Is it worth while to run my living room ceiling fan during the
winter? I do have it on reverse (i.e. sucking air up toward the
fan) but wonder if the cost of electricity offsets the furnace
cost. I don't notice a difference in my heat pump cycles
because, by nature, they run all the time regardless (not
including AUX heat).
BTW- my living room is 14'x20' and the ceiling is 9 feet high.
You should notice that the air is better mixed, and therefore the room
is warmer at the lower level (where you live, not the ceiling) at the
same thermostat setting. Stick a couple of thermometers in different
locations/heights in the room and see how the fan affects the
temperatures with the fan off and on. It most likely won't be a huge
difference, but a couple of degrees difference can make quite a
difference in comfort.
You can get the same effect by putting your thermostat fan switch to 'on'.
As long as the house is tight, and the duct work is sized properly, you
should see a more even temp. Make sure your humidity level is high enough,
and you can probably turn the thermostat temp down a few degrees.
Won't that make the edges of the room warmer and bring the somewhat
colder air from the edges to the middle? Isn't it more effective to
go in forward in the winter?
And I agree with Bob about the humidity.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
My own experience was that the increased air flow made me feel cooler.
In a static environment you don't have the "wind chill" factor.
In addition you may find an increase in dirt on the ceiling because of that
upward air flow.
I don't bother with reversing.
At home it makes no difference with the central baseboard heat.
With the woodstove, it evens out the temperatures and help move the air to
other parts of the house.
At work, we have 20' ceilings in the shop. It can bring up the temperature
at floor level by 10 degrees, but this is with a lot of machines running
that use steam . With no machines, it makes little difference, but it does
circulated the warmer air that would tend to be at the top. Maybe a
couple of degrees.
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