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Are Vornado Fans Energy-Efficient?

Being energy-efficient is a crucial step in order to protect our future from irreversible damage due to climate change, but temperatures are already rising around the world. Luckily, Energy Smart Vornado fans can help keep us cool without making the Earth hotter. 

Some Vornado fans are energy-efficient. Energy Smart Vornado fans claim to use up to 80% less energy while providing more power than and precise airflow than other fans, even other Vornado brand appliances

The rest of the article below explains what Vornado fans are, what makes them different from regular fans, and why being energy efficient is so important when buying one.

What Are Vornado Fans?

The first Vornado products were duct fans, although they also sell tower fans, humidifiers, and other air conditioning products. Their ergonomic design is meant to be  safer, quieter, and more durable than other fans.

They are made of metal or plastic blades attached to a center hub, connected to that center hub is an electric motor, and all of that is encased in a funnel-shaped cylinder or duct mounted on a base. Hence the name duct fan. The specially designed blades create a strong, spiraling airflow known as Vortex Action that constantly circulates the room’s air, Vornado claims to have invented Vortex Action. 

According to their website, Energy Smart Vornado fans can use up to 80% less energy while also being more powerful than other fans. Their humidifiers can use as little as 1 watt of energy when in energy smart mode. It should be clarified that only Energy Smart Vornado appliances do this. Other Vornado products that don’t have energy smart technology use just as much energy as any other brand. 

For example, The Vornado 133DC is one of their fans with energy smart technology. It promises to cool the entire room with Vortex Action while using 80% less energy and is guaranteed to last for 10 years. They also sell the Vornado Pivot3. This model uses  Vortex Action as well, but doesn’t save any energy, and is only guaranteed to last 5 years despite being about the same size. 

Vornado 133DC Energy Smart Compact Air Circulator Fan with Variable Speed Control, White Vornado Pivot3 Compact Air Circulator Fan with Pivoting Axis, 3 Speed Settings, Removable Grill for Cleaning, Perfect for Home, Office, Dorm Use, Black

If you weren’t informed about these differences, you can miss out on all the benefits of Energy Smart technology. Both fans are highly rated, and the Pivot3 is a little cheaper, but you should still be mindful about which type of fan you might want to buy. On that note, you should be aware that Vornado fans cost more than many other household fans. 

The regular and Energy Smart fans are about $40 and $50, respectively. That’s expensive for fans that only weigh two pounds. Then again, they also have a lot more to offer. 

The Difference Between Vornado Fans and Regular Fans

When you read the description above, you probably thought Vornado fans sounded like any other run of the mill fan (besides the price), but regular fans can’t circulate the air around an entire room. They might oscillate and create a moving path of air, but it can’t cool down a large room all at once, and that leaves gaps of un-conditioned air and overheated, sweaty people.

As mentioned above, Vornado designs their products differently to provide better performance. The Vortex Action that has been mentioned so many times earlier is created with special ‘deep pitch’ blades that curve the air into a spiral, and a duct that slightly tapers to completely cover the blades. This helps concentrate the air into a powerful spinning column that aids in circulation, leaving the whole room cool. 

You can watch the video below to see exactly how it works:

Who Created Vornado Fans?

In the late 1920s, engineer Ralph K. Odor originally wanted to create a new airplane. He designed and patented various models. He even piloted his own Vornado Plane in 1929.

After WWII, he started working for Ottis A. Sutton, and they found that they could apply Odor’s ideas to household fans, and in 1945, they founded the O.A. Sutton Corporation. Richard Ten Eyck, an industrial designer, helped design the earliest fans, and thus, the Vornado brand was born. 

The company is currently owned by Michael Coup, who re-established Vornado in 1989, two years after Odor’s death. He reached out to Eyck to design newer, more modern fans when he secured Vornado’s trademark. 

Why Does Being Energy-Efficient Matter?

There are two major reasons to be energy efficient, benefit the Earth, and benefit your wallet.

Climate Change

The first and most important reason to save energy is climate change. The past decade has been the hottest one yet, and it’s only getting worse. Many global studies document and report the causes and effects of the rising temperatures in Earth’s atmosphere. 

Here are some quotes from a report given by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to explain what’s going on: 

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.”  

“Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”

(Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers)

To clarify, the Earth has been getting hotter since the 50s, and humans are a major reason why. 

The same report lists excessive energy use as one of the major human influences, with the primary cause of climate change being greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuel. These gases, namely carbon dioxide, prevent heat from escaping the Earth. The report later states that improved energy efficiency would be a co-benefit to reduce the emissions that are hurting our planet. 

Climate change isn’t an easy problem to solve. It will take years, centuries even, to help the planet heal, and only if we take the necessary steps to fix what we’ve done. Unfortunately, everyone having energy saving appliances won’t stop climate change, but it can definitely help. 

To read more about climate change and our role in it, you can go to NASA’s website dedicated to giving helpful and correct information. 

Saving Energy Saves Money

The second reason to care about being energy efficient is saving money. When you think about it, using less energy means paying a smaller energy bill. It makes perfect sense. Obviously, there’s no information or statistics on exactly how much money you’ll save by using an energy-efficient fan, but over ten years, it’s sure to add up. 

Even if you don’t buy an Energy Smart fan, the Department of Energy encourages people to conserve energy. They even provide tips and guides to do so. 


Climate change is making temperatures rise more each year, and humans burning fossil fuel for energy is one of the major factors causing it to happen. Therefore, we need a way to conserve energy and still stay cool. 

Thankfully, Vornado fans are expertly designed to use Vortex Action to keep your entire room cool. However, only Energy Smart fans use up to 80% less energy. So you need to pay attention to which type of fan you buy, if you choose to do so. 

Even if you don’t want to buy an Energy Smart fan, you should consider other saving energy methods. Doing so can help save the Earth and your money. 


  • Steve Rajeckas

    Steve Rajeckas is an HVAC hobbyist with an avid interest in learning innovative ways to keep rooms, buildings, and everything else at the optimal temperature. When he's not working on new posts for Temperature Master, he can be found reading books or exploring the outdoors.

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