There are a lot of fans on the market, and if you’ve got so far as making sure that you want to add a pedestal fan to your home or office it can be a bit hard to make a final decision.
If you think this type is definitely the one you’re looking for, read on and we’ll show you five of the best and help you come to a final decision.
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|Lasko 2526||Open Cage||16”|
|Lasko #2535||Tower Pedestal||n/a|
|Vornado VFAN Sr. Pedestal||Enclosed||14”|
Who Should Use a Pedestal Fan?
Pedestal fans stand higher than many of the other portable fan types, and they’re probably best used in bedrooms and other places where floor space is at a premium.
With an adjustable head they can also be useful for those who don’t like air blowing directly on them, instead you can rebound the air off of a wall in order to save your hair from getting blown around.
Pedestal fans have an advantage over tower fans in that they tend to move more air at a higher level, so they’re also good for larger rooms than you’d be able to cool with a tower fan.
They’re not ideal for cooling in kitchens or other excessively hot spaces, however, where a window or box fan makes a much better option due to their increased air output.
What to Look For in a Pedestal Fan
While it might seem like there’s not really much difference in these fans apart from styling, you’d be surprised at the large variation at the end of the day. Even more surprising, some of the common features of these fans might end up being a whole lot less effective than proper placement at the end of the day. Let’s go over what you’ll need to look for in order to maximize your purchase.
Air movement for a fan is most commonly rated in cfm, or cubic feet per minute. This will give you an accurate view of the amount of air that a fan can move, the higher the number the greater the air circulation you’ll be able to receive.
It’s probably the most important factor when it comes to making sure that you have a fan that does something other than just spin and it’s a function of the blade size and the enclosure that the fan blades are contained within.
While differing motors and enclosures will give you a pretty wide variance on the cfm you’ll also need to take the blade size into account for more practical reasons. Larger blades will take up more room.
It’s really not going to do you much good if you’re not able to fit the fan where you’re looking to, so make sure you measure the area you’re going to place the fan in before you make a final selection.
While pedestal fans are traditionally fairly simple devices, there’s been a lot of advancements that create some surprising variety in this family of household devices.
Standard pedestal fans are just fan blades with a wire enclosure. They move a bit less air than any of the others but they’re simple, cheap, and can usually do the job as long as you’re careful about placement.
Pedestal tower fans allow you the benefits of both a tower fan and a pedestal fan. By placing the tower fan on top of a post, you’ll have the higher air circulation of a pedestal fan but you’ll also have the filtering and smaller footprint of a tower fan.
Enclosed fans will move much more air than other types with smaller blades. These can feature deep-pitch blades as well as air “acceleterators.” Essentially, they’re designed in such a way as to push a whole lot of air without taking up an enormous amount of room.
Oscillation capabilities, allowing the fan to sweep side to side, are great if the fan isn’t a normal “open” design.
When a fan is open, oscillation can actually reduce the total amount of cooling over just placing it properly.
With a tower or enclosed design, however, it’s a great feature to have. If you’re looking for a cheap fan, then skip this feature and focus on making sure that you place things correctly in order to increase the cooling potential of your device.
A wider array of speeds can mean a huge difference. Most fans will come with at least two or three different speed settings, which is pretty good for most people but if you’re finicky about temperatures then you should definitely look into something with finer speed control.
How to Place a Pedestal Fan
Placing your fans can seem a little bit counterintuitive but if you’re working with a cheaper pedestal then it can make the difference between a slight breeze and room wide cooling.
First, make sure there are no obstructions in the path of your fan. This will help to keep things moving along the intended path.
Your goal is to get hot air out of the room by enhancing the natural crosswind unless you’re in a sealed room. In a sealed room, the only way to achieve any cooling is to face the fan towards yourself and allow it to evaporate sweat since it won’t be able to change the environment on its own.
If you’re not in a sealed room, then use the windows to enhance the natural air flow. This works particularly well if you have a ceiling fan as well, since you’ll be able to use it to aid in the whole process.
If you do have a ceiling fan, use it to push the hot air at the top of the room down, then aim your pedestal fan at the window. That really is the simplest way to take care of things and the room will cool down to a more reasonable temperature quite quickly.
Without a ceiling fan, use your pedestal fan to enhance the natural cross breeze. By maximizing the circulation you’ll be able to get the room a few degrees cooler as well.
If all else fails, consider placing a bowl of ice water behind the fan. The effect will be somewhat similar to a standard AC unit and this little trick might just be your saving grace if there’s a real heat wave during the summer.