Large HVLS Barn Fans Built for Livestock and Farms – Hunter Industrial

Large HVLS Barn Fans Built for Livestock and Farms

HVLS Barn Ceiling Fans For Livestock

While the mental picture of cows lazing beneath barn fans may bring a smile, the truth is, maintaining consistent airflow for livestock is essential. Heat stress, poor air quality, and stagnant air can harm cows and other livestock, leading to reduced performance, increased mortality rates and compromised overall health. However, there is a solution that addresses these concerns: High-Volume, Low-Speed (HVLS) barn ceiling fans.

In this article, we'll explore the benefits of installing a Hunter HVLS fan for livestock, highlighting its ability to improve air circulation, prevent heat stress, reduce the effects of humidity, enhance air quality and ultimately create the most comfortable, productive environment for both animals and farmers.


What an HVLS Fan Does Why Industrial Agricultural Fans Are a Necessity Benefits of Livestock Fans HVLS Barn Ceiling Fans: Case Studies & Success Stories Types of Agriculture Fans

What an HVLS Barn Ceiling Fan Does

An HVLS ceiling fan is a large industrial fan that's engineered to move a high volume of air at a low rotational speed. Unlike traditional fans, HVLS fans operate at a slower pace, typically between 50 and 150 revolutions per minute (RPM). The primary function of an HVLS fan is to provide efficient and effective air movement and circulation in large spaces such as warehouses, commercial buildings, and livestock barns.

When the HVLS fan blades rotate at low speed, they create a gentle breeze that spans a wide area. The airflow displaces the stagnant air, creating a cooling effect and promoting better air circulation throughout the space, efficiently distributing conditioned air, balancing temperature variations, and reducing hot/cold spots.

HVLS fans' large diameter – from 7 to 24 feet – enables them to move a lot of air without generating disruptive drafts or noises that could disturb livestock or distract workers.

Why Industrial Agricultural Fans Are a Necessity for Barns

Livestock Agricultural Fans

Farms face unusual challenges when it comes to maintaining optimal conditions for the well-being and productivity of animals. By producing a consistent airflow, industrial agricultural fans prevent several conditions from occurring, such as:

  • Heat Stress: As temperatures rise, livestock experience heat stress, a condition that occurs when animals generate and absorb more heat than they can disperse by sweating, respiration, or air circulation. Heat stress results in elevated respiration rates, higher body temps and sweating. Stressed cows also tend to spend more time standing, which is detrimental to milk production – dairy cows produce the best milk when lying down.
  • Poor Air Quality: Dust, gases and odors all contribute to sub-par air quality, which can be a big concern in livestock and farm environments. These airborne contaminants cause respiratory issues, creating an unhealthy environment for livestock and farm workers.
  • Stagnant Air: Poor ventilation and temperature variations within livestock barns lead to hot and cold spots. Stagnant air creates problems with livestock bedding, resulting in dampness and microbial buildup that can impact animal wellness.

Benefits of Livestock Fans

Agricultural Farms Fans

The benefits of HVLS industrial outdoor fans may be obvious for commercial applications, but how, precisely, are they relevant as livestock fans? You may be surprised to learn that barn ceiling fans offer many benefits to agricultural settings.

Improved Air Circulation

HVLS barn ceiling fans generate a gentle breeze that spans a wide area. This ensures adequate air circulation throughout the entire barn, eliminating stagnant air pockets and promoting consistent temperature distribution. The improved air circulation mitigates temperature variations, reducing hot and cold spots within the barn, creating a more comfortable environment for livestock and enabling them to effectively regulate their body temperature.

Heat Stress Prevention in Livestock

Heat stress is a significant concern for livestock, especially in hot and humid climates. Industrial outdoor fans help prevent heat stress. The gentle breeze produced by HVLS fans facilitates the evaporation of moisture from the animals' skin, allowing them to dissipate excess heat and maintain a comfortable body temperature. By reducing the risk of heat stress-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, HVLS barn fans contribute to the livestock's overall well-being and health.

Reduction of Humidity and Condensation

Excessive humidity levels and condensation lead to unfavorable conditions in livestock barns, promoting the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. This poses a risk to animals and farm workers. HVLS livestock fans assist in controlling moisture levels by promoting air movement and aiding in the evaporation of excess moisture. This helps to reduce humidity, preventing the accumulation of moisture and the subsequent growth of harmful microorganisms. By maintaining appropriate humidity levels, HVLS fans create a healthier and more hygienic environment.

