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Destratification Fans / Industrial Ceiling Fans

Destrat Fans – You cannot beat the laws of physics that warm air rises and this process causes thermal stratification, a natural process which causes warm air to rise to the ceiling or roof space and displaces the cooler air, pushing it downwards into the occupied area. With any conventional air heating system, air will rise to the roof level by natural convection in high building such as factories, warehouses and sports centres. This can result in high temperature gradients and consequently increased energy usage. The Carbon Trust estimates that the use of destratification fans in industrial buildings with high ceilings can reduce the consumption by up to 20%, although some other studies show that this may figure may be up to 32%. These Destratification Fans are basically a heat recovery unit or system which benefit from low running costs and little to no maintenance requirement.

Flexiheat UK’s range of destratification fans reverse the natural convection process, re-circulating the warm air back to working levels and provide a permanent reduction in roof space temperature and uniform temperature distribution within the building , via thermal destratification

The Benefits Of Destratification Fans / Industrial Ceiling Fans –

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Lower energy costs
  • Improved comfort for the workforce or your customers
  • Potentially fewer heaters required
  • Can be used for a “cooling effect” in the summer

                 Before                                                                        After

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Without  destratification / Destrat fans installed

As you can see in the above before picture,  the ceiling is hot and the floor area is cold due to the warm air rising. To get the required temperature at floor level you have to heat up repeatedly, even though the ceiling area is already 26°C.  The high temperature of the ceiling causes a corresponding high energy loss at the ceiling.  Often some areas of the room stay cold after prolonged heating.

With destratification / Destrat fans installed

Our industrial ceiling fans equalise the room temperature by pushing down and mixing the warm air. As you can see in the  above after picture, this results in a  5°C higher temperature at the floor without any additional heating, meaning a  30% fuel saving.  If we have an outside temperature of 0°C and you can  reduce the temperature from 31°C to 21°C at the ceiling, the energy usage is reduced by 32%.  This results in a much even temperature throughout the building with no cold spots

The most commonly used de-stratification fans are;-

Higher velocity fully encased destratification fans – These are the most popular thermal destratification fans that we sell. They are suitable for mounting from 6 metres all the way up to the 15 metres in height, and are ideally suited to commercial and industrial premises, such as warehouses, exhibition halls and supermarkets etc.

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” LEO D ” Destrat Fan range for sale from Flexiheat UK

This range of thermal destratification fans are the LEO range , and can come in 3 versions – from a simple on / off manually controlled unit , a unit with an integral thermostat that will thermostatically control units based on the air temperature and lastly a fully automatic unit, that can be used with a BMS ( building management system ) or its own fully automatic intelligent controller – which has many control functions.

Low velocity – blade or propeller fan (also known as Punkah fans or sweep fans) – These work by churning the air as they rotate anti clockwise, and force the warm air at the ceiling or roof level downwards back to the ground level, where its required. This destratifying effect on the air results in an improved climate, and improves the energy efficiency of the warm air heating system and are most appropriate for ceiling heights between 3 metres  and 10 metres (pictured below )

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High velocity axial fan – These send a significant amount of air at high speed towards the floor and are best for mounting heights of 10 metres  to 20 metres (pictured below)

 

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Destratification Fans / Destrat Fans from Flexiheat UK

We do all three versions of these destratification fans at Flexiheat UK

Commercial destratification fans – Leo Range 

 The primary function of these commercial destratification fans or under-ceiling air mixers is counteracting the accumulation of warm air in the roof space of the building. An axial fan draws warm air in and forces its flow downwards, i.e. towards the zone occupied by people (the thermal comfort zone).  This results in a reduction of heat losses through the ceiling and causes faster heating of the building and lowers the fuel consumption of space heating system by eliminating the thermal stratification of the warm air.

All of these commercial and industrial destratification ceiling fans are manufactured with an EPP casing (expanded polypropylene), which is a remarkable plastic which provides a unique range of properties, which include an exceptionally high strength to weight ratio, high impact resistance, high water and chemical resistance and is also 100% recyclable. These benefits make our units not durable, but also light in weight – an example of this –

A powrmatic CECx4500 de-stratification fan weighs 29kg’s whilst our equivalent model the Leo D XL weighs in at only 19.5 Kg’s , which is a weight saving of 32.7% that is not insignificant , and needs to be considered with regards to the weight loading of the roof of the building and also how much easier these units are to install.

