Things to Know Before Buying a Quiet Fan
I think we’ve all been there: it’s a hot night and you can’t sleep so you put the fan on. Then you lie in bed, wide awake, listening to the loud whirring of the fan. Spending the next 6 restless hours flipping between being too hot to sleep, or turning the fan on and being too irritated.
So, what is the solution? Well, it’s none other than – a quiet fan!
These are fans which have often been specifically designed with a quiet sleep mode in mind.
You’ll want to make sure that you get the best quiet fan possible so that your sleep is never disturbed again, so check out the following tips to help you make an informed choice:
Quiet Fan Shape/Style
There’s a surprising amount of style variation in the world of quiet fans – tower fans, circular fans, table-top models and wall-mounted machines. So, which is the best quiet fan for you?
Smaller table-top fans are great for portability. You can move them around between rooms, and also position them right next to you on your bedside table if you want. If you buy one which can tilt vertically, like the MYCARBON Bedroom Fan, you’ll also be able to place it on the floor and aim the air upwards. As a result, a table-top fan is a very versatile option.
Tower fans look fantastic. They are streamlined and tuck neatly into the corner of a room (round standing fans, for example, are harder to store discreetly like this). Tower fans may not be quite as powerful as round fans – they do not have spinning blades creating the airflow – but they can still cool rooms effectively. They lend themselves to having more features, owing to their more digital nature, and will often have more speed settings.
Wall-mounted fans are an excellent option if you really don’t want to spend any floor space on your fan. They’re great if you only want to use the fan in one room, and have a suitable place to mount it on the wall where the airflow will reach where you want it to. Some fans, such as the Honeywell Turbo Fan, can be mounted on the wall or can stand independently. This is a good option if you’re not sure whether you want to commit to the static nature of a wall-mounted fan.
Finally, there is a slightly more unusual style of quiet fan available: the clip-on fan. These fans are a lot smaller, and come with a clip so that they can attach directly onto the bed frame or the side of a desk. Whilst not the biggest fans, for example the Pro Breeze Professional 6” Mini Clip Fan has a diameter of 15 cm, they are effective one-person fans and can actually do a great job of keeping you cool. Plus, they’re extremely portable.
Decibel Noise Level
Of course, when looking for a quiet fan, noise level is one of the top things to consider.
When purchasing a quiet fan, look at how many decibels of sound it produces.
On this top 10 list, the quietest fan produces 15 dB whilst the loudest (on its fastest non-sleep-mode setting) produces 51 dB.
To get an idea of what this means, here are these sound levels put into context:
- 10 dB – the sound of breathing
- 20 dB – rustling leaves
- 30 dB – whispering
- 40 dB – the sound of light rain
- 50 dB – the hum of a refrigerator
- 60 dB – normal conversation
So, as you can see – the fans on this list are extremely quiet. It’s unlikely that any one of them would disturb your sleep, but if you’re worried you can look for ones on the lower end of the above chart.
A standard fan is great and doesn’t need too many mod cons to be effective. However, when you’re trying to find the absolute best quiet fan, you might find it useful if your fan has some adjustable settings.
For example, you can buy fans which specifically have a ‘sleep’ mode – designed with very quiet operation in mind. It’s certainly something to consider looking out for if you really want to ensure your sleep isn’t disturbed.
Another really useful setting for a fan is a timer function. If you set your fan running as you’re going to sleep, you can use a timer function to program it to turn off after two hours. This is great if you want to save electricity but need your fan on to help you nod off.
One particularly handy feature for a quiet fan is a remote control. Controlling your fan remotely is great, especially if you’re using it when it bed. If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your mattress – you can just use your fan’s remote control to change the settings! It’s definitely a useful feature to look out for, although of course not the end of the world if it doesn’t have one!
Oscillation is a pretty typical feature for fans to have, but not all can oscillate, and not all do so to the same degree. The MYCARBON Bedroom Fan has ‘3D oscillation’ so it’s great at really circulating the air around a room. The 4UMOR Standing Quiet Fan has a more standard oscillation which is perfect if you just want the airflow focused on you. It’s best to think about where you’re going to place your fan and what purpose you want it to achieve – personal cooling or circulating airflow – to help you choose the best quiet fan for you.
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Quiet Fan FAQs
How can I be sure that a quiet fan won’t disturb me when I sleep?
Look at the decibel rating for the fan. Decibels are a really easy way to gauge if the fan is going to be quiet enough for you.
For example, you can buy fans which only emit 15 dB of sound. For context, 10 dB is the sound of breathing, and 20 dB is the sound of whispering from 5 ft away. Likelihood is, you’ll barely notice 15 dB of fan noise.
How big a fan do I need to buy to make sure my home keeps cool?
This depends on several factors. For example, if you live alone then you’ll be able to use a much smaller personal fan, this could be anywhere from 15 to 30 cm in diameter. If you’re trying to keep a larger space cool, and you want better air circulation, you’ll probably want a fan with a diameter of 30 cm +. Of course, this isn’t relevant to tower fans, so it’s good to check with the manufacturers what size room they are able to cool.
Is a tower fan better than a stand fan?
Tower fans generally take up less floor space than stand fans and look more stylish. However, stand fans are often a bit more powerful and better suited to larger areas – you have more control over oscillation, height, and air circulation potential.
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