Last updated: January 22, 2023.
How many watts does a box fan use? See the average & get a breakdown of wattage based on size. Also, get the wattage of over 40 of the most popular and efficient box fans in 2023.
Box fans are some of the most efficient appliances for cooling. But how efficient are they and which is the most efficient?
This article is based on a 2023 study of over 100 of the most sold box fans in the US.
On average, box fans use 73W of electricity at full speed. Smaller box fans use 27W, while 20 inch box fans consume 86.5W on average.
The watts consumed reduces at lower speeds. Continue reading to see how much watts are used at lower speeds and get details about the most popular and most efficient box fans on the market today.
- How many watts does a box fan use?
- How many watts does a 20 inch box fan use?
- How many watts does a small box fan use?
- Reduce electricity costs and carbon footprint
- Wattage of the most popular box fans on Amazon (in 2023)
- Wattage and CFM of the most sold box fans on Home Depot
How many watts does a box fan use?
Overall, regardless of size, box fans use 73W on average at full speed. This drops to approx. 47.3W at the lowest speed setting and 59.5W at medium speed.
The wattage of box fans varies considerably. Larger box fans operating at full speed consume substantially more watts than smaller box fans.
For this reason, the study focused on the most popular box fan sizes and broken the results down into 3 categories: overall results, results for 20” box fans and results for box fans that are 10” or less.
The wattage for specific box fan sizes and models are detailed below.
The most common box fan power rating identified in the research was 100W. 5W was the lowest recorded wattage, while 220W was the highest.
On average, based on research into actual power consumption at different speeds, box fans use 64.84% of its power rating at its lowest speed setting and 81.53% at its medium speed setting, if available.
The most common box fan size recorded was 20 inches. These fans use more watts than average due to their larger size. So let’s look at results for these in isolation.
How many watts does a 20 inch box fan use?
On average, 20 inch box fans use 86.5W at full speed. At lowest and medium speeds, 20 inch box fans use approx. 56W and 70.5W, respectively.
The lowest recorded wattage in the research was Genesis’ 20″ Box Fan at 53W. The highest recorded wattage was 220W.
The most common power rating for 20 inch box fans is 100W.
The average CFM (this stands for cubic feet per minute and refers to how much air a fan moves) recorded was 1,750. This is a crucial consideration when choosing an energy efficient box fan.
Speaking of energy efficient box fans, let’s take a look at the standout models.
Most efficient box fan and editor’s choice
However, given lower watts used, the ratings, reviews, features and value for money, the Genesis Box Fan is recommended. Despite its very low power consumption (the lowest 20 inch box fan wattage recorded) it still achieves an above average CFM of 1,800 – more than enough for the vast majority of people.
Also, it’s very competitively priced – check out the latest price, here.
How many watts does a small box fan use?
Based on research into over 100 of the most popular box fans, smaller box fans (i.e. those less than or equal to 10 inches) use 27W on average.
The lowest recorded wattage for small box fans was 5W, while the highest was 45W.
Interestingly, the lowest wattage box fan recorded is slightly lower than the lowest recorded tower fan wattage (6W). For more details, check out the Tower Fan vs Box Fan section, here.
To see how box fans compare with ceiling fans, don’t miss the Ceiling Fan vs Box Fan section, here.
Related post: Fan Wattage, Efficiency And Cost To Run [Fan Types Compared].
Reduce electricity costs and carbon footprint
Cooling households accounts for a substantial amount of electricity consumption in the US.
EIA notes that “the residential sector’s electricity use for cooling was about 226 billion kWh in 2019, which was equal to about 16% of total residential sector electricity consumption and 6% of total U.S. electricity consumption.”
226 billion kWh is equivalent to running 41 coal-fired power plants, yearly.
The use of box fans is one of the more efficient modes of cooling. Choosing to run a box fan instead of your AC will save you money while also reducing your carbon footprint.
To reduce your electricity costs even more, consider using smaller box fans or more efficient models. Check out the electrcity cost of box fans to get 6 easy tips to reduce your costs and carbon footprint.
If you’re looking to buy a box fan consider the CFM and power consumption along with your specific requirements.
I’ll be going with the Genesis Box Fan for my next box fan purchase as it suits my needs – cheap to run, has a lower environmental impact, it’s efficient, feature rich and has a good CFM.
For convenience, listed below is the wattage, CFM figures and links to the most popular and energy efficient box fans.
But first, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions that were identified during the research stage of this box fan energy efficiency study.
Wattage of the most popular box fans on Amazon (in 2023)
Source: amazon.com (note: the table is not in order of popularity)
Wattage and CFM of the most sold box fans on Home Depot
Data source (note: the table is not in order of popularity)
While these tables don’t reflect the whole data set, I hope they are of some help with your mission to keep cool, efficiently.
Speaking of keeping cool, do you know how much it costs to run your refrigerator? Your fridge runs 24 hours a day, 365 days per year – you might be surprised by the electricity costs. Check out the cost of running a refrigerator and get 9 simple cost saving tips.
But what about the cost of running a box fan? See the hourly, daily, weekly & monthly cost to run a box fan here. There’s a useful calculator that can help you work out your own box fan running costs and also included are 6 easy tips to reduce your costs & your carbon footprint.
And don’t miss this 6 Quick Wins Cheat Sheet that’ll help you make considerable savings on your electricity bills and carbon footprint.
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James F (not to be confused with ECS co-founder James) is our lead author, content & website manager. He has a BSc. in Digital Marketing, and a Diploma in IT. He became a qualified electrician while studying electrical engineering part-time.
From wind and solar photovoltaic installers, James F worked with many certified energy practitioners and energy consultants before joining the core ECS team. He also helped build the most downloaded energy saving app while working with a leading utility company.