Last updated on November 6th, 2020 at 04:38 am

Can a High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) fan do the job of an axial fan? In order to make a comparison you have to look at the capabilities and benefits of both types of industrial fans. Here is a breakdown of how HVLS fans and axial fans help large industrial workspaces.


The Axial Fan

The Axial fan’s fancy name simply means a fan that moves air through its propeller blades on the same axis as the power source for rotation. There are many types of axial fans on the market, tube axial fans, axial flow fans, ac axial fans, but the most common application you are probably familiar with is the box fan. Box fans are small industrial fans often used on the industrial workspace floor to push air at a high speed to concentrated spots for better ventilation.


  • Warehouses
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Distribution centers
  • Large automotive workspaces

Benefits of an Axial Fan:

  • Compact dimensions, making for easy placement
  • Wide selection of models, dimensions and air performance levels
  • High fan speed for concentrated airflow, effectively cooling one focused area


The HVLS Fan


Because of their large diameter and specially designed airfoils, it only takes one HVLS fan to create balanced and comfortable airflow in a large industrial space, compared to 34 industrial axial fans to get similar results.


  • Warehouses
  • Distribution centers
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Large automotive workspaces
  • Warehouse size breweries

Benefits of an HVLS Fan:

  • Energy savings and a more sustainable work environment
  • Non-disruptive airflow
  • HVLS fans operate quietly, eliminating motor noise
  • Significantly larger coverage area

Beyond the coverage area, the biggest benefit of using an HVLS industrial fan—instead of many smaller axial fans—is the reduction in energy usage. Because an axial fan spins several times faster than a large HVLS fan, it also costs more to run. HVLS fans are designed to move high volumes of air at low speeds providing dramatically balanced airflow. This means you need fewer large fans to achieve what takes many axial fans to accomplish and you can save a lot of money.



So the short answer is yes, an HVLS fan can not only do the job of an axial fan. In fact, compared to most types of industrial fans and blowers, such as centrifugal fans and cooling towers, HVLS fans provide a more efficient means of keeping employees comfortable. HVLS fans help industrial spaces such as warehouses and distribution centers increase their level of comfort while saving money by moving static air at the absolute lowest operating cost.

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