When summer comes along, the stuffiness of a room can be more than enough to push us past our limits. The tiniest things – a cough, a sneeze, or losing the remote – can set you off, all due to a bit of discomfort. You’re not alone; we’ve been there, and the best investment to fight against the soul-crushing heat of summer is getting a cooling fan.
Why get a Cooling Fan?
Right now, you’re probably wondering, “Cooling fan? Why not an AC?” Well, there are several reasons why an AC, portable or window-mount, would be the preferable solution to cool down a room, but seeing as how the price of electricity increases during the hot months in certain parts of the world, they are not the most cost-effective cooling appliances out there. We’ll go over electricity costs in a minute, but let’s check out what other benefits a cooling fan has to offer.
Better Air Circulation
The first thing you need to realize about cooling fans is that they don’t reduce the temperature of a room. Instead, they help circulate indoor air to get rid of stuffiness. The fan’s blades push air from behind the guard-forward, moving a ton of air in the process. This is something that an AC cannot do, at least not effectively.
The amount of air being blasted from the fan’s blades will evaporate sweat much more quickly than an AC. Since air conditioners serve to remove heat from a room, it can take much longer for a room to cool down. Thus you’ll have to enjoy sweaty pits for longer before the coolness gets to you.
Sure, there are portable air conditioners, but they’re not nearly as easy to transport or move between floors. The slim, lightweight design of a common tower fan makes it super-easy to take to different rooms of your home. Stuffiness and over-humidity be gone! Portable fans are here to blow you away!
So we’ve already established that a cooling fan does not cool down a room but rather move huge amounts of air with each spin of the blade. Despite not giving a cooling sensation, it does offer instant relief in the hot months, and best of all, it does it without consuming tons of electricity.
Compared to a centralized cooling system or even a portable air conditioner, a cooling fan uses a fraction – less than a fifth – of electricity per each hour of usage. So yes, cutting your electricity bill is a huge advantage that fans have over other cooling contraptions.
Types of Bedroom Fans
Before we dive into our buying guide, it’s important that you know the various types of bedroom fans available to you. There are four types of cooling fans designed to circular small, enclosed spaces – pedestal fans, wall fans, table fans, and tower fans.
Pedestal fans are probably what you’re most accustomed to seeing. The fan blade, guard, and motor are supported by a tall, telescoping pedestal and stand. The diameter of the blades is typically larger than the other fan types, making them more adept at pushing greater quantities of air per minute to improve circulation.
A wall fan is one that can be mounted onto a wall of your home. Because they attach to walls, you’re free to set the altitude of the spinning fan blade to whatever height you desire. Many modern wall fans are also controllable via a remote control, making placing them higher and out of reach a possibility. Just don’t lose the remote.
Table fans are like miniature pedestal fans. They have a large fan blade and guard but rest atop a short stand, perfect for placing the unit on top of tables and workbenches. The small size of table fans makes them inadequate at ventilating large rooms; they’re more of a tool that blows air at your face and rams.
Finally, tower fans are the most futuristic-looking fans available. Their sleek design allows them to be placed in any room without being a sight for sore eyes. Performance-wise, there isn’t that much of a difference between pedestal fans and tower fans. But in most cases, towers are shorter than pedestals, so the air they circulate is closer to the ground. Towers also come with a lot more features, namely a programmable timer, more speed settings, and remote control.
Cooling Fan for the Bedroom Buying Guide
Choosing the right cooling fan for your bedroom isn’t all that difficult, as long as you’re aware of the different types of fans available. The typical bedroom size is roughly 80 to 100 square feet, and any regular-size pedestal fan can circulate indoor air effectively. But let’s be honest; the bedroom is the one place in our homes where we can chill and let our lazy roam free. Finding the right bedroom fan is all about convenience. In this section, we’ll go over the various performance specs to look out for, as well as all the features that will allow you to indulge your laziness.
The size of the fan determines how much air it can move with each spin. It’s also an indicator of how large of a room the fan can circulate air effectively. For the average-sized bedroom (between 80 and 100 square feet), a diameter of between 29 inches and 42 inches will be large enough for proper circulation.
The altitude at which the fan blows is important in circulating indoor air. In general, the higher the fan blade spins, the more area of a room it can cover. If stuffiness is a huge problem in your bedroom, then skip the table fan and opt for either a pedestal, tower, or wall-mounted fan.
Another thing you should take into account is how much floor space the fan takes. Table fans and wall-mount fans take no floor space at all unless you keep them on the ground which is just absurd. Pedestal and tower fans, on the other hand, do. Just note that neither of these fan types will take up more than 1 or 2 square feet of your floor.
