How to Cool Your Home with Fans

Shave money off your electrical bill by cooling your home with fans.

from Householder's Survival Manual

Don’t underestimate the cooling power of fans, especially on warm, dry days when the house is stuffy. Even several fans running at once use only a fraction of the power consumed by a central air conditioning system.

  • Use inexpensive box fans to circulate air through your house. For best results, note the direction of the prevailing winds, and position the fans in windows — one blowing in and one blowing out — to assist the wind.
  • A ceiling fan placed over your bed can keep you comfortable at night by continuously circulating air.
  • A whole-house fan (usually installed in the attic) will keep air moving throughout the house, pulling in cooler air from below and exhausting hot air above.