Yes, in 2019, I am living in a building that has no AC. Last year, I moved into a beautifully renovated apartment that was almost perfect, with one major exception: the apartment has no AC. Have you ever walked up three flights of stairs with all of your groceries when it is 95 degrees out? It is hell. I know I’m not the only person without central air, but man, I am already struggling and it’s only May.

When I moved into my new place, I brought a couple of tower fans I’d had for years and had never really needed to use daily. I thought they were fine, but all it took was one 75-degree day in April this year for me to realize that they weren’t going to cut it. Since I was buying new furniture anyway, I threw out the worst of them, and ordered a new one from Amazon.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new fan, but I also knew that being cheap is what got me into this dilemma in the first place. I decided to look for something with good reviews for around $50-$70, and that’s how I discovered the Lasko Wind Curve Tower Fan.

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The fan has almost 9,000 reviews on Amazon and a four-star average, but what really sold me was its included remote. I often find I need a lower setting to fall asleep, but in the middle of the night when I get extra hot, I need a higher setting. The remote allows me to stay nice and cozy in bed, because I can grab the remote right out of my nightstand without even opening my eyes, instead of getting up to change the setting.

The Lasko Wind Curve Tower Fan is massive. I didn’t fully grasp how big it was when I ordered it online, even though I clearly read that it was 42.5” tall. Even though it is kind of in the way, this height is exactly what I need for my side of the bed. I sleep in a queen-sized bed with my boyfriend, three cats, and our dog, and needless to say, it can get warm during the night when all four animals decide to sleep on top of me. While it’s still only May, we’ve already had a few 85°+ plus days, and this fan has been a total lifesaver. I honestly don’t know how I survived a summer without it.

My old fan was only 31" tall, but at nearly a foot taller, the Lasko is much better suited for cooling my raised bed. The old fan felt like it did nothing to cool the room at all, but the size of the Lasko, paired with its oscillation feature, really makes it feel like it’s circulating the air quickly and efficiently.

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Speaking of oscillation, I love that feature when I’m sleeping, because I can’t handle a constant blast of air to the face, but the Lasko rotates to cool down my entire body and then some. And unlike my old fan, the Lasko has an ionizer that’s meant to help with air pollutants, like pollen, mold, and dust, which is particularly welcome for this pet owner. It’s not a true HEPA air purifier or anything, but I’ve definitely found that it helps.

You might think that a fan is a fan is a fan. They move air! But for my AC-less apartment at least, the combination of the Lasko’s looks, size, and added features have proven to be well worth the upgrade as summer gets ever closer.