Why a high-velocity model?
There are a lot of reasons to choose a high-velocity fan for your home. The main one is they are very powerful, moving the air quickly to cool down even larger rooms. This may even reduce how often you’ll need to run your A/C unit, which can save you some money on your energy bills since the fans use less energy to run than an air conditioner would.
Another great thing about a high-velocity fan is that they are still relatively quiet, even on the higher speeds. At their loudest, they sound like a white noise machine, which can be comforting, blocking out the sounds of the street or your neighbors. Many people find this relaxing, making this fan a great addition to their home.
Due to their large size, these fans are also handy for use in workspaces or on a job site. If there are odors or chemicals used, high-velocity fans can help clear out the air, reducing exhaust fumes or paint odors. They can also dry out areas that have been flooded much quicker than if they were left to dry naturally.
Features to consider while choosing a high-velocity fan
If you’re thinking about purchasing a new high-velocity fan, there are a few features you may want to look into to ensure you’re getting exactly what you need in your new fan.
The blade size determines the amount of airflow the fan can produce. The wider and longer the blades are, the more air the fan can generate. This lets them cool down the area faster, which is essential when in a large area that is overheating due to hot weather. The Master PROFESSIONAL MAC-12F has 12-inch blades, so will work fine in most rooms, but the 20-inch blades on the Hurricane Pro High Velocity Metal Stand Fan will clear out the hot air and cool you down twice as fast, keeping everybody comfortable.
The airflow of any high-velocity fan is displayed using CFM, or cubic feet per minute. The larger the room is, the more airflow you’ll need to keep it cool. You may also want to look at the type of space you’ll be using the fan in. For instance, your home will be well insulated against both cold and hot temperatures, so you won’t need that high of airflow to keep it cool. A model like the XPOWER FC-300 will work fine in your living areas for this reason.
A garage or a shop will likely be much hotter, especially if you’re running any equipment that will raise the temperature of the already-warm room. For these areas, a high CFM fan will produce the airflow needed to keep you cool while you work, plus will clear out any fumes or dry any damp surfaces much quicker than a fan with a lower CFM will do.
Number of settings/speeds
Most of the high-velocity fans on the market have three speed settings, which include low, medium, and high. Some models, like the XPOWER FC-300, add a fourth setting, labeled turbo or something similar. These speed settings give you some options on how fast you can run the fan. If the space you’re using it in is relatively cool and you’re just using the fan to maintain that temperature, the lower fan speed will be fine. For those extra hot spaces or those areas that may need the air cleared out of fumes to make it safe to work in there, the high setting is best. The more settings or speeds you have to choose from, the more versatile the fan is, making it easier to use it anywhere you need it.
If it’s a floor, wall-mounted, or pedestal model
The type of fan you’re choosing depends a lot on where exactly you’ll be using it and how much space you have available. If you have a lot of floor space, there are several floor fans available in varying sizes, so you can place it anywhere you need it. You can also position it in numerous ways to produce the airflow you need.
The Hurricane Pro High Velocity Metal Stand Fan and other pedestal fans also sit on the floor, but they have thin stands and sturdy bases, raising the fan off the ground. This alters the airflow as well, keeping it higher, which is a must if you’re standing most of the time. You’d likely rather have the air blowing across your body than over your feet and legs, plus it cools down anything you may have on tables or shelves, which is a must when working with equipment that runs a bit warm.
High-velocity fans that you can mount on the wall, such as the Lasko H20685, are even more convenient, as they can be hung out of the way. This makes them great choices for those areas that have limited floor space available but still need a fan to cool it down.
There is also one more option in the high-velocity fan type. This is a window model, like the Air King 9155. These are perfect for those spaces that have no floor or wall space available, as they fit right into your existing window. Some of them can even stay in place even with the window closed, so you don’t need to constantly be pulling them out on rainy days and putting them back in when the sun comes out. Many of these models are also reversible, allowing them to blow air when you need to cool down or suck the air out of the room if there are unwanted fumes inside, clearing them out to keep you from getting sick.
A fan that blows straight ahead is fine if you can point it in the direction you need it, but there are times when your airflow direction needs to change. A fan that has an adjustable tilt makes it easier to get the air moving exactly as you need it. For instance, if there is flooding and you need your floor dried quickly to reduce damage and mold, 360-degree tilt options allow you to point the fan directly as the floor below it. Not only does this dry out the area right underneath the fan, but it also disperses the air over the floor nearby, drying a larger area at once. Painted walls and ceilings also dry faster with a bit of air movement, so adjusting the tilt to a newly painted area, no matter where it is, speeds up the process so you can do extra coats much faster.
When choosing the right high-velocity fan for your specific needs, you may want to check out the dimensions of the models you’re considering. This is because these types of fans come in a few shapes and sizes. The larger the fan, the more room it’s going to take up. If you have a large, spacious shop that you’ll be using the fan in, a larger model won’t be an issue. Those with limited space or a cluttered area will likely need to choose a smaller model, like the Lasko H20685. This little model won’t take up too much space and is still powerful enough to give you the airflow you need for most situations.
Larger rooms will need higher airflow, though, so be sure to get the right size of fan for the job needed.
High-velocity fans are usually built with powerful motors and durable parts. Of course, even the best manufacturers can make mistakes now and then, resulting in fans that aren’t working as they are supposed to. Parts that look good may also have some flaws that cause them to break down long before they should. For these reasons, you need to check out the warranty on any product you buy, including high-velocity fans. The longer the timeframe on the warranty and the more it covers, the better off you are when your new fan no longer performs as is intended. A one-year limited warranty is quite common, as you’ll notice from the reviews above. Of course, every once in a while, you’ll find a product with a bit more to offer in this area, like the ten-year limited warranty on the Patton PUF1810C-BM, giving you a bit more breathing room to really test out your high-velocity fan.
The main purpose of high-velocity fans is to give you the highest airflow possible, but there are a few extra features that make these products even better. One is the construction material. Though plastic is fine in many situations, if you’re hauling your new fan around to job sites or using it in a more rugged setting, you may want it to be constructed of some more durable materials. Metals like aluminum or stainless steel will add some extra strength to the stand and cage. Some type of finish will also increase the durability, adding some water and rust resistance to the fan’s body.
For those in need of portable models, handles are a great addition, allowing you to carry them from place to place, plus making it easier to lift the fan in and out of a truck bed. Inbuilt outlets are also handy to have, especially if you don’t have enough outlets for everything. This also saves you some money since you don’t need to buy extra extension cords to plug in your other appliances or equipment.