How much electricity does a ceiling fan use?

How much electricity does a ceiling fan use?


Ceiling fan is a household appliance that can be seen all over the world. In summer it can give you a sense of relief from the rigorous heat. As the name implies the fan is hung to the ceiling and the blades starts moving in a circle with the help of an electric motor. The circular motion of the fan helps evaporate the surrounding areas eventually cooling it. Electricity use and cost mostly depends on how long you keep it on, speed of the fan, if any lights are installed with it. Having said that, ceiling fans are hugely known for being energy efficiency and cost minimization.

Do they consume a lot of electricity?

The answer for this question is as simple as it gets that is No, the fans don’t consume a lot. As a matter of fact it does not even take 0.01 dollar per hour.

Calculation of electricity usage of a ceiling fan

To do the calculation you need to get hold of 3major information. First of all, the watts needed to run the fan rightly. Then the amount of hours you usually keep the fan on. And another general fact is that the ceiling fan wattage per hour stands between 10 to 120 watts. Another interesting fact is that the fans range widely in size. They can be seen as 36 inch to a maximum of 56inch but this fact does not change any electricity consumption as both the size takes up identical amount of energy.

So If I want to calculate my cost for running this 70 watts powered tech with a $0.10 per kilowatt costing for an hour then the workings would be like something like this: 70 watts x $0.10 = 7.00

Again 1 kilowatt equals to 1000 watts. So I am going to need 7/1000= $0.007 for an hour of usage.

Imagine using it for 6 hours a day and let’s calculate the monthly cost of using it this way: $.007 x 6 x 30= $1.26

You can get a clear picture from the above calculation of the electricity usage of this tech.

Is a getting a ceiling fan better choice than AC?

Functionally they are very much different but the purpose the serve is alike. The air conditioner works with the surroundings and cools it. It does so with the help of chemical substances and the fan on the other hand distributes air in the room and sweat evaporation ultimately results in cooling.

Specification wise AC is much stronger but also costlier. We already said that a fan resides somewhere from 10 to 120 watts but the AC range is generally 750-3500 watts. The watts show a clear indication of cost you have to bear in order to run any of the two.

In recent times both of the product has been in good use because of the global warming and all. Using both of these in a harmony can save you electricity and meet the needs of a cooler room.  

Some suggestion to use ceiling fans with minimum cost

Fans are very cheap compared to the latest technologies of today. Still there are some ways you can save up some electricity. Here are some easy suggestions to bear in mind

  • Turn the fan off when you leave the room. Because the fans do not help cool the room, it cools you. So unless you are in the room it is a total waste of energy
  • Lights on the ceiling fans might seem attractive but it does not have any effective use. But the lights may take up some extra bit of electricity. So if you are willing to let the glamour go, you can be energy efficient there.
  • The direction your fan is rotating is very important. Setting the fan to pull the air downwards is the right way to go. Usually that is the counterclockwise.  So having the direction set in the correct order is significant otherwise it won’t be of much use.  

Wrap up 

Ceiling fan is highly energy efficient. It can go on for hours with very minimum electricity. With such low consumption you can also expect a moderately low electricity bill. The pros side is way heavier than the cons in terms of this product. So if you still haven’t installed one at your home, it is time you get one.

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