Whether you live in the desert, the city or at the beach, we all know that fans can come in really handy—and not just when a situation needs cooling down. While fans are definitely a more economical way to cool down your house on hot days, they’re also helpful for circulating the air throughout your house, airing out odors and drying a wet area. While it may seem that choosing a fan is as easy as finding wire shelves or a vacuum, there are some things to consider when making a purchase. Technology is changing and our options are expanding, so think about the features that will make a difference for you and how you use your new fan.

1. Not all fans are created equal. For example, those that oscillate (rotate back and forth), such as the UltraSlimline model, allow for much greater air movement in the area that needs cooling or ventilation. Since oscillation allows for the fan to affect more areas, it therefore will benefit more people in the room. An oscillating fan is one of the most economical and effective choices.
2. Size. Depending on your space, the size of the fan is an important consideration, and even if you have a large home, you probably don’t want it to be an eyesore or take up a lot of space.  Something slim will blend into your home or office more seamlessly than any other type of model. When you spend the time organizing the rest of your home with wire shelves, storage bins and organizational tools, you’re obviously seeking to maximize your space. The more compact, the better—a desktop model like the UltraSlimline Tower Fan is great for most spaces and is sturdy, so you have less to worry about when you move it from one area to another.
3. Speed. You’ll most likely want several speeds available with a fan—three is an ideal number. Obviously, on cooler days, you want to be able to elect for a slower speed, and for hotter days, you’ll want a maximum option. Having a speedy setting available will allow for quicker drying time when you’re trying to dry out an area or item.