Do HVLS Fans Have Special Building Requirements? Nope.
Commercial and industrial settings have climate and temperature requirements that often cannot be met by standard HVAC or other air-moving systems, which makes a MacroAir high volume, low speed (HVLS) fan the perfect addition to your business for a variety of reasons.
History of HVLS Fans
The HVLS fan technology was invented in 1998 when Walter K. Boyd, a mechanical engineer by training, was contacted to help design a system to cool dairy cattle, because of the fact that cattle production is vastly reduced when they suffer from excess heat exposure. Aside from reducing the stress cattle endured due to heat, it was discovered that HVLS fans also lower energy consumption costs, making them an ideal addition where circulation of large amounts of air is necessary.
How They Work
The way a HVLS fan works is a matter of simple physics; the large blades of the fan slowly circulate a massive amount of air downward and outward along the floor. This causes air to travel through the room or area in a large circular motion, keeping all the air constantly moving rather than letting pockets of it sit stagnant.
Benefits of HVLS Fans
Some of the key benefits to adding an HVLS fan to your business include:
- Thermostat settings can be raised or lowered several degrees without compromising the temperature distribution.
- Improving air quality is achieved by greater circulation of air throughout workspaces, reducing the potential for employee illnesses.
- Many states offer rebates and incentives to companies that use energy efficient systems or renewable energy.
- Reducing the need for multiple smaller floor or wall fans (one HVLS fan can eliminate up to 20 smaller fans).
- Increasing customer and employee comfort by improving the environment.
- Preventing condensation build up on exposed metal, which reduces rust, and reducing condensation on concrete floors (known as “sweating slab syndrome”).
Picking the Right Fan for Your Business
Not all HVLS fans are the same, making them even more beneficial because they are designed to maximize airflow for your specific needs. This means that whether you are moving air through an office space, temperature sensitive storage facility, or large industrial warehouse, the HVLS fan most appropriate for your needs will provide you with maximized beneficial return.
No Special Building Requirements
Another benefit to having an HVLS fan installed is that they are much less cumbersome than installing an HVAC system, since they function essentially the same as a ceiling fan, only on a much larger scale. As long as you have the ceiling clearance for the blade width, you can have an HVLS fan installed on your property without any structural changes required.
A MacroAir HVLS fan would be ideal in any commercial or industrial setting where movement of large amounts of air is necessary or desired to maintain a regulated temperature or more comfortable climate.