How to Choose the Best HVLS Fan for Your Facility

After much consideration and research, you've concluded that a high volume, low speed(HVLS) fan is the best option for cooling your facility. Great! However, your work is far from complete. You must also select the correct type of HVLS fan. Various factors determine the type of fan you utilize at your facility. Here are a few questions to bear in mind when you decide which HVLS fan is appropriate for your environment.

What is the size of the space?

The larger the area to be cooled, the larger the fan required. AmerWind makes HVLS fans in different sizes, each designed to cool a specific range of places. For example, a 12′ fan may suffice if your space is tiny. If you need to cool a larger room, such as a warehouse or distribution center, you may require a fan between 18′ and 24′ in height. The type of fan you choose for your facility is directly related to the size of the space that has to be cooled.

What is your HVLS fan budget?

When trying to figure out how much an HVLS fan costs, it's easy to think that the cost of the fan itself is the only thing to think about. This is not the case. While the fan's purchase price is important, you must also consider the following factors:

Energy use:

A less efficient HVLS fan will use more energy each month, which will cost more in the long run.


Heavier and more complex HVLS fans typically have higher installation costs.

Costs for maintenance and repairs:

Most fans need some maintenance to keep running at their best.

When selecting an HVLS fan, you should consider all of these variables, not just the price.

While there are numerous types of HVLS fans on the market today, not every fan is suitable for every application. A fan, for example, may have voltage needs that are incompatible with the electrical equipment in your business.

You should also think about the fan's weight and installation requirements. Some larger fans might place a tremendous load on your building's infrastructure.

If you choose a fan that doesn't work well in your area, you won't just be wasting money on cooling, but you may also be putting the area in danger.

What Type of Fan Will Your Space Accept?

What happens in the room being cooled may seem insignificant, but it can significantly impact the type of HVLS fan you choose. If personnel in your vicinity need to be able to hear well to do their jobs, and your HVLS fans operate at a high volume, it could endanger their safety and productivity. You must also consider the number of people who will be present. The more people there are in a room, the more airflow and ventilation is required to keep everyone safe and comfortable enough to function efficiently. According to the EPA, better workplace air quality can lead to increased productivity and fewer employee sick days.


Choosing the right HVLS fan requires a lot of thought. Selecting the right HVLS fan for your facility will be easier if you think about the type of space you need to cool, how big it is, what will be going on there, and how much you can spend on an HVLS fan.

Using an Ameriwind fan in the winter is a great way to save energy and money while providing a more comfortable environment for your employees. Contact us today at 610-987-0488 to learn more about how we can help you create a custom big fan solution for your space.