23 April 2019
A Guide to the Most Suitable Ventilation for Buildings with High Ceilings
By John Bradley
23 April 2019
Entrances, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. Three very different structures, but with one thing in common – characteristically high ceilings. If you’re a facilities manager, service operator, or heating engineer, you’ll know only too well how challenging it can be to efficiently regulate the temperature of these spaces. So where do you start? Find out with Elta Fans…
Waste not, want not
The latest ZOO Fans create a gentle column of hot air that is directed towards the floor (the area of occupation) rather than empty, unused space. This allows heat you may have previously wasted to be channelled to the area that it’s needed most, thus ticking the all-important efficiency box. Better still, the latest destratification technology uses the same amount of energy as a 40 or 50 watt light bulb.
Why use commercial fans to spread hot air across a large, unoccupied area when you can target the areas that people need it most? And why heat the ceiling in the region of 26 – 31°C when you only need a temperature of 21°C at ground level?
The good news is, you may not have to any more thanks to the power of destratification. A ZOO Fan is a small ceiling fan capable of targeting the zone of occupancy (ZOO), while bringing about a whole host of other benefits. Put simply, it’s the ventilation system you’ll wish your building had installed sooner.
Cut the temperature differential by 95%
Rather than having to factor in a temperature difference of 10-20°C from floor to ceiling, you may just be able to operate with a differential of just 0.5-1°C. That’s a lot more wasted heat energy saved.
Reduced energy wastage plus a much lower temperature differential equals lower bills. It really is as simple as that, as PepsiCo will vouch for, having reduced heating costs at its 1 million sq ft facility in Virginia by 30% within five weeks of having a ZOO Fan installed.
Less wear & tear
Directing heat to where it’s needed allows thermostats to switch off quicker and heating systems to cycle off sooner – which ultimately reduces wear and increases the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.
Easy to install
Installation is a lot less invasive than traditional air movement methods. Using a simple cable and grip method, ZOO Fans can be fitted in minutes, and the self-contained design means that the fan won’t interfere with lighting or sprinkler systems.
Improved comfort & productivity
In an office or warehouse – or any working environment for that matter – productivity is king. By eliminating hot and cold spots, a ZOO fan is able to ensure staff are comfortable enough to perform to their best. In fact, the same installation at PepsiCo boosted productivity by 5%.
Backing from the Carbon Trust
Destratification is recommended as one of the Carbon Trust’s effective energy-saving strategies for heating, meaning you can play your own part in accelerating the UK’s move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.
Options to meet your needs
Whether you look after a warehouse in need of an open ceiling system for staff walking its aisles, or an office where you need more subtle, small ceiling fans to blend in with existing features, there’s a ZOO fan out there for you.
Every business wants a return on its investment, and thanks to the savings in energy usage, you can expect your ZOO fan to pay for itself in just one to three years.