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If you’re looking for a more cost-efficient alternative to your air conditioning unit, these best window fan reviews may be for you.  Window fans can be viable AC replacements in some conditions and make for good investments if you want a particular area of the house to be well-ventilated.  The ones listed below are among the very best on the market now and should see your ventilation and cooling needs properly taken care of.

Bionaire Twin Reversible Airflow Window Fan

This fan has both a remote control and an onboard electronic one with an LCD screen.  It is designed for windows anywhere from 24 to 37 inches wide and comes with a programmable thermostat that turns it on or off automatically in order to maintain a set room temperature.  It has reversible blades, 3 speed settings, and water-resistant motors.  It supports both vertical and horizontal mounting.

Pros

  • Strong
  • Fans can be set to move air in directions independent of each other
  • Relatively quiet at the 2 lower speeds

Cons

  • No night-dimming/off switch for LEDs
  • Can be a little noisy in the switch from one speed to another when being managed automatically by the thermostat

This fan is a solid product with some nice motor muscle behind it.  It’s far from being a whole-house fan, but it’s still strong.  It can move a lot of air quickly and functions well whether on intake, exhaust, or exchange mode.  It’s not the quietest fan around, but it’s far from being the noisiest—at the lowest and middle speeds, it’s even decently quiet as far as these fans go.

Lasko 2155A Electrically Reversible Window Fan

This ETL-listed window fan is made for windows at least 22 inches tall and 26.5 to 34.5 inches wide.  The three 16-inch blades can be reversed so you can use them to blow air in as well as out.  The fan comes with a safety plug and also permits you to shut the window behind it when desired. Costs almost twice as much as the previous one.

Pros

  • Moves a lot of air
  • Reasonably quiet
  • Doesn’t impede window closure in bad weather

Cons

  • May not be sufficient for whole-house cooling in medium-to-large homes

This is an excellent fan for the money given how strong it is and how well it performs, but if your place is more than 3 rooms, it probably still won’t be enough to do whole-house cooling duty.  Nevertheless, it’s a powerful instrument, and it doesn’t put out as much noise as one might expect from its size.  With 16-inch blades, this is no baby, yet it operates very nearly as though it were one.

AirKing 9166 20″ Whole House Window Fan

This AirKing model has huge 20-inch blades married to a 1/25HP motor.  The fan has 3 speeds, durable plastic housing, a front-mounted switch, and OSHA approval.  It is designed to fit windows 26.75 x 11.25 x 26.25 inches. More expensive than the previous one.

Pros

  • Feels quite durable
  • Storm Guard works
  • Decently strong

Cons

  • Can be noisy
  • A touch pricy

This fan isn’t among the cheapest, but it does have some nice features to justify its cost.  Among these are the 20-inch blades—these move a lot of air, and they will serve to cool most modest spaces within minutes even on warm days.  They can be noisy, though, although a big part of it might be improper mounting, as the fan tends to rattle if you haven’t mounted it the right way.  The casing is not all metal, but it still feels rather strong, so you do not have to worry that it will collapse after a few months of use.

Holmes Dual Blade Twin Window Fan

This dual-bladed fan has 2 separate motors that can move independently of each other.  They are reversible, offer 2 speed settings, and carry 8.5in blades.  It comes with water-resistant motors and a 3-year limited warranty.  It also has a one-touch thermostat. It is priced on the lower end of the price scale.

Pros

  • Fairly easy to use
  • Comes with a thermostat for automated powering-on and shutdown
  • Moderately quiet

Cons

  • Could have better controls

This is a modest little fan with better performance than one might expect for its price.  It moves air well—just don’t expect to feel gusts—and is about as quiet as one might expect for a fan of this size.  The thermostat is a particularly useful feature.  It doesn’t have the best controls ever, but they’re easy enough to figure out; they’re just not as quick to set as many other fans’ controls are.  It’s also quite energy-efficient.  It will probably suit people who only need to cool single rooms.

Holmes Dual Blade Twin Window Fan

Fitted with a pair of 6-inch blades, this twin window fan is designed for slider and double-hung windows. It has 2 speed settings and water-resistant motors.  This is the cheapest one in our review.

Pros

  • Reasonably priced
  • Very easy to install
  • Comes with a screen that you can use as an extender

Cons

  • Blades cannot reverse flow by electronic control
  • A bit noisy

This is one of the smaller window fans, so of course it costs less than the rest of the items on this list.  Still, it’s reasonably priced. It won’t wow you with automation or electronic features like thermostats or independently-controlled twin motors.  Instead, it’s just a plain little window fan—and that’s probably what most of the people for whom it’s designed will like best about it.  It’s relatively low profile, easy to put in and put out, and is good value for the smaller rooms.

Conclusion

This really depends on the size of the space you need to cool, but most buyers will probably agree that the best buy here is the Lasko.  It’s not the biggest fan in the group, but it is a fantastic performer nonetheless and will cool more than one room quite effectively.  If your cooling needs are lower, you can go with the Bionaire instead, which has a number of really nice features to go with its decent muscle-power.

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