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Fan setting on Ecobee/Nest

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Gutty96 wrote:
May 31st, 2018 5:25 pm
Just had an ecobee3 lite installed yesterday. We have had the fan running 24/7 for 8 years now with the old tstat, so just set it to keep running now.

Any reason we should change to a schedule? We like the consistent air movement in the house.
If you like consistent air movement, that is good enough reason to keep to running 24/7. Ecobee3 Lite does not have "flexible" scheduling of fan motor. You can turn the fan on or off completely and running the fan for number of minutes per hour from 5 minutes to 55 minutes at 5 minutes increment.
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embguy wrote:
May 31st, 2018 5:57 pm
If you like consistent air movement, that is good enough reason to keep to running 24/7. Ecobee3 Lite does not have "flexible" scheduling of fan motor. You can turn the fan on or off completely and running the fan for number of minutes per hour from 5 minutes to 55 minutes at 5 minutes increment.
Thanks. Ya, you're right. We like it that way, so may as well just leave it alone.

I was only thinking about the hours we are not in the house is all.
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Gutty96 wrote:
Jun 1st, 2018 6:17 am
Thanks. Ya, you're right. We like it that way, so may as well just leave it alone.

I was only thinking about the hours we are not in the house is all.
You may want to turn off the humidifier if you have one. When the fan is on, the humidifier will be running also.
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embguy wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2018 12:02 pm
You may want to turn off the humidifier if you have one. When the fan is on, the humidifier will be running also.
Thanks for the suggestion. It is off, I only have it on for the winter, and it only comes on when the heat comes on, not just the fan.

Well, maybe. It might be different now with the ecobee3 in control.. Have to remember to check come next winter.
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The fan consumes quite a bit of power and your hydro bill will go up quite a bit.. use with caution
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kareshi wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 6:55 am
The fan consumes quite a bit of power and your hydro bill will go up quite a bit.. use with caution
Depends on the furnace.

My furnace has a DC motor(ECM variable) which are more efficient than AC motors. It also drops the speed when in "fan only" mode to half of the cooling fan speed so its consumption when running is 50W. If I run fan only for 24hrs that works out to 1.2kWh....or less than 20¢/day when all hydro fees are considered.
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kareshi wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 6:55 am
The fan consumes quite a bit of power and your hydro bill will go up quite a bit.. use with caution
Only if you have a low efficiency AC fan. A low power ECM fan is uses very little power.

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