The Big Difference Between Industrial and Commercial Ceiling Fans

Industrial and Commercial fan does not have a clear definition, but both terms do point to fans of heavy duty construction. Manufacturing these fans, specifically large industrial and commercial ceiling fans, may include the use of stronger materials, increased airflow capabilities and increased motor life compared to HVAC systems which do not rely on these factors.

Find out about the difference between industrial and commercial ceiling fans so that you can make the right decision when selecting the right High Volume, Low-Speed (HVLS) fans for your space.

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Be Aware of These 6 Industrial Fan Safety Hazards

In a warehouse or distribution center, safety is always the first concern especially when working with industrial equipment. Industrial fans are no exception. The first and foremost concern is protecting yourself and your employees from the rotating blades, but there are also other industrial fan safety hazards associated with working with industrial fan equipment. This blog will focus on safety and identify 6 industrial fan safety hazards to look out for when working with industrial fans. Read more

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Does a Big Fan Really Mean Big Air?

Does a large fan mean more air? Of course it does! Large ceiling fans are designed to create comfortable airflow throughout large spaces. Let’s look at exactly how big fans work and how you can apply the fans to your specific space. Read more

MacroAir – Fans for Places of Worship

Large Commercial Fans for Places of Worship

Big Fans for Places of Worship

MacroAir’s big fans can be a good fit for any space, especially in places of worship. Big commercial ceiling fans are quiet, so parishioners won’t be distracted by fast rotating ceiling fans.

HVLS—High Volume, Low Speed—fans move large amounts of air slowly, making them extremely energy efficient. HVLS fans can provide a level of comfort that standard and small ceiling fans cannot. Having many people gathered in a place of worship can create a hot environment, but a large HVLS fan can effectively cool down large worship spaces for only around $1 per day. If it is too cold in a facility (e.g. in Winter months), simply rotate the fans in the opposite direction to create a heating effect by pushing the warm air from the ceiling down to the floor. Read more

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Centrifugal Fans Will Blow Your Mind

A centrifugal fan is commonly referred to as a “blower” or “cage fan”. These fans increase the speed and volume of an air stream with the rotating impellers. Centrifugal fans displace air radially, changing the direction (typically by 90°) of the airflow. They are relatively small, sturdy and capable of operating over a wide range of conditions. The centrifugal fan is one of the most widely used small fans for industrial workspaces. In other words, centrifugal fans can blow a whole lot of air into one concentrated spot. Read more

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How to Choose Your Big Outdoor Ceiling Fan

A big outdoor ceiling fan is an excellent option for cooling down an outdoor area and open-air public spaces. Big outdoor ceiling fans help regulate air for areas like restaurant covered patios, open-air stadium concourses, and other outdoor public gathering spaces that a typical indoor ceiling fan cannot handle. It’s an excellent way to keep customers or members in your establishment comfortable, especially during hot summer days. It even adds to the style of your outdoor area’s design with flush mount capabilities. A big outdoor ceiling fan can complement any décor while providing a optimal airflow.

Different types of outdoor ceiling fans

When needing an outdoor ceiling fan, you will first need to determine if a small outdoor ceiling fan will suffice. If not, there are a few other things to consider when looking for a large outdoor ceiling fan for your open-air space.

Outdoor Damp-rated ceiling fans:

Outdoor ceiling fans are unlike indoor fans because outdoor fans are adaptable to damp and wet areas. Meanwhile, other ceiling fans are only appropriate for indoors and are dry rated areas. Outdoor ceiling fans were built with finishes that can withstand humidity and rain, while preventing rust and corrosion.

Wet Rated ceiling fans:

Wet rated ceiling fans were designed to withstand water. They can be outside in the rain or even washed off with a hose. Wet rated fans are perfect for wet locations such as an outdoor uncovered patio, porches, or gazebos where outside elements will directly affect the fan.

Small outdoor ceiling fans:

Small outdoor ceiling fans are an excellent cooling solution for smaller covered patios, porches, or gazebos. An average small commercial fan spins several times faster than a commercial outdoor ceiling fan. Since the fans turn at high speeds, it pushes heavy airflow into one concentrated space.

Big outdoor commercial fans:

A big outdoor ceiling fan is perfect for large open-air covered locations such as restaurant patios or stadiums. Big commercial fans were designed to move high volumes of air at low speeds. This means you will need fewer big outdoor ceiling fans to achieve what it would take to accomplish the same with several many small fans.

“We need to keep this place filled with clean air, and the fans help us get that air flowing, moving around, and bringing in more fresh air. We definitely need that here.” – Hunter Hastie, Assistant General Manager at The Crack Shack Costa Mesa.

Are large commercial ceiling fans just for businesses?

The large, slow-moving columns of air created by big outdoor ceiling fan blades have a wider reach, covering more square feet, generating less noise, and operating more efficiently than traditional small fans. So, the short answer is no. Outdoor commercial fans are a more efficient means of keeping both businesses and residential open-air spaces cool and comfortable. With a reversible motor and an adjustable fan speed, you can use the fan as a cooling or heating source. Big commercial ceiling fans are outdoor rated, so as long as your residential outdoor space is covered, you can enjoy the optimal airflow of a big outdoor fan in your home or indoor living space.

What was your experience with MacroAir fans in your favorite indoor and outdoor space? Do you know more about how to choose a big outdoor ceiling fan? Leave your comments below.

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Engineering Review: Big Ceiling Fans vs. Wall Mounted Fans

With summer fast approaching, it’s no wonder that so many people are now looking to purchase a new fan for their restaurant, gym, or small business. But with two major types of fans to choose from, both commercial wall mounted fans and commercial ceiling fans, it may be hard to decide which option is right for you and your commercial space. Take a look at what each fan type offers and get perspective from MacroAir’s Head of Engineering, Geoff Herkner, to decide for yourself. Read more


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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. Read more

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