What’s the big deal about big fans? It’s no exaggeration to say the size of industrial ceiling fans is jaw dropping. But do they really work? What makes them unique? And can they help my warehouse?
The more you know about industrial ceiling fans, the better you’ll be able to decide which HVLS fan is right for your company.
How Industrial Fans for Warehouses Work
Have your employees ever complained about your warehouse being too hot? Too cold? When your workers are uncomfortable, their productivity drops. The Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago found that productivity drops about 3% for every degree in temperature above 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
That means during the hot months when warehouse temperatures can reach 80 °F or higher, your team is suffering and their productivity is sinking by as much as nearly ten percent … which really adds up over time. Your company is losing money—potentially lots of it.
If you know much about air-conditioning, you’re aware of how expensive it can be. (Spoiler alert: it’s VERY expensive.) But industrial ceiling fans are far more affordable while keeping your employees comfortable AND productive.
The magic is in the airflow. When workers get hot, their bodies sweat in an effort to stay cool. Industrial ceiling fans are able to circulate air throughout your warehouse. As this air flows over the workers’ skin, it evaporates the sweat and helps them feel cooler. \
What to Look for in the Best Warehouse Fans
The last thing you want to do is run to the department store and buy a regular ceiling fan. The kinds of fans you use in your bedroom aren’t going to get the job done in a huge space like a warehouse. You need an “industrial-strength” kind of fan like a Big Ass fan.
When choosing an industrial ceiling fan for your warehouse, be aware of certain features that set the best warehouse fans apart from the rest:
Industrial ceiling fans should be BIG. Their sizes range from 8 feet in diameter to 30 feet. The size you need depends on a variety of factors including your warehouse dimensions, interior equipment and machinery, and possible obstructions in the space.
One of the key advantages of industrial ceiling fans is their ability to provide relief at a lower cost. When deciding on which one may be best for you, look for fans with motors, design, and engineering that are both powerful and use a minimal amount of energy.
Off-the-shelf solutions aren’t going to provide the maximum relief you’re looking for. Since every warehouse is different, it’s best to get a personalized analysis of your space to determine which fan solution will provide the maximum amount of airflow.
The best industrial warehouse fan companies provide installation, maintenance, and ongoing service to ensure your fans are running optimally. What kind of warranty do they offer? How skilled and knowledgeable are their service technicians?
An important variable to consider when choosing an industrial warehouse fan is the kind of technological options available. The most effective fans offer the ability to integrate with your existing HVAC, security, safety, and fire suppression systems.
Types of Industrial Ceiling Fans for Warehouses
The industry leader in industrial ceiling fans is Big Ass Fans. As a pioneer in the field, the engineers at Big Ass Fans have been perfecting airflow optimization for more than 20 years and continue to set higher standards for the world’s best-selling warehouse fans.
Big Ass Fans offers all of the qualities mentioned above…and more. While all of our fans provide outstanding air circulation for warehouses, you have options for what’s most important to you.
If you simply want the best of the best, you might choose the industry’s flagship fan, the Powerfoil® X4. For advanced technology, the Powerful® 8 may offer the cutting edge you’re looking for. If the conditions in your area are extremely harsh, consider the Powerfoil® D—a workhorse fan that can handle just about anything. And if you’re on a tight budget, take a close look at the Basic 6®—no frills, just chills.
Best of all, you don’t have to make your decision alone. The airflow experts at Big Ass Fans can provide a customized analysis of your warehouse’s airflow circulation with our SpecLab® software, which gives you a measurable view of how our fans can improve the comfort level in your building.
Contact us today to learn more and get a free estimate.