Circulating Fans

Written by Charles Peacock
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Maintaining the right temperature in all of the rooms in your house can be a difficult task. This is especially true if you live in an old house with a single large fireplace or stove that does have vents into all your rooms. One great way to move hot (or cold) air around your house is to use circulating fans. They're cheap, inexpensive to run, and can do a great job getting the heat where you want--and need--it most.

Types of Circulating Fans

Circulating fans come in several different varieties. The most common variety is the room-to-room fan, which acts to pump air directly from one room into another. These can be very helpful in moving warm air from downstairs into the rooms immediately above. They can also help you move warm air through several rooms on the same floor.

Duct fans are a great addition if you have heat ducts that don't work particularly well. They are designed to be installed directly into your heating ducts, and they actively work to move air where it's supposed to go. Using duct fans can help you improve the overall temperature in your home and can also save you in the long run on your energy bills.

Stovetop fans are a neat solution to spreading heat from a single wood or gas fired stove. Many models actually generate their own electricity using the heat from your stove, and they actively spread the heat coming up from the stove across your room. This will help you avoid hot and cold spots in your room.

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