5 Most Common Mistakes While Installing HVLS Fans
HVLS fans have gained prominence over the last couple of decades due to the exceptional performance and cost-efficiency they offer to those who wish to equip their commercial or industrial facility with robust and reliable mechanical ceiling fans. Installing an HVLS fan is a technical process and to ensure a smooth and faultless installation procedure one should ideally seek the services of a reputed professional. Get in touch with an expert at Refresh Fans to know more about HVLS fans and how they can help you when properly installed.
However, if you feel that you possess the requisite experience, skillset as well as tools, you can attempt to install the fan yourself. In this article we’ve shortlisted a few common mistakes which professionals and individuals should avoid in order to experience a hassle-free installation process:
Disregarding Coverage Area Requirements
It is a common mistake committed by inexperienced individuals to not take the desired airflow coverage area into account before choosing and installing their HVLS fans. As a general principle, you can expect an HVLS fan to deliver optimum performance in an area that is within five times the length of its fan blades’ diameter. Not calculating or disregarding this aspect will result in your facility receiving improper cooling and heating performance from the HVLS fan.
Improper Distance Between Floor & Fan
HVLS fans require sufficient clearance from the floor in order to be able to actually press the cooled-down air towards the ground or the respective floor of your establishment. Installing the HVLS fan at a height lower than 6 meters from the ground may result in your establishment not receiving its desired effective indoor air temperature. In cases wherein the distance between the floor and the ceiling is too much, you can use technical equipment known as ‘downrod’ to allow the ceiling fan to be installed at the recommended height.
Disregarding the Condition & Capacity of the Mounting Structure
Another aspect where an inexperienced or untrained eye can go wrong is in analyzing the structural capacity, stability, load-bearing capacity, and limitations of the structure upon which the fan is set to be mounted. It is advisable to have a structural engineer review and affirm the strength and stability of the structure before mounting your ceiling fan. It is imperative to identify the type of mounting structure the HVLS fan is going to be mounted on in order to figure out the type and number of mounting brackets and clamps you might require. The most prominent kinds of mounting structure include wooden beams, glulam beams, steel ‘I’ or H-beams, or unistrut channels.
Neglecting Electrical Specifications
A fundamental prerequisite you should not neglect at any cost is determining your voltage requirements. If you order a product that exceeds the voltage specifications or capacity of your firm then the product will not work. However, in today’s market, you can rectify this issue by buying supplementary products.
Neglecting Significance of Wiring
Another aspect of huge importance is the system of wiring you wish to integrate your HVLS fan into. Most modern HVLS fan buyers either incorporate the latest HVLS fan into their existing Building Management System (BMS) or integrate it together with other HVLS fans (common in large-scale commercial establishments). Both choices have their merits as integrating your HVLS fan with the BMS allows you to effectively operate your HVLS fan in combination with your HVAC system whereas linearly connecting an HVLS fan to a pre-existing network allows you to control all of your ceiling fans at will. Neglecting or ignoring the wiring system may result in your long-term convenience being compromised on account of making the incorrect choice.
Other Errors to Avoid during HVLS Fan Installation
Every gear-based HVLS fan is accompanied by a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) which effectively regulates and decides the performance of your HVLS fan and incorrect installation of the VFD may even cause irreversible damage to your fan. Fortunately, the advent of modern technology has made ‘gearless’ HVLS systems a reality and a distinct benefit of these fans is that these HVLS fans automatically regulate and control the amount of power their engine receives.
Some issues can also arise due to the usage of unauthentic, low-quality spare parts. Thus, we always recommend our customers and patrons to buy spare, authentic and verified parts only.
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Refresh Fans is one of the most prominent HVLS fan manufacturers in the country and our team of dedicated experts is motivated to guide you through the process of identifying and avoiding errors during your HVLS fans’ installation procedure.
Get in touch with us to receive an effective consultation as well as relevant advice from proven experts. Contact us at 1-866-450-3498 to know more about our products best suited for your industry. We cater to both the Canadian and US markets.