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Does a fan cool a hot room?
« on: 30/10/2013 21:12:05 »
Why does opening a car window on a hot day, when the car is moving, feel much cooler than opening it when the car is at rest?
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« Reply #1 on: 30/10/2013 21:12:05 »
We answered this question on the show...

This is the wind chill factor and the answer to this is a bit like saying ĎIíll turn the fan on.í Does it make a room colder? No! A fan running does not cool a room.
A running fan keeps the room at the same temperature, it just moves more air past you.
Air molecules, when they run past you, if youíre sweating and hot, each molecule can take a little bit of heat away from your skin so the more molecules that pass your skin the more heat you can lose.
It makes you feel cooler but it doesnít actually affect the temperature and thatís why when youíre driving along nice and fast with your window down, lots of air molecules running over you cools you down.
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