Dwelling

Vari-Speed Fan Speed Controller

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Control speed of fans, blowers, fireplace blowers, attic fans, humidifiers, ventilators, etc.

I don’t know about you, but I think most fans run too fast, even on their low speed setting. I generally like to have a little air moving around, but your standard desk or floor fan moves around too much air and makes too much noise for many situations. If you are getting a new fan, then one with infinitely variable speed control built in might be the ticket. I have a Vornado fan ($110) with that feature that I like quite a bit. When on low speeds, it is very quiet, and at high speeds it moves a lot of air. However, it is pretty pricey compared to most fans, especially one you already own.

For existing fans, you may be able to use a speed controller to get more common fans to run slower. I got a KB Electronics Solid State Variable Speed AC Electric Motor Control ($17+) and with that, plus an electrical box, an extension cord, and a couple wire nuts, made a fan speed controller that works great with a small desk fan. I can turn it down low enough to where it is essentially silent, and still get enough air to keep cool. Please only try this if you know what you are doing. If you use this speed controller with the wrong kind of motor, or if you use an under rated speed controller, bad things could happen. From what I’ve read, this controller will work with the motors typically found in inexpensive box fans, oscillating fans, etc. But please research it for yourself.

-- Clark Case 06/26/19