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Multi split with ceiling fans?

Alok Khuntia | Posted in Mechanicals on

I am looking into a multisplit heat pump system for our deep energy retrofit project. We are used to leaky homes with ceiling fans in all bedrooms while sleeping. We find the moving air to be very comfortable while sleeping. In fact we noticeably miss the fans when traveling even when there is a dedicated Hvac like in a hotel room. In general, is the modern usage of the term ‘comfort’ (meaning stable temperature and humidity) consistent with our desire to feel the lightly moving air when sleeping?

In my early design of the Hvac, I have a 5 zone system with a temperature control for each of 4 bedrooms. All the bedroom units also direct air into shared areas but I wanted each sleeper to be able to control the temperature of their room. Part of the extra zoning was to avoid adding celing fans for aesthetic reasons. Will I ever be able to replicate the fresh air feel of a fan with just the split units? Should I just simplify the multisplit design and go back to using ceiling fans?

Thanks for any comments.

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    It's your house. You can do whatever you want. If you like to sleep in a bedroom with a ceiling fan, then by all means, install a ceiling fan in your bedroom.

  2. Alok Khuntia | | #2

    I guess I should have been more direct with my question. Can a room mini split replicate the sensation of moving air similar to a ceiling fan? I have never been in a superinsulated home for extended periods so can't judge for myself. Thanks.

  3. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #3

    Q. "Can a room minisplit replicate the sensation of moving air similar to a ceiling fan?"

    A. No. But that doesn't matter, because ceiling fans are inexpensive. Install one.

  4. Aj Builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | | #4

    Install the fans.

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