Shop fans

02/14/2011 @ 1:46pm

Because your farm shop oftentimes serves as your home away from home, you want it to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Keeping the air circulating provides benefits beyond comfort.

“Using large-diameter, low-speed fans improves not only occupant comfort but also ventilation and air quality, while potentially reducing the heating costs of these buildings,” says Adam Hatton, agriculture market specialist, Big Ass Fan Company. “Improving your building with proper air movement helps maintain an efficient and profitable operation.”

But more often than not, this is one item that’s left off the schematics of a farm shop. “The fact that fans are the easiest to eliminate is very real and, unfortunately, it happens all the time,” says Steven Gagne, FarmTek sales manager. “Fans were inherently designed for creature comfort, but they have added benefits when it comes to farm shops.”

So why is a fan better than simply opening a window to get air moving in the shop?

“Proper ventilation, either natural or mechanical, is necessary for any building. However, simply opening a window or rolling up doors will not provide adequate comfort if there is no air moving through or within the building,” notes Hatton. “When used independently of HVAC systems, fans aid where Mother Nature leaves off, helping to improve ventilation effectiveness with soft, gentle breezes. Murphy’s Law says that the day you need to repair your equipment will be the hottest day of the year with no breeze outside!”

Shopping Tips

With so many options available, what should you look for when considering a fan?

“There are so many roles served by the typical farm shop and so many different types of fans available,” comments Gagne. “Fans used in farm shops are determined by two things: the HVAC systems used and how the building is used.”

But it’s also about quality and durability. “As with all agriculture equipment, downtime can cost you valuable time and money,” says Hatton. “Make sure the fans you ultimately go with are designed and built for the application and have the ability to provide years of benefit without concern of breaking down.”

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