Ceiling Fan in Open to Second Level

Old 10-03-20, 05:29 AM
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Ceiling Fan in Open to Second Level


We recently purchased a new home. The home has an open living area to the second floor and an open foyer to the second floor. In between there is what my kids call a bridge between bedrooms that allow for passage on the second floor. Hopefully that makes sense.
I am thinking that winter and summer months that a ceiling fan to move are between these levels might be a wise installation. My goal would be to minimize heat/cool use and keep the areas a bit more evenly heated/cooled. The area is pretty large in the living. Measurements are approximately 20x15. Where we have ceilings on the main they are 10ft.
Would a ceiling fan be wise here and if so what size would you recommend? Also, would you hug the open are ceiling or would you use a downrod? I am a little worried with the downrod how that might look but maybe fine.
Any advice would be great.
Old 10-03-20, 05:38 AM
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Is it cathedral ceilings or flat ceiling?
In either case using a short down rod would be beneficial.
A little room above the fan allows better air circulation.
Old 10-03-20, 07:34 AM
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Thanks for the reply.

It is a flat ceiling and we don't have a fan in current. Do you think it would be beneficial to put one in this space with a short downrod? How long of a downrod would have on it if so?
Old 10-03-20, 09:56 AM
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There are pros and cons for every fan installation.
Ceiling fans are usually beneficial but many don't like the looks of them.

Downrods come in many sizes..... 6", 12", 18", 24", 36", 48".
For your application..... 12" or 18".
Old 10-04-20, 10:08 AM
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The only way to reduce energy consumption in the summer with a ceiling fan is to operate the fan AND then use a higher temperature setting than you'd otherwise use. Otherwise, you increase energy consumption by the fan energy and having to remove the stratified heat with the AC.

There are mounting height recommendations on any number of websites, something like 8 feet above the (First) floor, I think. Downrods are used to bring the fan blades down to that level. The websites also give recommendations for fan diameter. If you've seen a fan you like (Hunter???), go to their website.

If the Second Floor has its own thermostat, it must be in a room, not in the hall or balcony.
Old 10-05-20, 05:18 AM
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Sounds like the same set up we've had in the last 3 homes, open great room, bedrooms upstairs on either side with bridge across, flat or cathedral ceiling.

We have always had fans, in a couple of the homes we had two smaller fans, currently we have a much larger single 52" fan.

Keeping the fan at about the 9-10' height is what we have always set them at.

We use them in summer for cooling and in winter with the gas fireplace it helps move the 90 degree air from the upstairs.

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