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Getting AirMotional

We have a line on one of our web pages that says Exceeding expectations. The idea is that one winds up realizing more than they bargained for with our big fans. We seem to be achieving the objective as I continue to be amazed at how much our customers and their personnel love AirMotion big fans. I guess you could say they are 'AirMotional' about them. This puts the onus on us to be sure it is not just a short term crush, but a long lasting relationship. Count on us to keep working at that.

Why we call them Big Smart Fans?

We can give you plenty of reasons why you should choose AirMotion Big Smart Fans over other HVLS fans. What I want to address is how we started calling them Big Smart Fans. Frankly, often - too often - I would be asked if our fans were Big Ass Fans. Well our Next generation HVLS fans with VPT™ (Variable Pitch Technology), Rotatair™ Composite blades, and MultiMode Smart Control capabilities provide better performance than the old generation larger HVLS fans. We just decided that saying 'No, they are Big Smart Fans' says it all!

You can't fly a plane backwards

I didn't say it. The folks at the Navy told me that one. We were discussing the benefits of our Variable Pitch Technology and the ability to blow the air up as well they blow the air down. We think this is particularly important for optimally reclaiming otherwise wasted heat high up in ceilings as well as for more complete air mixing. Some others try to accomplish this by reversing the direction of spin of their airfoil blades. Some don't even do that, only being able to blow air down. Right from the get go, based on years of experience, we were very particular about the functionality of our design. Nice to know the Navy flyers recognize the merits of how our fans work.

Who is Bill Fairbanks?

Despite claims to the contrary - and when I first got into this business I made those contrary claims - we have Bill Fairbanks and his class at UC Riverside for inventing the HVLS fan. Others have taken his invention and made it better. And of course with ours being the Next Generation of HVLS fans, we have taken the concept to a whole different level. But the guru, the grandfather, the main man of big fans was Professor William Fairbanks. We thank him, posthumously, for his innovation.

MultiMode Smart Control capability: Have It Your Way

AirMotion Next Generation HVLS fans already have the smart functionality like control of direction, intensity, and reach of the air movement; now we throw in microprocessors, and temperature sensors at the fan and down at the wall box, and all of a sudden there are a lot of things one can do... As they used to say at Burger King: 'Have it your way'... You want to be in complete control of the fan, just run on Manual. You like the idea of being most efficient, set it on EcoMode. You want to cut your heat costs big time, put it on DeStrat Mode. You want the fan to do it all for you (like the Navy does), go for AutoMode. Or maybe you just want a timer set up to turn the fan on... well we’ve got that too. Who knows what else we will come up with? It’s simple (okay, there are a lot of lines of software code that need to be written).

Does CFM matter?

We coined the term: optimal CFM - Complete Facility Movement of air, in part to address the market challenge of larger fans having listed big CFM numbers. There are apparently several ways to derive and report a CFM number. It is a means for some to compare fan to fan performance, like horsepower. In reality, to continue the analogy, most folks don't need, nor use, all the horsepower they may be buying. I, like many others with expertise in the HVLS fan business, would argue the same is true for big fans. But, we also got a little smarter - well we got smarter people - and realized that, though there may be other factors, the core variables in a fan's CFM involve size, speed, and blade-pitch-angle. Using a little math we realized our calculations put AirMotion Next Generation HVLS fans higher on the comparative CFM scale (as we calculate apples to apples, not necessarily what is reported by others) to support what was obvious through observation. We now hold our heads up high on the CFM discussion. But there really is a lot more that matters about a fan than just CFM... like our version of CFM - Complete Facility Movement of air.

Smarter Physics for more effective Heat De-stratification

When it comes to heat de-stratification in the winter, we are adamant that rather than trying to pull the stacked air down from more than five feet or so above a one-directional, fixed pitch fan, pushing all the air up there helps mix it better and bring it down to the floor. And it does it with less or no cooling effect at the floor (at the time when you don’t want a cooling breeze). We purposely designed AirMotion Next Generation HVLS fans so you can do that.

Go green right away

When I attend energy conferences I often tell people that HVLS fans can save more energy immediately than most other products, practices, or ideas at the conference. Instead of several years, or even decades, before one sees payback with big and costly ideas like wind, solar, and co-generation, AirMotion HVLS fans start saving energy immediately. And they pay back in such short time. So I say, don't waste time or money, go green right away. It’s easy with these big fans. Employees, coworkers, stakeholders, and customers will be glad you did.

Why AirMotion HVLS fans make (dollars and) sense

As a former bean counter, I always found financial analysis, done well, to provide convincing support for a stated position. When it comes to moving and mixing massive amounts of air with AirMotion HVLS fans, it can easily be shown that, besides the benefits in comfort, there are productivity increases and, much more importantly, cost savings from energy efficiency, energy savings, and reduction of wasted energy.

Do the math, and one can quickly realize one is leaving money on the table (and in their utility company's pockets) if one doesn’t invest in these fans. The money is real, it is significant, and it can mean a competitive advantage in one’s cost structure.

Payback is quick. ROI is high. And the best one, the savings means real NPV - Net Present Value - buy an AirMotion big fan and make money on it from the savings.

Besides, people at all levels of an organization, from the CEO and CFO looking at P&L's to folks working on the floor whose facility environment is improved beyond anything they could possibly imagine (they come to love these fans), will think you are the hero.

It really is a no-brainer. Call AirMotion and find out how you could be missing the boat and how best to get folks in your organization on board. The numbers will help tell the story.

Why bigger isn't always better, especially to fire marshal and insurance underwriters

I am excited to be launching AirMotion Sciences, Inc. and its Next Generation HVLS (High Volume Low Speed) fans. I have had the good fortune of spending time learning the industry, the product, and related opportunities and pitfalls at one of the other guys. Some of my good friends that I hired and trained are still with them, putting food on their tables. I am happy for them.

When I was building the other business, I had a lot of questions and concerns. One of the simple ones was just the strobe effect created by the big fan blades spinning underneath lights. We stayed mostly silent on that issue, but I would venture a guess that one out of twenty people find the strobe effect annoying (I am one of those twenty). Well, I know when I have something bothering me it is a distraction, so my productivity goes down. I have to believe this plays a factor with others out there.

More importantly, I also have to believe it is just a matter of time before fire marshals and insurance underwriters get smart and get concerned about the big blades obstructing sprinkler heads. It is a potential safety hazard that hasn’t been focused on much yet.

Now, I once wrote an article published in F&M Magazine titled 'Bigger is Better' (January 2005). I don’t think that I would use the same headline today.

As a result, we have designed and built the AirMotion Next Generation HVLS fans to fit within common lighting and sprinkler head spacing. We move lots of air with our fans. Thanks to our unique VPT™ (Variable Pitch Technology), they don't necessarily need to be so big to effectively harness the laws of physics to create comfortable and productive environments while saving lots of energy. It is that simple.

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