Air Circulators

What's the difference between a fan and an air circulator?

While ordinary or commodity “fans” move air, they simply lack the aerodynamics to circulate air. Specifically, fans have a wide dispersion pattern with no room penetration. Because of this, you must have the fan blowing on you in order to derive comfort.

Vornado Air Circulators are highly efficient air moving devices that make ordinary fans obsolete. The system includes a unique combination of aerodynamic elements (Inlet air accelerator or flow straightener, deep-pitch propeller, blade duct and AirTensity™ grill). The combination of elements results in a room penetrating vortex or “beam” of air. We call this Vornado Vortex Action. Vortex Action excites all the air in the room into complete and continuous motion. This excitation enlivens room air and delivers comfort to all room occupants anywhere in the room.

What’s more, the ability of a Vornado Air Circulator to move air over long distances affords you a variety of uses including air exchange between rooms, up the stairs or down the hall. No ordinary fan delivers comfort like a Vornado Air Circulator.

How can I best utilise my Vornado Air Circulator this summer?

In summer, we recommend running the unit on “High” and aiming the beam of air so that it hits a wall across the room roughly halfway up. This will allow for the establishment of a high speed circulation pattern in the room.

Here’s a helpful hint: Always make certain the vortex travels across the room unobstructed. This is required for proper circulation.

I have air conditioning. How does the Vornado Air Circulator make you feel cooler and save money?

It has been shown that circulating air raises your threshold of discomfort. That means if you’re comfortable at a 22-degree thermostat setting with NO air moving, you can enjoy the same level of comfort at a higher thermostat setting, say 25-degrees. That 3-degree increase of the thermostat can translate into as much as a 10% savings on your electric bill. (Energy savings vary by part of the country. Savings estimates are provided by the Department of Energy).

Why and how do I use a Vornado Air Circulator in Winter?


To better utilize available heat in the room. As you know, hot air rises and cool air falls. Without air circulation, heat is simply trapped at the ceiling and, therefore, wasted.


Select a low-speed setting and point the adjustable fan head toward the ceiling. This forces the hot air off the ceiling and mixes it with the cooler air near the floor resulting in an even distribution of heat throughout the entire room. This can save you money.

Is there any advantage to having more than one Vornado Air Circulator in a single room?

It depends on the size and shape of the room as well as how you direct the airflow. In larger rooms, a second Vornado Air Circulator can provide additional comfort as long as the Vornados are not pointed directly at each other effectively canceling one other.

I have ceiling fans. Can I use a Vornado Air Circulator too?

Certainly, but you may need to experiment as the strong downdraft of the ceiling fan can create enough of a disturbance in the room as to minimize or negate the benefits of the Vornado Air Circulator. Interestingly, we have had a number of consumers tell us they quit using their ceiling fans because the circulation and comfort delivered by Vornado is gentler and more complete.

Can I use my Vornado Air Circulator outside?

You could use a Vornado Air Circulator outside but it will not work as efficiently as it is not an enclosed space prohibiting whole room circulation. However, please remember that Vornado products are not recommended, nor are they listed with UL, for outdoor use. 

If the unit is to be used outside, we suggest keeping it away from water and for it to be kept undercover. Do not restrict airflow to the unit and do not put it on a surface where it may fall. We recommend that the unit is stored indoors when not in use.  

Do I need to oil the motor in my Vornado Air Circulator?

Your Vornado Air Circulator’s motor will NEVER need oiling as it is permanently lubricated. Adding oil, especially the wrong kind of oil, can ruin the motor.

How do I remove the grill for my 533 and 633 Air Circulator?

Diagram - remove grill 533 and 633 Air CirculatorRemove the 3 screws (indicated in pink) located in between the ribs of the inlet grill at roughly 10, 2 and 6 o’clock positions. (Do not remove the 2 screws on the pivot arms.) Place the circulator so that is facing you. Position your hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock positions- lift up and back on the outer grill to release the grill clips. Repeat the process against the remaining two clips. Replace by lining up the clips with the holes and firmly snapping the grill back into place. Replace the screws.

Why doesn't the pedestal circulator oscillate when other pedestal fans do?

The tall, narrow shape of a pedestal fan creates a limited, vertical path of airflow. Traditional pedestal fans have attempted to distribute air in a wider range by oscillating. Anyone who has experienced oscillation knows that the airflow (and the comfort it provides) is only felt for a few moments at a time. Vornado engineers also found that oscillation limits the distance air can travel because the fan itself is constantly moving, and never pushes a steady current of air in any one direction.

A Vornado Pedestal Air Circulator takes a different approach. Vornado creates whole room circulation from a stationary position using an airflow phenomenon Vornado call “Vortex Action”. Using uniquely designed inlet guide cone directs air to the most efficient portion of the blades. In turn, the deep – pitched and heavily contoured blades of the Vornado Pedestal Air Circulator churn the air into motion. Because the Pedestal Circulator is stationary, it maintains a steady airflow pattern that travels farther than the air from an oscillating pedestal or tower fan and establishes true whole room circulation.