Heat and humidity. Wonderful things to enjoy in the sauna, not so great for working out at the gym. And for gym and health club owners, they also can add up to a higher monthly utility bill.
Gyms and fitness centers face a number of obstacles when it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature for their members. These include:
- The need to cool large spaces — It’s a matter of surface area to volume. Large spaces are simply harder to keep cool than small ones, because there are fewer square feet of ceiling and wall space through which heat can dissipate per cubic foot of heated air inside.
- Lots of body heat — People generate a lot of heat and humidity when they work out — especially when they work out in the same space. If you’ve ever noticed that your gym seems warmer on busy days, that’s why.
- Cooler ideal room temperature — Because they are generating heat, people who are working out need cooler indoor temperatures than normal. The International Fitness Association (IFA) recommends that gym temperatures be kept at 65 to 68 degrees, which is significantly lower than the OSHA-recommended 68 to 74 degrees for ordinary workplaces.
- Heat and humidity sources within the facility — Showers, saunas and hot tubs often run for hours on end in a busy fitness center, pumping even more heat into the building. These and indoor pools can send indoor humidity levels soaring well past the IFA-recommended 40 to 60 percent.
These factors all make keeping the gym cool a constant and costly battle, especially in the summer months. What’s a gym manager to do?
Bring Out the Big Fans
Enter the Go Fan Yourself HVLS ceiling fan. HVLS fans are designed to cost-effectively and efficiently cool and dehumidify large spaces. These large-diameter ceiling fans push large volumes of air through the room to create an evaporative cooling effect. This helps control humidity and makes everyone inside feel as much as 10 degrees cooler without having to bump down the thermostat.
HVLS fans also create airflow that lifts dank, warm air upward so it can be replaced by cooler air at ground level. If your gym is located in an area where winter heating is mandatory, our fans can even help reduce your winter heating bills. Just set your Go Fan Yourself HVLS fan to run in reverse during winter to push warm air out of the rafters and down to where it’s needed.
Benefits of Using Large Fans in Gyms
Why do gym managers love HLVS ceiling fans? Let us count the ways:
- Super-low operating costs of just pennies per hour
- Very low maintenance — our Z-Tech™ fan has a 20,000-hour inspection interval
- Whisper-quiet operation that doesn’t interfere with work or activities
- Overhead operation that eliminates trip hazards posed by fans at ground level
- Improves indoor air quality and reduces workout odors as a result of better ventilation in your gym
- Improves ventilation and lowers humidity to discourage the growth of mold and mildew
- Reduces health and liability risks due to heat-related injury
- Extends HVAC equipment life by reducing cycling
- Provides year-round utility bill relief
- Can be integrated with your building performance system
- Available in sizes from 7 feet to 24 feet in diameter and also can be ganged together for effective cooling in any size facility
If that’s not enough, Go Fan Yourself’s HVLS fans also look great. Their sleek, slow-turning blades complement any building style, and you can order them in your choice of colors! Your members are sure to agree that an HVLS fan is the coolest gym facility upgrade ever.
Want to Know More?
To learn more about how HVLS fans — including our Z-Chill™ Fan & Diffuser System — can help your gym reduce operating costs and improve member satisfaction, call us at 844-GO-FAN-ME or contact us here today.