Why you need a window fan
Window fans are the perfect way to keep cool all year round. While an air conditioning unit can do the same thing, they are expensive to install, and their mechanical issues can quickly become a nightmare. A simple window fan can do the same job, and you won’t have to worry about calling in a technician multiple times a year.
If you’re someone who isn’t comfortable in the heat, investing in a window fan is a great idea. It saves precious space and eliminates unsightly appliances from the middle of the room. Window fans are also a lot more powerful and efficient. They work to keep cool air in the room and warm air out.
Features to consider while choosing a window fan
Finding the right window fan doesn’t need to be difficult. Instead, with a bit of information, you can know exactly what to look for. The following are important features to be aware of to help you find the perfect window fan.
Single vs. dual
When it comes to window fans, there are two major categories: single and dual. Single fans have one set of blades. They blow cool air into the room. Dual fans have two sets of blades. You can alter them, but generally, one set blows cool air into the room, and one set blows hot air out of the room. Dual fans are slightly larger than single fans, so what you choose may come down to a size issue. A single-blade fan can also be adjusted to blow the air either in or out. Plus, it’ll take not so much space as dual-blade ones. On our list, the Air King 9166F and the Lasko 2155A are single fans, while the remaining three are dual fans.
The blade size of a window fan refers to how long the blade is. The longer the blade, the more power behind it. The dual window fans on our list have smaller blades, ranging around eight inches. There are two fans in each unit, so the blades need to be smaller for space issues. The single window fans on our list boast of much larger fan blades. The Lasko 2155A actually has impressive 20-inch blades.
Number of speeds
When it comes to cooling down your room, the more options, the better. In the summer, you’ll want a high-velocity fan to beat the heat. Alternatively, at night you might just want a slight dip in the temperature. All window fans on our list come with at least two speed options. And, the Lasko 2155A, Air King 9166F, and Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan come with an impressive three speed options.
Window fans are mechanical appliances. As such, they need a power source, which in this case is an electrical outlet. You may want to place your window fan in a high, un-used window, but be sure to check the length of the cord first. While you can use an extension cord if need be, this does increase the risk of fire slightly. Before you purchase a window fan, think about where you want it to go and measure the distance between your window and the nearest power outlet. This will save a lot of hassle in the future.
Above all else, the dimensions of a window fan are paramount. Just imagine if you bought an amazing new window fan and went to install it, only to discover that the fan is actually larger than the window! Try to find a window fan that is slightly smaller than the window itself. You can always purchase an extender system, or even DIY some plywood to fill in the gap between the machine and the windowpane.
Mechanical appliances can be tricky. You just never know when they might default or need extra work. If you’re not mechanically inclined, having an extended warranty on your window fan can put your mind to ease. Most window fans come with a standard one-year warranty. However, the Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan comes with an impressive five-year warranty. If you don’t want to worry about having to ever fix your new fan, this might be the best bet for you.
When it comes to window fans, the more you know, the better. In addition to the basic features mentioned above, you might find a until more extra add-ons. A thermostat and advanced control panel can lead to smarter technology. If you can set your fan to work until a specific temperature, it can make your room that much better. A remote control is a great feature, especially if your window fan is somewhere high or out of reach.
A really important feature to look for is the noise level. Mechanics means noise. If you are sensitive to white noise, or plan on using a window fan at night while sleeping, look for a product that has a lower noise output. If you’re not sure, then opt for a device with multiple fan settings. The lower the setting, the less noise that will be produced.