How often are you confronted with the challenge to simply choose a good fan that does the job right. Seems like a pretty common ask that everyone has to face at least once in their life… The challenging part is there a huge variety of fans to choose from these days.

Sure, you can go and buy just any cheap $20 fan. More than likely though, it’ll leave you hot and bothered. Not just by the lack of airflow from the cheaper fans but also for wasting your money on something that doesn’t work as well as you want it to – see you do get what you pay for!

Can You Choose A Good Fan

There are loads of types and room fans with different characteristics and functions and they all blow different amounts of cubic air through your room. Making sure you pick the right fan for your needs depends on a few things, including:

  • Room size
  • Amount of airflow available
  • What the room will be used for
  • If the room has a window
  • Is it a small room or larger one capable of accommodating fan noise
  • Is there a good place for the fan where the airflow can be controlled


What to consider in your fan

You will want to think about the special features of the fan as well as choosing the right size fan. Look at the CFM for the fan, this measures the volume of air circulating per minute. Also remember there is such a thing as a stylish fan. Do you want the design to compliment your decor?

Do you want the fan to cool multiple people? Possibly an oscillating fan would be the best choice. Do you have small children in the home? You should look for a fan that has a child safety grid.

There are even fans that mist for outdoor use. It will spray your guests with a light mist of water to help cool down on those hot summer days.

Depending on the size of your room, here is a general guideline:

Room Size in SQ FT Optimal Fan Size
Bathroom or Hallway up to 50 29″
up to 75 36″
Laundry Room or Breakfast Nook up to 75 36″
up to 100 42″
Small Kitchen or Small Bedroom up to 100 42″
up to 400 50″ or 52″
Family Room or Large Bedroom up to 400 50″ or 52″
over 400 54″
Large Areas or Great Room over 400 54″
with high ceiling industrial rated


Fans For Around The House

The Kitchen – Whether you are cooking, baking, or running other appliances like a dishwasher, your kitchen is going to get extremely warm. Most likely you don’t have a lot of floor area and air flow is not the best. Unless, of course, you have an open floor plan.

You are generating a lot of heat and steam so will want to get the air flowing. Instead of taking up much needed floor space, you will want to find a fan that is either wall mounted, countertop or window unit.

A wall mounted fan will not only create a good breeze but also disperse those delicious aromas throughout the house. The only fan I would consider on a countertop would be a slim tower tabletop fan to take up less space.

A window fan could be a good option as they often are capable of reversible airflow and/or a thermostat.

Living Room – Your living room is the place where most families go to relax. Whether it’s watching television, family game night or even just taking a nap on the sofa, you want it to be comfortable. Most likely you are not going to want a fan that makes a lot of noise or sticks out like an eye sore. You don’t want the first thing any visitors notice to be your fan unless of course you choose a stylish piece such as the Vornado VFAN or the Dyson bladeless.

You can mix it up a little by using different models of fans. Create a wind tunnel by placing a fan in the window to pull in cooler air in the evenings and then another unit on the other side of the room to push the air throughout the house.

Stairways  The best way to keep your house cool is by controlling the flow of hot air. Hot air naturally rises so you want to push it up and out of the home. Place an adjustable fan at the base of your stairs, pointing upward. Then, at the top of the stairs you will want to have another fan to push the hot air out a window. This also helps create good air circulation throughout the house.whichfan

Garages – The garage is an additional workspace for many people. It also is not usually connected to any central air vents. The walls and ceiling are not normally insulated as well as the rest of the home. The type of fan you chose depends on the amount of floor space you have.

An industrial rated fan would be ideal, such as the Air King 9214 or the Lasko 3300. Both are good for moving a tremendous amount of air to relieve the heat.

Bedrooms – If you are like me, the bedroom is essential to have a comfortable atmosphere. I enjoy a good nights sleep and being too hot seriously prevents that from happening. Think about what you want in a fan for your bedroom.

  • Are you looking to keep cool or for some white noise?
  • Or both?
  • How much room do you have for fan placement?
  • Is design a factor for you?
  • What about a timer?

If you have a fan in your bedroom window you may not want it to run all night. Outside air gets cooler during the night and you may wake up around 3:00 AM and be freezing.

A timer would be an excellent feature to prevent you from losing sleep due to being too cold.

You may want a remote controlled fan so you don’t have to get out of bed to turn it off. Not everyone wants the fan running while they sleep. Maybe you had the fan on a higher setting while reading or watching television but want to turn it down for sleeping.

Some people like a quiet hum noise of a fan while they sleep. Multiple speeds are a definite must in a bedroom fan. A variety of speeds ensures you have the right air flow for whatever your mood.

A pedestal fan may be ideal since it is higher and you have more options for head adjustment. It can be tilted up and down as well as a setting for oscillating. You can bounce the air off from other surfaces instead of blowing directly on you.

Tower fans can be good if space is a concern and you don’t need the white noise. They can be placed in a corner out of the way and still oscillate. Some even come with filters for ionizing air which makes the air fresher.

Dorm Life


College dorms are another area where special consideration is needed. A room fan should be an essential item on your student’s back-to-school list. When looking for the right dorm room fan, there are a few things to consider.

Safety is a big concern for dorm life. You have many occupants in a building with many dorms. You should not only be concerned with your safety but the safety of all your fellow students.

You were probably already informed that candles and hot plates are not allowed in the rooms. It is essential for your safety and others to select the right fan. Look for a fan that has a fused safety plug which will cut off electric power in case of a malfunction or power surge.

A window fan may be the right option for you but make sure you buy one made for such use. Not all fans are meant to be placed in windows. One with an isolated motor would be a good idea.

It also would be a good idea to consult with your roommate before purchasing a fan. Talk with him/her to see what kind of space will be available. Consider how much furniture each person will be bringing in. Check if allergies will be a concern.

Your choice of fan is very important in order for you to get the most value for your money. Really take a look at your need for each room. Where will the fan be placed, how much wind flow is needed and how much the temperature is needed to be lowered.

Thinking about these will help you find the right fan for each room. Making educated decisions about fan purchases will not only have you satisfied with how you spent your money but will also ensure your comfort.

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