We all know the benefits of adequate ventilation in gyms. There is nothing worse than a gym with poor ventilation. Big commercial ceiling fans for gyms have been on the market for nearly 20 years now, but there are still gym owners that are unfamiliar with them and how they work. Many gyms could be enjoying the benefits of a big ceiling fan if they understood a bit more about what these big ceiling fans do and why they are so effective at helping create a comfortable space in which to work out. In this blog you will find seven factors to consider before buying a big ceiling fan for your gym.



1. Price: Is There a Big Cost to the Big Gym Fan?

It depends. As is the case with most types of fitness equipment, there are many different manufacturers that create many different types of fans. A few things that impact the cost of a big commercial fan:

  • Size
  • Number of blades
  • Remote control functionality
  • Customized features

You can expect to pay anywhere from around $2,000 to over $7,000 for a top-quality, reliable industrial gym fan. For more information on pricing, see our article, How Much Does a Big Ceiling Fan Cost?


2. Size: Small Gym Fan vs. Really Big Gym Fan

It is the large size of industrial gym fans that makes them so different from traditional fans: they run at a slower speed than normal floor fans, delivering non-disruptive airflow, and they deliver a lot more airflow. This creates an overall lower perceived temperature, making your gym feel cooler. The other big factor that separates big gym fans from normal fans is the size of their blades. Industrial gym fans have longer blades so that they can generate larger columns of air that travel farther and covers a larger area. This enables big gym fans to thoroughly circulate the air in gyms that have large open areas like CrossFit gyms or fitness centers.

Gym ceiling fans also save space vs. small floor-level gym tower fans. If you are short on square feet, a ceiling fan opens up your floor space and removes trip hazards. It also allows for exercise equipment. The great thing about MacroAir fans is that we offer fans for most ceiling structures.


3. Facility: Can My Gym Use a Big Fan?

Large gym fans can be placed in any fitness facility where there is a need for massive amounts of airflow and where the ceilings are at least 12 feet or higher. Some of the fitness spaces we typically see big fans used include:

  • CrossFit Gyms
  • MMA Gyms
  • Spin Class Gyms
  • Yoga Studios
  • Fitness Centers
  • Basketball Gyms

This is only a brief list. There are many other spaces you can install industrial gym fans, depending on the specific fan you buy and the needs of the facility.


4. Reliability: Tried and True

Like any piece of industrial equipment, there are a number of factors that go into determining how long a gym fan will last. Some manufacturers use lower-quality parts so that they can charge a cheaper price upfront, however, these fans probably won’t last as long as the more expensive, higher-quality fans.

To get an idea of how long a fan is expected to last, check out its warranty. The best gym fan warranties will cover your fan for years, or even decades, giving you confidence in the longevity of the fan.


5. Networking: Is There a Connection?

This is an important question for gym owners who already have an existing building management system or automated thermostat control system built into their gym. Big industrial fans are designed to integrate with your existing BMS, meaning you don’t need to invest in a separate control system or expensive panel.

By integrating the big fans with your BMS, you can schedule the fans to operate at various times at different speeds across many locations in your facility. This automation can save on energy costs and time for you and your employees.


6. Noise: Loud Doesn’t Always Speak High Volumes or Low Speeds

According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, sounds at 85 dBA can lead to hearing loss if you listen to them for more than 8 hours at a time. One of the many benefits of using a big industrial gym fan is the extremely small amount of noise that it produces. Unlike HVAC systems and small industrial fans which require several noisy parts or a large motor for them to work effectively, big ceiling fans are built to improve airflow at a low speed, which in turn has a quieting effect while providing a high volume of airflow for the gyms they operate in.


7. Final Decision: Get The Best Big Fans in The World for Your Gym

Big industrial ceiling fans were invented by MacroAir founder, Walter Boyd, in 1998. From his innovative engineering, a new industry was born. Every other big ceiling fan currently on the market is based on his original designs. That is why MacroAir fans are the best in the world. From the use of only quality materials to the exceptional value of the fans, MacroAir is the optimal choice in air movement.

Learning the answers to common questions about big ceiling fans is a great way to begin your research. But as you move through you evaluate different big fans, you will need to get the answers to specific questions about how a big ceiling fan will work for the unique needs of your gym. Be sure to balance general research with your particular requirements so that you can get a better sense of which big fan is best for you.


What is your experience with big ceiling fans and fitness spaces?  Do you feel a difference?  Leave your comments below.

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