The word is out – HVLS fans are one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce air conditioning and heating costs in industrial facilities while improving employee comfort. Happier employees and lower energy bills are possible with high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fans.
HVLS fans move a massive amount of air but require just a small amount of energy to operate. The improved airflow reduces reliance on traditional HVAC systems, translating into substantial cost savings over time. By investing in HVLS fans, facility managers can create a healthier and more productive work environment while optimizing energy consumption and minimizing operational expenses. But how much does an energy saving fan really cost?
Installing HVLS fans in your warehouse or industrial space can be a significant investment. While the initial costs vary based on sizing, features, and selected options, you can expect to pay in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 as the base cost of an HVLS fan. Why the broad range? HVLS fans are available in sizes ranging from 8 to 20+ feet in diameter, and manufacturers utilize varying grades of materials. Some industrial fan companies include multi-year warranties in their purchase price to protect against future repair costs as well.
In addition to the cost of the fan itself, you’ll also want to consider the cost of installing an HVLS fan. Whether installation is completed by your in-house team or outsourced to professionals, you can estimate costs ranging from a $1,000 to $5,000 to install an HVLS fan, depending on the complexities of your warehouse setup. Facilities with extremely high ceilings or those that require additional support structures for effective fan operation can incur additional costs. If you choose a factory-certified installation, VividAir’s expert installation team offers three levels of service, ranging from a simple mechanical fan installation to a full turnkey installation of both electrical and fan components.
This is where HVLS fans really shine. HVLS fans are exceptionally efficient, costing just cents per hour to run. A 20-foot Z-Tech HVLS fan can move approximately 325,000 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air – equivalent to numerous standard fans – with a 1 to 2 horsepower motor. The typical operating cost of an HVLS fan is just $0.17 per hour (at $0.10 per kWhr electricity rate).
Built for durability and without the need for oil and sealed bearings, HVLS fans are also virtually maintenance free. You can expect to get 10 to 15 years of service from your fan, with longevity dependent on use, maintenance, and the environmental conditions in your warehouse.
It’s more than you’d think. Without the energy efficiencies created by HVLS air mixing, you can expect to pay more to air condition and heat your warehouse space. Without the 10 degree cooling effect created by HVLS fans’ horizontal floor jet, your employees will feel warmer in summer, less satisfied with their working environment, and likely less productive as a result of increased heat stress.
While the initial costs of installing HVLS fans in industrial spaces can feel high, it’s a worthwhile investment that pays off in the form of improved employee productivity, reduced heating and cooling costs, and an overall more efficient and sustainable warehouse or industrial space.
Interested in an HVLS fan for your facility? Our air scientists will provide you with a custom quote and layout design to meet your unique needs.