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Re: today


Asking Marilyn will yield the actual technical answer, but how we feel is
what is important to this subject.  But sometimes it is just fun to learn of
the technicalities.

BTW - I have no ceiling fans.  The cionfigurations of my rooms render them
not beneficial to me.
Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 1:49 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] today


> Well, I have ceiling fans - no a/c in the house; just the office.
> They've worked fine for nearly 30 years - well not the original ones,
> but the concept.  We also have lots of french doors and windows which
> are opened at night and closed during the day creating cross drafts.
>
>
> While fan motors may give off a minuscule amount of heat, IMO, they
> are useful even when you are not in the room because they circulate
> the air and help stop mildew - for instance, towels and washcloths
> dry fairly fast in the bathroom when the fan is on, but take forever
> to dry - if ever - in summer when it's hot and humid without that
> ceiling fan.  Our fans run constantly in summer and a few of them are
> reversed to run in winter to push hot air down from the ceiling.
>
> Steve - the room doesn't know if it's cool as the fan only "cools"
> humans by helping to evaporate perspiration that would otherwise just
> sit on you in hot, humid weather.  But, like I said, it does dry
> things out, which in my climate is as useful as cooling things off:-)
>
> FWIW, I learned over the years that it is totally useless to install
> a fan less than 52" in diameter...forget a 36" diameter fan;
> useless....
>
> And, Kitty, in my climate, you couldn't tell if the air around a fan
> was warmer than it would be without - the cooling effect of the
> breeze is more important than the ambient air temp. which is gonna be
> hot anyway:-)
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Ask Marilyn:
> > "My wife and I have a bet. I say that a ceiling fan is useless if
> no one is
> > present to benefit from the breeze. She says it still is cooling
> the room.
> > Please tell her so I can collect.
> > -Steve Beubis, Harrington Park, N.J.
> >
> > "The fan actually is warming the air. That's because its motor is
> connected
> > to the electricity and drawing energy into the room. When people
> are
> > present, they may feel cooler due to the breeze, but the air itself
> is a bit
> > warmer. And when no one is around, the fan is worse than nothing:
> It's a
> > heater."
>
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