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Old 15.08.2011, 20:52
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

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It's also because Swiss homes tend to be a bit cooler too. People in Switzerland tend to be able to "stand the heat" a bit better than those who are used to air conditioners and fans in their homes. You will rarely find, if ever, air conditioners in Swiss homes. I guess they feel that "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."..LOL However, Migros does sell ceiling fans. The summers aren't that hot anyways...
About "Migros does sell ceiling fans"
Fust & others sell air conditioners which seem to avoid the regulations because they are not permanently fitted.
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I think it has something to do with the fact Europeans don't mind being in a room where there is not a constant stream of air, in and out. In fact, I dislike malls or car fans for the mere fact of hardcore aircon. So, to constantly have something swirling above me, like a giant helicopter, picking up and moving dust around and creating that constant stream of old air, (it's not like it shoves new, fresh air in, anyways), I would find that irritating. If there is no air stream outside, why create artificial one indoor, why not just open window and soak up that hot coutry feel, for a min. Ceiling fan would not contribute to that chill feel. It moves too much, I prefer looking at moving trees outside.
As has been discussed in multiple threads already, we Americans (and maybe British? I don't know.) find that baffling — airing out for hours in the dead of winter (why even bother insulating?!?), but then closing the windows the second there's the slightest hint of a cooling breeze in the summer. It's absolutely perplexing to us.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

I installed one all by myself. Bought it in Singapore for about Fr.80. No problem checking it in on the flight as it is quite light.

Got one of the big hooks, which I drilled into the ceiling next to where the lamp should be, and hooked up the fan and used the cable meant for the lamp. It is remote controlled. I actually found it easier than installing a lamp because I needed to drill only one big hole. It is great to have the constant breeze and up to medium setting it is almost silent, unlike most table and standing fans.

That was my previous apartment with 3m ceilings. Now my new apartment has the standard 2.4m ceiling so having a ceiling fan is quite risky....
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.... But never mind ceiling fans what about window screens, ac, garbage disposal units, water softeners, humidity control as standard equipment?
Well garbage disposal units are illegal, window screens fairly common and for the rest we mostly prefer nature.
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Well garbage disposal units are illegal, window screens fairly common and for the rest we mostly prefer nature.
I could never understand the transatlantic penchant for having a meat grinder in the plughole. What's wrong with just throwing stuff in the bin?
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As has been discussed in multiple threads already, we Americans (and maybe British? I don't know.) find that baffling — airing out for hours in the dead of winter (why even bother insulating?!?), but then closing the windows the second there's the slightest hint of a cooling breeze in the summer. It's absolutely perplexing to us.
Airing out shouldn't take more than 5 minutes - max 10. The trick is to open all the windows in your apartment as wide as they will go, allow to air out for 5 mins then go around closing them again. You don't lose a lot of heat but the air is a lot less skanky.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

Here's a vendor that has a greater selection of ceiling fans, with or without lights, remotes, etc.

http://www.risch-luft.ch/Über-uns_432.html
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Hello frens,

I was wondering why there are no ceiling fans in Swiss
They would be very dangerous in case of Clear Air Turbulence. Hoppy can explain you all the aeronautical details.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

Pro-ceiling fan here....I wish we had them. Our apartment (build in 2008 I believe) only has windows on ONE side. Thus, NO air circulation. We have one big standing fan, and a smaller one, and I can tell you the big standing one is much uglier than a ceiling fan would be...(I actually really like some designs of ceiling fans, like the ones that look like big bamboo leaves...anyway.) Plus it is a pain to move back and forth 2x a day (I'm lazy so what) and it collects dust at the bottom and in the grill. SO...That is why I think Switzerland should embrace ceiling fans, the end. (Cuz God, if you're not going to have AC come on, don't even get me started....if you live on any high up floor in a "high rise" apt. building, it's going to be hot especially if there is no air flow!!) The end part 2.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

Ceiling fans are supposed to be useful in winter too as they can push the warm air back down to room level.




I read it on the Internet.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

The Swiss don't like drafts. They can sit on a stifling hot train and throw you a look if you open the window. I've even been asked to close it on one occasion by a woman who was across the aisle and in a different row. We have TWO ceiling fans and love them. I use them all year to circulate the air.
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Re: Why the European houses have no ceiling fan

Although the summers here are relatively short, there usually is a week or three that I find absolutely brutal, particularly as we live in an attic flat so for us, it is particularly hot.

Meanwhile, short summer, long summer, what difference? Most ceiling fans I've seen have a switch to shift the spin direction so in the summer you have it blowing down, in winter it blows up and helps push the hot air back around the room, helping to make heating more efficient.


Even so, and although I will keep poking hubby to get one for over our computers, I'd love to get my hands on a window fan which would actually draw cool air IN in the evenings.
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