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

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Britons have been baking in gloriously hot weather over the weekend, with the latest forecast showing the highs are going to continue well into next weekend. The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning due to the heat, spanning much of the country as temperatures could soar above 35C in the south of England. Understandably, some Brits have been struggling to sleep as the sunny days bring humid nights.

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.

According to Uswitch, your classic 120w pedestal fan will cost you about 3.4p an hour.

You might think this is a small price to pay for comfort, however leave it on every night for a week and costs will soon creep up.

If you leave the fan on, for example, from 10pm to 8am you would see 33p added to your energy bill.

Do this every day for a week and your energy bill will increase by £2.35. With soaring costs, this is a staggering 75p more than last year.

Costs could be even higher however if you have a portable aircon unit to run.

These can cost around 28p an hour, so leaving it on from 10pm to 8am would cost you £2.80.

Switch on your aircon unit every day for a week and you’ll be stumping up £19.60 extra on your energy bill.

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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