What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

dead box fans

on September 23, 2014

Casa de WIST has a heat pump, so we are able to “condition” our air in the hot, humid southeastern US summers. That comes at the cost of burning coal somewhere else in the state, however. We try to reduce our carbon footprint by muddling through with the cooling effect of wind, which a collection of fans produce for us. Ceiling fans keep the air gently stirred in three of our rooms. We have three standing models, variously made, that we move around at need when we want to direct air somewhere specific. (Usually upon our perspiring selves, though Nimue doesn’t like for the clothes closet to get stale, so sometimes she parks one in there.)

But the draft horses of our system are the box fans (which cost $14.95 each at the Big Box Home Improvement Warehouse). We set them in windows, blowing out, so fresh air is drawn into the house at night and during the morning before the day heats up. With four fans running on high, they provide more exchange capacity than we calculate we need—as much as a whole-house fan would.

So we weren’t all that concerned when the motor in one died. The oldest have seen several seasons of use, though the product has changed so little that I can’t tell which date from 2008 and which we bought in 2013. When a second failed, I thought they might have been designed to be more consumable than I like. Now a third is slowing significantly. But the year has turned to both meteorological and astronomical autumn, and even in Georgia the nights are cooling. So I’ll get rid of the corpses and worry about replacing them next summer.


shedding style: recycle
destination: steel collection bin at the municipal landfill

Comments welcome … are you a fan of fans?


7 responses to “dead box fans

  1. ltsblogstaff says:

    Definitely a fan of fans!

  2. Mark says:

    Glad to hear that you are getting a taste of fall in Georgia!

  3. […] the long summer of near-constant use, our fans pick up an unsightly coating of fine dust and cat hair. Today Nimue finished her annual cleaning […]

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