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How To Choose A Table Fan

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Having a table fan is a convenient, cheap and often necessary supplement to your normal cooling. When your A/C unit is simply not enough, is not fully functional or doesn't cool the room you're in, having a table fan is a useful backup.

Let's take a quick look at some of the things you'll need to consider when purchasing a table fan.

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What Types of Fans Are Available?

There are actually quite a few types of fans available in the current market. Some designs allow the implementation of extra cooling or air conditioning technology, allowing fans to operate like portable A/C units. Here are the major types of fans available to date.

Pedestal fans

This is the type of fan that most people will be familiar with. Pedestal fans are normally the best-in-market when it comes to airflow in domestic settings. Though they aren't typically designed with "space-saving" front of mind, pedestal fans come in a variety of sizes that allow them to be useful tabletop counterparts.

Pedestal Fan Pros:

Pedestal Fan Cons:

Oscillating Table Personal Pedestal Fan
Black Table Pedestal Fan
Oscillating Pedestal Table Fan in Black
Electric Oscillating Pedestal Table Fan in Yellow
Oscillating Standing Pedestal Table Fan

Tower Fans

Tower fans are generally designed to conserve as much space as possible while maximizing airflow. They look like small rotating towers on a fixed base and have air inlets along their sides and outlets along the front. This allows for a large amount of air to be cycled through the unit at any point in time.

Tower fans are more feature-rich than their pedestal cousins and often are easier to clean. Instead of needing to fully dismantle the fan's grill in order to clean it - you can simply use a cloth and wipe along the grill surface.

Some tower fans come with ionizers, which can make a big positive impact on individuals who suffer from allergies. To keep a long story short, ionizers shoot negatively charged particles in the air, which then stick to dust and other allergens, causing them to stick to surfaces or the floor- instead of being inhaled.

Tower Fan Pros:

Tower Fan Cons:

Small Quiet Tower Fan for Table
Oscillating Tower Table Fan in Grey
Modern Oscillating Tower Table Fan in Black
Modern Oscillating Tower Table Fan in White
Quiet Oscillating Tower Table Fan in Silver
Oscillating Tower Table Fan with Twist Top

Air Coolers

Air coolers are one of the most recent additions to the domestic and commercial fan family. Normally, air coolers function by pulling in warm air through impellers, pushing that air over a wet, cooling medium then distributing that air around the room in which they are placed. Recently, air coolers have been becoming smaller and smaller, some of them can be powered by the USB ports on your laptop - making them incredibly convenient to move around with.

Air Cooler Pros:

Air Cooler Cons:

Oscillating Air Cooler Box Fan
Black Portable Air Cooler
Air Cooler with Round Fan
Square Portable Air Cooler
Portable Personal Air Cooler
USB Air Coolers Mini Table Fan

How Powerful Should My Fan Be?

Since you've now been introduced to the major types of fan available, the next logical question is - how strong does my fan need to be?

Cubic feet per minute or CFM is one reliable measure of your fan's power. CFM tells you how much air your fan can move at any point in a 60 second period. Essentially, you want this number to be as high as possible, though the higher this number goes - the more potential for noise there will be.

If you're not a fan of the white noise produced by table fans, then you may want to consider getting a fan with long blades AKA a wide diameter. As a rule, the bigger a fan is, the quieter it is. So, if you're considering a powerful tabletop fan like one with a 400 or more CFM rating, then try finding a model that is 12 inches or more in diameter.

Of course, this specific example may not fit your situation. For instance, a 12-inch tabletop fan might be unreasonable if your desk has multiple monitors or other space limiters.

You can use this rule as a yardstick to know if you are really getting a quiet fan or not. A 6-inch fan, with a 500 CFM rating is almost guaranteed to be very loud. For specifics, you can always double-check the noise level of your fan from the manufacturer specifications.

USB Portable Table Fan
Blue Steel Table Fan
Regular Black Oscillating Table Fan
Small Personal Table Fan
Medium White Standard Table Fan
Black Round Portable Table Fan

What Additional Features Should You Consider?

Modern fans are feature-rich and when it comes to table fans, there are a few features you should pay special attention to. Let's take a quick look at them below. 

Noise Control Modes

Remote Controls

Oscillation