It’s a well known fact that temperature is a major component of a good night’s sleep. While everyone’s tastes differ, studies have concluded sleeping in a room that is between 60 °F and 67 °F is ideal for a comfortable night’s sleep. We all know that the room can be a certain temperature and we’re just not feeling it… literally. Getting our body heat to a comfortable climate is a bit frustrating at times, especially at the peak of any season. We have all the technology in the world, air conditioning, cooling capabilities in our mattress and blankets, (and the not so technological) sleeping in the nude.
At some point or another, during the warmer months, we all turn to the floor fan. Sometimes it takes more than one attempt to find the right one, after all they are all just blades moving the air around. But not to worry, we’ve found five very different, but very useful fans to help you out in your hottest time of need. We’ve tested them all for hours in different situations and broken them down to the very last fan blade so you know which are the best fans for sleeping.
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The Top 5 Fans for Sleeping
1. Lasko 42-inch Wind Curve Tower Fan
- Type: Tower fan
- Warranty: Limited
- Size: 42 x 13 x 13 inches
- Floor: Yes
- Hang: No
- Oscillation: Yes
- CFM: Couldn’t easily find specifics
- Assembly: Just the base
- Ionizer: Yes
- Cleaning ease: This tower is closed off and wouldn’t easily be cleaned. The vent area could be cleaned.
This a trendy tower fan is probably the best one for sleeping. It hits most of all the good points and very few of the irritating ones. It is tall and thin so it doesn’t take up much space. It looks nice and is effective in a small room or even a mid-sized one. The Lasko Tower Fan features a remote control with full fan adjustment and access to all of its speeds and adjustments. The timer can be set from one to seven hours. This would come in handy if you liked it cool and breezy right before falling asleep, but didn’t want it to last throughout the night.
The carrying handle makes moving it around convenient. The tower is closed off, so cleaning wouldn’t be as breezy as everyone would like – but most fans aren’t. The front of the cage could easily be dusted regularly. Assembly of this fan was very little, pull the entire fan out of the box and put together the couple pieces for the base.
- Doesn’t take up much room
- Wide oscillating
- Multi speed
- Not easily cleaned
2. Honeywell Power Air Circulator
- Type: Desk fan
- Warranty: Limited 1 year
- Size : 11 x 6 x 11 inches
- Floor: Probably not
- Hang: Yes or table top
- Oscillation: No, but 90°F manually adjustable up and down positions, not side to side
- CFM: 350
- Cleaning ease: No
This small, compact fan is described as having turbo force power. It’s a super little fan that size shouldn’t deter you from purchasing. Though it isn’t as fancy as some of the other fans, it packs a punch with a large CFM and ease of use. Perfect for small space, and travel! There isn’t any oscillation but the head does pivot up to 90* in five upward positions.
There are three convenient speeds for air flow to give you exactly what you need. Cleaning instructions come from other users, many videos are available but make sure to contact the manufacturer to make sure you don’t void a warranty by cleaning and repairing it yourself. Users say proper cleaning and maintenance every once in awhile and this fan will last you years! Assembly for this fan is a breeze – just pull it out of the box, plug it in, and be cool.
- Efficient and effective
- Not easily cleaned
- No oscillating
- Small space only
3. Costway Adjustable Pedestal Fan
- Type: Pedestal
- Warranty: 90 day
- Size: Adjustable (17 x 16 x 53)
- Floor: Yes
- Hang: No
- Oscillation: Yes, 90 °F
- Cleaning ease: Can be cleaned
This pedestal fan is easy to use and efficient in its design of a second set of fan blades for more output. Three speeds, adjustable height and head, it is quiet and simply works. This fan features a remote control for adjustments when even across the room. An indicator light helps you out, even in the dark you can tell what setting it’s on. The timer can be set for up to seven hours giving you the opportunity to keep air moving for exactly the amount of time you want.
The head oscillates, is adjustable in a still position, and tilts for customized airflow. Because you put this fan together yourself, this fan can be cleaned easily at home. Remove the back cage with just a few screws and dust away. Assembly for this and our other reviewed Pedestal fan were the lengthiest. Maybe 15-25 minutes total which includes six pieces, and putting them all together. Not ideal, but at least you’ll know exactly how to take it all apart to transport or clean when you need to!
