Are air conditioners too expensive? If you are trying to decide between an air conditioner vs a fan, then it’s important to consider fans that cool a room like an air conditioner. These fans are far less expensive than air conditioners but can get the job done just as well only on a smaller scale. You may have thought that you are just going to have to shell out thousands of dollars for a new central air system but before you do that, take a look at our analysis of the fans that cool like air conditioners. These fans will feel like AC units and be able to save you a ton of money while delivering the cooling power you need for the rooms in your home.
Fans that feel like air conditioners can be a great substitute for dropping thousands of dollars on a standard air conditioner.
Fans that Feel like Air Conditioners
Fan vs Air Conditioner – Which is better for your home?
This is a question that many homeowners ask themselves every summer. The answer is not as easy as it seems. There are a lot of things that can weigh into one’s decision. First of all, where do you live? Some areas of the country are hotter than others. For example, using a fan in South Florida would not be sufficient enough to cool you down during the hottest summer days. On the contrary, if you live in Montana, the need for an air conditioner is much less.
Benefits of Fans:
- Easy to use
- Air circulation
Benefits of Air conditioners:
- More powerful than fans
- Cool your entire home
Drawbacks of Fans
- Not as effective at cooling as an air conditioner
- Typically don’t last as long and need replacing
Drawbacks of Air conditioners:
- Can be very expensive
- Require maintenance
- Not portable
Here are some key questions to ask yourself before deciding to purchase a fan vs an air conditioner:
- How hot is the climate where you live?
- What is your budget?
- What size space do you need to cool?
- Do you need to cool your entire home or just one room?
- Do you want to deal with the minatenance of an air conditioner?
If you decide that an air conditioner is not the best route for you to take, then it’s worth looking into fans that cool like air conditioners.
What to Look for in a Fan that Feels like an Air Conditioner
If you are looking to cool the rooms in your home but don’t want to spring for a portable or central air conditioning unit, there are some features to look for that will steer you in the right direction. Here is a list of the most important ones:
- Multiple fan speeds
- Temperature control
- Cooling ability
Why Use Fans that feel like Air Conditioners?
Using fans, like the ones we have highlighted here, offers many different benefits. For example, some fans can actually make your indoor air healthier to breathe. With fans, you also get the convenience of portability. You can move these air conditioner fans from room to room as needed and get powerful cooling on the spot. With central air conditioners, the further the room is from the actual unit the weaker the airflow will be. And last but not least, fans will be cheaper than both portable and central air conditioners 100% of the time.
Fans that Feel like Air Conditioners Reviews
Bottom Line: The Toa Tronics fan oscillates 65 degrees improving airflow and circulation
Tao Tronics is a well-respected and trusted player in the home cooling and heating industry. Not only is this product durable, easy to use, and effective, but it’s designed and sold by one of the most well-respected companies in this space.
The fan has a sleek design, is painted black, and features an LED display. At 35 inches tall, 12 inches wide, and 6.3 pounds, this fan can be moved to anywhere needed in your home. It can be used in your bedroom, kitchen, living room, or office space and only needs a standard 60W plug for operation. The fan is also powerful. It distributes 20ft of per second which is more than enough to quickly and efficiently cool a small to medium-sized coom in your home.
Our test results for this fan were exceptional. It took under 20 minutes to cool our 300 square foot room from 75° to 70°. We left it running for 12 hours with no problems until the automatic timer shut off. Additionally, we tested all 3 fan speeds and all 3 wind modes noting zero issues. We also tested the cleaning process. To do this we took off the black cover and wiped it down. This process was simple, quick, and effective.
With the combination of this fan’s air conditioner-like feel and powerful oscillating fan, it will keep your home cool even on the hottest summer days.
What we like:
- 65-degree oscillation
- Trusted company
- Sleek design
- Great value (low price)
- Great reviews
Bottom Line: The Honeywell temperature control feature cools to 60 degrees
Honeywell is arguably the most well-respected company in the home cooling and heating industry. All of their products are rigorously tested for top-of-the-line performance and durability. The name speaks for itself. You know you are getting a quality product when purchasing from Honeywell.
The most notable feature of this fan is its programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be set to as low as 60 degrees for cooling.
The fan is painted black with a sleek silver outlining. It comes in two available options – 33 inches tall and 40 inches tall. The 40-inch option offers more airflow per square foot which will cool your room faster. The 33-inch option does not cool as fast as the larger option but is more versatile and portable. The 33-inch fan is 12.38 pounds and 10.9 inches wide. The fan can be used in any room within your home – your bedroom, living room, kitchen, or office.
