If you are preparing to move into a dorm room for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect. Some of the most common issues that are addressed when preparing for the transition include how to make the most of the limited space; ways to manage sharing a bathroom with an entire floor; methods for doing laundry with the least amount of stress; decorating your room; and getting along with the roommates. Essentially, you want life as an on-campus student to be as comfortable and as accommodating as possible. One issue that is commonly overlooked is that dorm rooms can be quite stuffy. This is particularly true if you have more than one person inhabiting a room, as is often the case. A simple fix to this is to purchase a personal fan for the dorm room. This eco-friendly device can be moved about wherever it’s most needed, and can concentrate a movement of air on a particular section of the living area. To help you decide which style of fan is best suited for your particular living situation, we’ve provided practical tips below.
Electronic Hot and Cool Heater Fan
This small, electronic device will keep your room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While this option isn’t ideal for those who are operating on a particularly low budget, a combination unit will help conserve space by eliminating the need for two separate appliances. This type of fan generally has an oscillating head and long-range airflow to keep warm or cool air circulating throughout your room.
This fan will sit on the floor in your room. It is tall and skinny, and the cooling apparatus runs vertically along the length of the fan. What is convenient about this option is that the size and shape of the fan provide a great space-saving quality that is useful in dorm rooms. It also provides more blade protection than most fans.
These fans are smaller in size and are designed to sit on a table or desk. This particular appliance can be placed right on your desk for a cool, refreshing airflow to help you feel calm, relaxed and focused as you study. What’s more, because of the limited reach of the device, this is especially practical if you and your roommate consistently clash over temperature. The convenient small size of this fan also makes it a portable option.
This type of fan sits on top of a long stand that allows for a higher level of air circulation. Many of these fans have a rotating feature that keeps the cool air flowing evenly through the room. This can be very useful if desk clutter is an issue for you. Plus, the higher level and rotating feature allow for the entire room to be cooled easily, especially if it is a smaller space.
These fans are generally used outside, but you can purchase a smaller, personal sized misting fan for those excruciatingly hot days. This fan generates water droplets that are evaporated into the air or that mist onto the skin for an extra cooling effect.
This is a basic and traditional type of fans. Its large box shape does not make for the most convenient space-saver, but it works very well if you want to place it in the window to keep the air circulating through your window between your dorm room and outside.