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How much does it COST for large HVLS ceiling fans for commercial industrial warehouse spaces?

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Large industrial ceiling fans have become increasingly popular in recent years as they offer a more efficient and cost-effective way to cool large spaces than traditional HVAC systems. However, the cost of a large industrial ceiling fan can vary widely depending on several factors such as size, shipping, installation, and additional features. In this article, we'll take a closer look at how much a large industrial ceiling fan costs and the factors that affect its price.

First, let's consider the size of the fan. The cost of a large ceiling fan at MSRP is generally between $3,000 – $9,000. Generally, the size of the fan is what determines the price of a fan. An 8-foot industrial ceiling fan will be at the lower end of the price spectrum, while a 24-foot industrial ceiling fan will be at the high end of the price spectrum. The larger an HVLS (high volume, low speed) fan is, the more power it has to push air down. You should determine the HVLS size by two things: the size of the room and the height of its ceiling. For smaller spaces with common ceiling heights of between 8′ and 12′, a 6′ or 12′ HVLS fan is usually best. For larger spaces, an HVLS fan of up to 24′ will work better. In addition to size, the price varies depending on the manufacturer, model, and features included with the purchase. Typically, a complete industrial ceiling fan purchase includes a motor unit, blades, motor control panel, motor control cable, remote cable, and remote.

Secondly, let's look at the shipping cost. The fans are big and can weigh anywhere from 213 pounds to over 400 pounds. Because of their massive proportions, the cost to ship the fans is often not included in the purchase. Shipping for medium to large ceiling fans typically ranges around $200 depending on the fuel surcharge.

Thirdly, let's consider the installation cost. Some may think fan installation is an area they can cut costs and save money, but, in reality, this is an area where paying more for good service is well worth it. According to industry experts, a poorly installed fan can lead to inefficient cooling and increased use of power, two things that will raise the cost of your fan. Professional installation is needed by either your maintenance team (1-2 people) depending on the brand you purchase or an installer of your choice. Some industrial ceiling fan manufacturers will require a factory installation otherwise the warranty would be void. The particular installation scenario determines the installation cost. Some of the largest and heaviest ceiling fans may require infrastructure installation support. Different large ceiling fan manufacturers have different options for installation that affect the price. Working with a large industrial ceiling fan manufacturer who uses a full-service distributor means that the distributor will assist you through the sales process, personally handle the installation, and/or be the installer of your industrial ceiling fan. Not all manufacturers and regions have full-service distributors. However, there are alternative options such as purchasing directly from the manufacturer and self-installing or having a factory installation done. Each option offers different costs and benefits.

Fourthly, let's look at the hardware cost. Most large industrial ceiling fans require 38-96 inches of clearance from the ceiling. To allow for this clearance, guy wires are typically needed at installation. In addition to the guy wires, industrial ceiling fans need installation hardware prescribed by the mounting solution that you decide upon.

Fifthly, let's consider the warranty cost. Most large industrial ceiling fan manufacturers will offer a warranty on their fans. The length of coverage varies according to each individual manufacturer. A typical warranty range is 2-15 years. A longer warranty can save you a substantial sum over the life of a fan because you will pay less

Fifthly, Warranty Cost. When shopping for an industrial HVLS fan, it's important to consider the warranty offered by the manufacturer. Most large industrial ceiling fan manufacturers will offer a warranty on their fans, with a typical warranty range of 2-15 years. A longer warranty can save you a substantial sum over the life of a fan because you will pay less for repairs if something goes wrong. Even if two fans are equal in upfront cost, the fan with the better warranty will actually cost you less in the long run. A long warranty is also a sign that a manufacturer is confident in their products, so a shorter warranty should raise some questions. Before making a purchase, be sure to review the warranty information offered by the manufacturer.

6. Anodized Blades Cost Anodized blades help prevent corrosion and are a common feature in industrial HVLS fans. Some manufacturers anodize the blades on all their fans, while others offer this as an add-on feature. While anodized blades may increase the upfront cost of the fan, they can extend the life of the fan by preventing corrosion. Over time, this can save you money on repairs and replacement costs.

7. Air Exchange Rate The air exchange rate, or ACH (air change rate), measures the process of moving air around with an industrial HVLS fan. Fans with a higher ACH rate will usually cost more, but they can more effectively cool the room they're installed in. The ACH rate is measured using tracer gases that are not naturally present in a room. The concentration of these tracer gases is then measured after the fan has been used for a period of time, which indicates how much air the fan can move. A fan with a higher ACH rate can help to effectively cool a room, even if there is rising hot air that can overpower the cool air pushed down by the fan.

In conclusion, there are several factors to keep in mind when calculating the total cost of an industrial HVLS fan. While these factors may increase the upfront cost of the fan, they can save you money in the long run by extending the life of the fan, reducing repair costs, and improving energy efficiency. By considering these factors, you can make an informed and educated purchase decision that meets your cooling needs and budget.

JSO'Will is an Authorized HVLS Dealer serving the greater Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Yakima, Spokane, as well as Portland area.

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