By Chris JonesThe rattan fan that was used to control the humidity in the ceiling of your home may no longer work, the makers of the fan have confirmed.
A review of the devices found the fans do not perform well under normal usage conditions, and were found to be susceptible to a variety of problems including thermal failure, vibration and electrical short circuits.
“We were surprised to find that the fan had not worked well in our home environment and were concerned about its durability,” said Daniel McEwan, CEO of the Australian Home Care Association (AHCA).
“We took the device out for a few days and it was a success.
We have had no problems with the fan over the years.
We’re still working with a manufacturer to ensure it will be able to be installed in our homes again.”
McEwan said the devices could be found in the range of $40 to $70 on eBay, with some people buying them for as little as $50.
“If you are looking for a product that is easy to install, it may be the right choice,” he said.
“There’s been no reports of people experiencing problems with it in Australia, so there is no need to worry about the device breaking.”
The devices were designed to cool the home, but they have been found to perform poorly in indoor environments.
“In our home, we have had to use a different method to cool down the air, because it was not as efficient and it is not as easy to get the fans to cool off the floor,” McEgan said.
The AHCA is calling on manufacturers to replace the devices immediately, and to ensure they do not cause damage to existing products.
“It’s a matter of public safety, it’s a safety issue and we’re going to be very concerned about any future issues with the devices,” McLean said.
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