Beverly Lerch
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Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beverly Lerch Sep 20. 13 Replies

We just had 2 mini split air conditioners put in our home, which previously did not have air conditioning.  We have ceiling fans in every room and I am wondering how to use the fans in conjunction…Continue

Fireplace drafts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Jan 2, 2017. 17 Replies

     The weather is getting cold and a lot of people do not understand the way a fireplace is designed.  In order to allow the smoke to draft out of the fireplace and up the chimney, the fireplace…Continue

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Beverly Lerch replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Thanks.  A very reasonable, practical answer.  We have done our experimenting and ceiling fans, on low, seem to make us comfortable.  "
Sep 20
Blake Reid replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Good opinions in these replies!  I'll just add a few: * Experiment.  It's your house and how you feel in it should drive your decisions.  If it was my house, I'd start by turning the fans off. * There is no "best…"
Sep 19
David Butler replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Among the various opinions expressed here, I offer a few 'truths'... Ceiling fans are mostly for cooling PEOPLE, not rooms. Evaporative cooling. Turn off the fan when the room is unoccupied.  Walter mentions another benefit: to help…"
Sep 17
Walter Ahlgrim replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"This is one of thouse topic where you ask 10 people and get 12 different opinions. I will give you 5. :) There is no clearly right answer. Some if this depends on who you are where your house is and what type of house it is. In my opinion if you…"
Sep 17
Beverly Lerch replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Now I am confused.  Everyone has a different opinion.  "
Sep 17
Joseph Novella replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Don't use the fans! They generate heat and mix the stratified high warm air with the low cool air which is already where it needs to be (where the occupants are). Mini-split air handlers do an excellent job of moving the air and need no…"
Sep 17
John White replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"If you are using air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.” If you turn on your ceiling fans, turn your air conditioner up 4 degrees to 80 degrees. The ceiling…"
Sep 17
Mark Furst replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"The big difference I see between these units and central AC in my region (Upper Midwest) is that minisplits tend to be installed up high in rooms, whereas central units are located in the basements. The mini split (if located up high) is well…"
Aug 30
John White replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"You can run air conditioner and ceiling fan together but, if you are using it in right way then it will reduces the load on ac and even lower your cooling costs. If it is very hot then yes, you must drive a ceiling fan and air conditioning at the…"
Aug 27
Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Running a ceiling fan actually heats up air. Allison Bailes has some great articles on it.  I would set fans to slowest speed if you are having issues with the mini splits distributing air throughout the room. Otherwise you might be making them…"
Aug 13
Franco Oyuela replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Using a ceiling fan as part of a team to bring your maximum home cooling comfort. Adding a ceiling fan can allow you to actually turn up the thermostat, saving you energy and money. Another way to conserve energy and cost is to make sure your…"
Aug 9
Beverly Lerch replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Thank you.  Good information about the ceiling fans."
Aug 9
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"As for direction / speed a piece I did on that - http://thehtrc.com/2014/faq-ceiling-fan-direction-summer-winter which goes from basics to common exceptions The biggest things though to keep in mind: if your not in the room it does no good to…"
Aug 9
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Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans

We just had 2 mini split air conditioners put in our home, which previously did not have air conditioning.  We have ceiling fans in every room and I am wondering how to use the fans in conjunction with the air conditioners that are at ceiling level.  Should the fans be on summer mode?  What speed is good to use to enhance the distribution of the cool air in the rooms?  We usually keep the fans on high to keep the air moving, but with the air conditioners, I am not sure if the warm air near the…See More
Aug 9
Beverly Lerch commented on Efficiency First California's blog post Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings
"Totally agree!  Fireplaces are the most inefficient heating source.  Fireplaces are also energy consumers.  A fireplace sucks out the heat and air conditioning and/or brings in the cold and hot air from outside.  Fireplaces also…"
Mar 1
Beverly Lerch commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Coping with Dust and Smoke From Fires
"Covering the fireplace, especially if it is gas, will help a lot with the smoke and dust entering the home.  Gas fireplace have an open vent to the outside, with no damper to close off.  Cover the fireplace, on the inside of the house, so…"
Nov 9, 2017

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Energy loss through fireplace

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 6:41pm 0 Comments

There are a lot of different kinds of fireplaces out there.  We all know the old wood burning type, but the newer gas fireplaces are more convenient and cleaner burning.  

I have customers that are complaining about the cold air coming in from the gas fireplace.  I have done a lot of research for my business, with some confusing information about the construction of gas fireplaces.  There seems to be a trend of venting the gas fireplace, directly outside, behind the fireplace.  I have…

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Fireplace drafts

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 4:18pm 0 Comments

A fireplace can be a focal point to a room, but how often does the fireplace really get used?   A fireplace can be very drafty and cause you to lose energy and money by taking your heated air up the chimney.  A fireplace is designed to "draft", so that the smoke does not enter the room when you burn a fire.  That draft is always there, even if the damper is closed.  Most of the older fireplace do not have a sufficient or even a working damper to close.  By covering the fireplace, as some…

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At 10:04am on September 27, 2014, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Beverly,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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