It has become incredibly important for all homeowners to understand EXACTLY how much energy each and every one of their electrical appliances and household “gizmos and gadgets” are consuming, especially with the rising costs of energy across the board.
Electricity is one of the most expensive utilities that we all end up paying for, and unless you know exactly how much your appliances are consuming on a regular basis, you’ll never know whether or not your electric company is dealing fairly with you when the bill finally arrives.
Most people are surprised to learn just how much electricity a fan can consume. You’ll want to be sure that you are choosing the right fan that offers a low level power consumption rating without compromising the air moving results you are able to enjoy.
To better help you understand exactly what you’re getting into, and to better help you purchase exactly the right fan, with exactly the right electric fan wattage and power consumption rating, we’ve put together this quick guide.
Let’s dive right in!
The importance of finding energy-efficient fans to cool your home
As we touched upon the above, it is mission critical to find energy efficient fans that help you cool your home during the summer.
Yes, a lot of people have turned to air-conditioning to beat the heat in the summer months (especially when the mercury really starts to rise), but those same people discover at the end of the month that they are paying a pretty penny for the convenience of air-conditioning.
If your budget just won’t sustain that kind of investment, and if your budget will buckle under the weight of air-conditioning bills, you’ll need to make sure that you are moving forward with an inexpensive alternative – setting up your house with energy-efficient fans to keep you cool all day (and all night).
You’re also going to want to look for energy-efficient fans to keep your home cool because of just how much power that these small appliances can consume. It might not look like they are doing all that much (especially if you’re dealing with a non-oscillating fan), but because they will likely run 24/7 they are going to be eating up a lot of energy (A LOT of energy) – and your bills might be higher than you expected unless you know exactly what you have purchased and what their fan power consumption levels are.
So how much electricity does a fan use, anyway?
In an effort to help you find fans that use just the right amount of power without sacrificing performance or results, you’re going to want to think about these things before you pull the trigger on a purchase.
- How much space (square footage wise) are you going to be pulling with these fans?
- Are you using ceiling fans that are hardwired or “portable” fans that you can plug-in at any outlet?
- What size blade do you need to move enough air to keep you cool?
- How big of a deal is the noise generated by multiple fans running at the same time?
- What kind of budget are you going to be dealing with what it comes time to purchase AND operate your new fans?
Of course, you are also going to want to know about the electric fan wattage and the fan power consumption levels of these new purchases bring to the table.
Always look for as energy-efficient a fan as you can find, and don’t be shy about investing a little bit of extra money up front to save quite a bit of money on your operating costs later down the line.
Here’s how to calculate fan power consumption levels – video
Even though every single brand-new fan sold today is going to clearly tell you (usually right on the box, but sometimes on an insert sheet taped directly to the fan as well) how much energy that fan consumes on a regular basis, you still might want to run your own calculations to:
- First, make sure that your fan is working the way it should be and that it is drawing the right amount of energy and
- Secondly, make sure that your electric company isn’t pulling a fast one (or trying to pull a fast one) on you when it comes to billing you for the energy that you aren’t using
As you can see in this video, calculating your fan power consumption levels is a lot easier than most people make it out to be.
Understanding that the power rating of appliances like the Kool Operator fan in the video (no longer manufactured) is basically a measurement that shows the rate at which electrical energy is converted into other forms of energy on a per second/per hour basis, everything becomes effortless to catch you later.
All you have to do is connect an energy meter to the outlet or power strip that the fan (and only the fan) is going to be plugged into, and then run the fan – moving through each of the different fan speed settings available.
Your energy meter will tell you the kilowatt hours that your different speeds are consuming (low-speed fans are going to consume less energy than high-speed fans, obviously), and then you’ll be able to extrapolate that information out, covering the amount of time that you’re going to run your fan.
So if you have a fan that runs at 25 W on its highest setting (like the Kool Operator in the video we linked above), and you’re going to run that fan for 10 hours, you’ll know that you are consuming 250 W of energy each and every day.
Thankfully though, most people are only going to be running fans to keep them cool while they are home. So if you’re gone all day at the office, your electric fans are only going to see action between 8PM and 8AM, for example.
This means from Monday through Friday you’ll be using them for 12 hours a day (on average), but on the weekends – when you might be home all day – you’ll be using them for 24 hours. You need to take this into account when you’re calculating your total power consumption.
Obviously, this allows you to then multiply your total usage by the cost of energy directly from your electric company. You’ll be able to reconcile this with your bill from the utility company, and you’ll be able to know EXACTLY whether or not things are accurate or if you need to pursue some kind of recourse going forward.
So does a fan use a lot of electricity?
Well, that’s really all going to depend on the kind of fan you buy, the efficiency of the wiring in your home, and a number of other factors. But at the end of the day, it’s almost always going to cost A LOT less to run an electric fan than it would an air conditioner – that’s for sure!
At the end of the day, figuring out how much electricity a fan uses is a lot easier than most people make it out to be.
On top of that, you will almost always find electric fans to be a much cheaper option for keeping you cool and comfortable when compared to traditional air-conditioning. If you’re looking to save money, you just can’t go wrong with the best electric fans that run off of “lightweight” electric fan wattage numbers.