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Old 05-25-2019, 05:10 AM
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Do you use a fan in your bedroom?


Do you use a fan in your bedroom?
Could be a ceiling fan, oscillating, or box fan.

I'm mostly thinking of summer, but winter counts too.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:17 AM
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We turn our central AC up to 78 at night and sleep with a oscillating fan that blows across the bed

Saves money. But I like sleeping under a fan. It's comforting and relaxing. Love the sound of it running. It goes back to childhood when we opened the windows in the Spring and used fans.

Took awhile to convince my wife, but she enjoys it too.

No fans during winter. Wouldn't make sense to heat the room that much and use a fan.

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Old 05-25-2019, 05:22 AM
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Yes, I use one all year. I tend to have a very difficult time falling asleep without the white noise.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:36 AM
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...No fans during winter. Wouldn't make sense to heat the room that much and use a fan.
It would if you put the (ceiling) fan on low and direct the air downward.


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Old 05-25-2019, 05:43 AM
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Yes, mainly for white noise in the wintertime. I installed a window A/C in our bedroom (upstairs) and we run that during the summer. Substantial energy savings over the central air. We're cooling one room instead of five.
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:40 AM
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We have a pedestal fan that use only in the summer. After a few years of waking up sweaty at 2 AM and having to get up to turn the thing on, we got one with a remote!

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Old 05-25-2019, 06:48 AM
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I guess, when it's very warm, I leave the central fan on all the time so the hot air doesn't puddle in my bedroom, but the fan isn't in the bedroom, so I voted "no".

I don't like fans. I mean, they are better than being too warm. But I don't like white noise, and find it slightly stressful. I have to live with white noise all day at work. I don't want it at home. So I only use it when I need it for climate control.

I dislike ceiling fans even more. Seeing one out of the corner of my eye is like a flickering light bulb. I don't actually get seizures from either, but I understand how people do. I find it disequilibriating.
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:58 AM
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Yes, on the highest level possible, all year round. Both for the noise and the circulation (I think my bedroom generates free energy or something, it's impossible to cool). And I always travel with one* (or acquire one at the destination); it's probably some kind of security blanket at this point.

*Not a huge box or pedestal fan, a smaller roundish one that's made to sit on the floor.

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Old 05-25-2019, 07:09 AM
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All my bedrooms have ceiling fans. In my bedroom, the fan stays on constantly. I need the white noise and the gentle circulation. At someone else's house, I have a difficult time falling asleep if there's no fan in the bedroom.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:33 AM
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We use a fan.

Odd diversion, but for the sake of nostalgia, I love cranking up the old window unit, feeling it blast cold air into the room. Reminds me of when I was a kid, cranking up the old Friedrich.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:23 AM
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I will use them, or a equivalent, such as a air purifier which has a fan. I will also use a/c and set the fan to run continuously. I don't like stagnant air.
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I didn't realize so many people enjoy the sound of a fan. I assumed it was just one of my eccentricities.

I used to love using my attic fan in early spring and Fall. Neighborhood has gone downhill and it's just not safe opening that many windows. Pollen is also a problem as we've gotten older. Attic fans suck a lot of it into a house.

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Yep, all year.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:43 AM
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No ceiling fans or window fans. We did have a ceiling fan installed in our previous house in the master bedroom, but that's the only one. We'll just open windows if it's not hot enough to use A/C, or close the windows and use A/C. For us, that point is around 78F. (Which is what it is in the house right now, though it still feels pretty okay to me, so we might push it to 80F).
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I didn't realize so many people enjoy the sound of a fan. I assumed it was just one of my eccentricities.

I used to love using my attic fan in early spring and Fall. Neighborhood has gone downhill and it's just not safe opening that many windows. Pollen is also a problem as we've gotten older. Attic fans suck a lot of it into a house.
I do love an attic fan. Very little noise, but lots of air flow.
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We use ours for white noise. I've had one regularly running at night since 1975, in college, to cut down the dorm racket.
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I feel like I'm the only person in the world who can't stand white noise: well, I suppose rain and ocean waves are fine (though I suppose that isn't pure white noise), but otherwise, it drives me batty. My wife had one of those white noise machines when we met, and I just could not fall asleep with it on. I have to fall asleep to sounds of conversation. Not sure where it comes from, but from when I was about 10, I liked to put on talk radio or the news and fall asleep to that. Still do, today, although now it's the audio from Youtube videos on my phone.

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It would if you put the (ceiling) fan on low and direct the air downward.
In winter, you want to direct the air upward. That way the fan isn't blowing on you (so no wind chill effect), but as it pulls the cool air up, the warm air that has risen to the ceiling gets forced back down.
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We have a ceiling fan that’s always on. Because it’s silent, my wife brought in another fan for the white noise.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:39 AM
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I run a fan AND a ten-hour YouTube of rain falling. Hey, I grew up without air conditioning in a climate where summers are hot and it rains a lot.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:49 AM
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I wouldn't call them a 'fan'.

More of a concerned observer.
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Old 05-25-2019, 12:05 PM
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Yes, partly for white noise to cover apartment building sounds.

In the winter, it is pointed away from me but as it gets warmer, it gradually moves through 'blowing near me to provide some air movement' to 'blowing directly across me'.
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Old 05-25-2019, 12:17 PM
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Year round. I sleep hot, even in the winter, plus I like the air circulation and white noise. The other night the power went off from a storm, and I tossed and turned the rest of the night without my fan.
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In winter, you want to direct the air upward. That way the fan isn't blowing on you (so no wind chill effect), but as it pulls the cool air up, the warm air that has risen to the ceiling gets forced back down.
Huh. I've been doing it wrong. Thanks for that info.


