The operation of a high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan is based on simple physics; the fan's long, airfoil-shaped blades slowly circulate a massive column of air downward and outward along the floor. This makes the air move around the room in a wide circle, keeping all the air moving and not letting any pockets stay still. However, did you realize that fan placement is almost as crucial as fan size when it comes to cost-cutting?
Because not all HVLS fans are the same, they are more beneficial because they are engineered to provide optimum air flow for your individual demands. This means that whether you're circulating air through a temperature-sensitive storage facility, or a vast industrial warehouse, the HVLS fan that's right for you will give you a good return on investment.
Ensure Adequate Spacing
Blade spacing is something to consider if you want to make your HVLS fan work as well as possible and lower your facility's energy costs and use. Allow a few feet on all sides to ensure that the fan can circulate air effectively without any obstructions, such as a lack of intake space above the fan caused by installing the fan too close to the ceiling. Also, larger structures on the floor, like shelves, racks, dividers, etc., could block the downward flow of air and stop the wind from reaching some parts of the space.
If your HVLS fan's airflow is good enough for the square footage you're using it for, it's safe to assume that putting it in the middle is enough. Consider installing a larger HVLS fan or an extra fan if you need to move air through a much larger area. With the help of a second fan, you can divide your organization's circulation areas into parts that meet your needs without drastically cutting your energy use.
Size Does Matter
Finally, the size of your HVLS fan's blades affects fan positioning. Your fan will not do the job if it is too small. You can speak with an Ameriwind HVLS fan professional to discover the best size for your business.
As you can see, there are various things to consider when considering HVLS fan placement that will impact the fan's effectiveness and efficiency. It's not simply about installing the largest fan you can locate in your business. Once you've determined how much room you want to circulate air across, you can begin focusing on the other critical factors of fan selection and location that will allow you to optimize the benefits of your 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.