An HVLS fan is a large ceiling fan that moves a High Volume of air at a low Speed. the low speed delivers gentle air movement rather than disruptive wind, and circulating a high volume of air effectively distributes airflow over a large area.
When working in warehouses and other large spaces, ventilation is always a challenge. Trying to circulate fresh air in such a large area and offset the heat produced from people and production requires a specialized solution. Using a standard HVAC to cool, heat, and ventilate these large spaces can become costly and impractical, not to mention inefficient. Fortunately, the solution is as simple as it is elegant: installing High Volume, Low Speed fans in your facility will substantially boost the effectiveness of the HVAC system and reduce operating costs. When bringing your building up to LEED standards, or simply making your systems as efficient as possible, the advantages of utilizing HVLS fans as a ventilation solution are undeniable. When ventilating or cooling a large area such as a warehouse, factory floor, or lobby foyer, a High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fan is the most efficient and effective solution available.
This makes HVLS fans the a key component for LEED certification of your building.
HVLS fans are the most energy efficient climate control solution. They use minimal energy to deliver airflow, which reduces both heating and cooling costs. HVLS fans also distribute air so well they supplement and even exceed HVAC ducting.
Here’s how it works: HVLS Fans: Sustainable Ventilation Solution
1. Reduced Cooling Costs
According to the NASA employee productivity study, we see that airflow decreases the perceived temperature. With HLVS fans creating airflow, employees feel cooler because convective and evaporative cooling is facilitated, not because the actual air temperature is any cooler. Human comfort is typically the goal of cooling indoor spaces, and we can achieve that goal in more than the one, traditional way known as turning down the thermostat! With fans aiding in climate control, you can increase your thermostat setting while staying equally comfortable.
2. Decreased HVAC Tonnage & Ducting
When HVLS fans are included in the building planning phase, the fans are tasked with distributing air throughout a building. HVLS fans effectively mix air to achieve comfort levels and reduce HVAC demand. Including HVLS fans in a building design can also reduce the required HVAC tonnage and eliminate the ductwork. The implication of eliminating ductwork is elimination of the space, labor, and materials formerly allocated to accommodate ducting for air handling. HVLS fan technology is a great way for companies to reduce their carbon footprint by decreasing the size of their HVAC systems. Plus, it’s consistently effective to use HVLS fans rather than ducting because HVLS fans are in service all the time, mixing the air in the space and keeping a consistent comfort level rather than dumping hot or cold air into a space.