Uses of high velocity fans in your facility
Your workplace needs ventilation. To maintain the right temperature and keep up a good airflow in the space, fan equipment is essential.
Deciding on the type of fan that’s appropriate for your warehouse, distribution center or other facility is a good first step in meeting this obligation. Next, you have to ensure you’re working with a reliable equipment vendor, and that you have a plan in place to keep the assets in top condition.
If it’s been some time since you assessed your facility’s equipment, you may not realize that your current high velocity fans aren’t getting the job done. Luckily, the solution is simple: A thorough check-up of your equipment carried out with MINER experts will reveal opportunities for improvement.
Types of high velocity fans for your facility
As with many types of warehouse equipment, you can break down high velocity fans into a few functional categories. Each of these has been designed with a different need in mind, and it’s worth matching your requirements with the right asset:
- Portable floor fan: When you need a high velocity fan that can move from one workspace to another as needed, or be put away at the end of a shift, you can go with a floor fan, mounted as a pedestal fan or on wheels. With a large barrel fan mounted on a stand or cart that fits your facility needs, you can create a high speed airflow in any area.
- Wall mounted fan: If there is an area of your facility that will always need improved air circulation or spot temperature control, day in and day out, you can seek out a wall mount for your high velocity fans. These fans will deliver reliable performance, provided you select assets from top vendors.
It pays to remember that there’s plenty of overlap between fan types. Some fans are available with different mounting options, meaning you could install a single asset as either a high velocity floor fan or wall mount fan, depending on your need.
High velocity fans vs. HVLS fans
When you’re selecting fans for your industrial facility, you’ll likely combine high speed fans with high volume low speed (HVLS) fans. These ceiling fan assets move air consistently throughout the day, providing an ambient level of air movement and temperature control.
There’s no conflict between the two varieties of fans, high velocity and HVLS — they each have their roles to play, and you may end up using either or both. Different fan speeds or deployment types may exist within different areas of the same facility, or you may use mostly high velocity fan equipment at one location and primarily HVLS assets at another warehouse distribution center. When you work with MINER as your facility equipment partner, you gain access to the leading providers of both types of fans for your region.
Roles of fans: Airflow, temperature control and more
It’s part of your duty as a facility operator to give your workers a safe, healthy setting where they can carry out their duties. Your choice of environmental equipment — including fans — can contribute to this effort.
A quick overview of your current assets could reveal weaknesses. Critical infrastructure could be missing, especially if your space was not designed to fulfill its current function, such as when a retail store is converted into a warehouse. If ventilation, cooling or general airflow is lacking, an industrial fan could be the answer.
The following are just a few of the reasons you might want to use a high velocity fan:
- Keeping air clean and clear: Does smoke collect on your facility’s shop floor? What about fumes or gases? Is there a simple lack of airflow that could make it hard for employees to breathe? Getting the air moving with high velocity fans is a must in these cases. With new awareness generated by COVID-19 prevention efforts, companies are more serious than ever about creating well-ventilated spaces.
- Controlling workspace temperature: Overheating is a real risk for employees dealing with long hours inside warehouse spaces. One way to keep the environment cool is to employ a powerful high velocity fan. Mobile floor fans on wheeled carts can be set up in areas where employees are working on a particular day, or set up for occasional cooling as needed if your facility is only hot during certain seasons.
Modern facilities in need of powerful airflow can take advantage of new models of floor fan. Tower fan form factors may be the right choice, acting as an air circulator or providing cooling while also taking up a small footprint. Differences in fan speeds and air velocities, determined by the size of the space and the unique needs of staff, will determine the exact right piece of industrial fan equipment for a given warehouse.
Wherever and whenever there are issues caused by stagnant air, a high velocity fan may be the perfect tool to improve the work environment.
Proactive maintenance for industrial fan equipment
Once you’ve worked with MINER experts to select the ideal industrial grade fan equipment for your needs, you have another responsibility — maximizing the total cost of ownership for each of these new assets. The best way to optimize TCO is to keep equipment working effectively for as long as possible, and that calls for proactive maintenance.
When you actively monitor the suitability, age and condition of every asset in your facility, personnel can take a data-driven and effective approach to maintenance. Working ahead and maintaining assets before problems arise is a way to potentially halve your maintenance budget. If your fans suffer less unplanned downtime, you can keep your airflow strong day in and day out, affordably and reliably.
The same provider responsible for industrial fan proactive maintenance should be available for emergency service as well. Even the best maintenance program can’t eliminate unplanned downtime in 100% of cases, which means there should always be a contingency plan.
When a team is always on call with the right equipment and aftermarket parts for the job, you can get your high velocity fan assets running again in a hurry. From legacy floor fan equipment to the latest in tower fan hardware, every air circulator deserves attention and service.
The perfect combination of fans — both portable and fixed, HVLS and high speed — will turn your facility into a more secure and productive workspace for your team. To keep performance track for years to come, you shouldn’t entrust this important part of operations to just any partner. With years of experience, a national reach and connections with the top equipment providers, MINER is the ally you need. Request a quote now.