How HVLS Fans Cool Areas Where Processes Create Heat

December 15, 2015 by Jaylin Krell

How to Prevent Heat Stress with HVLS FansHeat is a by-product of many industrial processes, from manufacturing to engineering. In spaces where heat comes from both the outside and inside of a building, it’s especially important to have an effective cooling solution.

HVLS Fans and Heat

High Volume, Low Speed fans work by circulating the air in a room. They lower the effective temperature –how hot you feel—by 8* by circulating the air and thereby reducing the moisture on your body. HVLS fans also evenly disperse the air throughout the room, eliminating hotspots. This is especially important in a facility where heat is concentrated in a certain area.

How HVLS Fans Reduce Process Waste

Another important concern with processes that create heat is the waste they give off. Many processes push out fumes that contain harmful chemicals. If these chemicals aren’t removed from your space, it can lead to Sick Building Syndrome, a situation that can have a serious negative impact on the occupants in your facility.

To help eliminate these harmful fumes, HVLS fans can be run in reverse. When the fan runs this way, it pulls fumes upwards from areas where the processes happen and moves the harmful chemicals up towards the building’s exhaust vents.

Facilities with minimal fumes and no exhaust vents can open doors or windows and run their HVLS fans in the standard direction to exchange fresh air for polluted air. Eliminating the chemicals and minimizing the heat will provide a better work environment for your employees.

Choosing an HVLS Fan for a Facility With Heat-Creating Processes

What kinds of concerns should you keep in mind if your building generates lots of heat? Some of the most important ones are:

  • Fan placement: You’ll want to be sure there is enough room for an HVLS fan installation close enough to the hot process.
  • Fan size: Larger fans may be able to cover more space and circulate a larger amount of air, but they usually cost more money to purchase and operate. It’s important to decide what size strikes a happy medium between these two factors in your building.
  • Location of exhaust fans and vents: It’s important to think about how fumes and heat created by your processes will be filtered out of the building. Ideally, you can align your vents with your HVLS fans in a way that makes it easy for the fans to pull the fumes up and for the vents to push them out.

The Bottom Line

Choosing the right HVLS fan is especially important in a facility with processes that create heat. If you are concerned about keeping your facility cool and maintaining sufficient air quality, take the time to choose a fan that fits your budget and is capable of cooling the area effectively.

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