Ceiling fans versus air conditioning units

By December 11, 2019Air Conditioning

It is always important to keep cool during the warmer months of the year. When it comes to installing a cooling system in your home, you may be wondering whether ceiling fans or an air conditioning unit is the best choice. You might have heard that ceiling fans aren’t as effective as air conditioners. Or maybe you think air conditioners will cost you a fortune in power bills?
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Both ceiling fans and air conditioners have great benefits, and the best choice for your home will depend entirely on your unique needs. To make the decision a little bit easier, we have compared ceiling fans and AC units for you. Read on to find out more. 


Initial costs

For many, the initial cost of their cooling system will be a very important consideration. To put it simply, ceiling fans are much cheaper to install, with the initial outlay starting at just a few hundred dollars per fan. Keep in mind, however, that the cost of ceiling fans will be multiplied by the number of rooms you want to cool in your home. Alternatively, the price of a single split system air conditioner will start from $1500 and must be fully installed by a qualified refrigeration mechanic and electrician.

Running costs

While initial costs are an essential factor to recognise, so too are the running costs of your cooling system. Ceiling fans are highly economical, operating for as little as 1c per hour. While air conditioners are a little more expensive to run, they are quickly becoming much more cost-effective as technology improves.


While cost saving is important, you want to ensure that you have made an investment which will do what it is supposed to do: keep you cool! Ceiling fans are effective in creating a cooling breeze on a humid or stuffy day; however, air conditioning units have the ability to actually bring the temperature of your home down by a few degrees. There is no doubt that an AC unit will be much more effective in keeping you cool, however, whether you need that much cooling or not is entirely up to you.

Combining ceiling fans and air conditioning units

If you’re living in a shifting climate, there can be significant benefits in installing both air conditioning and ceiling fans. In fact, running a ceiling fan and an air conditioner at the same time can increase room comfort as well as save energy. When the AC is running, ceiling fans can be used to circulate the cool air around the room, making people feel even cooler. This allows you to turn down the core temperature of your AC which has impressive cost-saving benefits. Air conditioning units and ceiling fans can be used in the cooler months to make your house warm too, making the combination a worthwhile investment.

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