Window fans serve many functions, including cooling an entire room (and giving you some relief from the hot weather), providing whole room and/or house ventilation to get rid of hot, stale air or unpleasant odors, and significantly improving the air quality in your space.
These fans come in very easy, simple functioning options and include one or two fan blades that draw in cool air from the outdoors and exhaust indoor air when installed facing outward. More sophisticated window fans do all of the above and can include a remote control for convenient adjustment and an LCD screen that shows the selected indoor and current room temperature(s).
Designed to fit virtually all windows, these fans also come with extender panels that allow for a safe and customizable fit. In addition, quiet operation allows for ideal use in the bedroom, and water-resistant motors and features keep these fans safe to use during rainy weather.
1. Air King 9166F 20″ Whole House Window Fan
With a top speed of 1,600 rpm, this fan packs a serious punch and will help air out your apartment regardless of the indoor weather. We like this fan because although it’s powerful, it’s also easy to use. It comes with three different speeds, giving you a great range to choose from. Even when it’s warm in your home, you don’t always want a fan blast at 1,600 rpm. The controls are front-mounted, which makes them easy to locate.
PROS: Housing is impact resistant and the grill is made from powder-coated steel. Great speed variety.
CONS: Front-mounted switch is easy to locate but means you’ll need to stand in front of the fan (and it’s blowing wind) as you change speeds or shut it off.
2. Bionaire Reversible Airflow Window Fan
The Bionaire Window Fan comes with twin fan blades with independent settings that allow the fan to draw in fresh air from the outside, exhaust hot air from the inside or do both simultaneously. A programmable fan thermostat with LCD lets you select the desired room temperature and the fan automatically turns the blades on and off to maintain the selected comfort level. A built-in adjustable extender and three-speed settings allow for optimal cooling and comfort.
PROS: The Bionaire also comes with a remote control for convenient adjustment.
CONS: This is a great fan for the price point but if you want a more powerful window fan, another option might be better.
3. Lasko 16″ Electrically Reversible Window Fan
The Lasko Reversible Window Fan provides ventilation for your entire house with an electrically reversible intake and exhaust motor. The fan also comes with three intake and exhaust speeds making it ideal for bringing cool air into your home or exhausting hot air out. The fan comes fully assembled and is easy to install, is lightweight and has expandable side panels to fit most window sizes.
CONS: The fan is made of all plastic and might not be as solid as needed.