Window fans are excellent candidates for cooling entire rooms and even homes but only at a fraction of a cost of an air conditioner. At the same time, they can also help bring fresh air from the outside indoors and remove stale air from the indoors sending it outside.
Plus, you get the added bonus of the exhaust system that filters out unpleasant odors and such making indoor air quality more agreeable. But, because there is a huge variety of window fans available in the market, it can make choosing one for your home or office slightly challenging.
There are different sizes to choose from since windows can also vary greatly in dimensions. There are construction materials to consider that will affect the performance and longevity of the fan and then there are functions such as intake, exhaust or exchange that you will have to think about as well.
So, here are some of our recommendations that can help you narrow down your choices.
The 5 Best Window Fans
The Air King 9166F is a window fan that is available in a variety of sizes. However, for our review today, we will look at the 20-inch version of this model.
This fan ideally fits windows that have a span of between 27 and 38 inches across and are 26.25 inches high. Powered by a 1/6 HP motor, the fan yields an RPM of 1600, 1450 and 1100 at its 3 speeds of High, Med and Low respectively.
The 3 speed settings give users a fair bit of leeway in choosing the degree of air circulation they want. While the first two settings are relatively quiet, the High Setting may become somewhat noisy when placed in close proximity to the bedroom.
The model lets you close the window behind it which is a feature missing in many other window fans. You can use this feature to secure your home without having to remove the fan.
The construction is industrial-grade plastic with plastic housing that is tress resistant and a front and blades that are power-coated.
- 3 speed settings
- Powerful motor
- High-velocity air circulation
- Durable construction
- Can be noisy
- More expensive than the competition
This is a dual 9-inch window fan model that comes with a 2-speed dial control to give users control over the preferred setting. You can choose between low and high air outputs to create either a gentle airflow or a brisk breeze.
The fan comes with auto-lock accordion expanders that will easily expand between 22 ¼ inches and 33 inches to fit the fan snugly in the window.
As advertised by the manufacturers, the CZW19WT comes with a reversible option meaning it lets you draw in cool, fresh air into the house or push out hot, stale air out of the indoors by using the exhaust function.
The fan features a removable cover that comes in handy when keeping bugs and debris out. At the same time, it is also useful for preventing hot and humid air from entering the indoors even when the fan is turned off.
- Easy set-up
- Reversible function
- Versatile use
- Auto-locking expanders
- Removable cover
- Noisy performer
- Motor not very powerful
- Reversible function requires manual reversing
Another twin window model on our list, this BOVADO fan features three functions and speeds with the choice of alternating between intake, exhaust and circulate options. You can also choose from a Low, Med or High-speed setting to suit your preference level.
This fan comes with a remote control for added convenience, so you don’t have to go to the window every time you need to change a setting. There are locking extenders on either side of the fan to make it fit nicely in different sized windows.
Other features include a removable cover to protect the fan when not in use, a bug screen, and ergonomically designed 9-inch blades for superior air circulation.
The reversible feature is electronically operable meaning you won’t have to physically turn the fan around as some other models require. Instead, just the push of a button will do the work for you.
The fan is designed to work with differently styled windows such as double-hung, sliding or even gliding windows.
The minimum sized window frame needed is 23.5”, the locking extender panels allow this dual window fan to fit inside a 37” window frame.View Deal
- 3 functions and 3 settings
- Remote control included
- Includes locking extenders
- Fits multiple window styles
- Construction durability is questionable
- Noisy motor
This Holmes twin window fan comes with all the features of window fans including air intake, exchange and exhaust. It is also equipped with reversible motor giving users optimal control over fan settings.
There are two speed settings on this unit and dual-blade operation. Since each of the two fans may be set up independently to either draw air in or exhaust it out, you can have your fan performing two functions at the same time.
The fan comes with a one-touch electronic control to set your fan speed and temperature for optimal airflow.
The fan also houses a built-in adjustable extender screen and an extender panel for a secure and snug fit going up to a maximum of 37 inches with the extenders.
The quiet performance of this fan is a favorite feature among users. Plus, the water-resistant motor on this unit give it a huge edge over the competition.
The manufacturers advertise this product as using at least 60% less energy than other similar units on the market.
- Solid construction
- Quiet running
- Easy operability
- Energy efficient
- Water-resistant motor
- Cost-effective price tag
- LED lights can be an annoyance
- Thermostat settings are tricky to use
- Low output
This AC Infinity product comes from a line of similar products best suited for installation in component shelves and cabinets that need cooling at minimal noise levels.
You can also use this fan system to cool larger entertainment systems, home theaters, and media and arcade cabinets. The same can be installed in smaller enclosures that house computers, amplifiers, receivers and other AV equipment.
One single airplate is 11.69 inches wide and 6.1 inches tall featuring twin fans. You can, however, daisy chain multiple units together to share the same speed controller and wall outlet. Manufacturers say that it’s safe to let six units share the same USB or wall outlet power source.
Each unit features a multi speed controller to adjust the fan’s speed to optimal airflow and noise levels. Also included is a USB port or wall outlet to power the unit. The Turbo Wall Adapter can increase the fan’s RPM by up to 25% and boost airflow ratings.
Even though an expensive product, satisfied users call it good value for the money.
- Easy to mount
- Ultra quiet fan system
- Sturdy construction
- Can become noisy with use
- Costly product
As you navigate your way to the perfect window fan for your indoor setting, consider things like the window fit, type of fan, reversibility, construction material and safety, Whichever fan satisfies you on these all these fronts will be the best one for you.