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Why You Need High-Volume Industrial Ceiling Fans

Are your employees comfortable? Should you be concerned about their comfort? 

In a recent survey, more than half of American workers describe their work conditions as “unpleasant” or “potentially hazardous.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly 3 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported in 2020. 

Employers have a legal “duty of care” responsibility to ensure their workers are protected from undue risks. One of the most common risks is harsh working conditions such as extreme heat, humidity, and dust in a warehouse. Not only do these kinds of environments reduce productivity, but they also create hazardous conditions that can negatively impact a person’s health and well-being. 

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to providing a comfortable environment in which your warehouse or factory employees can thrive: high-volume industrial ceiling fans. 


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Why Choose High-Volume Industrial Ceiling Fans

Customers claim two primary advantages to using high-volume industrial ceiling fans: saving energy and increasing comfort for employees. 

Both of these benefits can have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line. By using less electricity, their utility bills are far less than they would be with air-conditioning. And by maintaining a comfortable environment for workers, companies can increase productivity, ensure their team’s well-being, and avoid more sick days and resignations due to harsh working conditions. 

High-volume industrial ceiling fans are an economical and efficient solution for dealing with extreme heat or cold in your warehouse or industrial facility. If you choose the right one, you’ll experience a consistent, quiet, and highly effective airflow that will keep your staff happy and as productive as possible. 

How to Choose One for Your Warehouse

High-volume industrial ceiling fans are designed to circulate massive amounts of air throughout a large building such as a warehouse or gymnasium. They differ significantly from the standard ceiling fans you would find in your bedroom—they’re much larger (some reach up to 30 feet in diameter) and come with a variety of options such as security and safety features created specifically for industrial buildings. 

When choosing a high-volume industrial ceiling fan, you have various features to consider:


HVLS (high-volume, low-speed) ceiling fans typically range from 8 feet to a whopping 30 feet (2.4 to 9.1 meters) in diameter. The size you choose is usually determined by the dimensions of the building you’re installing them in. The largest fans can provide air circulation coverage of up to 25,000 square feet (more than 2,300 square meters). 

Energy Efficiency

The cost to run a high-volume industrial ceiling fan can vary depending on the local cost of electricity as well as the features of the fan itself. The motor, airfoil design, and installation configuration can all affect how much energy a fan needs to operate. If you’re looking to save energy and energy costs, this may be a focus on your search for the perfect fan. 

Technology Features

Many HVLS fans are capable of doing far more than simply circulating air. You can find industrial ceiling fans that integrate with other building systems such as security, HVAC, and fire suppression. A majority of fans come with remote controls (either wired or wireless) or LCD touchscreens that make programming easy.


An industrial ceiling fan is the sort of equipment people tend to install and quickly forget about. It runs, does its job, and you don’t need to worry about it. But since high-volume industrial ceiling fans are quite large and heavy, they need to be 100% secure. Some HVLS fans come with a variety of safety features—even redundant features that provide extra protection should any part fail. 


Fans are great solutions for feeling cool, but they can also be quite loud and disruptive. Premium HVLS fans are designed to run quietly—especially models with industrial direct-drive motors. Those who need the positive effects of ceiling fans without any disturbance can put this quality toward the top of their list. 

High-Volume Industrial Ceiling Fans from Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Fans offers a range of high-volume industrial ceiling fans for use in warehouses and other large buildings. Our flagship model, the Powerfoil® X, is the industry’s top seller and the ultimate in what an HVLS fan can do. If you want a fan that’s both powerful and silent, you might choose the Powerfoil® D. And for those who want the benefits of an HVLS fan without premium features, the Basic 6® offers a more affordable option. 

We make choosing the right fan easy for you by providing expert guidance and a measurable analysis of your building. Our airflow experts use computational fluid dynamics software called SpecLab® to give you an accurate, customized simulation of how our fans will affect the circulation in your warehouse. 


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