The ideal form of cooling for any room has to be one that cools the room with no strong draughts of air, and with minimal noise does it not?
So does air conditioning fit the bill? Well if a centrally installed system is installed that blows air out through floor or ceiling mounted grills then the answer is most often yes. However not everyone can afford the cost of installing and running such a system, and many people opt for through wall units, which can be very noisy and costly to run and maintain with typically one being needed for every room. Hence maintenance costs can be much higher than for a central system.
And when it comes to running costs these days most people are seeing energy bills go up month on month and are looking to ways to save money, and air con burns money very fast in hot weather.
So if you can neither afford to install or run air conditioning then why not consider putting ceiling fans in throughout your house instead? You can even install them outside on a porch or veranda, and they are often seen deployed outside in hot, humid foreign climates, and this should be a seen as a good indicator of how versatile ceiling fans can be to use.
They run at low speeds but have large blades meaning that they shift large volumes of air around a room. In Summer they are used to blow air down from the ceiling, and in Winter they can be reversed in direction to draw cooler air up from the floor and push the warmer air (at the ceiling level of the fan) down, aiding heating.
The slow blade rotation also means that they are very quiet in operation and are also very economic when it comes to using up energy. They are also virtually maintenance free, unlike air conditioning units, which feature many more moving parts and, which are far more expensive to fix. Indeed the main maintenance you will carry out is dusting them once a week.
They are also relatively cheap to buy following a price war between Asian and US manufacturers back in the late 70’s and early 80’s when they became much more popular to fit due to the oil crisis pushing up energy prices, and hence pushing the cost of running air conditioning up.
So if you are feeling hot and bothered this Summer then maybe it is time to invest in some ceiling fans.
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