The 10 Best Tower Fans
10. Vornado Circulator
9. SPT SF-1523
8. Honeywell HY-048BP Fresh Breeze
7. Arctic-Pro Digital
6. Seville Classics Slimline Combo
5. Ozeri 3x OZF3
4. Genesis Powerful 360
3. Dyson Air Multiplier AM07
2. Lasko Woodgrain
1. Ozeri Ultra Wind 42-Inch Oscillating
Better Health And Comfort Through Better Air Circulation
While nobody likes to inhabit a hot, stuffy room, proper ventilation and air circulation can play a much bigger role than simply enhancing one's comfort. Proper airflow and moderate interior temperatures are also important for one's health and well-being. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration) recommends an interior temperature range 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. Heat exhaustion can have far-reaching effects on human health, including cognitive and physiological problems.
Sleeping in a room that is too warm and still can increase the prevalence of sleep apnea issues. Those afflicted with mild sleep apnea may not require any invasive treatment, but creating an ideal sleeping environment complete with cool, fresh air is a prerequisite for safety during sleep.
To create the ideal sleeping situation, one should utilize all available resources, which include an open window 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 of which is circulation. Second, the fan helps create a cooling effect by lifting cooler air from the floor of a room, and by increasing the evaporation rate of perspiration when it passes over human skin. Finally, a fan creates white noise that helps to drown out other sounds that could be a distraction during sleep (or during the attempt to fall asleep).
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.
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 in 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 100 feet away (under the right conditions), making them 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 settings. 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 the 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. While a fan blowing across a bed can provide short-term cooling, one 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. 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. Doing so will reap the biggest rewards from its use, both in terms of freshness and coolness of the air.