HVLS Fan or an HVAC System? How About Both?

May 9, 2019 by Shelby Kitson

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) in industrials buildings can cause your electrical bill to soar, especially during the summer. Start more effectively distributing your air by pairing your HVAC with HVLS fans. This will make your employees and customers feel more comfortable and save you a ton of money on your energy bill.

Is HVAC Always the Right Solution?

HVAC systems are used cool or heat a space by dumping cold or warm air into it. Heating and air conditioning systems can face leaks in ceilings and windows, deteriorating duct systems and moving air efficiently is difficult if the space is large. All of these issues can cost a lot of money to fix and HVAC systems often cost a lot of money to run.

Fortunately, HVLS fans can help with these problems.

HVLS (High Volume, Low Speed) fans move a significant amount of air at slow speeds. Without the use of a fan, HVAC systems can’t move the warm or cool air effectively across the whole space.

Using an HVLS fan, an air conditioner or heating system can effectively distribute the air across the whole facility. When HVAC and HVLS work together, they create a cooling effect that can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler.

Even if a space does not have an existing AC unit for cooling, HVLS fans can be used to improve airflow and make people in industrial or commercial spaces feel more comfortable. When people sweat, the airflow moving across their skin causes the sweat to evaporate, creating a cooling effect known as evaporative cooling.

Can I Save Money if I Pair HVLS and HVAC?

HVAC systems are also used during the cold winter to pump heat into your space, which can also be very expensive. Good thing HVLS fans can run in reverse and draw colder air up from the floor level and push warm air from the ceiling, down the walls and throughout the building.

By supplementing your HVAC systems with HVLS fans, you can significantly lower your energy costs because you can run your HVAC system at a higher setpoint in summer or a lower setpoint in winter while feeling just as comfortable. Also, HVLS fans only cost around $1.00 or less per day to run, making them super cost effective.

The air movement from an HVLS fan paired with an HVAC system can be more cost effective and can make your building more comfortable for your employees and customers in all seasons.

Bottom line

HVAC systems are among the most expensive appliance in terms of energy consumption. For this reason, anything that can reduce the amount of energy that the HVAC system uses to beat the heat or cold will help dramatically lower the costs of the business. Using less energy will also help the business become greener since HVLS fans consume much less energy and move a much larger volume of air, making them the perfect supplement to HVAC systems.

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