Enhanced Air Quality in Barns

Livestock barns are prone to poor air quality due to the accumulation of dust, gases, and odors. HVLS agriculture fans effectively combat this issue by creating a constant flow of air that helps to remove airborne contaminants. The gentle breeze generated by HVLS fans facilitates the dispersion and dilution of dust particles, reducing their concentration in the air and minimizing the risk of respiratory problems for both animals and humans. Additionally, HVLS fans aid in dissipating unpleasant odors and gases, providing a more pleasant and healthier working environment for farm workers.

Increased Productivity and Performance

The optimal ventilation and comfort provided by HVLS barn fans positively impact livestock productivity and performance. By maintaining a consistent and comfortable environment, HVLS fans help to reduce stress among animals. This, in turn, promotes better feed intake, improved growth rates and enhanced overall productivity. The reduction in heat stress and improved air quality created by HVLS fans contribute to the overall well-being of livestock, leading to better health, lower mortality rates and increased profitability for farmers.

Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

HVLS barn fans are designed with energy efficiency in mind. They consume significantly less energy than traditional high-speed barn fans or air conditioning systems. The low rotational speed of HVLS fans results in lower power consumption while still providing effective air movement and circulation. Additionally, agricultural fans are controlled remotely, so you can change the settings based on current needs, thereby delivering the most efficient airflow and maximizing energy output.

Barn Ceiling Fans

HVLS Barn Ceiling Fans: Case Studies & Success Stories

You may think that barn ceiling fans sound terrific in theory, but do they really work? The answer is a resounding "yes," as several of our agricultural customers have attested. You can read one such case study featuring Turner Dairy in our article on Industrial Fans for Dairy Barns. Justin and Jeffrey Turner operate a dairy farm in rural Lebanon, TN.

Types of Agriculture Fans

Once you've decided to install agriculture fans in your barn, you'll need to determine how many/what type of HVLS fan will work best for your space. Hunter carries these barn ceiling fans to solve your airflow problems:

  • Titan HVLS Fan: Hunter's Titan HVLS fan is the premier choice, delivering the highest performance and versatility. The Titan, with a diameter ranging up to 24 feet, operates quietly and features direct-drive motor technology.
  • ECO HVLS Fan: The Hunter ECO provides economical, efficient air movement for your space. It has a direct-drive motor and blades designed by aerospace engineers. The ECO is an affordable option that supplies a quiet, energy-efficient airflow that meets the demands of most applications.
  • XP HVLS Fan: The Hunter XP is an ideal solution for small barns, offering comfort year-round. The XP has a direct-drive motor and a diameter up to 14 feet.

Frequently Asked Questions About HVLS Barn Ceiling Fans

Following are some of the questions we've fielded about HVLS barn fans. Please give us a shout if you need more information about any of the barn ceiling fans we sell.

Is it Difficult to Install Livestock Fans?

Livestock fans generally come pre-assembled and ready to install. If you're comfortable with general DIY projects, you shouldn't have any problems with installation. Otherwise, you may want to call on the services of a certified electrician.

Are HVLS Livestock Fans Suitable for all Sizes of Barns?

HVLS livestock fans come in various sizes, ranging from 7 to 24 feet in diameter. This range allows for flexibility in accommodating different barn sizes. It's crucial to assess your barn's specific dimensions and airflow requirements to determine the appropriate size of the industrial outdoor fan for optimal performance.

Can HVLS Farm Fans Be Used in Conjunction with Other Ventilation Systems?

HVLS farm fans complement exhaust fans and natural ventilation methods. By working in harmony with these systems, HVLS agricultural fans enhance the overall ventilation and air movement within the barn, improving the effectiveness of the existing ventilation infrastructure.

Hunter Industrial Barn Fans Keep Your Livestock Happy, Healthy & Productive

One facet of creating a healthy environment for your livestock is ensuring proper airflow. Hunter Industrial & Commercial will help you achieve good air quality with barn ceiling fans that keep the air moving and the cows content. The bottom line is, your farm will be more productive, you'll experience fewer vet bills, and your electric rates will remain low. It's truly a win-win all around. Order your HVLS agriculture fans today!