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Air conditioners vs. Tower Fans

Air conditioners vs. Tower Fans

Although nowadays many people tend to choose an air conditioner when it comes to cooling a large room, tower fans are also a great alternative because they are more compact and easy to maneuver. In this following article, you will learn about the major advantages of disadvantages of using and air conditioner or a tower fan.

Saving energy

Before shopping for an AC unit, it’s important to know how these systems work. AC units basically consists of three parts: the condenser, evaporator and the compressor. What Air Conditioner units do is take warm air, cool it and then push it through a vent so that the air is cooled. Compared to tower fans that only push air outward, without cooling it, air conditioners use several processes at the same time and as a result they use more energy. While the AC uses 3500 watts, or 3.5 kWh in one hour, a tower fan uses only 2.4 kWh in a day, so it’s definitely an energy efficient device.


If you take into consideration the initial buying cost, the installation costs and the costs on the monthly utility bills, AC units will not be such a worthy investment after all. A good AC unit can cost more than $100 but the more features you get, the more expensive it will be. On the other hand, tower dabs cab reach up to $400 but you can also purchase one for $40 or $60, depending on many factors.


In terms of efficiency, AC units are the best solution. The main difference between a tower fan and an air conditioner is the fact that while tower fans offer only a comfortable sensation and a cool breeze, AC unit can drop the temperature to a desired level. Because it actively cools the room, the temperature in the entire room is instantly lowered. All in all, AC units are a better choice for when it comes to cooling a large room during a hot summer day.

Maintenance and ease of use

Whether you are planning to get a tower fan, a air conditioner or both, you should know that these devices don’t have many requirements in terms of cleaning or maintenance. However, tower fans don’t need to have filters replaced or water drained, so we can say that it’s easier to maintain a fan than an AC unit. In addition, tower fans are portable, so you can easily transport them from one room to another without a lot of hassle.