Power Vents and Celing Fans

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traderfjp
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Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
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Post Sun. Nov. 04, 2007 12:20 am

Hi,

I have an Alaska Girlie man stove in my office with a fairly open floor plan I want to equalize the temps so the 2nd floor gets more heat. Right now there is about an 8 degree difference and more when it gets real cold outside.

1. I have a celing fan in the room with the stove pushing the warm air out of the room.

2. On the 2nd floor at the top of a high celing stairwell I have a fan running in reverse.

3. Today I just intalled a 10" power vent that is in the adjacent room to the stove.

Question: Do I have my fans running correctly? Should I run the fan on the stairwell so it pushes instead of pulls air?

Question: Will putting in the power venter in the celiing help to circulate air in the house or is will I see minimal results? The vent pulls air into my bedrrom which is usually on the colder side.

Thanks in advance.
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Post Tue. Nov. 06, 2007 7:01 am

I guess I'll answer myself. See what 20 years of marriage will do to a man. Anyway, I dicovered that if I turn off my fan at the top of the stairwell (had it running in reverse) and put a small fan on the side of my stoker I only have a 4 degree difference between the upstairs and downstairs temps. I think the fan at the top of the staris was hindering the natural flow of hot and cool air. I'm not sure if the new vent pays much of a role but my bedroom is definetly warmer. I experimented with running the fan pushing the air down the stairwell and sucking the air and off seems to get me the least amount of temp. variation.
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Post Tue. Nov. 06, 2007 8:45 am

I couldn't follow the diagram or your description. I didn't understand which way a fan was facing when running in reverse??

But it sounds like you have it figured out. Hot air rises, cold air sinks. If you do nothing but help it along it will circulate. Let the hot air travel up the top of the stairwell, and let cold air travel down the stairs/bottom of the stairwell.

Glad you have it figured out.

Greg L
Burning Pea/Buckwheat through an antique stoker [semi retired SSboiler],
Running an Axeman-Anderson 260M boiler burning Pea, About 150-250#per day
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