There’s nothing worse than that hot, sticky feeling you get as the temperature rises.  And even if you can make it through the heat of the day, many people struggle to sleep comfortably without a cooling system.  Air conditioners are a popular way to stay cool in hot weather, but they’re expensive to install and run.  Portable models are a cheaper alternative.


Cooling Fans

You may have also seen so-called “cooling fans” on the market.  Many homeowners are curious whether these cooling fans are an effective alternative to a portable AC.  We’ve laid out some of the key differences to help you decide what’s best for your home.

The primary difference between a cooling fan and an air conditioner is that fans — even cooling fans — simply move air around the room, while an AC unit actively cools it.  Fans can make you feel cooler because they encourage moisture from your skin to evaporate.  However, they don’t actually change the temperature of the room.  Air conditioners draw moisture from the air to reduce its temperature.


Which Is Better

In hot weather, an air conditioner is by far the best option to cool your room down because it reduces the air temperature.  While a cooling fan may make the heat slightly more bearable, it won’t be able to contend with the hottest summer days.

However, cooling fans have the advantage of being significantly cheaper to run than air conditioning systems.  Using a fan and an air conditioner in tandem can help cool your room down more effectively while using less energy.  Although fans can’t cool the air, they’re much better at circulating cool air from the air conditioner around your room, so you won’t need to operate the air conditioner for as long or at as low a temperature.


Is There a Fan That Works Like an Air Conditioner?

There aren’t any fans that work exactly like an air conditioner because they don’t have the ability to draw moisture from the air.  However, you can get powerful tower fans or extra-large fans that deliver a much stronger breeze than a regular household fan and are much cheaper than air conditioners.  Although they won’t cool the air like an air conditioner, the strength of the air current should still provide some relief from the heat.  Ceiling fans are another good option if you want something powerful enough to circulate air around the entire room.


Contact us

If you have an upcoming HVAC project, join hands with a licensed and insured contractor at East Coast Mechanical.   Email: ecmcecmc@aol.com  Address: 5133 W Hurley Pond Rd Suite A, Wall Township, NJ 07727 Hours: Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Phone:  800-300-ECMC or 732-751-8877


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