A: Yes. Air conditioning is probably the biggest energy drain in your home. If you can turn down the air and use a floor fan instead, you can save significantly in the long run. A window unit AC uses 500-1440 watts. A 2.5-ton central system uses about 3500 watts. Meanwhile, a floor fan uses only 100 watts at the highest speed.
A: For quiet while running, select a floor fan with a sound rating less than 60 decibels. If it's louder, you may have problems hearing conversations and you may need to turn up the volume on your music player or TV. One way to make sure your floor fan stays quiet is to clean it regularly. This will allow the motor to run more smoothly and the blades to turn without impediment.
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