I have recenly purchased a townhose (around 15 years).
The living room has high ceiling (around 16-17 feet) and skylights. I
live in Chicago and do you think that installing a ceiling fan will
help during the winter (as heat rises)?
I currently do not have any lighting fixture so is there any way to
know that there any junction box or electrical connection available on
the ceiling to hook up the fan. Few other townhouses (same model as
mine) have ceiling fans so I am guessing that I would be able to
install a ceiling fan.
Any help will be much appreciated?
A ceiling fan will help bring the warmer air near the ceiling down.
Just sit on a ladder near the ceiling on a cold day to feel the
difference in the warm air that has risen to the ceiling.
If you don't see a box or cover on the ceiling there probably isn't one
there. You could run power from a nearby outlet and get a fan with a
remote or put a switch in the line running up.
Richard in Evanston
I had a home with 20 foot ceilings and paddle fans. I had always heard that
you could get heat from the ceiling during the winter. I tried it and all I
got was a cool breeze. Not exactly good in the winter.
Sure hope it works better for you.
First of all, look for a brand that can be purchased without a light. Most
ceiling fan lights are pretty useless. They often have exposed light bulbs,
which create spotty lights and a lot of glare.
You want something that's quiet and well balanced. I've had awful
experiences with Hunter fans, although other people have had the opposite.
The best fans I've owned were from Casablanca.
If your main purpose in putting in a ceiling fan is the theory that
it's going to make a difference in the winter by bringing heat down
from the ceiling, I think you will be disappointed. I have one mounted
in my family room with a cathedral ceiling. If it makes any difference
in the winter, I sure can't tell. The room doesn't feel any warmer.
And, as Sqlit pointed out, occasionally you do get a draft from it,
that makes it feel colder. And yes, I have it running so the air is
drawn upward. If there is any real evidence that this works in the
real world, I'd like to see it.
Of course these fans can be great in the summer time.
A fan moves air, moving air feels cooler. It may or may not help. You
dont say what type of heating system you have , temp differential and
how well it mixes air now, forced air systems can keep temps very even.
Radiator heat may give you hotter ceilings. Get one anyway you are only
a few months away from 90f, then it will work guarnteed. Will you save
money running it in winter, doughtfull, using a 100 watts 24x7 in
chicago is apx 9$ a month.
I have carrier forced air heating system..this weekend I am going to
try sticking a themometer (using a ladder) around 12 feet high and see
the what's temp difference between floor and ceiling..do you know who
will be able to install it (may be a handyman will be cheaper)..and
*roughly* how much it cost to install a ceiling fan?
"Hire an electrician. Finding a competent handyman is about as likely
winning the lottery. And no, nobody here can tell you what it will
person doing the work has to look at the house. "
Electrician is definitely the way to go. How much it costs depends
mostly on how easy it is to run a cable to the spot in your cathedral
ceiling. If there is access to the upper end, possibly from an attic
area, if there is one, then it can be easy. If it's a cathedral
ceiling with no way to access it, then expect to pay a lot more and
possibly have to rip open some walls along the way.
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