When Should HVLS Ceiling Fans Be Used?

Is it too hot in your warehouse for your employees to work comfortably? Is your factory floor becoming too suffocating and stuffy for your employees to be productive? Could your industrial building benefit from a better environment for the health and well-being of your employees?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might need an HVLS (high-volume, low-speed) ceiling fan. What exactly do these fans do? Who makes use of them? And what advantages can they offer?

Why Do People In Warehouses Use HVLS Ceiling Fans?

Companies in the United States are required by law to protect their employees from unreasonable risks. This "duty of care" includes providing a safe environment in which employees can carryout their regular job duties.

Employees' health and well-being can be jeopardized when the environment in a warehouse or factory floor becomes too hot, cold, dusty, or humid for them to work comfortably. Not only does their productivity suffer, but they are also more likely to become ill, experience symptoms, and even miss work.

HVLS ceiling fans are an excellent way to alleviate discomfort in the workplace. While standard ceiling fans, such as those found in homes, are ideal for smaller spaces such as bedrooms, they are generally ineffective in large spaces such as warehouses. On the other hand, HVLS fans are powerful enough to provide adequate air circulation to keep workers comfortable and productive.

HVLS ceiling fans create a consistent flow of air that helps employees feel cooler and allows them to stay energized and focused on the job due to their much larger size—anywhere from 8 to 30 feet in diameter (2.4 to 9.1 meters)—and specially engineered design.


While HVLS ceiling fans are an excellent solution for the vast majority of warehouses and other large industrial spaces, there may be a few cases where an overhead fan is not the best option.

For example, if a warehouse is stacked floor to ceiling with narrow shelving units, a large overhead fan may simply not fit. Other conditions that may prevent an HVLS ceiling fan from being use defectively include:

Situations in which a breeze or moving air may interfere with a company's ability to complete work (for example, producing or packing lightweight objects such as sheets of paper or feathers)

Facilities that use equipment that may be sensitive to certain airflow patterns

Building or manufacturing configurations that may necessitate a more directional – even one-on-one – fan solution

Large production facilities that frequently change their physical layout or production orientation and may require a variety of air circulation solutions


If your company is like most others, an HVLS ceiling fan is most likely the best solution for creating a pleasant working environment for your employees. In that case, you'll need to determine which fan will work best in your structure (s).

AmeriWind Fans takes the guesswork out of HVLS warehouse fan selection by analyzing your building's measurements, dimensions, and environmental conditions. Our airflow experts use this data to create a quantifiable simulation of how our fans will improve airflow in your warehouse.

Our staff can walk you through the details of each fan option and match the right equipment to your company's specific needs.


We simplify obtaining information and pricing for all of our HVLS ceiling fans. Simply contact one of our air flow experts for a no-obligation consultation.

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.

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