All of these de-stratification fans are manufactured in an aesthetically pleasing and neutral colour of grey which is very close to RAL 9007, and have 3-speed, energy saving ErP compliant fans fitted as standard.

The air outlet of these units is equipped with 4 sections of adjustable air louvres. Each louvre can be easily adjusted manually, discharging the warm air in any direction to suit the site conditions and returning useful heat back into the working zone.

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Our Leo range of Destrat Fans – adjustable air outlet grid that is standard on all units

This range of commercial destratification fans are equipped with corner holders / brackets, which make the installation and levelling of the units under the ceiling much easier.

We do three versions of these units –

1.” LEO D” without control systems- these are manually controlled by a basic on/off switch

2.” LEO DT” with built in thermostat which switches on the unit when the temperature rises above the set temperature

3.”LEO BMS” are equipped with energy efficient 3 speed fans controlled by a DRV module.  The DRV module manages the operation of the de-strat fans according to control signals from the T-box controller which is an intelligent control system, with an automatic destratification mode matched to individual’s needs or directly from a BMS (Building Management System)

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The Leo “BMS” units can operate fully automatically with a PT-1000 thermostat set at high level, and the T- Box controller at low level – which is also BMS compatible- A fully adjustable destratification system

Technical data for the LEO D range of commercial destratification fans

The Leo Range of fans have quite large air flows compared to other units that “theoretically” cover the same area. The reason is that this range of destrat fans are designed to destratify stratified air, whilst other less capable units that are on the market are designed to prevent stratification happening, as maintaining the de-stratified air takes a lot less air flow, than rectifying stratified air.

All of the units have a 3-step fan, which varies the airflow through the units, and when linked to our T Box intelligent controller, and with a high-level temperature sensor mounted at ceiling height this fully automatic system, will change the fan speeds dependant on the site conditions.

All of these destratification units are powered by a single phase / 240 Volt supply and are rated to IP54 with an insulation class of “F”.

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Product Information on the Low Velocity Destratification Fans

These low velocity fans are open bladed destratification fans and are not suitable for premises or applications where by items may come into contact with the rotating blades such as sport halls, gymnasiums etc. Although these destratification fans are normally the most cost effective to purchase on face value as opposed to the encased high velocity versions, you often have to install more of these fans as the floor area they cover is a lot smaller. Then the associated fitting cost, wiring costs etc have to be factored in as well. However, if you have a smaller type industrial unit or building, with a relatively small floor area and fairly low ceiling or roof height, then these standard destratification fans can not only work out to be a good solution, but a more cost effective solution as well.

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Product Features and Benefits  –

  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Long life ball bearings and silent automatic shutters
  • Safety cable included
  • Single phase 220V to 240V 50Hz
  • Ceiling mounted air circulation fan

Destrat Fans / Industrial Ceiling Fans accessories –

FHFC1.7  – Electronic Controller (up to 5 fans)

FHFC3.0 – Electronic Controller (up to 9 fans)

FHCFC1.7 – Reversible Electronic Controller (up to 5 fans)

FHCFDC – Automatic Ceiling Controller     

These low velocity destratification fans are supplied with 2 downrod lengths- A  400mm down rod fitted giving a 610mm overall drop (from ceiling to base of motor body) and a 150mm down rod (supplied loose) giving a 360mm overall drop  (from ceiling to base of motor body)   ***  we highly recommend using the 400mm down rod.

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FHCF1200 Dimensions- 360mm overall drop (minimum) or 610mm overall drop (maximum)

**Ideally the fan  should be mounted above the lighting system and with a clearance of at least 610mm between the blades and the roof

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Product Information on the High Velocity Destratification Fans / Industrial Ceiling Fans

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Model FH03291 

The ideal destratification solution for buildings with a maximum ceiling height of 16m.  The fan unit is fully enclosed in a protective casing making it particular suitable in areas such as sports halls

Comes complete with a suspension kit  including chains and ceiling hooks

Model FH03310 and FH3312

These destrat fan units are  IP54 Splash-water proof  and dust proof protected

These are surprisingly quiet and low energy consumption units

Comes complete with a suspension kit  including chains and ceiling hooks

The FH03310  industrial ceiling fans are designed for a maximum ceiling height of 14 metres

