A high volume low speed industrial fan has become the effective solution for circulating large amounts of air while keeping energy costs low. The HVLS industrial fan is ideal for warehouses, manufacturing plants, factories, distribution centers and gymnasiums.
Seasonal Benefits of HVLS Industrial Fans
Employees dread working in warehouse conditions that can be intolerable at times. Still today, many warehouses are operating with standard fans that seem to be no match for Mother Nature’s extreme climate. Installing a HVLS industrial fan offers year round comfort, controls floor condensation and corrosion caused by moisture.
The long blades of the HVLS industrial fan are angled upward to pull in air and push more of it back down. This design increases the air speed and wind chill factor inside the warehouse to produce a perceived drop in temperature up to 5 degrees. The cooler temperature allows the thermostat to be adjusted to a higher setting and keep energy costs low. Having an industrial fan is also an efficient alternative to cooling environments where air conditioning is not feasible or unhealthy.
HVLS industrial fans also improve warehouse conditions during the colder seasons by addressing the uneven floor to ceiling temperatures. The warm air given off by a heating system or other machines rises to the top of the building, making it difficult to heat your warehouse efficiently. Referred to as destratification, the heat given off is no longer stationery but forced down and mixed with the cooler air to evenly disperse the heat. As a result, hot and cold spots are eliminated.
In hot or cold weather excessive moisture can lead to product damage, including the breakdown of packaging, metal corrosion and rust or spoiled perishables. Employees can be physically affected by slippery floors or growth of mold and bacteria in the work area. All of these challenges benefit from the additional air circulation that a HVLS industrial fan provides.
HVLS Industrial Fans and Employee Productivity
While a HVLS industrial fan decreases energy costs, just as important is the effect it will have on employee productivity. A well heated or cooled warehouse, contingent upon the weather condition, allows for employees to be more productive. This may be especially noticeable during times of extreme heat which can have a physical effect on an employee such as exhaustion, cramps or heat stroke. The air current helps to activate the body’s ability to cool itself and facilitate evaporation of sweat from the skin.
Turning over the air, the HVLS industrial fan also moves stagnant air and decreases airborne pollutants. To prove the benefits on employee productivity, some companies track the change in employee complaints, number of sick days and number of orders processed.
HVLS Industrial Fan Placement, Measurements and Installation
HVLS industrial fans have blades up to 24 ft; however, operating a smaller warehouse shouldn’t stop a company from looking into this energy saving option.
To determine the best industrial fan size, consider how much vertical space is available as well as how much area the air flow needs to cover. Important measurements include:
- Interior Roof Height: floor to solid roof deck and floor to mount point
- Interior Floor Space: length x width = area
Tips and Effective Uses of a HVLS Industrial Fan
- Use the warehouse measurements to invest in the largest industrial fan the area can handle
- Allow ample space between the industrial fan and interior structures such as sprinklers, lighting, etc.
- Make a clear path for airflow to efficiently circulate air to and from the industrial fan, watching for obstacles that will negatively affect airflow such as racking, mezzanine, modular offices, etc.
- For warehouses with open doorways and loading docks, pair the industrial fan other options that benefit air flow, such as a bug screen
HVLS Industrial Fan Design and Features
- Up to 24 ft diameters
- Quiet operation due to no high speed circulation
- Variety of fan options for buildings with overhead obstructions
- Easy maintenance and available manufacturer warranties
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