High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans are becoming increasingly popular in commercial and industrial spaces. Businesses and their staff value HVLS ceiling fans for their ability to generate lower-cost, higher-quality air with increased circulation, especially in an environment where employee and visitor well-being is an ongoing priority.
HVLS fans are commercial-grade ceiling fans spanning diameters over 6 feet. Their width allows them to circulate more air without excessive speed.
You’ll find HVLS ceiling fans in spaces like gyms, factories, and storage and logistics centers.
HVLS fans work by leveraging air streams. They take in the air above them and force it down to the floor in large cones. Next, the air sweeps horizontally until it reaches the walls or an additional fan and air stream to push it farther.
HVLS fans offer numerous advantages in commercial and industrial spaces.
Building temperatures that stray from the norms of heat tolerance can reduce productivity significantly. Some of the most convincing research on the subject came from NASA in 1968. The agency’s findings indicated increased errors and measurable drops in output as temperatures increased. A more recent report from the University of Chicago draws the same conclusion and establishes a link between employee absenteeism and uncomfortable workplace temperatures.
HVLS fans help regulate temperatures and keep them consistently within a comfortable zone to keep productivity high.
During warmer months, HVLS fans help facilities use less energy in cooling. The circulating air creates an evaporative action on team members’ skin. Their operation can make the ambient temperature feel up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit lower than it actually is. That means you can set the thermostat higher while still keeping your workforce cool.
In the winter, you can run the fans in reverse to promote heat destratification — a process of mixing the cooler air in the bottom portion of the space with the heat at the top. This approach reduces evaporative cooling and heat loss through the building roof. It also produces comfortable, consistent temperatures across the facility without adding to heating costs.
Indoor air quality has a significant impact on your workforce’s well-being. HVLS fans help support higher-quality air by increasing ventilation and circulation. Thanks to their unique airflow patterns, HVLS fans help force air throughout the facility. They also help reduce condensation to prevent unhealthy bacteria or mold growth.
Since 1909, C.M. Mockbee has created custom energy solutions for businesses of all sizes, focusing on individualized attention and exceptional customer service. We’re committed to helping companies improve their environments in cost-effective ways.
You can have confidence in the HVLS fans we recommend and install. Each manufacturer we partner with undergoes strict vetting against rigid quality standards — ours.
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