The FH03312 industrial ceiling fans are designed for a maximum ceiling height of 20 metres

 

Technical Data for our Industrial Ceiling Fans / Destratification Fans 

FH03291FH03310FH03312
ColourBlackBlackBlack
Voltage230 V, 50 Hz220 V, 50 Hz220-240V, 50 Hz
Power260 W265 W350 W
Max. Current1.1 A1.2 A1.6 A
Speed (rpm)1,2601,3501,350
Air Volume18,000 m3/h13,600 m3/h21,300 m3/h
Performance16 m14 m20 m
Sound level at 1m65 dB(A)71 dB(A)64 dB(A)
Weight12 kg10.2 kg17.9 kg
Diameter81 cm69 cm83.5 cm
Height34 cm20 cm25.5 cm
IP protectionIP2xIP54IP54
Test markCECECE
Packaging83 x 83 x 40 cm76 x 70 x 23 cm76 x 70 x 23cm
Subject to change.

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Design considerations for Destratification Fan / Industrial Ceiling Fans systems –

1. Safety First – Ceiling fans have to placed so that there is a minimum distance of 2.3 metres between the floor and the bottom edge of the fan blades

2. Most suitable type of fan for the application – See above with regards to mounting heights of the different de-stratification fans

3. Positioning of the units for optimum air distribution and destratifying effect.

4. Noise levels – DBA of the units

5. Number of units required

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Control options for destratification or destrat fans

These units can be controlled via a thermostat and there are various control options available –

1.Fan operation is linked to the air temperature at the ceiling height

2.Fans only come on when the heating system is on

3.Speed control of the fans to prevent draughts

4.Fans are controlled independently of the heating system

5.Summer Function for cooling effect

How to Size Destratification Fans / Industrial Ceiling Fans

For the high velocity destratification fans – you size these like this –

Consider the mounting height first as this will dictate which type of destratification fan you require. Then calculate the volume of the building and multiply by two to determine the amount of air that needs to be re-circulated for effective destratification. Divide by the primary air flow of the unit to determine the number of units required.

For the low velocity destratification fans – you size like this –

Which low velocity destratification fan model do I require and how many do I need ? the destratification ceiling fans selection depends upon the height and area of the building.

Mounting heights –

FHCF900 (900mm diameter fan) units for a maximum of 3m mounting height
FHCF1200 (1,200mm diameter fan) units for a maximum of 6m mounting height
FHCF1400 (1,400mm diameter fan) units for a maximum of 9m mounting height

*Please note the ‘mounting height` refers to the distance between the blades and the floor. There must be a minimum distance of 2.3m between the floor and the lowest point of the fan.

Area covered per destratification fan

FHCF900  -1 per 33m²

FHCF1200 -1 per 90m²

FHCF1400 -1 per 145m²

For this guide we will be calculating in metres

1.Calculate the internal height
2.Calculate the length by the width to get the square meters of the internal space
3.Choose the most suitable fan based on the maximum height it can do
4.Divide the square meters of the internal space by the square meters that the chosen fan model can do. This will then give you the number of fans required. See below example

For an internal area of 20m in length, 20m in width and 4m in height, the calculation would be as follows;

20 x 20 = 400m². The height is 4m so the most suitable fan would be the FHCF1200 as it has a maximum height of 6m. This fan has a coverage of 90m², so the next sum would be 400 ÷ 90 = 4.4
As this resulting figure is over 4, you would require 5 fans for this area.

Destratification Fans –  Destrat Fans – Industrial Ceiling Fans for Sale UK & Ireland  

We have a great range of destrat fans to suit all commercial and industrial destratification needs, all are the best quality , and at the best prices. These destrat fans will automatically recirculate the high level warm or hot air from high level , to ground level, thus reducing stratification and any associated heat losses.This movement of the warm air from the ceiling or roof, down to the floor level, not only converts potentially wasted heat or energy back into useful heat, but can also lead to reduced energy bills, as they can save up to 32% depending on the height of the building, warehouse, factory or church .If you require any further assistance with any of our Destratification FansDestrat FanDe-stratification fansIndustrial Ceiling Fans, please click here to contact us via email or call us direct on 01202 822221.