The sun is beginning to shine more often and the trees are regaining their leaves: spring is upon us. For facility managers and others responsible for maintaining a comfortable temperature in their space, springtime temperature fluctuations can be quite challenging.
In some areas of the country, temperatures can change 50 degrees or more between day and night. For example, the National Weather Service reports that in some areas of Texas, temperatures can go from 60-70 degrees during the day down to 10-20 degrees at night. HVLS fans are an excellent solution for keeping a facility comfortable by maintaining a more even temperature throughout the building.
Challenges of Climate Control in Spring
Most of the climate control problems in springtime stem from the massive temperature fluctuations that occur in many parts of the country. Just a few of these challenges include:
No matter which of these problems you are having in your facility, an HVLS fan can help solve them.
Using HVLS Fans in Spring
HVLS Fans are valuable for facilities because of their ability to generate massive airflow. Warm air rises up to the ceiling and cold air sinks to the floor, and since temperatures shift dramatically during the spring, different pockets of air are often at different temperatures – even in one room. This is an issue known as thermal stratification, and it can be solved by creating airflow with HVLS fans to create a more even blend of air temperature.
The thermal equilibrium created by HVLS fans is also valuable for eliminating Sweating Slab Syndrome because it prevents warm air from lingering on top of cold concrete and metal surfaces and depositing moisture on them. A more equalized temperature throughout the space means less moisture on surfaces.
Tips for Running an HVLS Fan in Spring
No matter what kind of climate your facility is in, there are a few ways to maximize the effectiveness of your HVLS fan:
With a bit of planning, the right HVLS fans, and some adjustments to your facility operating procedure, you can spring towards a more comfortable working environment and lower utility costs.