- choosing the right fan.
Fans do more than make the air feel cool. They can improve indoor ventilation to help prevent inhalation of dangerous gases or nasty fumes. They can also reduce indoor humidity while they circulate and refresh your indoor air, all of which help you feel more comfortable. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a fan.
- energy use.
Today's fans are an affordable, energy-efficient way to help your home or office feel cooler. Energy Star-qualified fans with a high energy-efficiency rating on the package use up to 10% less energy than conventional fans.
- location, location, location.
For large rooms, consider oscillating stand fans or
a ceiling fan with big blades to move a lot of air. For
small rooms and personal spaces, look for table or
tower fans you can move with you from room to room.
- noise or not.
More airflow means more noise. Consider how much noise you're willing to add to your room when choosing a fan. In bedrooms, you might want a quiet tower fan–or the sleep-inducing "white noise" of a slightly louder one. In family rooms, use a fan that won't compete with conversations or the TV.
- feature this—and that.
Fans come equipped with so many cool features. What's most important to you? Easy installation? The ability to adjust the fan's height and speed? These are good to know before you start shopping.