Air Conditioning vs. Electric Fans

With ever rising increases in sales of air-conditioning over the last few years, the need for offices and properties to stay cool is more necessary than ever. After a hot summer, it is hard to think of life without air conditioning although is it really better than electric fans? Have a look at our pros and cons to decide for yourself.

Energy Usage

The way electric fans and AC units work is different: the former use evaporative cooling to cool the air directly in front of the fan, whilst the latter lower the whole temperature in the room. Therefore, whilst fans would use less electricity, in comparison to the job it does, AC units would overall be more energy efficient.


Working out what purpose you want your ventilation system to serve and within what environment will help you decide which is best for you. Office and commercial property would benefit a lot more from having AC units as opposed to individual fans per desk.


Electric fans may be a lot cheaper to run over the same amount of time but they will have a harder job at cooling a room. Whilst air conditioning units may be pricier to purchase, they are the more effective investment that will help you save money whilst keeping cool, in the long run.

You can reduce your energy bills from the running cost of AC units by opting for a VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) system. These have in-built heat recovery features and work only to the needed rate to avoid being constantly turned on and off. VRF systems are a good option for larger offices as they will maintain a comfortable environment for your employees, without producing a hefty bill.

Sovereign Planned Services Ltd offers Split Air Conditioning too which is an easier option for smaller businesses that are working on a tight budget. These take less than a day to fit and are simple to run.


If an electric fan breaks it would be necessary to purchase a new one but this isn’t the case for AC units. Our company can offer repairs and maintenance around the clock to make sure your property does not suffer from the absence of air conditioning.


AC units can cover a much wider area making them an ideal choice for a large space or an environment with many people. Particularly in offices with electrical equipment prone to becoming warm, AC units would be able to keep the whole office at the same temperature.

Always look for the BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating if you are thinking of purchasing an AC unit. The guide works to the higher the rating, the larger the volume of air a machine can cool.


AC units are more conspicuous than electric fans but both offer varieties of styles. If you have limited space or want a cooling system that is out of the way, an AC unit is probably a better option. However, electric fans now come in many different styles rather than just the traditional wheel shape, so can add a level of home decor to your property.

It is essential to understand the purpose and environment that your cooling system is wanted for. For example, AC units would be less practical for personal houses whilst electrical fans would not be powerful enough for large office spaces.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.