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High-volume, Low-speed (HVLS) Fans Save Your Facility Money, Increase Productivity

 

Every time they turn, they save your facility more money.

“I thought actually they gave us the wrong bill. I thought somehow well it can’t be, it’s got to be more than that,” said Rick Krug, a business owner with HVLS fans experience.

High-volume low-speed, or HVLS, fans are starting to become an energy-saving staple in industrial, commercial, and residential spaces. They are growing to become a major player in the energy-efficient, green movement. HVLS fans are ceiling fans that are greater than 7 feet in diameter. Unlike the personal fans you use at home, HVLS fans rely on their size, not speed, to move a large amount of air. HVLS fans produce columns of air, which flow down and horizontally along the floor until the column hits a side wall or another fan that carries it further.

“We actually had a couple of employees say thank you for turning the heat up, we hadn’t turn the heat up all we did was move the air around, that was brilliant,” Krug said.

Krug saw the money saving power of HVLS fans firsthand. He owned a restoration service in Northern Arizona where it can be extremely cold in the winter. Krug kept his trucks in a large building.

“It was heated by gas radiating heaters so it was very inefficient, but it did heat the building, just cost us a lot of money,” Krug said.

Normally you would think of fans as cooling appliances during the summer, but actually HVLS fans are extremely effective in the winter. Through a process called destratification, HLVS fans mix warmer ceiling air with the cooler air at the floor to create an even temperature throughout the space. This method can cut your electricity bill by a huge percentage.

“It moved the heat through the entire building, evenly, so it wasn’t just coming down on something, saved us a bundle. I think our heating costs went down at least a fourth, sometimes half depending how cold it was outside, simply by moving the air around efficiently.”

As for the summer, the fans are able to make the “feel like” temperature much lower than the actual temperature in the building, thus allowing the business owner to use less energy to cool the area down. The applications are endless. For example, in the agricultural industry HVLS fans can reduce food spoilage, keep animals healthier and happier, and keep bug smells away. Or in Manufacturing and warehouse settings, temperature is a key part of worker comfortability and, thus, productivity. HVLS fans help you reduce costs and keep your workers happy. In the food and beverage industry, fans maintain the temperature, thus ensuring quality control. On top of that, HVLS fans reduce condensation on floors, prevent metal from rusting due to that condensation, and can discourage birds from perching and nesting in facilities where doors are kept open.

Krug said, “I would recommend it to any building or any business that wants to answer their problem without a huge cost.”

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Published April 3, 2020 by Vanessa Peng