One of the most popular forms of warehouse equipment is a product that did not exist just over 20 years ago. Industrial fans, also known as HVLS fans, high-volume/low-speed fans, or warehouse ceiling fans, have taken the world by storm in recent years.
What exactly is an industrial fan, and why are they so popular? What distinguishes industrial fans from HVAC or regular ceiling fans? And which industrial fan brand should you think about putting in your warehouse?
Most people are familiar with ordinary ceiling fans, which are found in homes and modest to medium-sized business buildings. They feature three, four, or five blades and are commonly three to seven feet in diameter(also referred to as airfoils on premium models). Regular ceiling fans are perfect for moving air in bedrooms, living areas, and coffee shops.
Industrial fans, on the other hand, are found in much larger locations such as warehouses, factory floors, and other massive industrial or storage facilities. Industrial fans can circulate air through spaces larger than 40,000 square feet by using six or eight airfoils and reaching diameters of up to 30 feet (9.1 meters) (12,000 square meters). They're bigger, stronger, and more robust, often lasting decades (with proper care and maintenance).
All fans, regardless of size or placement, serve the same purpose: to create adequate airflow to provide respite from extreme heat or cold. They also use significantly less energy than HVAC systems, particularly air conditioning, making them both efficient and effective.
Any fan's primary purpose is to make people feel cooler. A ceiling fan does not lower the temperature of a room; instead, it creates an effect known as evaporative cooling. As your body temperature rises, you sweat in an attempt to cool down. You feel cooler when air blows across your sweaty skin, signaling to your brain that your body temperature can drop slightly.
When your body temperature is too high, your body expends more resources to bring it down. As a result, there is a loss of energy as well as a reduced capacity to focus and remain productive. This is terrible news for businesses that need to maintain productivity and revenues.
Air conditioning is an apparent option for overheated staff. However, HVAC systems are costly to install and maintain in large structures such as warehouses. Industrial fans are a considerably more cost-effective choice for keeping your personnel comfortable and occupied.
Industrial fans help you maintain high productivity while keeping running expenses low by offering an optimal work environment at a fraction of the cost of A/C. That's an advantage that can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars in additional profit for your company, not to mention better staff retention and morale.
Remember that industrial fans operate best when combined with current HVAC systems. Because fans lessen the need for excessive air conditioning, you can save money on electricity.
AmeriWind Fans is the leading manufacturer of industrial and warehouse fans around the globe. We provide a variety of technologically superior versions to permanently eliminate gearboxes, belts, and fan noise.
In addition to ceiling fans, AmeriWind Fans manufactures a variety of control systems for fans that allow them to be activated on a schedule and based on temperature. When the ceilings are hot and the floors are cold, this improves the heating system's efficiency.
It is as simple as calling one of our airflow specialists to determine which fan is best for you. We'll walk you through your options and provide you with a free airflow study for your structure.
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