Ask the Expert: Destratification Fans
Why Destratification Fans Make Sense for Schools
- By Christian Avedon
- June 1st, 2016
First, it’s important to understand what a destratification fan system will do. A
destratification system is a grid of multiple
ceiling fans working in concert to continuously
mix the ceiling air to the floor and balance a
facility’s air temperature.
When a space’s temperature is balanced,
the need to over-heat or over-cool a space due
to stratification is eliminated and significant
savings can be realized.
Schools have indoor athletic facilities, large
classrooms, libraries, storage facilities and
other high-atrium areas where destratification
fans are effective and will reduce the energy
used to condition the space.
There are many other benefits from a
destratification fan system:
- Improved Comfort: Any facility has areas
that are often too cold or too hot. Staff, faculty
and student comfort is improved with a
quality destratification fan installation.
- Safer Work Areas: A PHI (photohydroionization)
kit can be installed in some destratification
fans to eliminate molds, bacteria,
VOCs and odors. Health conditions can be
improved in kitchens, cafeterias, locker
rooms, janitorial storage areas, etc.
- Fits Into Tight Spaces: An enclosed
destratification fan, unlike paddle or HVLS
(high volume, low speed) fans, can fit tightly
into a ceiling with rafters, ducts or other
- Helps Swimmers: In indoor swimming
facilities, destratification fans can remove
the layer of chloramines just above a pool’s
surface, which often irritates swimmers.
- Longer Life for Lighting Systems: Decreasing ceiling temperatures extends the
life of the lighting system.
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.
Christian Avedon is sales and marketing director for Airius (www.airiusfans.com), a Longmont, CO, manufacturer of destratification fans.