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The difference between ceiling fans and air conditioners

The difference between ceiling fans and air conditioners

One of the questions I come across a lot in my inbox is the difference between air conditioning units and ceiling fans. With the majority of people making significant efforts towards energy efficiency, some people feel guilty about air conditioning for their heating and cooling needs. This article will explore these two heating and cooling options to ascertain what their use means for you. Here is a more in-depth look at the difference between ceiling fans and air conditioners.

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans provide a cost-effective means for most people to cool their homes. To a lesser extent people also use them to warm their homes. But this is primarily due to the fact that a huge number of people do not realise they can use them for the latter. The greater percentage of ceiling fans come with a reverse blade function. This function will rotate the fan blades in the opposite direction thereby pushing warm air down instead of the cool air. Such operation means they are ideal for cold and warm weather operation.

The advantages of ceiling fans

  • In the first place, ceiling fans are relatively affordable meaning you can have several units installed in various rooms in your home.
  • Secondly, Installation and assembly are generally easier and therefore cheaper.
  • In comparison to alternative heating and cooling options, ceiling fans are also more energy efficient.
  • The availability of ceiling fans in a variety of sizes and designs means it is relatively easy to find a unit that fits your needs.

The disadvantages of ceiling fans

  • Although they have both cooling and heating properties, ceiling fans can be overwhelmed by extreme heat and cold. Under such condition they are insufficient to satisfactorily meet your needs.
  • Durability is also another major setback when it comes to ceiling fans. They are prone to malfunctions and various technical glitches. As such they will require frequent maintenance and repairs thereby setting you back a fair bit of money.

Air conditioners

As compared to ceiling fans, air conditioners are able to cool and heat a room in a shorter period of time. Their efficiency and effectiveness make them a preferred choice for so many users. Here are the pros and cons of air conditioners.

Advantages of air conditioners

  • Firstly, air conditioning units are efficient during operation.
  • They run more quietly and smoothly in comparison to other alternatives.
  • They increase the comfort levels in a room and help users relax.
  • Another great benefit is that air conditioning units increase the value of a property.

The disadvantages of air conditioners

  • Air conditioning units come with a hefty purchase price tag.
  • These units are complex o install, thus requiring specialist attention. This means the installation will also cost you a fair bit of money.
  • In addition, air conditioners consume a lot of electricity thereby increasing your power bill.
  • The maintenance and upkeep costs are also quite substantial.
  • Failure to sufficiently clean air conditioning units leads to a build up of bacteria and dust. This has been known to lead to serious health complications including asthma and other respiratory issues.
  • Over exposure to air conditioning units can also have severe health issues.

The choice of which one of these two options you will go with depends on your preferences and needs. Moreover, your financial means to not only buy but also maintain your choice is quite important.


Teddy Chibanguza

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