High ceiling, pellet stove on lower level… will a ceiling fan help with stratification?
I looked at a two-story house today that has a high ceiling in the foyer, living room, and stairway area, with bedrooms arranged off of a mezzanine upstairs. There is a large pellet stove downstairs in the living room that is being used as the sole source of heat. The owner commented that the upstairs areas get about 10 degrees hotter than the downstairs, and asked if a ceiling fan installed upstairs might help circulate warm air back down and keep temperatures more even.
I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed anything definitive on this anywhere. Does anyone have sources that discuss this? In this case, it would be quite easy for an electrician to go up into the attic and wire up a ceiling fan in a fairly central location at the highest point of the ceiling.
I did talk to him about how air leakage is probably a contributing factor, and that part (probably the first part) of his strategy should be to have air-sealing done.
Appreciate your thoughts.
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