With the tremendous heat of the summer soon approaching, it will become absolutely necessary to install some window fans so that hot air inside the home can be replaced with cool air.
Unfortunately, a window fan can produce a lot of noise which can be, both, distracting and uncomfortable if you are trying to work, sleep, or even just relax.
Fortunately, this article shall go over some of the best options if you want quiet window fans.
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Buying Guide – What To Consider
First, however, it is important to understand the thought process that must go into the purchase of a quiet window fan. There are a few aspects of the design that lend themselves to being suitable for home use.
The following section goes through these so that you can make a better decision regarding which window fan to purchase.
Unsurprisingly, one of the first considerations when buying a window fan should be the model you are getting. However, there is more to it than simply picking the model you prefer.
Generally, due to the advancement of technology, the best window fans are those that have been designed recently.
This is for a few reasons. Firstly, modern airflow technology is better, which means that these fans are more effective for the same size package.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, modern fans are quieter than their older counterparts due to improvements in design which allows for high fan speed without causing too much noise.
So obviously, we will focus on the newer models that take advantage of this newer fan technology.
Another thing to take into account is the size of the fan blades on your window fan. Generally, the smaller the blades are, the faster they have to spin to create a large air current. On the other hand, a fan with larger blades can circulate air to the same extent without needing to spin as fast.
This is a crucial difference as fans make a lot of noise when they spin fast, not because their blades are large. Thus, you can get more air for the same amount of noise if you simply choose a fan that has a greater diameter.
If you have a window fan at home, one of the most unavoidable facts of life is that kids or pets may inevitably try to investigate it out of curiosity. Of course, if the fan is in operation when this happens, it can potentially lead to a dangerous situation.
Due to this, it is crucial that your window fan has some built in safety features. This can include a few different design considerations.
For example, the window fan may have a safety grill covering the blades so that a hand or pet cannot accidentally get in.
Additionally, some fan also come with blades that are made from softer materials such as plastic or rubber rather than metal. This helps minimize damage in case an accident does take place.
Thus, if you expect to have kids and pets within reach of where the window fan is, it would be recommended to get a fan with one or both of these features built in.
Usually a window fan operates in one of two ways. Firstly, it can operate as an exhaust fan and remove warm air and stale air from inside the home by pushing it out.
Alternatively, the fan can pull fresh air from the inside. This has the advantage of bringing cooler air inside.
Generally, most window fans work to push hot indoor air outside. However, other than being used to exhaust hot air, some designs are made to be intake fans that can pull air in the opposite direction.
Some fans, however, bring the best of both worlds. These come with reversible airflow that allows them to have both intake and exhaust functions so that you can control the type of air circulation in the space.
This can be a huge advantage as it gives you significantly more control over the air movement in and around your window openings.
I recently wrote an article on optimal airflow to cool a room and this was one of the strategies talked about in that article.
An ever-present concern with many purchases is price. Depending on the price, you can ascertain the value of a purchase.
Window fans are no different, the right fan should be a justifiable price given the features it provides, this will, of course, differ from person to person.
We suggest looking at some of the options on the market and forming a budget accordingly, keep in mind how much you are willing to spend as well as the features that you anticipate needing given your requirements.
One thing to note is that certain features such as reversible airflow direction, digital display, built in thermostat, and remote control do command a premium in the market.
The 5 Best Quiet Window Fans
1) Bionaire Window Fan with Twin 8.5 Inch Reversible Airflow Blades
The Bionaire window fan is a premium offering which comes with a host of features that add to the comfort and ease of use. Firstly, it comes in a twin window fan design.
Not only do the twin fans mean that is has better airflow than other fans but it also allows one fan to serve as the instake fan while the other serves as the exhaust, all at the same time.
The Bionaire also comes with a remote control allowing you to control the three speed settings from the comfort of your bed without having to get up.
Finally, the addition of a double hung window framemakes this model extremely easy to install with no assembly required.
2)Genesis Twin Window Fan
The Genesis twin window fan is designed to be as portable and versatile as possible. As the name implies, this also comes in a twin window fan configuration.
It has a few unique selling points that differentiate it from the competition.
For example, unlike other window fans, the window frame on this one comes with expandable side panels that allow it to fit in various sized openings even if they would otherwise be too big for this model.
The Genesis also has snap on feet as well as a retractable handle which allow you to easily transport it and use it as a free standing unit.
This expands the Genesis window fan to also be a decent desk fan independently.
3)Air King 9166F 20’’ Whole House Window Fan
Through and through, the Air King window fan is designed to be sturdy and industrial grade. This is one of the best quiet window fans and due to its extremely large blade size, can produce a sizeable air flow.
Although most window fans range is relatively limited, the Air King can be used to temperature control an entire section of the home.
Other than its large size, this offering has a few unique features as well, one of these is a shutter that allows you to close the window this fan is attached to without having to take it off.
This is a useful feature to have when you don’t want outside air getting in such as when the air quality is poor due to air pollution.
All these features combine to make it a solid choice for home as well as businesses. The price is the only reason this isn’t number one.
4)Holmes Dual 8’’ Blade Twin Window Fan
The Holmes window fan is perhaps the best window fan for a budget-conscious consumer. This is due to a few aspects of its design that make it stand out against the competition.
It is extremely energy efficient and the manufacturer claims that it uses 60% less energy than its competitors.
This fact can be a blessing when it comes time to pay the utility bills. This Holmes model is much cheaper than many window fans, making it an excellent value for money proposition.
Despite its relatively lower price, its still worth noting that the Holmes is a double window fan and also comes with two speed settings which give you many of the same advantages as the other offerings on this list.
However, when you pay less, you are sure to lose out on some aspects. In this regard, it is worth noting that the Holmes, although quiet, is not as quiet as the other fans reviewed thus far.
5)Lasko Twin Electric Reverse Window Fan
The Lasko window fan is a jack of all trade. It comes with a stand that can be used to make it stand upright without being attached to a window.
It also has multiple speed settings and reversible airflow due to its two fans.
Another thing to note is that the Lasko comes with temperature and speed settings which allow you to pre-program the fan to turn on or off when certain temperature parameters have been reached.
This ensures that, not only do you have a quiet window fan bringing in cool air. But it also saves on electricity and noise when possible.
This can be a particularely useful feature if you end up using the Lasko instead of an air conditioner.
Thanks to the proliferation of computers, even exhaust fans now come with smart features and creature comforts that make them extremely easy, and convenient to use.
What is more impressive, however, is that they can provide good cooling power while still being the quietest window fans out there.
We hope this list and buying guide aided you in reaching a decision regarding which option to go for.