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Around these parts of the globe where heat is ever present and un­yield­ing in some cases, cool­ing so­lu­tions like the fan and air con­di­tioner are ubiq­ui­tous, and al­most cer­tainly a ne­ces­sity. Each cool­ing so­lu­tion has its mer­its and draw­backs.

Air Con­di­tion­ers are the best ap­pli­ance to com­bat against the po­tent heat of South East Asia. Its tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion and abil­ity to cre­ate a whole cli­mate is un­ri­valled. How­ever, there is no es­cap­ing the fact that it uses sub­stan­tially more power than the con­ven­tional fan, of­ten times up to ten folds in con­sump­tion. In that re­gard, it is not ex­actly the most eco­nom­i­cal op­tion, nor is it the green­est ap­proach to cool­ing. How­ever, mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal strides have done much to mit­i­gate that prob­lem, though there are still a ways to go.

Fans are in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ball­park com­pared to the air con­di­tioner. Sim­pler in de­sign and func­tion, it has the modest task of mov­ing air around, be it cool or warm. Due to their sim­ple me­chan­ics, fans are in­her­ently more eco­nom­i­cal to run with us­age num­bers that air con­di­tion­ers can never meet. Sub­par tem­per­a­ture man­age­ment and ten­dency to re­cir­cu­late warm air, how­ever, means fans too, have a nar­row scope of use. Bet­ter suited for open spaces that have suf­fi­cient air flow, fans ven­ti­late more than they reg­u­late.

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