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How to Choose the Right Type of Fan for Your Bedroom

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A good night’s sleep is vital to your health, work, and life. Sleeping in a room that’s too hot or too stuffy can hinder a peaceful snooze. Adding a fan to your bedroom provides a gentle breeze that has a cooling effect in the room without the intense freeze of an air conditioner, and provides increased circulation to keep the air fresh instead of stale and stagnant. But which fan is right for your room? Take a look at some of the beneficial fan features that are ideal to use in a bedroom.

Fan Feature: Timers

Fans can help keep you feeling considerably cooler than usual, but temperatures can drop through the night. If you want a fan that runs while you are falling asleep, but do not want it to run all night long in case it becomes too chilly, a fan with a timer is an excellent choice. Set the fan to turn on an hour or so before bed, and set the time to turn off after you have drifted to dreamland. No waking up at 3:00 A.M. to find that it’s now freezing in your bedroom because the fan is blowing on you and the temperature outside has dropped significantly overnight. For hot, muggy nights, you can also set the timer to turn off after you wake up and start your day, leaving you with one less thing to worry about during your morning rush. For fans with timers (among other features), try the elegant Oscillating Tower Fan with Fresh Air Ionizer, a 20″ Oscillating Pedestal Fan with Remote Control, or an 18″ Oscillating Wall Mount Fan with Remote.

Fan Feature: Remote Control

You have a remote control for the other electronic devices in your bedroom. Why not the fan? Remote controls are a really popular feature for bedroom fans. When you’re snuggled in bed reading, surfing the web, or watching your favorite late-night show, the last thing you want to do is get up to turn on a fan just out of reach. When the room reaches its optimal temperature, and you’re ready to fall asleep, it’s equally annoying to climb out of bed to turn off the fan. With a remote-controlled fan, it’s easy to switch your fan on and off from the comfort of your bed. Try a tower fan like the WindCurve® Tower Fan with Remote Control  or the 36″ Tower Fan with Remote Control (both come with built-in timers as well), or a pedestal fan like the 18″ Oscillating Pedestal Fan with Remote Control.

Fan Feature: Noise Level

Noise level is always a concern when bringing in a new electronic device to the bedroom. How loud do you want it to be? Some people like the hum of a fan for white noise while they rest, while others will want a fan that’s really quiet. Multiple speeds are essential for controlling the noise of a bedroom fan. You might want a high-velocity speed to quickly circulate air in the bedroom for when you first enter the room, but once you’re in bed, you may want a calming, quiet low speed. It’s important to choose a fan with a variety of speeds to meet your needs.

Tower fans tend to be more quiet and definitely more space-saving. Some tower fans have special night mode settings, like the Wind Curve® Tower Fan with Nighttime Setting or the Wind Tower® Fan with Nighttime Mode and Remote. With this setting on, the fan automatically dims the control display and sets the fan on high for one hour, then lowers it to medium for an hour, and then remains on low until you interact with the fan again. It’s a great option for people who like a strong breeze to go to sleep, but don’t want too much air or noise in the cooler overnight hours.

Box fans have multiple settings that allow you to have both a powerful blast of air and the white noise that some need for sleep, but also have a low, quieter setting for when listening to music or watching TV. Try a 20” Power Plus Box Fan or the Lasko Air Flex 2-in-1 20-inch Box Fan and Air Purifier in One and select the fan speed that best suits your sleeping style.

Fan Feature: Space Saving or Compact Design

Space can be limited in the bedroom. While tower fans take up little floor space, the tall and vertical design may not suit your bedroom aesthetic. A pedestal fan with adjustable height may suit your needs; while the base takes up floor space, the height and head can be adjusted into a position that fits your room. For those who do not have a lot of floor space to spare, a table fan or window fan might be the answer.

You can place a table fan on a dresser, nightstand, or other piece of furniture and, due to their compact design, take up very little room. Lasko’s SlumberBreeze table fans have a very special feature. They combine everything we love about a personal fan, plus they have five white noise sound profiles designed by an acoustical engineer to ensure they have the right sound qualities to mask annoying sounds — so you can get the rest you need. With two color choices and premium design touches, the SlumberBreeze 2-in-1 Fan and White Noise Machine will look and sound great in any bedroom.

Window fans are made to sit directly in a window, eliminating the need for floor or wall space. These fans are great for those who have a stuffy bedroom or poor air circulation. Window fans like the Electrically Reversible Twin Window Fan with Remote Control push old, stale air out and bring fresh air in from outside.

Fan Feature: Style

Want the convenience and comfort of a fan without the stereotypical look of a fan? If big blades and a large grill do not match your interior design, there are many sleek and stylish fans that do not actually look like fans to complement your décor. Tower fans are vertical, modern wonders that blend into your room. Try an All-Season Comfort Control Tower Fan & Heater in One for a sophisticated touch with an added benefit of being both a fan and a space heater. Rest easy with a fan that provides a look you love, paired with a cool breeze for sweet dreams.