Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Table Fan

Keep cool air circulating in your home without running up your electricity bill.

Man plays game while table fan keeps him cool.
Don’t judge a fan by its size. Even the smallest models can move a lot of air.Honeywell

You can’t control the weather, but with a table fan or two, you can at least control the wind. These easy-to-move and easy-to-store devices can be a lifesaver on a sweltering day, and they come in multiple power options so you can plug in a powerful fan when you need one in your workshop or home, or carry a smaller pocket-sized breeze on camping trips and picnics. They’re also great for keeping air moving in enclosed spaces like basements and RVs. Here are three things you’ll want to think about before buying your next fan.

Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan Black
This model has a blade housing designed for minimum noise.Honeywell

Table fans are perfect for picnic tables and workbenches, but they’re made for a lot of other uses. While some fans perch atop flat surfaces only, others come with clips and hangers, allowing you to attach them to baby strollers, computer screens, gym equipment, and many other common items.

SkyGenius Battery Operated Clip on Mini Desk Fan, Black
Tiny but powerful, this device rotates 360 degrees vertically and horizontally.SkyGenius

How much air one fan moves versus another varies, and it’s not only based on the size of the fan. A tiny clip-on fan might be just enough to keep you cool while working on your laptop. Larger, more powerful fans for commercial applications are still inexpensive enough for household use but pump out a pint-sized hurricane of moving air. They’re great for drying out basements and workspaces and moving a lot of air on job sites.

DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Fan for Jobsite, 11-Inch, Tool Only (DCE511B)
This product comes with a variable speed dial so you can control the output.DEWALT

When it comes to a pocket-sized tornado, you have your choice of power options. Some models run on old-fashioned batteries. You can charge others via a USB cord, and some heavy-duty models attach to 20V batteries or power cords for day after day of hard work.

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