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Low Ceiling Solutions - Part 2...the Ceiling Fan, It's Pro's and Con's


Here you will find a continuation of the conversation about 'The Ceiling Fans'... it's 'fan's' and it's 'not so much' following.
I feel that it may seem I was throwing the beloved ceiling fan under the bus...but there is substantial evidence that sometimes...they have a 'traditional' following, perceived benefit and blind allegiance that 'might' be revisited. :)
The Bonus Room from the last posting
The Bonus Room from the last posting
In the following missive, you will hear from me, Michelle the Designer, and my husband Brian, the Engineer...and our same side of the coin / different take on lack of natural light situations and the air flow.
The other end of the room...
The other end of the room...
Now, I do not want to be redundant...but if you don't read the previous post, you won't know 'exactly' what all the commotion is about! ;) Please, please, please read it before responding! :) Thank you! Here is the link: http://www.hometalk.com/3945145/low-ceiling-solutions-the-bonus-room-turns-into-the-upper-deck
low ceiling solutions part 2 the ceiling fan it s pro s and con s, electrical, hvac
Mirrors help A LOT to add light and 'breathing' room!
A long view - Upper Deck without ceiling fans
A long view - Upper Deck without ceiling fans
Again, please join this discussion and read the previous post so that this shorthand version of the pics and conversation don't leave you scratching your head...you'll be glad you did!
What the husband said:
Hello all, I am the infamous husband who is the engineer. I am the function to Michelle's form. I felt compelled to respond on the subject of ceiling fans. Prior to my meeting Michelle I embraced the ceiling fan as a fact of life -- it was man code to have one. After Michelle's influence began to rub off of me with the aesthetics of things and in all honesty I do believe most ceiling fans are not very pleasant to the eye and being taller (6'-2") somewhat dangerous.
I heard comments that we must not care about energy usage, well in response to that we do. Having worked as an engineer and a project manager for the largest Building Efficiency/Automation company in the world (Johnson Controls) for several years I learned a few things that are not intuitive. Firstly, the house that you are seeing was/is an Energy Star rated home, though our thermostat never fell below 65 degree and never went above 74 degrees (F) we never had an electric bill above $235 for the two years that we did live there. We had approximately 3,150 sq. ft. of conditioned space (actually 3,143 sq. ft.). and we had a 3.5 ton unit (heat pump with electric heat strips for emergency heat) on the main floor and a 2 ton unit (heat pump with electric heat strips for emergency heat) on the second floor...
Another view...
Another view...
Continued...from the man...
In response to our Texas girl who thinks we can't afford windows and believes it is vital to have ceiling fans in the South I merely say -- Wrong.
What many people do not understand with ceiling fans is that they only move air, they do not cool. The cooling effect that people get from fans is called evaporative cooling. It is the moisture (sweat) on your body evaporating. If you do a good job of maintaining the humidity in your house, the effects of ceiling fans would be minimal if non-existent.
The optimum humidity in a home is around 35 to 40%, any lower and skin becomes dry and it becomes uncomfortable in cold weather. Higher humidities (above 55%) create mold and are uncomfortable in warm temperatures. Our old home utilized built-in dehumidifiers and humidifiers to control the humidity within those ranges, making our home feel very comfortable without excessive air movement.
Our house also had HVAC supplies and returns in every room not the typical one or two throughout the house. This allowed for proper air flow via the air handler unit not requiring ceiling fans. Just my honest opinion that our North Carolina home did quite well without ceiling fans.
Back to me - Michelle; So what is your take? If you do not have direct access to windows, what would you have done? :)
Thank you all so much for commenting on the previous post, you've gotten my husband 'in on the act' and it's so fun! Thank you for all the wonderful compliments and kind words.
I have a LOT of gals asking about those sassy mirrors and wanting to know where I found 'em! Here you go! http://www.grandinroad.com/beveled-glass-mirrors/153887
I hope this helps! Happy Saturday! :) Michelle, One Coast Design
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  • Melinda Columbus
    on Jul 28, 2014

    From the south & addicted/spoiled to ceiling fans. Of course ur husband is rt but I doubt we will be giving them up. The drawback is when you go somewhere esp wk & there are no fans!!! The info regarding the humidity range & ur hvac system was really interesting. Enjoyed reading!!!!

    • One Coast Design
      on Jul 28, 2014

      @@Melinda Columbus Thank you so much, Melinda! I see you read the whole story and received it in the spirit in which it was intended - only informational. We know the use of ceiling fans is TOTALLY a personal choice, I am sure you have already changed the 'no fans' situation at your work space with an oscillating desk fan!!!! Thank you Melinda!!!!! :)

  • Lisa Sasala
    on Sep 28, 2015

    I agree that ceiling fans are not very nice to look at most of the time. I do however appreciate to feeling of the air moving, I am simply more comfortable. So instead of the chandelier I would prefer to have in my bedroom, there is a ceiling fan. But congratulations on being free of the ugly things.

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