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#1 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

unsure.gif   We were hoping to get finance and have a split system installed but after a quote for $6000 we have changed our minds.  It's stifling in our house and we haven't even had any REAL hot weather.  I think I am feeling the heat extra this year (fatigue due to auto-immune illness) and am desperate to get something set up.
So do ceiling fans help?  We have an old 5 bedroom house, thick stone walls, very high ceilings. Does anyone know how much roughly they cost to buy and install? any recommendations on brand?  We are in SA.

Alternatively we could buy an air con for window or wall but this would only cool one room, area and I am assuming would also be more expensive to run than fans unsure.gif

TIA

#2 Duck.

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

We are in a old double brick house but normal ceilings. The new fan works very well but the older style one not so.

It still is hot but not sticky if that makes sense?

#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

We have ceiling fans.  We have BV home there is only 1 room (our lounge room) that we are contemplating putting a split cycle in but probably won't worry until next year or the year after.  At the moment when it gets to hot in there we just go into our bedroom at night.  Ie we eat dinner and watch TV in our room with the fan on and it is plenty cool enough.  I don't forsee this being an option when we have kids.  There is one window that gets warm as well (not near the room that gets hot but makes the hallway really hot) we are going to get a quote either in christmas or when I am on maternity leave.  Those outside blinds work really well.

#4 d├ęsir d'amour

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

I miss my ceiling fans!

I always wished for AC, but now we have it, I don't want to use it!  It gets difficult with cats, too, as you need to shut the doors down the hallways to be efficient in cooling the loungeroom, and that includes the bathroom with the litter trays.

#5 Jellyblush

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

I have ceiling fans - work fine. And an awesome thing you can do it put a damp sheet over you under the ceiling fan - it's like being in a freezer!

#6 EBeditor

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:52 PM

They work really well in my bedroom. I can go from being boiling to needing a blanket on the low setting!

#7 raven74

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

Since hot air rises in a high ceiling home the fans will just rotate that  air thus being not particularly effective.  I'd get a few pedestals in this case.

#8 Natbub0610

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

We just had ceiling fans installed because the layout of our house is awkward for A/c.

So far they're great, takes the sting off the heat. I was told they're only 1/2 the cost of a light bulb to run, don't know if that's true, but it does add some comfort on hot days.

We also used the rev switch in winter with our wood fire place, it was sooo hot, we had to open windows to balance it out! Could really feel the difference with the fans then too!



#9 Allymeg69

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

OP, if you are in an area where your heat is "dry" (low humidity), which I think SA probably is, then I think good quality ceiling fans would probably be quite effective. Up here in Darwin during our dry season, when we have very low humidity, all we use are our ceiling fans with our windows all open for good cross-ventilation, and we are always comfortable.

In our wet season, when we do use our airconditioners, we continue to use our ceiling fans, they are important for circulating the air, and it is recommended that the aircon be set to around 25-26 degrees so that it does the function of extracting humidity from the air, while the fans do the circulating which is what helps you feel more comfortable. So even if you got air-con you would probably still want something to move the air around properly.

#10 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:58 PM

IME, ceiling fans work great in tropical and sub-tropical environments and not so well in dry heat environments.

I would not be without mine. We rarely use our aircond.

#11 belindarama

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

Ceiling fans are great. They actually can be reversed so that they push the hot air down. So in winter you use them to make your heating more efficient, pushing the warm air down where you need it.

On the summer setting they create a nice cool breeze. It is far more pleasant to sleep under a fan than AC. We used to have to use pedestal fans but I actually think they are a poor choice in comparison as to cover a whole double bed you need to put them on oscillate so the breeze comes and goes whichever found annoying. A ceiling fan gives you an even, constant breeze. I think they would be cheaper to run as well as it is about 1c per hr for a ceiling fan. They are one of my favourite things in our new house.

Edited by belindarama, 26 November 2012 - 04:03 PM.


#12 cas8cas

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:23 PM

We have ceiling fans most days they run 24/7 we also have blinds/curtins that help blockout the heat

We had a dodgy wall aircon and I hate using it

edited for typos

Edited by cas8cas, 26 November 2012 - 04:24 PM.


#13 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

Thanks - we are in Adelaide and yes it's very dry heat.  Sounds like they might be good!  Will probably try to get 1 or 2 installed and see how they go, can't be any hotter!  I did think about buying some pedestal fans also since they are like $12 in Big W but they would take up a lot of floorspace too which we don't have and lots of little people to stick fingers and toys in them wink.gif

#14 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

We just had a ceiling fan with a light installed. The fan is great. We won't know how effective it really is until well into Summer. I think that the only thing to really cool a house down in the hottest part of summer is airconditioning. Our lounge room gets the full afternoon sun so it gets pretty hot in summer.

Be careful with fans with lights. We didn't realise at the time that the globe that it uses is a tiny halogen one which uses a lot of energy. We will be getting it moved to a other less used room and getting a different one put into the lounge room at the same time we get new ones for the bedrooms. We currently have old 70's ones in our rooms which are really noisy.

The one we've got didn't cost much to I stall and when I asked how much it would cost to I stall them in the 3 bedrooms, he said about $300 all up.

