Fans Or A/C – Which Is Better?

Woman with FanBefore the 1900s, mechanical fans were considered as the most sophisticated and preferred cooling device. They were used in various applications from residential cooling to commercial processes. They are still widely used today albeit they no longer occupy the dominant position in most people’s minds. Fans are cheap and they get the job done without consuming an enormous amount of energy. The operational cost of a typical unit running 12 hours a day is no more than $5 per month. It simply makes sense for a household that is trying to keep its expenses under control.

The invention of air conditioners started a large shift towards this new technology. Everyone who experienced the cooling effect of A/C systems could feel that this was far superior to anything that was ever offered before. Electricity was also cheaper back in the day so they did not have to worry much about energy consumption. Nowadays, people don’t have the luxury of taking energy for granted both due to environmental and financial factors. An air conditioner that runs 12 hours a day will set a household back around $150 per month. That is a lot of money that could have been used for other essential needs.

Many have suggested implementing a dual approach to cooling. This involves the use of both a fan and an air conditioner. It may seem counterintuitive but this strategy does work. Fans improve air circulation and provide a evaporative effect on the skin similar to wind chill. They don’t lower the room temperature per se but they make people feel as if it was colder. This allows occupants to set the A/C at a slightly higher temperature so that it doesn’t have to work as hard. Energy consumption falls lower resulting in net savings despite operating two devices at the same time.

Fans or A/C? The better question is, “why not both?” They don’t have to be pitted against each other. These two can work in tandem to give people reprieve from the scorching heat while reducing the cost of operation.

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