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Types of Fans


Types of Fans

window fans

Window Fans draw cool air in from the outside and blow warm air out to help circulate air in your home. Blade sizes usually vary from 8" to 16".

Pros & Cons

  • Help to keep air moving
  • Design blocks out window
stand fans

Stand Fans usually feature an upright design with adjustable height. They can be placed in corners to circulate air around an entire room. Blade sizes usually vary from 12" to 16".

Pros & Cons

  • Best for use in bedrooms or living areas
  • Help to circulate air in larger rooms
  • Larger design can get in the way
box fans

Box Fans can cool entire rooms and are easily portable wherever air circulation is needed. Blades are usually around 20".

Pros & Cons

  • Best for use in bedrooms or living areas
  • Can circulate air in larger rooms
  • Easily portable
  • Larger design takes up space
tower fans

Tower Fans are often quieter and more efficient than other fan designs and work best in smaller rooms. Most tower designs oscillate to improve their performance, and can also filter out dust or other particles as an added bonus.

Pros & Cons

  • Best for use in bedrooms or living areas
  • Quiet operation
  • Increased efficiency
  • Some may include air filters
  • Are most effective in smaller areas
desk or table fans

Desk or Table Fans are a quiet option for smaller rooms. Because they can be placed on your table or desk they are easily portable. Some may even plug into your computer's USB port to save you outlet space. Blade sizes usually vary from 9" to 16".

Pros & Cons

  • Best for use in bedrooms, dorm rooms or offices
  • Quiet, portable design
  • Won't take up space
  • Energy efficient
  • Best for use in smaller rooms
personal fans

Personal Fans are a small, often pocket-sized option for cool air on the go. They can often run off of battery or electric power.

Pros & Cons

  • Small, portable design
  • Offer relief from heat anywhere you go
  • Noise may bother those around you
  • Electric fans may require a nearby power source
bladeless fans

Bladeless fans are quiet and safe, making them a great option for families with children or pets. The absence of blades creates a smoother airflow and helps increase this design's cooling quality. There are many different size options, so you can choose the variation best for your space.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet operation
  • Bladeless design is safe for fingers and paws
  • Variable size options offer versatility

Fan Features to Consider

  • Timer: Allows the fan to function efficiently at night or while you are away. It allows you to set the unit to turn on and off at certain times, so you can keep air moving while maximizing the fan's efficiency, saving you money.
  • Remote Control: A fan with a remote allows you to adjust the settings from the couch or across the room for convenience.
  • Adjustable Height or Angle: Adjusting the height or angle of the fan allows you to concentrate air where you need it most. Or, use the adjustment feature to cool different areas at different times for more efficient cooling.
  • Oscillation: Causes the fan to rotate from side to side, allowing for increased air circulation in a room and improving a fan's performance.
  • Speed Settings: Allow you to customize the fan's airflow and noise level based on the time of day and your preferences.
  • Air Treatment: Some fans may also treat the air to remove pet dander, pollen or dust. Additionally, air neutralizers are also available on certain fans to help reduce odors.
  • Misting Fans: A fan with a mister emits small amounts of water that evaporate in the air to cool a room more efficiently.
  • Noise: When choosing a fan, think about where it will go and who may use it the most often. If you're worried about noise in your office, a desk or personal fan is the way to go. If you're looking to add a fan to your child's room, a quiet tower fan might be the best choice.
  • Energy Efficiency: Being mindful of energy use saves you money! Energy Star-certified fans can use up to 10% less energy than other, less efficient fans.

Fan Safety & Maintenance

  • Consider soft, bladeless or tower options in households with children or pets
  • Ensure table fans feature a stable base so they are not easily tipped by little ones or animals
  • Follow the owner's manual to clean the fan's grate or grill and blades
  • Do not allow the motor housing to become wet
  • Always make sure the fan is unplugged when maintenance is performed


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  • Axial Fan Axial fans are typically the most common types of fans and feature blades that face the same direction as the airflow they create in a room.

  • C

  • Centrifugal Fans Centrifugal fans are the exact opposite of an axial design. These feature blades that face perpendicular to the airflow they create. Because this design creates high-pressure airflow, it is often used for drying purposes.

  • G

  • Grates A fan's grate catches dust and prevents it from circulating around the room. The grate also acts as a safety feature to keep little hands and paws away from the fan's blades.

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  • Oscillation Causes the fan to rotate from side to side, allowing for increased air circulation in a room and improving a fan's performance.

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