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Ask the Expert: Do ceiling fans reduce A/C costs?

Ask the Expert: Do ceiling fans reduce A/C costs?

by | May 13, 2019 | 0 comments

Do ceiling fans help me reduce my A/C costs?

Asked by: Jodie S., Naples, FL

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Ceiling fans can help you reduce your cooling costs because they allow you to set your A/C thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. The breeze increases the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel cooler than you would without it.

However, there’s a catch. Ceiling fans cool people, but they don’t lower the temperature in the room. So, you’ll waste money, not save, if you leave them on when no one is around. By the way, the same advice applies to portable fans, like standing floor fans. Turning off a ceiling fan when you leave a room instead of letting it run all the time can help you save from $3 to $7 a month, depending on fan speed. There’s always a little extra electricity involved in turning on the fan again when you need it. However, the amount used is minimal. It’s always better to turn off the fan when you’re not in the room.

Other tips for saving this summer

During Florida’s hot summer months, in particular, your A/C works overtime to keep your home cool. Even if you never change the settings on your thermostat, as the days get longer and hotter, your A/C needs to run longer to keep you comfortable. Ultimately, the higher the temperature is outside the higher your energy costs can be.

But, we can help you find ways to make your bill lower. View our Summer Savings Tips to find ways to save energy and money.

About The Author

Brad Goar

Brad Goar is the program manager for FPL's Home Energy Survey and Low Income Weatherization programs. With over 140,000 home energy surveys performed annually, FPL's Home Energy Survey is one of the largest utility run energy survey programs in the nation.

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