A cost effective way of cooling a room is with fans, right? Well, yes and no. It doesn’t cost much to run them, but they don’t really cool the air. What they do is move the air around the room. How fast they move the air over your skin is how fast your sweat evaporates, which is how our body cools itself.
They won’t drop the temperature in a sauna within minutes, but ceiling fans are easier on your electricity bill. This is because most ceiling fans use just about 25 to 90 watts of energy. In comparison, central air conditioning systems can use up to 2500 to 3500 watts. With many newer models, there is a remote control for adjusting the speed of the fans in the same way you’d adjust an air conditioner.
Though air conditioners may raise your electricity bill, they are very good at cooling the home. Ceiling fans lower body temperature, but air conditioners actually cool an entire room.
Air conditioning provides a cool blast of air when it’s hot and humid or a nice bit of warmth during a cold day. Aside from drawing power, air conditioners need to be maintained regularly to make sure they are working effectively and not re-circulating harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and dust particles all over your home.
Have you experienced dry skin when inside an air-conditioned room? Don’t be surprised because as air cools the moisture levels declines. In a country that frequently experiences humidity this is helpful to a certain extent, but prolonged periods in a dry environment, especially while asleep, can lead to physical discomfort.
Fan, Air Conditioner Combination
So, air conditioners are very effective in dropping temperatures fast, whereas ceiling fans are excellent at cooling body temperatures without costing too much on your electric bill. But can you use them together? The answer is a resounding “yes” and quite effectively, too.
Most homes these days have both ceiling fans and air conditioning, as the two work effectively together by reducing the initial temperature of a room, and then moving the colder air around.
You don’t need to run them as cold or as fast, and once the room temperature has dropped, turn off the air con and let the fans run.
There are times when the climate in Australia is irregular and unruly, however it cannot be denied that it gets hot. When cooling your home, whether by fans or by air con, just remember that the most important thing is to make your living space more comfortable throughout the warm months without breaking your budget.