House Fans You Can Use Instead of Cranking the AC

The perfect house fan will cool you down and keep the air in your home from feeling stale, and you won’t be left with a hefty electricity bill.

A house fan
An effective house fan keeps you cool without breaking the bank.Pexels

How do you cool down inside when the heat is on outside? For those who shiver at the thought of the artificially cool air that an AC blasts and the higher electricity bill it racks up, house fans lower the sizzle with natural circulation and a manageable price tag. They also don’t require the installation and repair expertise of pricey technicians. And since they’re usually portable enough for easy transport, you can use one for multiple rooms. So where do you begin?

Power Cooler

Lasko Portable Electric 42" Oscillating Tower Fan with Nighttime Setting
The “nightime” setting gradually lowers the power from high to low while you sleep.Lasko

Go ahead and ditch that window AC unit. This quiet fan lets out a strong blast, injecting stuffy, too-warm days and nights with a cool breeze. Lasko’s most popular fan does an even better job of cooling large spaces and circulating the air in any room. A handy remote control means you won’t have to leave the comfort of your couch or bed to change the settings, and for insomniacs and light sleepers, its soothing white noise won’t keep you up all night.

Circulation Champ

Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
It’s like having a ceiling fan, but on your floor—and portable.Vornado

Instead of blowing you away, Vornado’s powerful flagship fan cools and moves air like a ceiling fan, but on your floor. Rather than merely pushing out wind in one direction, it circulates the cooler air near the floor with the warmer air that hovers at the ceiling to create a fresher, cooler feel in whatever room it’s in. The effect is a balanced breeze rather than gale-force gusts. It has four settings instead of the standard three, allowing more precise user control.

No Tools Needed

Lasko 1827 18″ Elegance & Performance Adjustable Pedestal Fan
At eight pounds, it’s easy to carry, and the 18-inch wide head makes it perfectly suited to cool larger rooms.Lasko

Don’t worry about the working parts—putting this fan together is a breeze. And you can’t get more effective cooling for fewer dollars. It has a sleek design and an adjustable pedestal that allows for versatile use. The adjustable head offers more range of cooling motion, and best of all, the fan requires no nuts and bolts to put together. A few twists and turns, and it’s ready to cool.