We tested the power, cooling, oscillation, and digital features of this fan. The test results for this fan were great! It took only 13.5 minutes to cool our 450 square foot room when set to the lowest temperature of 60 degrees. Based on our results, the fan oscillates around 180 degrees. We especially loved the digital display that allows you to control the temperature, set the fan to two different breeze modes, and monitor the temperature in the room with a thermostat.
One customer raved, “This one fan cooled off our second floor apartment, about 950 sq ft on medium setting when the temp was set to it’s lowest setting(60 degrees).”
What we like:
- 60-degree temperature setting
- 180-degree oscillation
- Trusted brand
- Easy to use
- Great value (low price)
Bottom Line: This evaporative cooling fan uses water to physically cool the air that flows through it.
The Comfy Home evaporative cooler is painted white with a beautiful chrome accent around the bottom. It stands 43 inches tall, is 12 inches wide, and is only 11 pounds, making it perfect for any size room in your home.
The evaporative cooling feature actually operates like an air conditioner. Fill the air conditioner fan’s tank with water and let it run. The fan will suck in air, use water evaporation to cool the air, and disperse cold air into your room.
We tested the power, design, portability, and performance of this AC fan. The test results were as expected – great. Our favorite feature is the ability to use ice packs to even further cool the air in your home. We these ice packs in the water tank and tracked the results. The air conditioning fan-cooled our testing room from 76° to 68° in only 16 minutes and 42 seconds. This was made possible by the machine’s powerful fan that blows 20ft of air per second and its 60-degree oscillation. The fan can be used without water, with water, or with ice and water. We used 1 gallon of water and were able to easily track the levels using the water level meeter.
What we Like:
- Ability to add ice to the water
- Powerful motor
- Multiple fan speeds
- Easy to move from room to room
- Quick and quiet cooling
- Boasts an elegant design
The name Dyson speaks for itself. Dyson air conditioners and fans are the best on the market. Although they are pricey, you definitely get what you pay for with Dyson.
The Dyson bladeless tower fan stands 40.1 inches tall and 7.7 inches wide. It comes in several different colors including silver (our favorite), blue, and red. As you can see above, the fan does not have blades. Air is sucked in through the bottom and forced out of the top.
The Dyson fan does not technically cool the air like the other options above, but it’s so powerful that it feels like it cools the air. The fan delivers 77 gallons of air per second. This results in maximum airflow and circulation throughout the room.
Out test results for this fan were through the roof. We placed 8 people into a hot room that was 300 sq ft in space. After 5 minutes of running this fan on its highest setting, all 8 of the people in the room felt significantly cooler. Interestingly enough, the powerful air circulation generated from this fan actually physically cooled the air in the testing room. The temperature dropped from 77 degrees to 71 degrees in 10 minutes.
At first, we were taken with the design of this fan. It sports a futuristic shape that makes it look more like a piece of modern art than a fan. The Dyson has 10 fan settings and it can really cool down even large rooms. But what’s more is that this is not just a fan that can keep you as cool as an air conditioner.
Another feature that makes this fan so special is its ability to clean the air. The Dyson bladeless cooling fan has a wrap-around HEPA filter that can remove 99.97% of particles larger than .03 microns in size. The combination of this high-velocity fan (at speeds 4-10), effective air purifier, and 70-degree oscillation make this fan one of the best available.
What we like:
- Sleek design
- Removes 99.97% of air contaminants
- Doesn’t take up a lot of space
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best air conditioner fans for cooling?
Lasko and Dyson units like the ones we have here on our list, are among the best rated fans that feel like air conditioners (AC units) by consumers and professionals.
Do fans actually cool a room?
While fans may not actually affect the temperature of a room, they can lower your body temperature. And in the end, that is a more direct means of feeling cooler.
Is it bad to sleep with a fan directly on you?
If you are sleeping with a fan in your bedroom, it is better to have it oscillate. This is because fans can blow dust and microparticles and it’s best not to have them aimed right at you all night.
We went through a lot of fans before we came up with this list. The fact is that most fans on the market simply circulate air in a room without making you or the room any cooler. The fans on our list will make you feel like you are using an air conditioner. They are a great alternative to paying hundreds or thousands of dollars and work just as well for individual rooms.
Frank is the chief editor and director at Specialty Air, where he oversees testing, research, and editing for all air quality-related articles. Frank is an expert in the air quality space with extensive experience testing, researching, and reviewing air purifiers, air conditioners, air filters, air fresheners, fans, and more. He also has over 4 years of experience with issues surrounding mold remediation, radon mitigation, moisture management, air duct systems, HVAC, and insulation.