Ceiling Fans VS Air Conditioners

Can't decide between ceiling fans and air conditioners? We've compared the two in this informational guide to help you make the right choice!

The ceiling fan versus air conditioner debate has been raging for some time.

Every family has two types of members- one concerned about the monetary aspect, while the other values comfort more. As the mercury exceeds 30 degrees Celcius every summer, people start pondering whether installing an AC or just having a ceiling fan will cool them down.

Although there’s no universal solution, a little research will help you make the right pick according to your needs and budget. So, here we’re with this guide to help you do just that. We have thoroughly compared the appliances based on price, benefits and others.

Without further ado, let’s jump into it!

Ceiling Fans VS Air Conditioners: Which One Is Better?

1. Air Conditioners

Purpose Of An AC

Air conditioners or ACs remove the heat inside the room and control the humidity to create a cooler atmosphere around you. Since the invention of the first air conditioner in 1902, it has cooled homes and minds and has only evolved in design and mechanism.

Evolving from the first window type to ducted, followed by portable, modern split to exotic evaporative units, it has only improved to provide more effective cooling. Once installed, you can just lay down and enjoy the cold after a tiring workday. Or, you can relax on a Saturday weekend watching a game of cricket with your friends!

On the flip side, you can also use your air conditioning unit in winter to keep your home or office nice and cosy.

Cost Of Air Conditioning

The comfort provided by air conditioners does come at a hefty price, which is its primary and significant drawback. We’ve attempted to give a simple calculation to help you determine the potential cost of an AC.

An AC running for an hour costs around 33 to 40 cents, so if it’s running for about 8 hours a day, it can cost you almost $100 a month in power alone! Plus, the installation and maintenance charges vary according to the model.

Although ducted ACs are common in most Australian homes, they tend to be costlier than the types. They can cost nearly $1.5 to $2.0 per hour, meaning you may have to incur almost $500-$2000+ in power on average, along with other additional costs. Hence, it is critical to consider the cost-benefit ratio and determine whether it will be a worthy investment.


  • Effective and fast cooling
  • It can be set to a precise temperature
  • Reverse cycle units also keep warm during winter


  • Can be very expensive
  • Requires periodical maintenance
  • Ineffective in open spaces

2. Ceiling Fans


It’s time to introduce a ceiling fan. They are common in almost every Australian home, regardless of financial circumstances. They rotate silently and push down the cold air to keep you cool.

When you return home from the scorching heat outside, it would not be viable to sit under an AC, as you might catch a cold. That’s where fans come in handy, as they allow you to cool down without getting sick.

Ceiling fans are a viable option in northern Australia, where people have open and airy houses with more fans running throughout the day. But despite having these benefits, there are several drawbacks to ceiling fans.

The most obvious is that it does not cool the surrounding area; instead, it primarily pushes cool air and dries out your sweat. The room won’t get as cool with a ceiling fan as it would with an AC. However, they can assist you with keeping the cool air away in winter.

Some fans make loud and unpleasant noises, while some sound like they will take your house off. Air conditions, on the contrary, hum along without any sound per se.

In your opinion, do the disadvantages of a ceiling fan outweigh the investment you will have to make for an AC?

Cost Of A Ceiling Fan

The low operating cost of a ceiling fan is probably its most significant advantage. They cost as little as two cents for running an hour.

If a ceiling fan were to run for an entire day, the cost would only be around 50 cents, which is way less than an air conditioner.


  • Much cheaper than AC
  • Efficient in open spaces
  • It doesn’t need periodic maintenance


  • Doesn’t cool the entire space properly
  • Limited temperature control

Working With Them in Sequences

So, what if we say you can relax to your heart’s content without paying a hefty power bill? Sounds impossible, right? Just hear us out.

To achieve that, you’ll need to run both of them strategically. For example, when you return home stressed out after a long day’s work, switch on the air conditioner for an hour or two to cool the room or the house. After that, turn on the ceiling fans to circulate the cold air, keeping the ambience cool for prolonged periods.

This reduces the effort needed from the ceiling fans and AC.

Which Will You Choose?

So, ultimately, it is up to you to decide how much cooling you want. If the mercury crosses the 35-40 degrees Celcius mark, an AC will probably be a lifesaver for you.

On the other hand, you can go for ceiling fans if the power bills bother you more than the heat outside. And if you’re pulled in both directions, install both in your house and use them strategically.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to install your new appliance, contact the team at Bright Force Electrical. Our Sydney electricians can assist you with installing, replacing, and repairing your new ceiling fan or air conditioner.

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