Immense heat can cause agitation, laziness, and procrastination—all of which can prevent you from working effectively or maximising your leisure time. Additionally, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause damage to internal organs. For this reason, it is essential for every building (residential, commercial, or industrial) to have proper ventilation or cooling equipment like installing ceiling fans or air conditioning units.
But which of the two is more appropriate in Australia? Let’s try to find out.
Ceiling Fans & Air Conditioner Variations
Air conditioners and ceiling fans come in different types. For air conditioners, there are:
- Window type
- Portable unit
- Ductless mini-split
- Central systems
- Hybrid/dual fuel air type
Meanwhile, ceiling fans only have two kinds: AC and DC. Unlike air conditioners that vary in structure and other features, the significant difference of these ceiling fans is in energy consumption.
Pros and Cons of Air Conditioning
When it comes to effectively cooling an entire space, there’s no question that air conditioners exceed ceiling fans. This is because air conditioners use a complex system and a specific substance to produce cold air consistently. DAR air conditioner rental manager Karia Wolfin shares that different settings have different cooling requirements. She says, “For this reason, ACs are preferred in commercial and industrial facilities. This particularly true in facilities where temperature fluctuations can cause damage to products and equipment. Closed spaces or areas with minimal ventilation also tend to have air conditioners instead of ceiling fans.”
Installation of specific AC units can be tricky. Generally, you need to consult a professional aircon technician to determine the amount of horsepower required for the room size. They also need to consider other factors such as glass walls and windows, the presence of trees around the house, etc. You may have to install a dedicated circuit to prevent overloading and create a hole in the wall for the ducts.
Pros and Cons of Ceiling Fans
But in terms of cost and maintenance, ceiling fans outdo air conditioning units. Ceiling fans are simpler pieces of machinery, which means less energy is needed to run them. You also don’t need to contact a professional technician for their upkeep. Ceiling fan components tend to be cheaper, as well. For people with eco-conscious lifestyles, there are units made generally of refurbished wood. You may use an LED lamp to decrease your carbon footprint furthermore.
While ceiling fans are not as powerful as air conditioning units, they can be useful throughout all seasons in Australia. During hotter months, they can circulate fresh air. And during colder months, they can generate a cool breeze.
A ceiling fan installation is also relatively more straightforward. You simply need to hire a licensed electrician who is experienced on ceiling fan installation. There’s no need to calculate BTU, install new circuits, or ruin the walls.
Both ceiling fans and air conditioners are capable of creating a more comfortable environment. The key is to consider your location, necessities, and budget. Many households have both types of equipment. When it’s intolerably hot, they turn on the air conditioner. But if they simply need fresh air and additional cooling, they use the ceiling fan. Should you decide to have ceiling fans installed, contact The Plumbing and Electrical Doctor!