8 Best Tower Fans | March 2017
- led lights can function as a nightlight
- decent price for reliable hardware
- not as powerful as other bladeless fans
- patented non-oscillating design
- 2, 4, or 8 hour timer
- 5 year limited warranty
- extremely thin profile
- 90 degree oscillation
- 7.5 hour timer in 30 minute increments
- multifunction remote control
- high-reaching tower design
- patented fused safety plug
- bladeless design is very safe
- 10 different airflow settings
- comes with 2 year warranty
Better Health And Comfort Through Better Air Circulation
No one likes to inhabit a hot, still room. And while it too is important to keep interior air in motion to keep yourself comfortable, in fact proper ventilation and air circulation can play a much larger role than enhancing comfort. Proper airflow and moderate interior temperatures are also important for your health and wellbeing. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recommends an interior temperature -- aka room temperature -- range of between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
While ideal room temperature ultimately depends on personal preference, it's important not to work, cook, socialize, or attempt to sleep in a room that is too warm for comfort. The risks of heat exhaustion or simply the loss of sleep associated with overly warm conditions can have myriad and far reaching effects on human health, including cognitive and physiological factors.
Sleeping in a room that is too warm and still can also increase the prevalence of sleep apnea issues. Sleepers with a mild sleep apnea affliction may require no invasive treatment, but creating an ideal sleeping environment complete with cool, fresh air is a prerequisite for safety during their sleep.
To create the ideal sleeping situation, one should utilize all available resources, including an open window when when exterior air temperatures prove suitable, central air conditioning systems or stand-alone wall units as needed, and fans to keep the air moving.
The use of a fan in a bedroom provides several benefits. The first benefit is the clearest: a fan keeps air circulating, moving fresh air over its slumbering inhabitants and moving exhaled carbon dioxide away. Second, the fan helps create a cooling effect by lifting cooler air from the floor of a room, and by speeding the evaporation of perspiration when it passes over a human's skin. And finally a fan creates white noise that helps to drown out other more specific sounds that could be a distraction during sleep (or during the attempt to fall asleep).
As white noise, such as the whirring of fan blades and the rustling breeze they create, hits multiple audible frequencies at once, thereby creating a constant and consistent sound to which the brain can quickly grow accustomed and thanks to which one can more quickly fall asleep.
Choosing The Right Fan For Your Home
If you are hoping to circulate and cool the air in a small, confined space, you might need to use a desk fan or even a diminutive clip on-style fan. If, however, the space in question has at least a square foot or so of free floor space then a tower fan will prove to be the most effective, efficient way to move air about in almost any room.
Tower fans have the benefit of a slender profile that can still produce as much (or in some cases more) airflow than traditional disc-shaped fans. This is true because most tower fans stack several smaller fans atop one another within their vertically oriented bodies. Other variations on the standard tower fan, such as an air multiplier type of unit, use powerful fans set in a base that pushes air out of an open top section. Both designs create a large swath of moving air that can help create plenty of movement inside a room.
As all decent tower fans will move air about in much the same manner, your choice of which unit best suits your needs should first be defined by magnitude. Some fans are rated to move as much as 500 cubic feet of air per minute and can produce breezes felt as far as one hundred feet away (under the right conditions) and are suitable for a large master suite or a generously sized living room; other tower fans may only move enough air for a ten by twelve bedroom, but they will cost a fraction of the price. There's no need for a fan that's more powerful than a room merits, as beyond a point, faster air circulation won't provide additional cooling.
Once you have established the volume of air you need moved, consider the customization options offered by various tower fans. Almost every tower fan has at least a low, medium, and high speed setting, but some offer as many as eight and even ten different speed options. And while all good tower fans oscillate, not all have timer functions. These details should be the deciding factor.
Some Ideas For Ideal Fan Usage
To ensure your fan is operating in a most efficient and effective manner, take care to place it properly in your home. A fan placed near the bottom of a staircase will send cool air up to the next floor, often a welcome relief for the bedrooms likely located upstairs. If you can position a fan near the open entrance to a subterranean basement, that will help draw up air that might be as much as twenty degrees cooler than the ambient interior temperature above ground. And while a fan blowing across a bed can provide short-term cooling, a fan blowing air out of a bedroom's door paired with a cracked window (provided it is cool enough outside) can create an even more appealing cross breeze.
Always consider the air beyond the direct current of your fan. If your fan is creating an upward draft, for example, that might bring warm air down from the ceiling, ultimately elevating the apparent temperature in a room. And a fan toward an open window might be intended to create a cross breeze inside, but might in fact have the opposite effect of preventing an interior breeze if the outdoor air currents are behaving differently.
Pay attention to the existing conditions in and around your interior space before choosing how and where you will use a fan and you will reap the biggest rewards from its use, both in terms of freshness and coolness of the air.