- Multifunctions for personal needs
- Assembly required
- Can be cleaned
4. Rowenta Turbo Silence Pedestal Fan
- Type: Pedestal
- Warranty: Limited
- Size: 42 to 54 inches tall, adjustable
- Floor: Yes
- Hang: No
- Oscillation: Yes
- CFM: 1695 cubic feet per minute
- Cleaning ease: Not easy
If a fan could be a beauty, this one would be it. It’s stylish, efficient, effective, and with all the bells and whistles you’d think you got quite the deal after signing the contract, the loan, and shaking the car dealer’s hand. This is definitely the best quiet fan for sleeping on our list. This pedestal fan is similar to our other reviewed fan, but much shinier and more powerful. It options quite a few more settings including turbo boost – a little extra oomph for your air flow.
This fan is silent (40-50 decibels when lab tested). It is super lightweight, adjustable in height, and it won’t take up too much room – a corner spot is good enough to keep the airflow moving throughout the room. Just like the Costway, you’ll have to assemble the base and half of the head. But, again, this means you’ll be able to clean it pretty easily by taking it apart and putting it back together again.
- User friendly
- Lots of features
- Quiet and powerful
- Adjustable height
- Can’t be hung, not an ionizer
5. Holmes 20-Inch Box Fan
- Type: Box fan
- Warranty: 1 Year limited
- Size: 20 x 4 x 20 inches
- Floor: Yes (or table top)
- Hang: Probably
- Oscillation: No
- CFM: None listed
- Efficiency: 2 cents per hour
- Cleaning ease: Not easy
This is the best box fan for sleeping that we’ve found so far, and if you need a little white noise to help you sleep, it’s the best loud fan on our list for sleeping. It is big and bulky and not easily manipulated, but useful nonetheless. No bells and whistles, but if you want some cheap, easy, and to the point this would be it. This design is simple, just like our little Honeywell, but bigger. This fan would be good for a larger room and it sits on the floor in a corner, out of the way, best. It has three speeds adjustments for air flow control.
Though it’s a bit big and boxy, it’s lightweight and easily carried by its carrying handle. You’ll keep the cord nice and tidy when not in use with the cord storage on the back. Not easily cleaned, but assembly is super easy – just simply attach the feet that are included for stability.
- Large blades move lots of air
- Good for medium to large rooms
- Made in the USA
- Costs little to run all day
- Has to sit on the floor
- Takes up a lot of space
- Not adjustable
- Not oscillating
- Not easily cleaned.
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How a Fan Works
A human’s body cools itself when it’s overheated by a four step process:
Conduction – The process when heat is transmitted through something [your body] when there is a difference in temperature throughout all connected areas, (think your torso may be hotter than your arms). This happens without moving [your body].
Radiation – The emission of energy.
Convection – The movement caused by the hotter material to rise, the cooler material to sink, and results in heat transfer.
Evaporation – The process by which liquid turns into vapor.
This process is a key factor in a fan actually cooling you off. If you think about how a fan works, it is really just pushing the air that is already in the room around. It doesn’t have any way to actually cool (or heat) the air. It is strictly moving it all around to distribute it more evenly – or even more directly. In some cases, a fan can make the air it’s pushing around hotter, just because it’s electrical equipment using energy and electricity to operate.
So how does the fan cool you off? The four step process above is how it all works. Your body functions as it’s cooling capability. When you overheat, your body does its thing, and then you sweat, a fan blows on you (helping the evaporation process) and you are cooled down.
The fan is pushing around the air that’s the same temperature you’re sitting in, but it feels cooler when it’s blown by your sweaty skin. So if you think about it – you have to be sweaty to really be cooled off. But that’s neither here nor there, if the fan is working for you, even mentally, it’s not doing any harm.
What to Look for in a Sleeping Fan
Sometimes we don’t know what we’re looking for until we find it, and in the reverse – we don’t know what we don’t want to find until we’ve come across it.
There are a few questions you’ll want to answer before you go searching for the floor fan for your bedroom. Starting with where you want to put the fan. If you’re in a smaller space, you don’t want a large floor fan taking up valuable floor area. Maybe you’ll have to hang it, how heavy should it be? How much wall spaces will it take up? If this is the case, you could search for corner stands so that it can oscillate… but your airflow will most likely be restricted and the air at the top of the room will be what is cooled.
Hopefully you have floor space, a good corner to designate to a fan, near a wall outlet, with enough space to allow it to turn from side to side. How big is the space you want to cool? This will determine how much space it needs to oscillate.
Do you want airflow directly on you all night?
Some people don’t like that, but others may require it. If so, make sure the fan is at the right height to move air over the bed directly on you while you sleep.
What kind of power do you want?
