Jeff Flowers on June 13, 2016 0 Comments Summer is officially here. And as the temperature continues to climb from somewhat bearable to sweltering, you’re probably looking for a way to keep your home cool and comfortable. If you’re anything like me, you may be a bit reluctant to use your air conditioner any more than you have too. The spike in my monthly energy bills is almost as unbearable as the heat outside. But, there are many ways to stay cool without taking a hit in your energy usage. In fact, there are many alternatives to using a central air conditioner, all of which are designed to provide some level of relief from the fierce heat of summer. Portable fans are often the most common air conditioner alternatives. While a portable fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature of your home like an air conditioner would, it does help circulate the air around you which can help you feel a little cooler. This cooling sensation is certainly a welcome relief for anyone suffering from sizzling temperatures in their home. The Best Portable Fans To help you find the relief you seek, we wanted to create a list of the best portable fans available on the market. To help ensure that the fans on this list are truly the “best” available, we plan on using the feedback from our customers to update this list as time goes on. So, the portable fans you see listed here today, may not be there next week. Stadler Form Q Fan MetalOutput: 2,400 m3 air/hrStainless steel constructionProtective back grilleWeight: 8.8 lbsDimensions: 14.2H x 16.9W x 5.9DStadler Form Charly Little FanDesk fanModelled after a jet aircraft turbineCirculates up to 54,000 cubic feet of air/hourWeight: 4.6 lbsDimensions: 11.8H x 11.4W x 7.2DVornado Baby Breesi CirculatorChild-safe designNo pinch pointsTopple-resistantWeight: 4.1 lbsDimensions: 10.9" H x 10.1" W x 7.4" DStadler Form Q Fan BronzeOutput: 2,400 m3 air/hrStainless steel constructionProtective back grilleWeight: 8.8 lbsDimensions: 14.2H x 16.9W x 5.9DVornado Baby Breesi LS CirculatorChild-safe designNo pinch pointsTopple-resistantWeight: 6.0 lbsDimensions: 12.5" H x 11.9" W x 7.2" DDri-Eaz Velo Low Profile AirmoverIdeal for floors, ceilings, walls and stairwaysETL tested to UL/CSA standardsRotomolded polyethylene/injection molded ABS housing componentsWeight: 21 lbsDimensions: 9"H x 18"W x 24"DDri-Eaz Velo Pro AirmoverValuable restoration-ready featuresIdeal for floors, ceilings, walls & stairwaysETL tested to UL/CSA standardsWeight: 21 lbsDimensions: 9"H x 18"W x 24"DStadler Form Otto Wooden Fan - BambooEco-friendly bambooHigh grade steel frame and componentsAdjustable height legsWeight: 9.4 lbsDimensions: 14.8" H x 13.7" W x 7.2" D As you can see, all of the fans listed above are portable and personal. Easy to move from room to room, and a quick way to cool you down. Each of them are unique in their own way, available with a variety of different features and finishes to ensure that you get the best fan possible for your home and lifestyle. Click Here to View All Portable Fans How to Get the Most From A Portable Fan These fans are commonly used by individuals that live in areas with hot temperatures. Central air conditioning can only provide so much comfort before you start to feel it in your wallet. Because of how affordable they are to buy and use, personal fans are a great option to accommodate those who need quick cooling relief. It is common for portable fans to be used in dorms, bedrooms, kitchens and garages. They provide a soft breeze to make these rooms feel more comfortable. It is great to use a small fan if you are cooking and the kitchen gets too hot. If your roommate prefers a hotter temperature, you can always place a portable fan by your bedside so that you’re more comfortable while you sleep. Many of today’s fans are compact in size, designed to look great with your home decor and are available in a wide variety of sizes, types, colors and finishes. Even better, most of these portable fans are super quiet and come with a depth of features. Regardless of the type of fan you choose, you’ll enjoy the instant relief they bring. There is no reason to suffer from hot temperatures day in and day out. Instead, try investing in a personal fan to use as you work, cook, get ready, or relax inside. With the right fan, life is more enjoyable, less uncomfortable, and on the whole, a little cooler. Is a Portable Fan the Best Alternative to Air Conditioning? This is a difficult question to answer, and one that is dependent on the specific situation in which you plan on using it for. If you are looking for quick relief from the summer heat, then a simple fan that is portable can be a sufficient way to cool down. However, a portable fan is not a reliable alternative to air conditioning. It does not have the ability to lower or control the temperature. Its benefits are limited to merely circulating the air around. If you want a true, standalone air conditioner that will give you full control of the temperature in your home, then you should look into using a portable or window air conditioner. Like portable fans, both of these air conditioners are affordable, easy to install and require very little maintenance. However, they also have the added benefit of being able to truly lower the temperature of your home, as well as give you full control in keeping the temperature set at where you are most comfortable. Something a portable fan is unable to do. Nevertheless, portable fans do have many benefits and can be used as an effective tool for cooling off in the summer. Their low price point and the convienence of being able to easily move them from room to room makes them a very popular way to cool down as the mercury starts to rise.