Ceiling Fans and Winter

Ceiling fans are generally associated with warm weather usage.  However, when a ceiling fan is in the reverse motion (winter mode), the upward flow of air will push the warmer air trapped at the ceiling back down to earth making your feet feel as warm as your neck.

Check the blades of your fan.  While most manufacturers orient the blades so revolving clockwise will send the air up, some are opposite and send air down causing “wind chill.”

If you have a home with a high ceiling, the fan speed can be increased so the warm air is able to reach the living space. The forward summer setting may work better for tall rooms with high fan positions. Just make sure in both scenarios a downdraft isn’t causing discomfort for the people below.

Without a ceiling fan pushing the warm trapped air, the ceiling of a room could be 15 degrees warmer than on the floor. Using ceiling fans in the winter  could save you as much as 10% on your heating bills.

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Waterless Urinal from Neo-Metro

As many as 36 states anticipating a water shortage by 2013 so every effort we make to conserve this precious resource helps.

The Neo-Metro Waterless Urinal achieves a new level of environmentalism.  Besides not needing water to flush, it is made out of 95% recycled stainless steel which can be color-matched to a variety of hues.

Waterless urinals were introduced in the early 1990s and have evolved to be categorized into two categories: 1) cartridge-based and 2) non-cartridge based.  The waterless urinal from Neo-Metro is of the non-cartridge type so no chemicals are dumped into the environment.

Optional urinal finishes include the high-polish Mira finish, white gloss powder coat, and matte black powder coat.

The unit measures 22 inches high by 13¾ inches wide by 20¼ inches deep.

Neo-Metro is member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and their waterless urinal qualifies for LEED points toward overall water savings.

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