October 17, 2019

Shopping for Circulation Fans: Things to Consider

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There are many different situations which can call for a circulation fan.  From home workshops to factory buildings, there are many times when a good circulation fan or series of circulation fans will be the best option for cooling a large area while keeping bills within reason.  No one’s going to argue that a properly installed industrial strength air conditioning unit might be the most effective for cooling a warehouse or large building, but at what cost?  These might work for a Donald Trump office building, but if you have a factory that needs cooling, the cost will be way too high – and with open windows, doors, or shipping areas it might not even be as effective as other options.  This is where air circulation fans come into play.

Air circulation fans are just that: fans designed to make sure a cooling breeze is felt throughout the building or various work stations in the building being cooled.  These fans come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and dimensions, allowing consumers to find good matches regardless of the size or shape of their buildings or the interiors. Commercially built circulation fans can range greatly in size, with many companies commonly starting as low as 8 inches in making fans as large as 48 inches. Often times you will have the option of buying fans as a group, and for many buildings mixing and matching designs is a good idea depending on each location’s specific layout.

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One of the most common set ups for air circulation fans that you have probably seen before is in factories where at the end of a building or long row of work stations there is a large air circulation fan blowing down the aisles, and then each work station has a smaller fan blowing cooled air on the workers and helping to make a mini wind tunnel effect to help keep people cool.  This is a popular option because it is often far cheaper than using a bulk air conditioning system and for a factory set up this can be the optimum set up for keeping workers cool and the work stations tolerable even if the building and heat outside are scorching.

When it comes to circulation fans, even the individual designs can differ.  Some panel or wall designs are like the traditional big fans you would see in the wall bringing in air from the outside.  There are small “economy sized” fans that rotate from side to side, while others are set in one place and just continue blowing air in down the line.  Each building is going to be different, as are the budget needs for buyers who need some good air circulation fans.  Because of this it’s important to get a good idea of how much air (or how little air) you want going through each section of a building, and getting an estimate for what type of power and how many fans you would need to accomplish your goal.

Too much air blowing hard through a small building is just as bad and disruptive as having too little cooling air through a large and heated warehouse.  A little research and thinking ahead of time can make sure you pick the circulation fans that are best for your business or home workshop.