6 Reasons You Need High Volume Low Speed Fans

Putting the safety of customers and employees comes first. This comes to their health and overall wellbeing. Unhealthy employees are not productive and strain your budget or cost you even more money when they don’t show up for work due to illness.

One of the most effective ways of preventing viruses and bacteria from festering in your facility is to increase your building’s air ventilation. Air ventilation is one of the easiest and most economical ways of increasing the freshness and healthiness of your building. As a bonus, you can lower your energy costs and save on your utility bill. The best way to increase ventilation in an industrial or commercial building is through High-Volume, Low-Speed (HVLS) fans.

Commercial HVLS fans can help ventilation work more effectively by creating consistent airflow throughout your building. The benefits are ample and the costs are relatively low. Read on to learn the 6 reasons why you need commercial High Volume Low Speed fans!


HVLS fans help improve air circulation.

The indoor air quality of your building is extremely important to the health of your employees. Unlike a traditional industrial ceiling fan, an HVLS fan relies on large fan blades and low speed to quietly and effectively move a large volume of air through your facility. 

When you use multiple HVLS fans together, the air movement properties are enhanced as a large amount of air is pushed from one fan down to the next. This action brings down the “feel-like” temperature in the summer and evens out the temperature during the winter. Multiple HVLS fans are extremely effective in a large space, such as a warehouse or manufacturing facility.

The low rotational speed and wide diameter of HVLS fans help to eliminate stagnant air from within your facility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says one of the number one things you can do to prevent viruses in your building is to improve ventilation. An industrial HVLS ceiling fan can increase airflow supply within a building, which plays a huge part in improving air circulation. 


Commercial High Volume Low Speed fans result in increased productivity and safer working conditions.

Uncomfortable temperatures in your building can cause alarming rates of unproductive employees. 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found slight increases in temperatures can make a huge impact on worker productivity and accuracy rates in a report on human responses to the aerospace environment. The report found a 400% uptick in employee inaccuracies when the temperature rose from 90 to 95 degrees. 

HVLS fans affect the air velocity and humidity in a building, making employees feel satisfied in terms of thermal comfort. Due to this, employees are likely to be more productive since they are comfortable.

When it comes to safety, HVLS fans are installed in your facility’s ceiling, which means no more big, bulky warehouse fans and other trip hazards like extension cords. Instead of worrying about where to put a fan or how to navigate around one while they work, your employees will be free to move about in a safer environment.

HVLS fans help you reach your energy efficiency goals, whatever the season. 

In the summer, the fans drop the effective temperature in a building allowing you to use less energy. High Volume Low Speed fans make the “feel like” or perceived temperature six to eight degrees lower than the actual temperature in the building, thus allowing you to use less energy to cool the area down. 

The fans circulate the air, producing an evaporative cooling effect on the human skin. This feeling of cool air means the thermostat setting on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can be set to a higher temperature and you can lower your energy consumption.

High Volume Low Speed fans even out the temperature in a building during the winter, which allows you to substantially cut down on heating costs. Through a process called destratification, HVLS fans run in reverse, sucking up the air and reducing the evaporative cooling effect that is produced when fans run clockwise. 

Hot air naturally rises and gets trapped at the ceiling, forcing cooler air down to the floor level. With HVLS fans, the warm air is mixed with the cooler air on the floor to create an even temperature throughout the space. 

A commercial HVLS ceiling fan can save you up to 30% in HVAC system heating costs by causing your thermostat to kick in less during the day and reducing heat loss through the roof.


HVLS fans run for pennies a day.

HVLS fans are affordable and cost-effective. It doesn’t take a lot of energy to run HVLS fans. Although they are big fans, HVLS fans operate most effectively at low speeds. An HVLS industrial fan also normally comes with a touchscreen control system. An HVLS fan control system allows you to adjust the fan speed based on your needs in a particular space, which further enhances your energy saving opportunities.


HVLS fans have dozens of applications for nearly every industry.

HVLS fans can add value and comfort to most operations. They can keep bugs and smells away in an agricultural application. In a warehouse setting, the fans can improve the health and morale of employees, and reduce floor condensation and rust on equipment. In a food and beverage manufacturing facility, HVLS fans can prevent food spoilage and provide crucial temperature control.

Image showing the comparison of High Volume Low Speed Fans and Traditional Fans

Ready to install High Volume Low Speed fans in your facility?

HVLS fans are an effective solution to your ventilation and air quality pitfalls. They will lower your high heating and cooling bills, decrease your energy usage, and fulfill the need for better ventilation. 

We have worked with the technology for years and can install the best HVLS fans for your facility. We know one standard HVLS solution does not fit every warehouse or plant. We love helping our customers find the correct custom solution for their needs. Reach out to us if you need additional information or would like to get started on your HVLS project!

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Vanessa Peng

Vanessa Peng

Vanessa Peng is the Marketing Coordinator at WattLogic. As a former television news reporter, Vanessa enjoys creating written and video content for WattLogic and has an interest in environmental issues.