I have had this Lasko tower fan for about a year now and it still works like a champ. It is rare when I turn the fan off. It is normally running 24 hours a day, weeks at a time. If it is turned off, usually just for a minute or two and then it is back on. No extra clicking noises, except when I have something that is leaning up against the base of the fan (so it is not the fan's fault, it's because I'm a bit messy). I like the fact that the breeze comes out in a vertical line. So if you were to stand in front of the fan with it aiming at you, you would feel the wind up and down your body, but not to the sides of you. There is also a rolling type of vent (like most vents in vehicles) where you can push the knob up and down. This aims the direction of the upper part of the fan. Aim it upwards, straight out, or towards the floor. Of course it does come with an ionizer. When turned on, there is a blue LED that turns on at the information display panel. So I just like the color of the light. Personally, I can't tell if the ionizer is really doing anything or not. There is the option of having the fan turn itself off in half-hour increments, up to 7.5 hours delay. Like I said before though, I don't turn the fan off. I need it to survive the constant heat inside my Waikiki, Hawaii, studio apartment. After having it about a year now, the ink markings on the buttons on the unit are rubbing off. Two of the button now have no printing on them (but of course I've memorized the five buttons and know what they do). The fan pushes air further out than I would have expected. And, the unit oscillates, but only about 45 degrees total, so it is a bit limited on how far it oscillates back and forth. Then of course, my absolutely favorite feature of this fan, is the cool remote control. And what is different about this remote control versus most all other remote controls is hat it controls all functions, from the timer delay, the three speeds of the fan, plus power on / off, ionizer, and best of all, this remote control can turn the oscillator on and off. Now seriously. I have other fans with remote controls, but none other will control the oscillation part with their remote controller. Truly a decision maker for me. And as for how loud the fan is, well, I can hear it of course. It is louder than my computer. It is much quieter than my other floor-standing fan (also by Lasko). But personally, I like the background hum of fans. Absolute quietness makes me go crazy! Plus it drowns out the noise from all of the people that live near me (and there are a lot!). So overall, I highly recommend this fan to anyone. And since I am now shopping for an additional fan, again it looks like this is the winner, and I will be buying the same fan once again, as long as it is located in a different corner of the room as I don't want the remote controller to accidently control both units at the same time. Aloha my friends. By the way, I just took two photos of my fan, and in the second photo I am using my finger to touch the knob in which you can adjust some of the air direction, up and down.