RE: ceiling heights (was RE: [C-L]_ very small/ compact housing)
From: Jenny Williams (
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 11:30:24 -0800 (PST)
It's in Prescott, AZ, which is not hot like Phoenix or Tucson.  It's got
hot summers, though, routinely getting over 90 degrees for a month or
two.  But it's relatively cold in the winter (getting below freezing
most nights), too.


-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 11:19 AM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: ceiling heights (was RE: [C-L]_ very small/ compact

On Feb 4, 2006, at 12:52 PM, Fleck wrote:

> Here's a question: Everyone loves those high ceilings. But about
> heating all
> that extra space? Even a ceiling fan costs money, requires maintenance

> and
> uses more energy.

The question is what is extra? Personally I would prefer less floor 
space and higher ceilings -- that increased square footage increases 
HVAC costs as well.

How many months of the year are you heating? Location makes a 
difference. In the summer, the high ceilings are cooler and allow more 
ventilation so air conditioning is also a factor.

With excellent insulation this is less of an issue and in two story 
houses it becomes even less of an issue.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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