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Jan 23, 2003
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A quiet floor fan?

Anyone know of a quiet floor fan? Most of them use cheap motors and don't seem very quiet.

If you own a fan, please compare it to something if possible. I have seen one person say fan is quiet and another say the same fan is loud and it is really confusing. Thanks!
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I like my Vornado. Get the biggest one and run it at the lowest speed. It'll move a decent amount air and you will barely hear it.
Running on low, I don't really hear it much when it's running.
If you go to Bed Bath and Beyond, they should have some on display by now.
Turn off all the other fans and run the one you're interested in.
Also, this year, Vornado just introduced ECM fans so you use even less power.
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Thanks for the bed bath and beyond tip, had no idea they did that :) I may do exactly that
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What about those fancy bladeless ones like the dysons?

A simple oscillating fan is ok for me.

I've found the Lasko brand to be pretty dependable.

I remember the vornado fan in my bros computer case sounded like a Maserati.
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I have Rowenta pedestal fans for couple years. They seem to be solid and pretty quiet. You can check the reviews on CT and Amazon. It is a bit expensive but I picked them up when it was on sales at CT.
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intx wrote: Anyone know of a quiet floor fan? Most of them use cheap motors and don't seem very quiet.

If you own a fan, please compare it to something if possible. I have seen one person say fan is quiet and another say the same fan is loud and it is really confusing. Thanks!
Larger fan, means lower fan speed for the same amount of air movement, which is quieter.

Try a box fan - they're ugly, but move a lot of air, cheap, and generally quieter.
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Before I got AC, I got one of these fans
http://www.seabreeze.ca/fans/turboaire/turboaire.html

Works ridiculously well and because of efficient airflow is very quiet.
On max it almost feels like a leaf blower and it used the same power as a cheap/noisy box fan (and far less noise)

Little pricy, but I think it was worth it.
Downside is no oscillation, if that was something you need.

Apparently it works to cool an entire room if you point it vertical, but I never tried that.
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check out the tower fan Costco sells
is nice and quiet
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aqnd wrote: Apparently it works to cool an entire room if you point it vertical, but I never tried that.
It is thermodynamically impossible to "cool" off a room in this way and it actually increases the temperature of the room because of the heat generated from the motor. You may be thinking about possibly thermal destratification of a room in which you mix the cooler air on the floor with the warmer air by the ceiling and balancing the temperature but this may be only a couple of degrees difference from the floor to the ceiling but the room will still be the same temperature and then again you're adding heat from the motor.
It may be perceived as cooler as moving air across the skin only fools your brain into thinking it's cooler but it's actually the same temperature of air.
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pootza wrote: It is thermodynamically impossible to "cool" off a room in this way and it actually increases the temperature of the room because of the heat generated from the motor. You may be thinking about possibly thermal destratification of a room in which you mix the cooler air on the floor with the warmer air by the ceiling and balancing the temperature but this may be only a couple of degrees difference from the floor to the ceiling but the room will still be the same temperature and then again you're adding heat from the motor.
It may be perceived as cooler as moving air across the skin only fools your brain into thinking it's cooler but it's actually the same temperature of air.
You know what I mean. This is either a smart ass response or you are going on about nothing.
People use a fan to circulate air and make it feel 'cooler' by generating a 'breeze'.
I don't think anyone looking to buy a proper fan thinks they literally cool the room.

"It can apparently generate airflow around an entire room if you point it vertically"
Happy now?

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