#15 Kay1

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:36 PM

We have them and they certainly do help. However in the bedrooms you have to have the bed in the middle of the room for them to really help, which works ok in our room but not so well in the kids' rooms as their beds are against the walls.

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

I love our ceiling fans.

We also have insulation in our roof so combine that with the fan it keeps inside quite nice & cool - plus the added bonus of having fresh air in as well.

However we are in SE Qld & get the cooling sea breezes in summertime - so the fans help to move that cool air around.

#17 9ferals

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

In my experience - yes, until it gets really hot.

I've had them in both Adelaide and Perth and they are fine for the first hot days, but once you have those runs of really hot weather (days and days over 35 or 40) then they just don't come close to making a bedroom comfortable to sleep in.  Once the room is hot, the bed is hot, the walls, the floor, everything is hot - then they just move hot air around. And we have insulation, block out curtains, keep things open in the cool morning, closed in the hot day- in other words do all the things that help.

So, my verdict is - better than nothing, but not enough for the really hot days.

#18 fi73

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

Hi we have ceiling fans throughout every room in our house, also have airconditioning but try to limit using that to only when nescessary.

Only thing I would suggest spend money on decent fans, we had 2 cheap ones which were next to useless and hardly moved any air.I then looked at a CHOICE review and they recommended Hunter Pacific-Typhoon fan, we now have these in our lounge and kitchen/dining and they are fantastic.

Fiona

#19 Chelara

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

It does cost a few hundred each to have fans installed. I am shocked at your quote for a split system installation! Sounds a lot more than it costs here.

Ceiling fans are good but they are like being outside on a 30 degree day with a breeze  vs without one.



#20 whale-woman

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

I love ceiling fans. i'd much prefer them than airconditioning which always makes me too cold.

We just got them put in our house. 500$ for installing 4 of them. But DP constructed the fans out of the box and the sparky just wired them in. We got the ones with remotes and lights. For the kiddy bedrooms we got the el cheapo 80$ fans and for the other 2 we got about 200$ fans. the electrician told us the el cheapo ones were crap (one had a broken remote out of the box) so I kinda regret them. Also check the quality of the lights in them.... ours take a while for the globes to brighten up... might just need a differnet type on globe.

It is lovely and comfy to lie under the fan even in really hot weather. DD loves drifting off to sleep watching hers spin around. If you've got high ceilings go for it!

Edited by whale-woman, 26 November 2012 - 04:56 PM.


#21 schoolmum

Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:59 PM

Have you thought about evaporated air conditioning?
I am is SA and we have had it for about 3 summers now, and are really happy with it.

It is much cheaper to run than refrigerated.

I think our system with 5 outlets cost about $4000 installed, and that was a mid range system.

While it does struggle after a few very hot days, as well as when it is humid. it does have the option of using a vent option, which means that when it cools down in the evening you switch of the cooling and the fan draws in the cool air from outside.

Another plus is that for it to work well, you need to have windows open, which means that you get plenty of fresh air, and is good with kids as you don't need to keep areas of the house closed off.

On a side note, I have just bought ceiling fans for the bedrooms that don't have cooling (beacon lighting is having a good sale), so I hope they do the job. If you have high ceilings you can get extender rods so they hang lower too.

#22 Freddie'sMum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

It's a really good question that you have asked OP - because I was just reading in the paper that ceiling fans can drop the temperature in a room by 3 degrees.

It may not sound like much but honestly I swear by our ceiling fans.  We have them in our bedrooms.

We are in Sydney.  On warms days, I will turn on the ceiling fans, then draw the curtains (probably at the same time) - after I have done that - if it is getting stinky hot - then I turn on the air con (so the air con is always the last choice).

We leave our ceiling fan going in our bedroom - I love it - esp on these sticky, humid days.





#23 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:51 AM

We have thought about evap but it's more we just realised it's not really in our budget at all ifykwim.  We will have to look at it again in another year or so.

I will steer clear of the cheapo ones then.

I will check out Beacon since they are having a sale too.  There is one not too far from us.

Thanks for the replies, really helpful!

#24 wonder woman

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

QUOTE (Mummyone1 @ 26/11/2012, 04:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So do ceiling fans help?  We have an old 5 bedroom house, thick stone walls, very high ceilings. Does anyone know how much roughly they cost to buy and install? any recommendations on brand?

Yes, they help - we have ducted heating/cooling with 6m ceilings and since installing one in our large lounge room have not had to use air-conditioning as much as before.

We bought a Hunter Pacific Typhoon Moulded fan for $159 from Masters which cost $264 to install.  It has plastic blades which are quieter than timber or metal ones.

The fan was rated #4 by Choice - more information at http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/82991 where we found it.

Edited by wonder woman, 27 November 2012 - 12:51 PM.


#25 sophiasmum

Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:41 PM

We have a wall mounted air conditioning unit for the living areas & kitchen.

We have a ceiling fan in our bedroom & it's brilliant, couldn't do without it, especially as we get all the afternoon sun in our room which heats it up until night. We have it going all night long in summer & it's lovely to sleep under that breeze.

The kids only have pedestal fans in their rooms.




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