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Summer is approaching, and you are definitely starting to feel the temperature rising. Unfortunately, having air conditioning at home is not always feasible, because if you live in the downtown area, the reality is that you would rarely use it. What better way to cool off than with a floor fan?

We have prepared a small guide to these based on our research, as well as mentioning the most important features and aspects that you should take into account, which we hope will be of great help to you when making your decision.




Summary

  • Floor fans are another variant of the fan family, and this model is ideal when you have enough space on the floor of a room or when you plan to move it to another room as they are portable.
  • Among the fans for the home, these are the most common as they are generally the most powerful when it comes to circulating air within a room.
  • If you don't have a lot of floor space, we recommend you take a look at our guide to wall and ceiling fans, as if there are obstructions in front of it, the air that will circulate will be much less and you won't be getting the most out of your fan!

The Best Floor Fan: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Floor fans are another variant of the fan family, and this model is ideal when you have enough floor space in a room or when you plan to move it to another room as they are portable. (Photo: citalliance/ 123rf.com)

What are floor fans and what are their advantages?

Floor fans are another variant within the fan family. They are designed for use in small to medium-sized rooms in the home. It is also one of the most widely used types of fans, not only because of the wide range available, but also because they can be moved not only from one room to another, but also from one place to another.

So, if one day you want to spend a few days at the beach, this can be your best ally, as they also tend to be ideal for temporary outdoor use as they are very easy to clean.

Advantages
  • They have a large diameter
  • Their displacement or airflow is high
  • They do not generally require installation
  • Some models can be wall or ceiling mounted
Disadvantages
  • The direction of airflow is fixed
  • In some cases, they tend to be a little noisier than other types
  • If there are obstructions they will greatly limit airflow
  • You must bend down to switch them on and select speeds

Where should I place my floor fan?

The ideal with these fans is to place them directly on the floor and slightly inclined upwards, as in this way we get the cold air to circulate and mix it with the warm air in the room, thus achieving a pleasant atmosphere.

You must take into consideration that, if there is furniture or any other type of obstruction in front of these fans, the air flow will be slowed down or greatly reduced, so we recommend you to have enough space on the floor.

Normal and high speed floor fans - What should you pay attention to?

Because this fan is generally quite simple, we can say that there are no major variations in their models, other than aesthetics or power.

However, we can also find on the market some floor fans called "air circulators" or "high speed fans", which differ in that they reach a much higher speed than a normal fan.

We would like to mention some characteristics of each of them so that you can compare them, although in this article we will only focus on normal floor fans, as they are the most suitable for use in the home.

Normal floor fan High speed
Most of them are made of plastic, their blades, base and head Most of their blades and head are metallic
You can find quite light models Due to their material, they tend to be heavier
They do not generate much noise They usually move more than 2,500 cubic feet per minute of air, even up to 4,000

Buying Criteria: Factors that allow you to compare and rate different Floor Fans

Before buying a wall fan, you should take into consideration some characteristics that we would like to mention below to help you make the best decision.

CFM or MCP

The power of a fan is measured by the air-moving capacity it provides. Airflow is typically measured in cubic feet per minute or its equivalent in metres.

Obviously the more cubic feet or cubic metres per minute, the greater the airflow that will circulate in the room or space you have it in. Some experts suggest that we should look for a model that can move the air in the room in at least 5 minutes.

Among the fans for the home, these are the most common as they are generally the most powerful when it comes to circulating air inside a room. (Photo: StockSnap/ 123rf.com)

Size

Most floor fans contain blades that range from 20 to 21 inches, so they require a little more space than other types of fans, but as a result, they provide a greater range of airflow.

Noise

Because these fans tend to be more powerful than other types of fans, in some cases, it is difficult to find models that are truly quiet or that don't sacrifice power for noise, so we recommend looking for models that are no louder than 40 decibels.

Even so, there are people who can't sleep without the "peaceful" noise of a fan. If you are one of those people, check out the following video, turn off the lights, and sweet dreams!

Selectable speeds

This should be a basic function of your fan, because with it you can select the amount of air to circulate in the room.

Normally this type of fan has 3 speeds, although in some of its most basic versions it is only possible to select 2 (low or high), certainly, the more speeds you have, the easier it will be to select the desired air circulation.

(Featured image photo: Petprasom/ 123rf.com)

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