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Choosing the Best Fan for Your Dorm Room

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Are you (or your college-bound teen) ready for life in a dorm room? As most college students are aware, those first several months of the semester can often be extremely hot and uncomfortable, regardless of whether or not your dorm room or student apartment is equipped with air conditioning. Because of this, a fan for your dorm room is a must-have on the back-to-school checklist for college. To help you get started on your shopping, here are a few things to consider when purchasing your dorm room fan.

Safety First

Don’t start college off on the wrong foot by breaking the dorm rules on move-in day. You have probably already been informed that you are not allowed to have candles or hot plates in your room. With so many students living in the same building, it is essential for the safety of everyone involved to follow all room rules and safety measures. First make sure the dorm or apartment allows personal fans to be used. Choose a fan with excellent safety features, and always plug your fan directly into the wall instead of a power cord or extension. Fans like the 36″ Tower Fan with Remote Control and the 18″ Performance Pedestal Fan with Remote  are equipped with The Blue Plug™ Patented Safety Fuse technology. If any potentially hazardous electrical fault is detected by your fan’s fused safety plug, all electrical power will be cut off to the fan in order to prevent any safety hazards such as a fire.

Consult With Your Roommate

Sharing a space is never easy. Before you rush out to buy a dorm room fan, chat with your future roommate or roommates. They may have plans to bring a fan as well, or they may be happy to hear you’re bringing one to share. Be mindful that most dorm rooms have very limited space. Talk with him or her about the furniture and other items that they will be bringing, and consider how much space will be taken up by both of your things. If it’s determined that the majority of your floor space will be otherwise occupied, consider a window fan or a personal table fan for your room. (Check with the RA or the dorm rulebook before buying a window fan – some buildings may not allow placing a fan in the window for aesthetic or safety purposes.) An 8″ Electrically Reversible Twin Window Fan fits snuggly into the window (it can also be placed on the floor or on a desk), and comes equipped with a Comfort Watch® thermostat that automatically senses room temperature and turns the fan on or off. A 20″ Weather-Shield® Select Box Fan with Thermostat with an isolated motor is also a sure bet, since the Ultra Performance grill design provides up to 20% more airflow. The 12″ Classic Metal Table Fan has an oil-rubbed bronze finish that adds to the room’s décor, and sits neatly on top of a desk or bedside table.

Be Considerate

Speaking of roommates, make sure the sound of your fan isn’t a study distraction. Some people love the gentle white-noise of a fan. Others need perfect quiet to finish their reading before class. Be considerate of the space you are sharing and opt for a fan that doesn’t make a lot of noise. The Air Stik® Ultra Slim Oscillating Fan has two quiet settings that will not interrupt anyone’s study session.

No A/C? No Problem.

If your dorm room does not have air conditioning, a fan is a lifesaver on hot nights. The trick is to increase air flow as much as possible and draw cool air into your space while keeping hot air out. In this case, a box fan is great for a dorm. Lasko’s 20″ Cool Colors box fans come in a wide array of hues that can match your new room décor or add a bright pop of color. Try a cool steel blue or bright purple box fan to add some fun and functionality to the space. (If bright colors aren’t your thing, don’t worry; there’s also a solid black box fan for a more modern look.) These fans can exchange air and boost air circulation in your space. Most box fans come with multiple, quiet speed settings to keep you comfortable whatever the temperature.

Fan + Air Conditioning = Comfort  

Dorm room fans are still useful when you have air conditioning. A fan will keep the air from getting stale, and it can give you a little bit of a “wind chill effect” to keep you and your roomies cool. When you have a lot of people in your room, a fan prevents the room from becoming too stuffy. With the A/C running, you don’t need as much power in your fan. Try a table fan or a personal clip-on fan just for your desk. There’s no reason to sweat it when buying a dorm room fan. Stick to these tips, and you will keep your cool as you head back to school.