How to Position Fans for Optimal Airflow to Cool a Room

What does it remind you of when you think of summer days? Endless iced lemonades, parties by the pool, tubs of ice cream throughout the day, and the list goes on. All of this just to save you from the scorching heat.

But what about the times when you’re indoors? If you don’t feel at ease with the air conditioner turned on 24/7, then summer might be tough on you. But there’s always a substitute for it – fans!

Be it a ceiling fan or a stationary one, fans are always the easiest and cheapest option to help you stay cool. But if you’re confused about how to position fans to cool a room, we’re always happy to help out!

Starting with a Plan – Choose the Perfect Fan

If you decide to get a new fan or simply replace the old one, you should firstly choose which one to get. Now, fans can come in different shapes and sizes – tower fans, wall-mounted fans, bladeless fans, and so many more! But the purpose they serve is the same – to circulate air and keep the room cool.

Depending on the size of your room, the number of furniture along with the available airflow passages – doors and windows, you need to find the perfect fan suitable for you. For instance, in a comparatively smaller room, a tower fan or pedestal fan should be enough while a larger room may require one or two ceiling fans.

Finding the Perfect Positions for Your Fan

Once you have opted for a fan (or fans) to get for your room, you need to look into your surroundings and observe.

If you wish for your whole room to mingle the incoming air, you might want to place them on a corner from where it can spread the cool air equally. Or if you want the gush of air to be concentrated on your work area or sleeping zone, you could always place them on a table or floor accordingly.

Table Fans, Pedestal Fans, etc.

Placing a fan on a desk or the ground can be quite tricky. Since we all know that cooler air is lighter than hot air, the chilly air tends to be on the bottom while the warm air remains at the top of the room.

In such cases, you could always place your fan on the table or floor with an angle (most of these fans can be rotated from 90 to 180 degrees!) that is perfect for swaying the cold air up to your body level.

Provided that your room has no windows to bring in air, the best way to solve this is by using a pedestal or tower fan outside the door and facing the room you want the cool air to pass into. Be careful, though! Let there be enough space at the doorway so people can easily walk in or out of the room, avoiding any mishaps.

Window Fans

Imagine a fresh breeze of air outside while you are sweating like a pig inside your room. The best solution to scenarios like this is a window fan!

You can easily install such window fans without any major obstacles. Such fans will ensure faster movement of cool air inside and get rid of the intense heat in no time. Moreover, it works fantastically as white noise to dull out the outside noise.

Just make sure the window fans are positioned in such a way that it has easy access to pull in the air and has enough space and no blockage in front.

Tips: Make sure to take off the window fans during a rainy or stormy day since the water from the rain might mess with the electrical wires and cause accidents.

Ceiling Fans or Wall-Mounted Fans

Ceiling fans or wall-mounted are well known to most of us. As common as these fans are to us, some of us are quite confused when positioning them properly. We need to study the size and shape of our rooms for such fans.

Given that the room is square-shaped, the ceiling fan should be mounted in the middle of the room to guarantee the best airflow. On the other hand, wall-mounted fans should be placed opposite the window, so the air has a steady flow between the inside and outside of the enclosed space.

However, if your room is immensely spacious and rectangular in nature, then you might have to opt for two ceiling fans instead of one. Hence, you can place each fan on both sides of the room, keeping a fair distance between the two. Simply put, divide the room into two halves and mount them in the middle of each half.

By the way, make sure to keep the doors and windows open for maintaining a constant airflow in the surrounding area and keep the environment fresh and crispy!

Some Pro Tips from Us!

Even after positioning the fans in a proper manner, there still remain some unspoken causes of the lack of good air circulation. Once you acknowledge these issues, you are good to go and enjoy the gentle breeze coming into your room-

  • Remove Any Barriers

Quite often, we mount or place our fans correctly but actually fail to ensure the right ventilation. This could be due to the obstacles that the air faces along its way of flowing in and out. Too much furniture in the room, the pile-up of clothes on the bed, etc. are examples of such barriers.

So be sure to keep the room spacious and tidy without too much unnecessary furniture to come in the way of your desired cold breeze!

  • Keep the Blades Clean

Another thing to bear in mind is to clean the fan blades from time to time. Fan blades tend to deposit dust on them, which in turn makes the blades heavier and harder to circulate fresh and clean air at a faster pace. Hence, don’t forget to wipe them every now and then with a clean cotton cloth soaked in soap water.


As we are at the very end of our article, we hope to have answered all your queries regarding the placing of your fans.

Always remember to choose the correct fan for your room and locate them accordingly to get the best results out of them. Otherwise, it’s going to be a waste of money. And it will also keep you sweating without any visible outcomes. Therefore, follow our tips and tricks, and you are all set up to enjoy a cool atmosphere inside.


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