As temperatures begin to heat up across Australia and the country prepares for one of the hottest summers on record, workers are already planning ‘sickies’ for any upcoming 40-plus- degree heat days. And those that do turn up will have their productivity slashed by hot and stuffy conditions that drain motivation and reduce workplace efficiency.
HVAC and other cooling systems don’t have the opportunity to pull a sickie, and are often over-worked when conditions start to heat up. Manufacturing and production facilities, warehouses and other working quarters can consume enormous amounts of energy just keeping workers comfortable on hot days – and this can be a major business expense.
One solution from cheeky innovators Big Ass Fans that’s paying dividends across Australian industry is, exactly as the company’s name suggests, to install some big ass fans to circulate air more effectively and maintain consistent climatic conditions. Here are three ways a Big Ass Fan, in diameters up to 7.3m, can benefit workplaces this summer:
• Cooler workers
Studies indicate comfortable workers are safer and more productive. And in the hot Aussie summer, a cooler worker is a comfortable worker. The addition of airflow can make people feel 5.6°C cooler during the summer months.
• Energy savings
Using Big Ass Fans is far more energy-efficient than using several standard overhead or pedestal fans. It also consume less energy than using HVAC throughout warehouses or production facilities. In fact, a single Essence fan – one of Big Ass Fans’ hard-working and economical overhead fans – provides cooling over the same area as 64 standard ceiling fans. Alternatively, Big Ass Fans can be used in conjunction with HVAC systems, to reduce the strain on these hard-working cooling devices and better circulate the cool air they are pumping out.
• Better hygiene
The giant fans move air throughout the entire space, including in and around objects, such as machinery and stacked product. This airflow pattern ensures air reaches all corners of the building for optimum cooling. It also eliminates condensation and stagnant areas, which can compromise product quality if left uncleaned.
It’s really a triple benefit – workers are more productive, energy bills are down, and the risk of compromised product quality is reduced. Businesses can even apply for energy saving rebates, since Big Ass Fans are more efficient than standard alternatives, according to Big Ass Fans.
Big Ass Fans provides energy- efficient cooling solutions for a diverse range of industrial and commercial needs, including indoor and outdoor use, with fans situated on ceilings, walls, or freestanding.
Starting from the top
The largest, most powerful and most durable of the range, the Powerfoil X3.0 overhead fan, is backed by a comprehensive 15- year warranty and comes with optional SmartSense technology. SmartSense takes the hard work out of fan operation by automatically adjusting the speed based on temperatures and pre-programmed preferences.
Using one large overhead fan instead of several pedestal fans on the floor not only provides more effective cooling, but it simultaneously frees up more floor space, allowing better use of the space. A hermetically sealed NitroSeal gearbox keeps contaminants out, which means the gearbox requires zero maintenance. For smaller (but still pretty big-ass) fan needs, the Big Ass Fans Essence spans up to 4.3m in diameter and can operate on ceilings as low as 3.8 metres. Its completely silent operation is ideally suited to spaces that are trying to minimise noise for workers, or for their neighbours.
For facilities that can’t use a ceiling fan, or where a directional or floor-based fan is needed, Big Ass Fans provides portable, durable and effective mobile fans. These options are ideally suited to manufacturing and industrial facilities that have outdoor spaces, or that need highly directional cooling in specific areas.
The Black Jack and Yellow Jacket mobile fans both come with wheels for ease of movement, and have been designed to fit into tight spaces, including corners. The Black Jack has a diameter of 2m, so that it can easily fit through standard interior doors. It has rubber wheels to handle any terrain, and its slender design makes it ideally suited to narrow aisles. It is lightweight, manoeuvrable and easy for a single person to push around.
The perks of being a wall-mounted fan
The Yellow Jacket, with 762mm diameter, can also be column- or wall-mounted to keep the floor clear and direct air from different angles. Its tough design means it can be completely cleaned with a hose if it gets dirty over time.