How to Choose the Best Cooling Fan for Your Needs

Temperatures worldwide have been rising at an unprecedented rate, affecting not only our daily lives but also transportation, utilities, and infrastructure.

There aren’t many products that can help us endure these circumstances. The best and arguably most cost-effective solution to this problem is to acquire a cooling fan. However, there are so many brands and models on the market that it may be challenging to know which one is best for you.

This article will discuss the main criteria to use when choosing a cooling fan for our home or office.

Depending on the size, shape, and location in the room

There are a few different types of fans depending on their size, shape and where we want to position them in the room. These include table/desk fans, exhaust fans, ceiling fans, wall-mounted fans, pedestal fans and tower fans.

Table Fans

As the name suggests, you can place this fan on a desk or table in your workplace or at home; simply plug it into the wall and turn it on. These small fans are intended to cool small, confined spaces.

Sealey SFF04 Desk Fan Mini 4″ 230V
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Sealey SFF6USB Oscillating USB Desk Fan 3-Speed 6"
Sealey SFF6USB Oscillating USB Desk Fan 3-Speed 6″

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Pedestal Fans

Pedestal fans are larger and taller than desk fans, making them ideal for slightly larger spaces. They usually sit on a vertical stand placed on the floor.

Draper 70430 20"/500mm Pedestal Fan 120W 230V
Draper 70430 20″/500mm Pedestal Fan 120W 230V

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Sealey HVF20PO Industrial High-Velocity Oscillating Pedestal Fan 20" 230V
Sealey HVF20PO Industrial High-Velocity Oscillating Pedestal Fan 20″ 230V
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Tower Fans

Tower fans are tall and narrow; they sit on the floor and sometimes reach all the way up to the ceiling. These fans are not only compact and space-saving, but they are also the most powerful fans on this list.

Draper 09125 Tower Fan (775mm)
Draper 09125 Tower Fan (775mm)

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Sealey STF43Q 43" Quiet High-Performance Oscillating Tower Fan
Sealey STF43Q 43″ Quiet High-Performance Oscillating Tower Fan

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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are naturally suspended from the ceiling and distribute air downward and around the room. They offer efficient whole-room cooling.

Wall-Mounted Fans

Wall-mounted fans are ideal for a small room with small open floor space. They’re most commonly found in offices, auditoriums, and warehouses.

These wall-mounted fans are typically drilled near a column or wall, making them immobile and a great solution for saving floor space.

Sealey SWF16WR 16" 240V 3 Speed Wall Fan With Remote
Sealey SWF16WR 16″ 240V 3 Speed Wall Fan With Remote

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Depending on the direction of air movement

There are two types of fans based on how they circulate air in the room: axial and centrifugal (radial).

Axial Fans

The blades of axial fans move air parallel to the rotor around which the blades rotate. This is the most common and relaxing type of fan.

Axial fans are classified into three types: propeller, tube axial, and vane axial. The most common applications for propeller fans are dilution ventilation and cooling. These fans are frequently installed on a wall or ceiling. Two common examples are radiator fans in your car and free-standing room fans.

These fans can move a lot of air if there isn’t much resistance, but they’re unsuitable for local exhaust ventilation because they don’t have enough suction to pull air through the system.


Centrifugal Fans

Centrifugal fans blow air at right angles to the intake of the fan.

Centrifugal fans are classified into three types based on their fan blades: forward inclined blades, backward inclined blades, and straight radial blades.

Centrifugal fans include those found in your furnace, vacuum cleaner, and hairdryer. They can withstand high resistance and are commonly used in local exhaust ventilation systems. Because they are less likely to become clogged or abraded by dust, rugged radial blade centrifugal fans are the best type for exhausting large amounts of dust.

centrifugal fan

Bladed and bladeless fans

We’ve all seen the standard house fan, which uses an electric motor to spin a central hub to which two or more blades are attached and protected by a grill for safety.

Bladeless fans, as the name suggests, are entirely blade-free appliances with an extended hollow hoop that resembles an antenna.

This hollow loop consists of a powerful extracting engine that sucks air and creates a strong air current, as well as an inverse vacuum inside the loop that amplifies the speed of this air up to 18 times and expels it back out.

These fans will circulate fresh air throughout your home, but they are larger than blade fans.

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