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  1. #1
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    Default stall fans....which would you do?

    so the little ghetto barn has a new raised roof. (raised: yes. finished properly: no.) Deadbeat contractor did not do this properly, so there is repairs/redos to be done, but now that the height is raised, I wondered: My original plan was to have the enclosed motor/wet area 18" fans at the front of the stalls, say in opposite outside corners facing into stall center from ceiling height----NOW, ceiling above stalls is SOOOOO much higher. So, if you? had the choice/option of : stall fan at front of stall at door height/higher facing down or exterior rated ceiling fan centered over stall instead....which would you choose? I admit, I'm leaning more toward the original plan anyway? because I know my pony enjoys the 'mane blowing' effect from a closer fan...as well as, the stall windows would be opposite wall that way, so? I'm expecting better ventilation? But...I hadn't ordered my fans yet, and now realized I had that option with the raised roof/ceiling in the stall area. Wanted opinions!
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    self serving bump? after 70 some views, and no replys...maybe being a Saturday? might be more to catch and get some input from....
    ayrabz
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    I don't have overhead mounted fans but they look like they would work well.

    I would think that the closer to the fan the horse is, the greater the cooling effect.

    I'm also thinking that a higher powered fan mounted closer to the horse may help keep the flies from bothering the horses legs, if it is possible to do it that way.


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    Our stall fans are mounted at the top of the stall walls, angled so they blow down into the stalls. Works great and I prefer them to the kind that get mounted on the stall doors closer to eye level.
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    thanks....sounds like what I'm expecting to do...but I never had the opportunity before to even consider the 'ceiling fan' types, and with the added height, certainly could now.
    ayrabz
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    We put ceiling fans in our barn and found that they definitely made a difference as to how cool it was in there especially on a hot day. I think they do a better job of circulating the air vs. a box fan that is more direct where the horse benefits more if standing in a certain area it is pointed. The ceiling fans made the whole barn feel nicer and we only had 2 installed for the five stalls we have. Should be really nice in there once we get all 5 stalls with them in there!



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    Properly sized and installed ceiling fans really do a nice job of moving air through a barn, not just blowing air on a horse. However, (depending on the air flow in a barn) I still prefer stall front fans. Why? I find it difficult to clean ceiling fans and they can collect quite a bit of dust/cobwebs. Also, it's easy to inspect/replace stall front fans. OTOH, ceiling fans may have longer lives and be less of a fire risk. Also, when horses stand in front of their personal stall front fan, the briskly moving air helps keep the flies off of them--you can't get that effect with a ceiling fan.


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    Been in barns w/all of these. Stall door fans are a pain to get in/out avoid cord I would avoid, overhead is out of way of nosy horse noses and gives a good breeze, ceiling will move air slower but more constant. I would do OH or ceiling depends or price & which motors can be sealed good against dust.
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    Ceiling fans! Less noise, less energy, less hazard, and they keep our horses very comfortable in hot weather.
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