HVLS CEILING FAN SIZING GUIDE: THE BASICS
Choosing the right size fan for your industrial or commercial space is critical to ensuring proper airflow and energy efficiency. In this HVLS ceiling fan sizing guide, we'll discuss your options to help you get the right fan for your industrial space to ensure maximum comfort for workers and other occupants.
How an HVLS fan works
You might think that an HVLS fan is only needed in hot weather. The truth is that these industrial workhorses work all year round. When temperatures are warm, HVLS fans work in conjunction with your air conditioning system to create a cooling effect. Workers will notice the difference - the air will feel up to 10 degrees cooler.
In cold weather, HVLS fans work with your heating system to draw warm air from the ceiling and redistribute it throughout your facility. This improved air circulation results in greater evaporation of moisture, which in turn reduces the risk of spillage and erosion. Another benefit is that the energy efficiency your facility enjoys with HVLS fans translates into energy savings for your business.
Why ceiling fan size matters
To work effectively in large open spaces, the diameter of an HVLS ceiling fan needs to be large - from 7 feet to 24 feet. A fan that's too small won't circulate enough air, while one that's too large can create too much airflow, resulting in uncomfortable drafts and wasted energy. It's important to consider certain factors to ensure you get the right size ceiling fan for your building.
HVLS ceiling fan blade sizes
It's not the blades themselves, but their diameter that is the most important measurement when determining ceiling fan blade sizes. To calculate the diameter of a fan, do the following
Count the number of blades.
Measure from the tip of one blade to the tip of the opposite blade.
If your fan has an odd number of blades, measure the radius from the centre of the fan to the tip of any blade and double that number.
EVALUATE YOUR SPACE TO GET THE RIGHT HVLS FAN SIZE
The following three factors are key to determining the best HVLS fan size for your space:
Ceiling height: If you have a large open warehouse, your facility is a good candidate for an HVLS fan - in fact, a fleet of them. Properly spaced HVLS fans will provide the best coverage for your work environment. If you want to install fans but your ceiling height is significantly lower, you'll benefit from more targeted industrial circulators designed for your specific work environment.
Square footage: This measurement, combined with your ceiling height, gives you the total space you need to ventilate. To determine the square footage of your room, multiply the room's width by its length.
Airflow requirements: This measurement, combined with your ceiling height, gives you the total space you need to ventilate. To determine the square footage of your room, multiply the room's width by its length.
Once you have this information, you can determine the size of HVLS ceiling fan you need. To make things easier, you can use this handy HVLS selection tool.
Ceiling fan size chart
Use the following chart to get a better idea of what size ceiling fan blades you'll need, and how far apart you'll need to install them to get the most out of your ventilation system.
FACILITIES BEST SUITED FOR HVLS CEILING FANS
Warehouses and automotive plants are obvious locations for premium HVLS ceiling fans such as the Titan industrial ceiling fan. You may be surprised to learn that these high quality fans also benefit other industries:
Food & Beverage
Fitness & Recreation
Horticulture & Gardening
If you're looking for a more economical solution without sacrificing performance, the Vindus HVLS fan is for you.
Did you know that there are HVLS ceiling fan sizes for smaller commercial spaces? While these spaces are best served by ceiling fan blade sizes from 7 to 14 feet, the benefits you'll get from Vindus are worth it. Here are some examples of smaller commercial spaces that have found relief in these small but mighty fans:
Restaurants & Bars