However, the tower fans have a considerably smaller footprint than pedestals which is both good and bad. It’s good because less is always better when it comes to floor space taking-upping, but it also means that the fan has a greater chance of toppling over with the slightest nudge.
Most fans have three different speed settings – low, medium, and high – which provide different levels of air circulation. Some models come only with low and high settings which is either unnoticeable or creates a mini tornado in your room. A higher fan speed also allows quicker sweat evaporation and relief at the cost of a marginal increase in electricity consumption. It’s worth it if you live in a tropical climate or are just unused to sweaty pits at night.
The noises coming from a spinning fan aren’t anywhere near as loud as chainsaws, but it can be disturbing having a fan buzzing next to you all day. A lot of the noise coming from a fan has to do which what speed setting it is currently on, but other factors such as construction, materials, and the blade’s closeness to the guard can also lead to annoying ting-ing sounds.
In most cases, with great power comes great noise, but with the best models, it’s never excessive or annoying to the point of wanting to throw the fan away. The best fans produce anywhere from 60 to 70 decibels which is about normal conversation tones. The most important thing is to find a model that won’t scream in your ear as you try to sleep at night.
Now here’s where things get interesting. Cooling fans have advanced far beyond simply a control panel with buttons. Nowadays, many of the newer models come with the added convenience of a remote control to give users the ability to send instructions to the fan while lying down. This is technology at it’s finest and should be taken full advantage of.
If you’d like to control your fan using a remote, your only options are tower fans and wall-mounted fans. Pedestals and table fans still require you to get up and push buttons as they did in the cavemen days.
Now, we won’t lie to you; fans are typically known for making a fashion statement, at least for the interior of your home. That’s why it’s important that you find one that doesn’t clash horribly with the color scheme of your bedroom. The good news is that fans are sold in a seemingly infinite number of colors. The better news is that if you’re looking for a sleek design that matches the futuristic interior of your home, then a tower fan is something you should consider.
A timer feature is one of the handiest things that a fan can have. It’s also one of the most basic features that can even be found in table fans. The older models have a dial which lets you choose how long to keep the fan running, typically up to 120 minutes max.
Newer pedestal and tower fans have LCDs that let you input how many minutes, usually in increments of 1 or 5 minutes, the fan will circulate air. Choosing between one and the other is simply a matter of personal preference, but we must say that the LCD control panel is a lot easier to control. Tower fans also let you set a timer up to 12 hours, something that you’d need to repeat 12 to 24 times with a pedestal, table, or wall-mount fan.
Tilt and Oscillation Ranges
Here are two of the most disregarded specs when shopping for a bedroom fan – the tilt and oscillation ranges. The tilt range refers to the vertical movement of the fan head, whereas the oscillation range is vertical rotation. Pedestal, table, and wall-mounted fans usually have a tilt range of up to 30° up and down.
Tower fans, as a vertically standing unit with hardly any moving parts, do not. A tilting head allows you to circulate air at different altitudes, something that a tower fan is incapable of doing. As for the oscillation range, all fan types usually have a 60° oscillating head.
So there you have it, folks, every piece of information you’d ever need to have on hand before shopping for a bedroom cooling fan. In all honesty, finding the right bedroom cooling fan isn’t all that difficult of a task. It’s important that it can adequately circulate air based on the size of your room and won’t play the music of its people at a deafening noise level as it does it.
But the most important thing to know is the various types of fans available. For smaller bedrooms – 80 to 100 square feet – we’d recommend sticking to a pedestal or wall-mounted fan. Pedestals and tower fans are recommended for larger rooms of at least 125 square feet. Table fans are more of a nuisance than anything since their fan blades are far too small to improve airflow, plus they’ll blow all your papers away as you’re studying.
Other features like a programmable timer and remote control are nice to have. They reduce the amount of babysitting needed to keep the fan running at an optimal speed and noise level. These are by no standard mandatory features to have in a bedroom fan, but if we’re honest with ourselves, why would you want to get out of your cozy bed to turn the fan off when you can rely on the auto-shutoff feature or the remote control to do the heavy work?
Now, between tower fans and pedestal fans, which would we recommend? It all comes down to how much you value appearance. There’s no denying that pedestal fans are not aesthetically pleasing, unlike tower fans and their sleek, futuristic designs that fit in with any interior design scheme. However, tower fans focus their airflow at a lower height which ultimately does not do as great of a job at circulating air as pedestals.