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How to Use Fans to Stay Cool in the Summer

Quick Tip: Try Using Fans Instead of Air Conditioning at Night

Isn't this retro-looking fan adorable? I have a couple fans in this style at our house and love the way they look — and the fact that they help cool the house effectively on the rare, hot Summer days in the Bay Area.

Did you know that you can actually use electric fans to supplement your air conditioning system? Instead of running the AC all day and all night, try using fans during the night to pull cool air into your house. Then, pull down the curtains and shades in the morning to eliminate sunlight pouring into rooms and warming up your house. With these easy steps, you can often delay turning on your air conditioner during the day and eliminate its use at night in many areas of the country.

Have you tried using fans instead of — or in addition to — air conditioning in your home? Interested in buying the fan shown here? It's the Deco Breeze Retro Table Fan ($47).

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Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 6 years
EvieJ, agreed — it definitely depends on where you are in the country, and how much humidity you're dealing with. I've only visited Houston, but even that short time period I spent there in one July weekend makes me understand the melting issue!
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I live in Houston, so we run the AC AND fans. The AC has to stay on all day to keep the house cool, and then we keep it around 73-74 at night - but we'd melt if we just ran fans.
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