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Old 07-05-2017, 03:14 AM
 
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Granted, this is the frugal section. So, I am sure many have figured out the pros and cons of keeping ceiling fans on.
My oldest while pregnant insisted on having fans on, whether she was in room or not. And high speed. Her room, is a hot room, did need it on. Its the room above the garage. It has AC, just not very good at cooling it down.
But, I digress. In the other rooms she frequents, all fans are always on, high speed. I am pretty much done trying to win this battle.
But, does it really help keep rooms cooler by circulating air within the house,rooms to help AC out?
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Henderson
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I can have the thermostat at a higher temperature and still be comfortable if the fan is on.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I run ceiling fans 24x7x365 (It get to take off one day every 4 years)

I Do change the direction the fan runs between seasons.

Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring the Air is "Pushed" Down to get the warm air off the ceiling and down to the humans living zone.

In Last Spring, Summer, Early Fall the air is "Pulled" up to get the cooler air up from the floor.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I run my ceiling fans all the time too. It doesn't cost much and helps the ac work better.
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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If you aren't in the room to feel the moving air... you don't need to move the air.
A well designed HVAC system doesn't "need the extra help"...
a poorly designed duct system should be fixed.
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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I've been lucky, all utilities are included in my rent. It runs all the time.
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Old 07-05-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I don't leave them on, but I'm not fanatical about turning them off every time I leave a room.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:08 PM
 
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Fans cool the person, not the room. They do this by moving air over your skin. You will feel cooler if your skin is damp.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I disagree with whether they cool the room or just our skin. They may not bring the actually temps down,but they do cool everything as they help circulate the air.

As for leaving them on or off. I don't know if there is any right answer to the question. I am guessing the cost difference is so little it depends on your likes. We don't leave them on 24/7. The one in the bedroom is on only when we are about to head for bed. In fact I usually end up sleeping in the guest room as hubby doesn't like the bedroom cold and I have to have the air movement. The office one goes off when we leave the room. the rest of the fans, well they stay on most of the time unless we are eating. The fans cool the food off too quickly for me.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:58 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I disagree with whether they cool the room or just our skin.
Don't take my word for it:
How do fans make you feel cooler? | HowStuffWorks

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As for leaving them on or off. I don't know if there is any right answer to the question.
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?
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