The summer time brings summer heat and if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, then you’re already ahead of the curve. If you don’t, there’s the incessant showers, cold towels and ice packs to cool you down but otherwise, you don’t really have much choice but to roast like a pig. I know it feels like you can't escape it but that's not always the case. When all else fails, a good fan will help you cool down after too much activity. Whether inexpensive or high-end, you can find a good one for under $300 and keep your home cool.
A good fan can also be useful when: you’re working from home at your desk; when you’re sleeping at night; when you’re ventilating your apartment; and, a multitude of other uses we’ll detail below as this guide continues. We’ve highlighted five different models that could potentially change your life. If not, they’ll at least cool you down.
Whether you install it with a light fixture in the ceiling or buy a standalone fan for the ground to keep you cool, the choice is up to you. The one you end up purchasing will not only be about air power but it will also be about size. If you don’t have a lot of space in your home, it may make sense to consider a ceiling fan over a floor model. Likewise, if you have a designated spot for it then you can choose one that works best for the room and your budget. Here's a list of some of the fans you can buy for your home.
Finding the right fan comes down to your needs. If you don’t have a lot of space, a tower fan or a ceiling fan might be your best bet. If you have a little bit of room to you with a good pedestal fan or a wall-mount fan could be a good option too. As listed above, there are a number of different options to choose from. We’re going to highlight some of the top 5 fans for your home.
Built as a desk and side table fan, this three-speed motor has low, medium and high-speed options. It’s great for year-round use and it’s especially good on a side table in your bedroom. For those who sweat in their sleep, sometimes it’s good to have a steady stream of cool air that you can’t always get from a window.
With enough power to cool a medium to large-sized room, this Honeywell oscillates 3 different speeds to choose from. You can adjust the head tilt and provide focus cooling in any area of your choice. It’s not small enough to fit in the kitchen or your bathroom but for the living room and/or your bedroom, it’s an ideal choice. There’s no major assembly required.
This is a fan that allows you to customize your breeze needs. There are 3-speed settings and an 8-hour timer to adequately cover any room that you’re in. Operating on low noise level (as low as 45 db.), it’s a good option when you’re sleeping or looking for quiet while reading. An added bonus with this fan is that it comes with a remote control so you can control it from the couch or your bed; it also covers a 60-degree area while oscillating.
If you’re looking for a good ceiling fan to save floor space, this combo fan from Stile is a convenient fan to add to your home. This trendy, space saving fan is damp rated so not only can it be used indoor, but in a covered outdoor space as well. Due to no exposed blades, it's the perfect addition to a kid's room, a small kitchen, a dining room, or a home office. It has variable speeds that makes it easy to maintain the perfect amount of airflow with remote control operation. There’s also a lifetime warranty on the motor, and includes a remote control and an operator's manual.
This wall-mount fan can be used both indoors and outdoors, depending on the layout of your home. They are fairly easy to install with a light drill and some screws. What’s great about this model is that you can make it oscillate up and down, and in a figure-8 motion as well. Many people use it indoors but you can also use this fan outdoors as well. If you have a patio or a balcony, it’s a great assist for those late summer evenings. Another way you can use it is in the garage to keep your cars cool if you have the space.
Whether you choose a tower fan or a wall-mount fan, there are different things you'll have to do to make sure you're getting the best air possible. Some cooling fans require more upkeep than others so be sure to consider that when you're purchasing one for your home. Here are some frequently asked questions on some of our forums to get a better sense of issues you may encounter.
You should aim to clean your fan every one to two months. To be thorough, take an all-purpose cleaner to the blades and body of your fan. By wiping it down with a damp cloth, you can help keep you and your family safe from allergy attacks.
Regular fans don't blow cold air. It basically just blows air that's already in the room but the movement of air makes you feel colder. You can try to get a bladeless fan which blows out more power.
In general, pedestal fans are more powerful than tower fan. Pedestal fans have much bigger blades than tower fans, which give you more airflow. It's mostly better larger in rooms and you can easily control the direction of the air without having to physically move the unit.
Even if you don't have an air conditioning unit, you can get a fan to take care of all your cooling needs. Whether you're using it to cool your place down or get some ventilation, it's a handy tool to have in the summer months. Check out some of the best fans above and on the sidebar to the right. You can also check out our forums to learn more about different cool fans available at other retailers.