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Huh. I've been doing it wrong. Thanks for that info.





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There's usually a slider switch to change the ceiling fan direction for Winter and Spring.

We have a ceiling fan. It wobbles and the 4 bulb light makes a little noise from vibration. We don't use the fan very often. The light is used every day.

Like this, the globes rattle when the fan runs. Gets a bit annoying.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Clarksto...-PEH/205093024

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We don't have air conditioning, since it is seldom hot enough to require it, especially at night, so we have a fan which we bring in during the summer. We have ceiling fans for most of the other rooms of the house. We've collected about ten fans from thrift stores, most oscillating but a few box.
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We have ceiling fans in all of our bedrooms, and our living room, and our family room, and our kitchen. They're in use year-round to circulate either the hot or the cold air as applicable. I don't really like the one in our bedroom, but my husband does, so I just grab an extra cover and it's all good.
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I feel like I'm the only person in the world who can't stand white noise: well, I suppose rain and ocean waves are fine (though I suppose that isn't pure white noise), but otherwise, it drives me batty. ....
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... I don't like white noise, and find it slightly stressful. I have to live with white noise all day at work. I don't want it at home. So I only use it when I need it for climate control.
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Old 05-25-2019, 01:28 PM
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Oh, hell yes!

Yes, I like ( need? ) soft white noise to sleep, and besides, if I don't have the feeling of air moving across me, I feel like I'm going to suffocate and/or become slimy with perspiration.
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Old 05-25-2019, 01:41 PM
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You just can't please some people. Most of my house guests over time love the ability to hear Lake Michigan waves just by opening the window, but I once had a guest who brought her own electronic "wave machine". She said she couldn't sleep with the "natural" wave sounds alone, and used the fake ones as well.
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I feel like I'm the only person in the world who can't stand white noise: well, I suppose rain and ocean waves are fine
Me three.

Mechanical noise, anyway. Wind and rain and actual water are fine. Machines trying to imitate that, let alone machines humming or buzzing or whatever from their own processes, no.


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I I have to fall asleep to sounds of conversation. Not sure where it comes from, but from when I was about 10, I liked to put on talk radio or the news and fall asleep to that. Still do, today, although now it's the audio from Youtube videos on my phone.
-- whoops, we're not suited to share a place after all. I want it quiet when I'm trying to fall asleep! somebody's radio going down the hall can drive me half crazy, even if it's playing something I'm happy with when awake.
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Had a crappy ceiling fan in our bedroom when we moved in. Quickly replaced it and it still works *mumble* years later. Used that experience to put fans in the other bedrooms.

Don't like the sound or the "wind burn" feel so don't sleep with it on. We're at the stage in life where the thought is: "Just run the A/C more, we can afford it."

Mainly used when we come in from outside work/exercise and need to cool off.
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The fan in my bedroom stays on 24/7/365 until it dies and gets instantly replaced.
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:44 PM
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No. I can't stand air blowing on me when I'm trying to sleep.
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:48 PM
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Yes, fan in the summer and a white noise fan in winter.
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Until I moved in with the Big Crow, I'd never used a fan in the bedroom, with the exception of a small one that I'd turn off when I was ready to sleep. I just can't have extra noise in the house at night. Outside, such as street traffic, is OK. Go figure.

Unfortunately, our house is over a century old. When it gets hot, the upstairs gets really hot. Eventually, we have to use the fan. And when it gets really, really, hot, it's time for the window-mounted air conditioner. Can't stand that noisy sucker but it's better than being drenched in sweat all night long.
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We have AC, and I use a ceiling fan, and every once in a while, when it gets REALLY humid, I use a stand-up fan as well. It just gets so hot and stuffy upstairs. Downstairs, not as much.



(Winter? Fuck no.)
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:40 PM
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Generally no, but some summer nights are pretty stuffy upstairs so I will turn on a fan and sleep under a sheet because I don't like the air blowing right on my skin.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:41 PM
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AC window unit. We got our first one during a super-high-heat wave in the early 80s (?) when it actually got too hot for us to consider having sex. Our only fan, per se, is the one we use on the first floor to draw cool air from the basement. Our house is 1914 vintage and built for good circulation patterns.
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Nope. This apartment is pretty well insulated so it has to be very hot or very cold for me to consider using the heat or AC. Don’t own a fan, I do have a space heater from my previous apartment but haven’t used it in years.

There’s one window that I try to keep open in summer but sometimes the noise from the streets gets too bad.
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Window fan from April to Sept ember to keep the room cool.
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Got a bit chilly when we had that snowfall in late April, but that's what blankets are for.
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Nope, because we always forget about buying one until there's a heatwave, and then they're all sold out.

...goes to buy fan...
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A small desk fan on a nightstand. White noise and it keeps the air from getting stale because it's not moving. If the air is still I start feeling closed in, and as far as I know, I'm not even claustrophobic.
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When the temperature is high, we turn on the window fan in our bedroom and enjoy the cool evening air. This summer we are moving into an air-conditioned condo so I suppose we will have no need of it.
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I use a window a/c plus a ceiling fan. It's hard to sleep without this so last winter I found this grew video with 10 hours of fan noise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsfbGmctqLM

The problem is now it's summer again and I use my a/c, my ceiling fan but I STILL need that video playing. I have a really hard time getting to sleep without it.
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Yes. Becuase the blower in the apartment doesn't move the air well on my side. So radiator in winter, and fan in summer.
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Apparently there are distinctions within the "white noise" subgenre I was unaware of...
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:16 PM
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We have an oscillating fan that we use year round, but we don't set it to oscillate. During the summer, it blows on the bed; during the winter it doesn't. It's about the combination of white noise and movement of air (whether direct or indirect).
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