It might seem counter intuitive, but a High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fan can significantly reduce your facility’s heating costs.
How is this possible? During the cold months of winter, an HVLS fan can be run in reverse to draw air up instead of pushing it down. This reverse operation provides many benefits to facilities where heating costs need to be controlled.
Top 5 Ways HVLS Fans Reduce Heating Costs
1. Mixing Hot and Cold Air
Warm air rises naturally, meaning that even if your HVAC system is running at a high level, there is a good chance that the air it’s pumping out isn’t being dispersed throughout your space. An HVLS fan can de-stratify or mix the different layers of warm and cold air in your building, to ensure that the heated air gets spread around. De-stratification allows you to run your HVAC system at a lower level, which uses less energy.
2. Complementing Your HVAC System
When it comes to HVAC systems and HVLS fans, you don’t have to decide between one or the other. In fact, HVAC systems work more efficiently when they are paired with an HVLS fan, whether they are being used for heating or cooling. HVLS fans help amplify the effect of your HVAC system and decrease your energy costs.
3. Providing Precise Control
Some HVLS fans come with advanced controllers that allow the operator to precisely set the fan speed as well as program run times. In facilities with multiple fans, they can be daisy-chained together so that all the fans are conveniently controlled by a single controller. Programming your fans ensures your temperature control system can efficiently operate independently, and convenient controllers enable you to make adjustments for sudden temperature shifts.
4. Lowering Maintenance Costs
Top quality HVLS fans are built to last. They don’t have as many complicated components as HVAC systems, so it’s less likely that they will break down after heavy use. Even if something does go wrong, a quality HVLS fan comes with a thorough warranty to offset the repair costs. The AirVolution-D, for example, offers a 50,000 hours warranty, the equivalent of 24 years of average operating time. Lower utility maintenance costs mean lower heating costs in the long term.
5. Interfacing with Your Existing System
With an HVLS fan, there’s no need to manage a separate system for climate control. The best HVLS fans have technology that allows them to integrate into your current system for managing heating in your building.
The Bottom Line on HVLS Fans and Heating
Fans probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think about heating, but HVLS fans can be valuable in the winter. An effective HVLS fan will lower the cost of heating your space and help you keep everyone at a comfortable temperature.