Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House
Tuesday Tips, Just Another Great Post from Little House. I'm so humble.

This week’s Tuesday Tip, use fans instead of the A/C! I live in sunny Southern California and though our weather is mild the majority of the year, we do tend to bear the brunt  of the sweltering heat come mid-day July and August. Instead of cranking up the air for the entire summer, I use fans for evaporative cooling (that’s why mammals sweat…evaporation cools!)

Tip #14: Become a fan man!

Using fans when temps are in the high 80’s to low 90’s instead of the A/C saves money.

  • Fans use less energy than central air or air conditioner units. The amount of energy it takes to turn on your air conditioner is about 6 times (or more depending on the A/C unit) the amount it takes to run a fan or three, or four. Less energy used equals a lower utility bill.  My husband is really the fan man and has sold me on the idea of fans; window fans, box fans, ceiling fans, industrial fans, desk fans, all keep us cool when temps range below 93 degrees (it’s a dry heat, ya know.) Now our wind tunnel, I mean house, only needs our air conditioning unit on for a few weeks out of the year when temps soar above 95 and sometimes into the 100’s, yuck!

Less energy used equals less impact on the environment.

  • Saving energy around the house reduces your carbon footprint! Not only is the electric bill lowered by using fans, using less energy means using less coal or petroleum which is good for the environment.

P.S. On a side note, I don’t live in a high humidity environment, so I’m not so sure how fans would work if humidity levels are high. Also, in states like Arizona and New Mexico where temperatures reach 110 degrees and remain constant all summer long, I don’t think fans would cut it. If you live in a similar environment and have an experience to share, please do!

Do you use fans in the mornings or evening to cool your home down? How often must you turn on your A/C in the summer?


  1. Mr Credit Card Reply

    As much as you can, using fan is great. But sometimes, when it is just too humid, the AC brings relief!

  2. My father-in-law always puts an attic fan in the houses that he has lived in!

    Of course on those really hot days, he does use an air conditioner…

    • @Money Reasons – I’ve heard that a whole house fan that blows up and out of the house works really well. Someday I hope to have one in my own house. And I do crank on the air when temps hit around 95 and up!

  3. Here in Northern NJ, the summer humidity is legendary. So while it might “only” be 85-90 degrees, it FEELS like 100. And all fans do is push that humidity around in the house. The A/C window units at least reduce some of that stickiness.

    But whenever I can, I stick to using fans. I’m comfortable without the A/C if it’s under 85 degrees out, but my husband tends to overheat. So sometimes we have to work out a compromise!
    .-= RainyDaySaver´s last blog ..Phantom Power Loads: “Sneaky” Electricity Consumption =-.

    • @Rainy Day Saver – I love the east coast summer months (the thunderstorms are my favorite – I miss them), but you’re right. At 85 degrees or higher it feels a lot warmer there than when it’s 85 in CA. I can see where a fan might not cut it. Maybe it would work better at night when it cools down a bit.

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