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Old 08-05-2006, 07:52 AM   #1
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Ceiling Fans

Are you supposed to let ceiling fans run all the time,except when you go out?

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Old 08-05-2006, 08:20 AM   #2
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When we lived in Darwin which is in the tropics everyone left them on all the time even when they were out. We had them in every room even in the carport and under the back verandah and never had any problems leaving them on permanently.
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Old 08-05-2006, 09:26 AM   #3
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I have 3 fans and don't leave them on all the time. My electric bill would be horrendous and it's not necessary. In the warmer weather, I leave my fans on low to circulate the air conditioned air in the room. You can leave your thermostat a couple of degrees higher when you do this. I don't put them on in the winter at all. When the weather isn't warm enough for air conditioning but too warm to be comfortable, then my fans go on medium to high.
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Old 08-05-2006, 09:42 AM   #4
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We leave ours on all the time. The one in a high ceilinged room is reversed upward and on fairly slow. I think the amount of electricity they consume is quite small.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:15 AM   #5
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We leave ours on all the time. It seems to move the air thru the house better, but we don't have upstairs. There seems to be contradictions on whether it pays or not, but the ac seems to be more consistent in our house with them on.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:19 AM   #6
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I have cathedral ceilings in my home in the living and dining area and in the master bedroom. I find that if I leave the ceiling fans on all the time the rooms are more comfortable. Even if I'm not home my cats appreciate the air circulation.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:42 AM   #7
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We do not leave ours on all the time. Regardless of the amount of energy they use, we see no reason to waste it. We are out of our house for 10 hours or more a day. No need for it to be on during that time.
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We lived in air conditioning for 29 years in an area where it routinely gets well over 100 during the summer (it was 119 there two weeks ago) and never had ceiling fans. Now we live near the beach and have no air-conditioning but we do have ceiling fans in three rooms. We turn them off except when we're in the room and it's warm.

We have one in the master bedroom that we run at night during the summer, one in the breakfast room that we run when we read the paper and have coffee in the morning during the summer, and one in the guest bedroom, which is always off unless we have an overnight guest in the summer.

I suppose that a ceiling fan might make air conditioning a bit more efficient by mixing the warm air near the ceiling with the cooler air below -- but it doesn't make much sense to me to run them when you're away.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:32 AM   #9
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Air circulation, home all day, very slow turning, keeping hot air from collecting in a high ceiling, better circulation of air conditioned air. Everyone needs to decide for themselves. We have our summer thermostats set for 79*--we are pretty conservation minded. Additionally DH collects the condensate from the AC for watering plants.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:39 AM   #10
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DH collects the condensate from the AC for watering plants.
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.
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