The amount of airflow a fan can push is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM), it measures the volume of air that the fan pushes through in 60 seconds.Sometimes, you can find ratings of a fan on how far it can push the air. This is popular in commercial sized fans that need to work for large size garages or even storage rooms.
How energy efficient should it be?
This is important, especially if you’re replacing or supplementing a current cooling system. None of us want to have the air cranked and have a poor efficiency fan moving around the expensively cooled air in your room. You’ll want to find the most airflow moved per amp used.
What type of fan do you like?
There are so many styles. We have the small desk fans, oscillating fans, tower fans, pedestal fans, and the oh so fancy bladeless fans.
What features should it have?
There are features such as remotes, power options, oscillation speeds, oscillation patterns, fan speeds, and timers.
How easy is it to clean?
Do you have pets? How about dust… everyone has dust. All the hair and dust bunnies floating around and they are bound to get caught up in your fan blades.The problem is not cleaning it (although, wouldn’t it be nice to have a self cleaning fan, let’s not stop there… I want a self cleaning house), the problem is the ease of cleaning it. If your fan blades are locked in their “cage” you’re never going to be cleaner than sitting in the box before you even plug it in for the first time.Consider this if you’re a little bit of a clean fanatic.
Note on Ionizers
It’s a word that gets used a lot in marketing, from blow dryers to fans. But what does it actually mean? The summary is – ionizer fans help clean the air by attracting indoor pollutants and removing them from the air you’re breathing. Indoor air is pretty awful by way of quality. Allergens are just circulating and causing consistent issues. So to assist in removing those particles, we have some fans that are ionizers. The long of the short of the science is – the fans have a charged wire that sends out charged molecules which in turn attract themselves to pollutant particles. These little clusters will now stick themselves to walls, floors, or other objects to remove them from the air you’re breathing. There may even be a collection plate near the ionizer where the particles will collect.
Fans can be ionizing, or you can purchase a separate ionizer machine. Some say ionizer fans do come in handy for cleaning the air and freeing the area of allergens, pollutants, and other particles. However, they clean only physical pieces – the machines are not effective against gasses and odors. One last mention, when looking for an ionizer machine or fan, make certain not to get one that creates ozone. This is extremely harmful to your health and actually may cause healthy people to obtain breathing problems.
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It really is what you need and quite a bit of what you want. If all you need is cheap air circulation, I wouldn’t go too crazy on the features. Overall, if you want stylish and powerful with all the bells and whistles of a brand new convertible, and have a bit more to spend, it’s probably wise to go with the Rowenta Pedestal.
Whatever it is you choose, remember how a fan works and what you’re working with before you run out to buy the first one that comes into view. It’s important to go with what you need first, and then list a few things that are important to you as far as features go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best fan for sleeping?
If you’re looking for a fan to help you sleep, you’ll want to consider multiple factors before deciding which one is best for you. These include the size of your room, the space available for a fan, and the different types of features you want. Our top pick is the Rowenta Turbo Silence Pedestal Fan. Quiet yet powerful, this pedestal fan includes Turbo Boost and oscillations for all of you who run hot at night. It is chic, lightweight, but sturdy, and comes with multiple features including the ability to pivot and swivel the fan head. Place it in a corner of your choice and adjust the height to your likeability.
Do fans help you sleep?
Yes, fans can help you sleep by using your own body’s temperature regulation ability to cool you down further. When your body overheats at night, it sweats in an attempt to bring down the temperature through conduction, radiation, convection, and evaporation. While a fan doesn’t produce cool air of its own, it moves around the hot air already present in the room. The moving air prompts evaporation at a faster rate by replacing the humid air around your body that just experienced evaporation of sweat with comparatively drier air, cooling you down at a quicker rate and helping you get a good night’s sleep.
Is a fan good for white noise?
Sleeping in a perfectly silent room can be a daunting experience for many people. If you are someone who needs a consistent, gentle white noise to mask disturbances for a good night’s sleep, there are many apps and machines available. At the same time, the whirling sound of a fan can also be good white noise. What works best for you is going to depend on your personal preferences.
Why can't I sleep without a fan on?
Studies suggest for a comfortable night’s sleep you need a room temperature between 60 °F and 67 °F. If you’re warm at night, you’re likely to experience discomfort. You may be having a hard time sleeping without a fan because the temperature of your room is too hot. It is also possible you are used to the white noise of the fan. If you live in an area with heavy road traffic or construction, you may be having a particularly hard time sleeping without the whirling sounds of the fan to mask those peak noises.