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Old 08-01-2017, 03:07 AM
 
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circulating air is important in winter as well as summer. My daily electricity bill hovers around 10 bucks a day.
Maybe because I am paying the bill I am more conscience of it..
Seems whenever someone is actually working to pay for something they appreciate it more.
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Old 08-01-2017, 05:02 AM
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Location: Cushing OK
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Don't take my word for it:
How do fans make you feel cooler? | HowStuffWorks

If the science is correct... there is a right answer (even if it isn't the one you prefer).

The exception is if you aren't also running the AC which has it's own fan and duct to circulate the air.
But that isn't what the thread is about... is it?
I use two window ac's, at opposite ends of the house so each covers half. The windows are not very high, so they don't effect the temperature much at all without a fan running. Without them, the ac just cools a few feet from the ac.

But I run the fans all year because I like the air flow, and because the heat is also stationary and the fans spread it beyond the unit. I had one which also had a fan, but it was a couple feet off the ground so your legs were warm and the rest of you cold. (heaters are the type where the air is heated around the carbon blocks, and it spreads to fill the room). The new heater just heats the plates and the heats the air, so the fan moving it more evens the heat.

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Old 08-01-2017, 09:02 AM
 
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I run my ceiling fans for about 9 months of the year 24x7. Only turn them off in the cold months.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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A well designed HVAC system doesn't "need the extra help"...
a poorly designed duct system should be fixed.
That is much easier said than done unfortunately.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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That is much easier said than done unfortunately.
It has been for me. The first floor has always been cool in the winter, and the second floor too warm in the summer. Even the ranch house had warm and cool spots.
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:09 PM
 
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I rarely use my AC, so my ceiling fan is a must....but I only turn on my ceiling fan when I'm in that room. I turn it off when I'm not there.
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Don't take my word for it:
How do fans make you feel cooler? | HowStuffWorks

If the science is correct... there is a right answer (even if it isn't the one you prefer).

The exception is if you aren't also running the AC which has it's own fan and duct to circulate the air.
But that isn't what the thread is about... is it?


Look at the thermometer, check the temperature. Turn the fan(s) on and after awhile, check the temperature.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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The act of moving air around does nothing directly to cool a room. In fact it's just the opposite. Typical ceiling fans consume 50-100 watts, with virtually all of that getting converted into waste heat. So they are really little bitty heaters.
If you don't believe hikernut, after running a fan ( any fan ) for 10-15 minutes, turn it off an put your hand on the motor and leave it there until you start hearing the sizzle of burning flesh.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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Where I live it's comfortable, but we do go thru some heat spells. We're in one right now. I have one fan and use it now and then and keep front door open and windows open some. Ceiling fans dry out eyes and throat.

I use to go to a friend's in the desert and slept in a bedroom with ceiling fan and I had to quit going down there.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We have had such a mild summer the only ceiling fan we are using is in the bedroom for sleeping. I have to have the air circulating even in the winter; hubby could go all year without the fan. We did have the one in the office on for about a month but now we have shut it off. In fact I think we are about to adjust our a/c up a few degrees.
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