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Old 08-05-2006, 11:40 AM   #11
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Gretchen: I agree that if you are home all day and you have high ceilings then it's best to leave your fans turning all the time for more comfort. I have 9 foot ceilings and when I'm not home I don't need air circulating. I turn the fans on when I come home and it does the job.
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:13 PM   #12
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I never leave my ceiling fans on when I'm not home. Why? Because the one we had in our open kitchen/living/dining room area had the motor burn out. Luckily, we were home when it happened, & although it didn't produce a fire, it darn sure could have.

Except for the heat/air conditioning & refrigerator, I never EVER leave ANY electrical appliance on when I'm not home. Not worth the risk, in my opinion.
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:32 PM   #13
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Are you supposed to let ceiling fans run all the time,except when you go out?
Ceiling fans work to cool YOU down, not your room. When we bought our latest ceiling fan, the brochure even included that information: "Remember: operating fans in empty rooms just wastes energy, so turn it off when you leave the room." And it is corroborated here (scroll down to "Fans in Vacant Rooms.")
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:57 PM   #14
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I never leave my ceiling fans on when I'm not home. Why? Because the one we had in our open kitchen/living/dining room area had the motor burn out. Luckily, we were home when it happened, & although it didn't produce a fire, it darn sure could have.

Except for the heat/air conditioning & refrigerator, I never EVER leave ANY electrical appliance on when I'm not home. Not worth the risk, in my opinion.
You raise a good point. We have a very expensive Casablanca Ceiling Fan over our bed. We thought it was worth the extra money because it's the quietest fan on the market, and it has six speeds, from hardly noticeable to full hurricane. It has electronic controls that are operated from a wall-mounted unit that includes buttons for speed, reverse direction, lights, and a button that turns off all power to the unit. Turning off the power cancels the speed, direction, and light settings you've previously selected. The wall unit communicates with the fan itself by radio signals.

One night several months ago, in the dead of winter, the fan, which was off, made a strange noise and suddenly came on at full speed, scaring the holy living you-know-what out of us. I jumped out of bed, clutching my chest, and fiddled with the controls, eventually shutting it off with the master power switch. I turned the power back on and it immediately went to full speed, then died completely.

The repair guy came within a few days and said that there apparently had been a power surge that had zapped the electronic controls in the fan itself. Naturally, that design flaw (it should have a surge protector built in, IMHO) wasn't covered by the warranty, and the replacement part cost me about $165, including installation. The repairman recommended that we keep the power off when we're not using the fan, which we now do.

Given the power shortages we're now experiencing during this unusually hot summer, and the increased possibility of brown outs, black outs, and voltage surges, it seems a bit risky to run the fan when it's not needed. Of course, this problem probably doesn't affect fans with simpler, non-electronic controls.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:22 AM   #15
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This is just an aside. Several years ago we were talking about cold temperatures. An older family member said she didn't believe in wind chill factor. Having lived in North Dakota, and worked on the flight line there, believe me, wind chill exists. I bit my tongue though, didn't say a word. But my husband said it all. "XXXX, you have a ceiling fan in every room, don't you?" "Yes." "Well, you obviously believe in Wind Chill!"

I have friends in Florida who never turn off the fans. I think that is downright silly. But I do leave a fan on for my pets when I'm going to be out for a very hot afternoon. I have no central air. Having the fans and window A/C units, I cannot believe that the fans are more dangerous that the A/C units. Any appliance has some danger level. I don't think I leave anything turned on 24/7.
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:47 AM   #16
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So interesting you mentioned that. We just had central air installed a few weeks ago. I was trying to figure out a way to have the condensation make its way to my garden. Of course the unit is on the opposite end of the house so it will be a but tricky to figure out how to do it, but I am working on a plan.
Our unit is in the basement so a "sump" pump was necessary for one unit to get the water to ground level. It goes in a barrel with a hose connection at the bottom. The other drips into a large watering can for the greenhouse.

And the fan installation guy's advice notwithstanding, constant air circulation in a humid house is a good thing for more than personal cooling.
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Old 08-06-2006, 01:58 PM   #17
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:09 PM   #18
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Good idea in the heat YOU get! Miss you around here phinz. Resurrect some of those threads you are so good at will you?
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:10 PM   #19
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What about 'direction'?

Most fans have a switch so you can change direction. I remember that you use change direction depending upon the season you're in, but I can't remember which direction you use for which season.
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:11 PM   #20
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Push the air down for summer and suck it up for winter I think. We only ever have our fan on in the hottest part of summer.
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