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Cooling Fans: Choosing the Perfect One

Choosing the right air circulator can be quite a process. There are so many models available that serve seemingly similar purposes. This guide is designed to aid the decision making process and help you determine which type is right for you.

Where do I intend to use this fan?

A few types of aerators on the market include: portable, pedestal, tower, ceiling, and box fans. The type of model you choose should depend on where and how you plan to use it. Knowing where you plan to use it is the first step in choosing the right one for your needs.


Is a room aerator economically smart?

Using a room aerator to cool your interior living space is definitely a wise decision. A room fan uses far less energy that it counterpart. Air conditioning units can get expensive.

On average it takes approximately 3500 watts to operate a central air conditioner, 1400 watts for a powerful window air conditioner, 900 watts for a moderate window air unit; versus 25-400 watts to operate a room fan. This option keeps the utility bill down.

How do they work?

Most cooling fans are recognized as axial-flow aerators. They feature blades that move the air parallel to the shaft and blow air along the axis in a linear direction. This gets the air moving, thereby, ventilating and cooling effectively.

How do I install it?

For the most part there is no installation required. Simply plug it in and turn it on. Some options are little more technical.

For example, a window exhaust, wall mount, or ceiling fan require some installation. Overall, installation is a fairly simple. Follow a few simple manufacturer steps and you can have it installed and fully operational in no time.

How loud are they?

Bringing a new device into any environment is going to raise the question of noise. If noise is an issue, it is incredibly important that you read the description of each fan before making a purchase. Most models offer a variety of noise emission levels from a noticeable drone to a low hum.

How powerful should it be?

Preference plays a large role here, and this question is best answered by determining how warm a climate you reside in, and how much cooling you actually need. Large fans move more air at one time, ventilating and cooling a space rather quickly. A smaller aerator takes longer to get the air moving. Of course the ability to cool and aerate also depends on the size of the room you're trying to cool. The larger the area the stronger the model will need to be.

If you're trying to cool a large industrial space like a gymnasium or warehouse, an industrial air mover might be the best tool for the job. However, if the space you're trying to cool is small to moderately sized, a simpler option will suffice.

Ceiling and window exhaust fans - which is right for me?

Ceiling fans are typically used to cool interior spaces. These room aerators are superior to other options for a number of reasons, but one of primary reasons is the fact that you can change the blade direction.

By changing the direction of the blades, you control the airflow and whether it's circulating air toward the walls or straight down. You can also reverse the airflow for a slight warming affect. Another great way to cool a single space are window exhaust fans. This kind isn't decorative like a ceiling fan, but it's incredibly efficient and powerful.

Are there style choices?

Cooling fans have come far in the world of design and aesthetics. Room aerators have not always been thought of as decorative, but rather as an eye sore. But thankfully those days are gone. There are a variety of decorative models that are sure to meet your cooling requirements while also seamlessly blending with your decor.

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