Air circulation in an automotive shop is critical. Whether your concern is a temperate workplace environment or reducing the potential for issues with fumes or other health concerns, air circulation is a primary go-to solution. There are several ways to maintain air circulation, but one option that makes economic sense is an HVLS industrial fan — one of the most efficient and safe solutions for improving overall air quality.
Let’s explore three ways that HVLS can have an immediate, positive impact on your shop environment.
Specifically within the automotive industry, exhaust fumes or other contaminants can easily stagnate without a good ventilation system. What determines a good ventilation system is not only continual air motion, but also the ability to replace contaminated air with clean air. With bay doors often open, the automotive industry has the ability to ventilate with fresh air more easily than some industries. Maintaining quality ventilation reduces illness and, in turn, days missed by your employees. Fewer missed work days means higher levels of productivity.
What makes an HVLS fan a better choice for ventilation?
An HVLS fan supports ventilation better than other alternatives by keeping the air circulating at a slower speed while covering a significantly larger area. The continual air movement provides the freshest, cleanest air for your employees and your customers.
There have been many studies done on the importance of workplace temperature in regards to overall employee satisfaction. Employees who are satisfied at their job are less likely to miss work and are generally more productive, and accurate, overall. This leads to more up time for your shop, faster bay turns, and less repetitive tasks during your employee’s work day. Additionally, managing your work environment temperature helps to keep your employees safe from heat-related health issues.
What makes an HVLS fan a better choice for temperature management?
Unlike a typical box floor fan, an HVLS fan takes the effective temperature (the combination of actual temperature, humidity, and airflow on the body) of your workspace into account. By moving the air from above versus directly targeting specific areas of the shop, the overall shop stays at a consistent temperature for everyone.
Most times it is not cost effective for automotive shops to use a central air system to keep their workplace temperatures in check, because of the continual access to the outside environment. In order to maintain comfortable working conditions, many automotive shops turn to high-speed floor fans. However, these fans offer safety risks, such as cords that can lead to trips and falls. At best, workplace injuries lead to downtime and lower employee morale. At worst, worker’s compensation claims, medical expenses, and legal services could be the result. Additionally, HVLS fans are specifically designed to move air at a slower speed, using less energy than HVAC systems or smaller fans, so the overall operating cost is less.
What makes an HVLS fan a more cost-effective solution?
Because HVLS fans are installed on the ceiling, many do not have visible cords, lessening the chance for accidents. Taking into account the lower energy use for better ventilation and temperature control, the overall operating cost is also less. And, when you consider the benefits to your employees, the ROI of HVLS becomes even greater.
At Hunter, our HVLS fans come at the lowest first cost of installation and are designed with a maintenance free platform to further increase cost effectiveness, long-term ease of operation, and satisfaction. We know that your employees health and comfort are an important part of your success.
Contact us today to explore how we can help you make comfort a competitive advantage for your shop.