Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Weather Channel Explains Fan Death

So there is this:

Hot room + fan directly on the body = heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke. Gee, that sounds awfully like how Fan Death works.

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  1. Well, now that it's on the Internet it must be true. ;)
    (I never doubted you for a minute.)

  2. I saw this two days ago and thought about sending the link...I figured someone would see it.

  3. This is why fans should be placed exclusively in front of an open window, otherwise they don't work. Also, that model rappresented on the video usually has the rotation option, so it's not pointed on you all the time.

    As real as fan death is, you should know safe and effective ways of using it. And it doesn't require too much effort, really.

  4. Using The Weather Channel as your proof is hardly scientific when they can't accurately do their jobs in the first place. Really, in any other line of work, would you be able to keep your job if you were as wrong as they are as often as they are? Sadly, these shysters still keep their jobs even when they cost people and businesses millions when their "blustery" hype fizzles out or fails to even form in the first place.

  5. Are Korean homes really poorly insulated? I am wondering since it seems that Daegu, Korea's hottest city, has average highs of about 86 and according to the source you quoted it takes 95 for an indoor fan to become an instrument of death. A well insulated house should be about 10F below ambient.Where I live it routinely gets 113F but it is less than 85F indoors without any AC. The Asian monsoon's humidity should bump up the heat index, but by that much?

  6. I always thought fan death was a myth. On really hot days, I would sleep with a fan practically right in my face. Am I lucky to be alive?!


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