dyson – with family health involved – my opinion is to go for the best; pay the $599.99 once and forget about it.

Corey Herscu is Director of Media Relations at VerbFactory, a marketing agency focused on technology and emerging vertical sectors. He previously ran RNMKR, a Toronto-based communications agency focused on cannabis, technology, and lifestyle.

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