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Old 03-04-2009, 06:01 AM   #1
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Hello,
Has anyone had experience or is familiar with a heated ceiling fan similar to these?

http://buyreiker.com/default.aspx?page=6

My question would be if these can be operated via a wall switch as opposed to a remote.

Instructions say "Do not use wall mounted solid state speed control". What does this mean? Thanks for your time and input.

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For them to add any usable heat, they would have to be on a 20A circuit, and most wiring for such fans is only #14 so 20A not available without major rewire. I see that they use 1500W heaters which works on a 15A circuit, but i question that it puts out much heat. The main purpose of a ceiling fan running in the winter is to force warm air from the ceiling down into the room. Adding additional expensive electrical heat seems unproductive.

While the theory of running a fan to push warm air down in the winter sounds good, it usually creates uncomfortable drafts, which kind of negates its' use.


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Thanks for your input and time Bill.
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While the theory of running a fan to push warm air down in the winter sounds good, it usually creates uncomfortable drafts, which kind of negates its' use.
yup, that's how it works here anyways.... unless i get it too hot near the woodstove, then i'll use the fan to cool it and push some of the warm air into the rest of the house.

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1500 watts is what an average hair dryer puts out at the high setting. Seems like it would be noticeable, as far as heat. 1500 watts is the same as 15, 100 watt incandescent lamps. Pretty warm IMO. How much do they want for this fan?
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there's one on hunter's website i was looking at. still unsure.... but if i DID buy one, it'd for sure be hunter.

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I saw some Reiker ones that Home Depot sells under the Hampton Bay brand. They normally sell for $369 and are on special for $299 with free shipping. Thanks for the info. Still wondering about how to set it up with a wall switch and what does "Do not use wall mounted solid state speed control" means. I have not bought one yet. Am thinking about it. Thanks again.
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Do not use a speed control. You will either turn it on or turn it off. You will not be able to control the speed of the fan from the wall switch location.
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Thanks.
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1. The wall mounted speed control may be unable to handle the wattage drawn by the heater in the fan.

2, The wall mounted speed control may be incompatible with the motor in the fan.
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Thanks. I think I will be looking for an alternative. The ceiling fan sounded like a nice option but I don't like the idea of just having a remote and not a wall switch. Thanks for your input.
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Thanks. I think I will be looking for an alternative. The ceiling fan sounded like a nice option but I don't like the idea of just having a remote and not a wall switch. Thanks for your input.
You can have the wall switch, but it can not be a speed control switch.
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I contacted the Reiker company and was informed that the ceiling fan can only be operated via remote. According to them a switch can damage the system. I don't know why but that is the info I received. Thanks for your time and input.

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