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Do fans waste electricity?

July 2, 2020 | Blog

When the warmer months of the year arrive, we all start looking for ways to stay cool indoors. You’ve probably heard that you can save money on your electric bill by using more fans in your home instead of constantly pumping the AC. However, while cooling appliances like ceiling fans and tower fans are more energy-efficient than AC, they can still waste your home’s electricity if you’re not careful.


How much energy do fans use? 


Fans come in several different sizes with varying power settings. These things, along with how long the fan is on for, dictate the amount of electricity a fan uses. Depending on the fan’s specific model, a running ceiling fan can use anywhere from 15 to 95 watts per hour. A tower fan, by comparison, can use between 48 and 100 watts per hour.


Do fans keep rooms cool? 


Fans don’t lower a room’s air temperature. They lower the body temperature of those in the room. Fans keep us cool by circulating air and creating a wind-chill effect on our skin. So, turning on your fans when you leave to go to work won’t keep your house cool while you’re away. They will only waste your home’s electricity. 


How much does it cost to run a fan? 


The cost of a fan’s energy depends on how long the fan is on for. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average 75-watt fan can cost you up to $85 a year if it’s left on 24/7. Therefore, to guarantee you’re saving energy and saving money on your electric bill, be sure to only use fans when you’re in the room to enjoy them. 


If you’d like to learn more about the best energy-efficient fans for your home, or if you’re interested in having a fan installed, contact Arnold Electric Services to speak with a professional electrician today. 


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