Horse barn ventilation is a big deal for horses. According to Amy DeGeer Oberdorf, in her article, “Barn Ventilation Affects Horse Health” for MyHorse.com,
Poor barn ventilation is among the leading causes of decreased performance, illness, and possibly death in today’s horse population. It’s also a commonly unaddressed issue for most horse owners.
In the same article, Dr. Brad Cumper of Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic in Freeland, Michigan unequivocally states, “Poor barn ventilation can ultimately kill your horse.”
Poor air quality is due to many things found inside the barn, including mold from grasses, hay, and other substances, rancid smells from urine and moisture, and pathogens floating in the air. Lack of ventilation means horses have to breathe this stale dirty air (think about how you feel after breathing the air in an airplane for hours on end).
Horses are subject to heat stress; the hot summer months can be brutal on horses in barns that lack stall fans proper ventilation.
Box fans are ok but . . .
Many horse owners use high-speed box fans to keep horses cool and to help circulate stale air. The problem with these fans is that they consume vast amounts of energy, they’re expensive to run, and you need lots of them to cool down a barn. They kick up a ton of dust, and they’re also just plain ugly.

Barn Ceiling Fans Gently Blow Air Down and Out To Ventilate

A relatively new technology, High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans were invented by our founder, Walter Boyd, in 1995 to help cool dairy cattle and other livestock. Cows won’t eat when they’re under heat stress and stressed out cows don’t give milk.
For some people, the slow movement of an HVLS fan is deceptive — how can a slow-moving fan cool down animals in a hot barn? The answer has to do with the physics of airflow. Because they’re so large, HVLS ceiling fans move a large column of air down and then out 360 degrees. This large, slow-moving air mass moves throughout the barn, mixing and circulating air more efficiently and cooling livestock without creating unnecessary motor noise with quiet operation, eliminating drafts or kicking up dust. HVLS barn ceiling fans are a great fly control method for your stall.
Ranging in size from 8 to 24 feet in diameter, our HVLS fans create a cool gentle breeze during the summer months and help heat during the cooler months. During winter months, our barn fans can be run in reverse to move and mix hot elevated air (at ceiling level) with cold air (at floor level) to even out and raise the overall area temperature in your barn — ensuring your horses and livestock remain comfy no matter what the temperature outside.

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Barn Ceiling Fans are Energy Efficient

One MacroAir high-velocity low-speed barn fan can cover up to 20,000 square feet and can replace 50 high-speed box fans reducing noise, energy costs, and maintenance. In fact, one barn ceiling fan costs less than a dollar per day to operate!
If you want to learn more about how an HVLS barn fan can help your horses remain healthy, happy, and cool, just give us a call.

2 comments on “Keep Your Horses Healthy with a Barn Ventilation Fan

  1. Joyce on

    I am inquiring about small fans for horse stalls. Are there such fans available in solar power that are affordable. Live in SW PA.


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