If you have a large fan, you can drape wet towels and rags over it, as well as pieces of clothing to dry them. I have dried a whole load of microfiber rags or a small wash load of laundry or delicates in a few hours or overnight on our big kitchen floor fan. Very heavy things don't dry well on a fan.
This saves time, energy and utility costs. (Heating elements use the most electricity.)
Don't worry about a fan in colder weather. Just angle it towards the floor. Remember, fans don't blow cold air. They only circulate air. A fan will always more than pay for itself by doing this in a room. The reason a fan feels cool in the summer is that it cools the skin by evaporation.