Tower Fan Comparison
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Tower Fan Buying Guide
What is a Tower Fan?
Perhaps you’re having a hard time deciding which of the above fans you feel would most cater to your needs. Or perhaps you feel something outside of the above list would more fit what you’re looking for. There are a multitude of reasons why you may begin to branch out of the above list and see what’s out there for yourself. While I may not be able to recommend any specific products outside of the three fans we just covered, I can certainly give you an idea of what to look for when shopping. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a new tower fan.
Is this a cost-saving measure?
If you’re picking up a fan in the hopes of using it as your primary cooling method (as opposed to using an air conditioner), there are two camps of thought as to what you should look for in a fan. The first camp says that, because you’re trying to save money, you should opt for the most basic fan you can possibly get your hands on that still proves to be effective and reliable. On the other hand, the second camp says that you should do everything you can to ensure transitioning from air conditioning to a tower fan is as easy as possible.
If you subscribe to the latter theory, getting a tower fan with a thermostat should be considered a must. While it may cost a bit more at first, any tower fan will pay for itself rather quickly when used in place of air conditioning. Plus, the comfort and convenience inherent in a fan with a thermostat may leave you more inclined to leave your air conditioner off, ensuring you keep saving money in the long run.
Will you be using it in bed?
If you are, and you prioritize comfort and ease of use above all else, getting a fan with shutoff settings, a remote control or all of the above is a great idea, as this will allow you to keep yourself cool at night without having to get up to mess around with your fan. On the other hand, if you just plan on having the fan sitting beside you while you watch TV, specifically buying a fan for such features will likely leave you spending more in the end while simultaneously limiting the amount of product options at your disposal. It’s important to know where you’ll be using your fan before settling on any one unit.
Other Optional Tower Fan Features
There are several features you may expect to find in different tower fans which may range anywhere from being essential to being an unnecessary expense, depending on how you’ll end up using the fan. Take a moment to think about which features you truly need.
- Air Purification – Everyone can use cleaner air. However, if you already have an air purifier, you may actually be better staying away from a fan with this feature, even if you like its other characteristics. Of all potential tower fan features, this has the potential to incur the largest price markup.
- LED Lights – LED lights can be a great way of letting you check up on the status of your fan easily. However, these will likely prove to be a burden if you plan on sleeping with your fan. While same fans’ lights can turn off, most cannot.
Common Tower Fan Features
There are a few features you should always look for in a tower fan, as they will often come in handy and will reflect any given fan’s level of quality. Here are a few things to look out for when setting your sights on a tower fan.
- Speed Settings – While this isn’t always true of other types of fans, speed settings have become standard in tower fans. A tower fan without speed settings is like a car whose windows can’t role down. Even if you never plan on using the feature, its absence says something about its overall degree of quality. Still, you’ll likely find yourself using this feature in the end anyways.
- Oscillation – Tower fans don’t always cover a whole lot of area at any one time. However, this problem can be solved by opting for a unit which oscillates. It can be easy to assume that all tower fans oscillate, though you’ll find this to not always be the case.
The only conclusion I myself can come to in regards to what you need in a fan is that speed settings and oscillation capabilities are always a good idea. Outside of these features, you’ll need to decide which type of fan best suits your interests. However, by following all of the above advice, doing so should take a mere matter of minutes. With the technology available at our disposal in today’s age, finding the right fan for you should be a breeze.