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ensuring comfort for higher education students & staff

big area fans improve comfort for higher education classrooms libraries natatoriumsUniversities are getting bigger and more versatile, with large buildings that host a variety of activities. Big area fans allow you to effectively put tuition dollars to use and provide comfort for higher education classrooms, libraries, natatoriums, labs, rec centers, stadiums, and more, all while reducing your energy costs because of their efficient operation. Instead of pushing around hot, stale air like conventional fans, these fans actually push cool air down to the floor level and can also be run in reverse for winter heating for year-round comfort and energy savings.

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How big area fans Improve Comfort & Reduce Energy

The big area fans reduce heat, humidity, and moisture that can cause injuries by pulling hot hair up to the ceiling while it pushes cooler air down to the floor level. The fans are specifically built to provide comfort for large floor areas and produce constantly moving air flows that create broad comfort zones for facility users. With its tubercle style blades that reduce wind resistance, the fans are able to move more air with fewer blades, less noise, and less energy. Unlike other industrial-grade fans, the big area fans can be run in reverse to provide winter heating by bringing warm air at the ceiling down to the floor level. They can even be used in open air stadiums to ensure year-round comfort.

Benefits Of Using big area fans for higher education

design options for big area fans for improving comfort in higher education buildingsIn addition to improving comfort and reducing energy bills in higher education buildings, some of the other numerous benefits of the big area include:

  • Quiet and efficient operation; the largest 24 ft fans consume less power than an average hairdryer
  • Tubercle blades allow fans to move more air with fewer blades and less noise
  • Inexpensive operation; approximately 6 cents/hour for one fan at 0.75 kw
  • Extremely low maintenance; recommended inspection every 20,000 hours
  • Creates air curtains and non-disruptive air flows
  • Decreases or removes airborne pollutants (carbon monoxide, mold, dust, etc.) for a healthier, safer facility
  • Provides floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall constant and even ambient temperature
  • Risk of heat-related injuries greatly reduced
  • Energy savings in both summer and winter
  • Protects books, supplies, and lab or exercise equipment from damage due to humidity, condensation, overheating, and freezing
  • Minimizes need for expensive duct work in new construction
  • Extended equipment life because the fans don't need to cycle as often or as long as other fans
  • User-friendly operation for controlling & networking fans

Technical Specifications

big area fans improve comfort & reduce energy bills for higher education buildings

  • Fans available in 8', 12', 16', 20', and 24' diameters
  • Capable of rotating up to 400,000 cfm
  • Operates on 0.75 to 1.5 kw
  • Variable frequency drive for soft starts and variable speed operation from 0-100%
  • Safety clips, blade safety links, and collet-type friction drive bushing technology
  • Reversible operation for destratifying air in winter
  • Fans can cover an area up to 230 ft in diameter
  • Ability to link multiple fans
  • Fire system & HVAC compatible
  • Equipped and compliant with ESFR Control Relays and are fully UL approved
  • Minimum ceiling height should equal or exceed the diameter of the fan installed (ex: a 24' fan should have a 24' minimum ceiling height)

Contact Us about using big area fans for comfort in higher education buildings

Southwest Solutions Group® provides services for designing and installing big area fans for comfort in higer education classrooms, libraries, natatoriums, rec centers, auditoriums, and more. SSG will even provide a free consultation to determine your university's exact needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


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