One of the biggest of these challenges is keeping a space properly cooled when the sun is beating down during those long dog days. HVLS fans have proven to be one of the most cost-effective ways of improving airflow in a building to keep it cool. If you're using an HVLS fan this summer, here are four things to remember as you prepare for warmer weather:
1. Daisy chain your fans together
If your facility has more than one fan and you aren't already operating them together with a remote, you are spending too much time controlling your HVLS fans. When you connect your HVLS fans with a multi-fan controller, you can instantly set the operating level for multiple fans at once, which helps you improve the control you have over airflow in your space.
2. Check your HVAC vents
What do your HVAC vents have to do with HVLS fans? Quite a bit actually, HVAC units disperse cold much more evenly with an HVLS fan operating in tandem. If you want to get the most out of your HVLS fan's cooling potential, you'll need to ensure that your HVAC is pumping cold air into the space. Without a properly-calibrated HVAC system that is spreading air effectively throughout your building, you won't get the most out of your HVLS fan. Make sure your vents are clear and there are no leaks in your ductwork that could negatively impact the flow of air from your HVAC.
3. Integrate your fan with your existing building management system
You already control the temperature of your space with a building management system connected to your HVAC. Integrating your HVLS fan into this system makes it more efficient for you to manage the operation of your building's climate control by allowing you to automate your HVLS fans based on your needs.
4. Find your ideal speed setting
Most HVLS fans come with several options for speed. It will take you a bit of experimentation to find the right setting for you, and it also may vary depending on what is going on in the space. When you're accepting deliveries or no one is present, you may want to adjust the speed to save money and cut down on your energy use. When there are people or machines working, it may be best to increase airflow in that section of the building.
High Temperatures Don't Mean High Energy Costs
With a considered approach to the operation of your HVAC systems and HVLS fans, you can cut down on your monthly energy expenditures and keep your employees comfortable even during the hot months of summer.
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