How much does it cost to run an electric fan all night? Staggering price revealed

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Scorching temperatures above 30C have hit the UK, prompting the Met Office to issue its first-ever extreme heat warning. The boiling heat is forecast to continue over the next few days, and overheated Brits are feeling the effects of humid nights – with temperatures not dropping below the high teens.

With British homes typically not equipped with air conditioning and not built with extreme heat in mind, rooms can quickly become hot and stuffy.

There are several hacks circulating social media, but one failsafe is to use an electric fan to create a breeze.

Cracking a window and placing the fan facing into the room away from the window can introduce cooler air quickly.

Many of us may be guilty of leaving our fans on all night in a bid to get a cool night’s sleep – but just how much does this cost?

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How much does it cost to run your fan through the night?

The answer to this question is dependent on the type of fan you own, and the watts of energy it consumes.

For example, a smaller fan which uses 30 watts of energy will cost you 4.45p in electricity per night, if you left it running for an average of eight hours.

Run the fan every night of the week and this will then cost an additional 31.15p.

However, if you own a heavier duty fan which consumes 2,000 watts, you will see the price of your electric bill skyrocket.

Running a 2,000-watt fan for the length of an average night’s sleep – eight hours – would cost you £2.97 per night.

Do this every night for seven days and your electric bill will increase by £20.79.

While the temptation may be to leave our fans running throughout the night, not only could you see your electric bill skyrocket but it could cause you to feel dehydrated.

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Public Health England has said fans “can cause excess dehydration” and so should not be pointed directly at your body.

Running the fan pointed at you all night could see you wake up with a dry throat, stuffy nose and even dry out your skin.

Fans can also pick up dust and mites and blow these towards you, contributing to irritated nose and eyes when you wake.

Instead, there are a couple of tricks you can use to cool down a room without needing the fan to run for eight hours.

1. Ice

Grab a bowl of ice, ice packs or frozen hot water bottle and place this in front of your fan.

The fan will push air over the bowl and this will then be cooled by the ice, spreading it throughout the room.

Do this before going to bed and you will have a cool room to sleep in.

2. Crosswind

When it comes to keeping houses cool during the day, Brits should shut windows, draw blinds and keep doors closed to prevent the heat from getting in.

However, on an evening, open a window and place a fan facing out to push the heat out.

Then add a second fan and place it facing into the room and this will circulate cool air into the room.

4. Frozen bottle

Save any large plastic bottles – ideally four pints or one litre – fill with water and pop in the freezer.

Pop the frozen bottle in front of the fan and the air from the fan will be cooled by the icy bottle.

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