One of the problems of heating homes with a solid fuel stove or a fireplace is you end up with one over heated room. Meanwhile the rest of the house is cold. One solution is to use electric fans to move the warm air from room to room.
Folks successfully use two different types of fans to do the job. They are through the wall fans and doorway fans.
Through the Wall Fans
Through the wall fans have an opening on both sides of a wall with the motor and fan blades inside of the wall.
These become a permanent part of the house and are typically wired to an easy to reach wall switch. The fan should be located high on the wall and away from a doorway if possible.
They need to be high on the wall to move the warm air by the ceiling into the next room. It would be ideal if they could send the warm air toward the floor in the room that is away from the heat source.
These should be located away from a doorway to slow the tendency for the warm air to quickly circle back to the room it came from.
Doorway fans are portable fans with a cord and plug. You hang them in the upper corner of a doorway. Being in an upper corner of the doorway, they are high enough to pull ceiling air from the warm room and push it into the next room.
They do obstruct the doorway opening somewhat. But, since I am short, it would not bother me. Some folks think they are an ugly eye sore. Others think they are a beautiful money saver.
The EntreeAir brand unit is shaped like a one-quarter piece of a pie and fits nicely into the corner. The Minuteman model F-10 is a 5-inch square box fan that looks and feels like an efficient little machine.
Yes, some fans make more noise than others do. Generally, you get what you pay for. The EntréeAir fan is generally available and its price is the lower of the two. You may find that the Minuteman fans are sold out during the heating season. That says something about their quality and value.
Minuteman fans are rated for 25 Watts of power. EntréeAir is rated for 27 Watts. It is doubtful that they use all that they are rated for. The estimated cost to run a fan 24 hours a day for a month is about one dollar.
Assuming that you make your own firewood or get a good price for solid fuel, these fans can pay for themselves in one heating season.
They save you money by reducing the fuel you need to heat the part of your house that is not near the stove.
Save in the Summer Too
You might want to use a through wall or doorway fan to share cool air from a window air conditioner during the heat of summer. For this task, it should be set your doorway fan at a bottom corner of the doorway, where the air is the coolest.
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