Difference Between HVLS Fans & Residential Fans

We know that most of us right now are looking for a good ventilation system to get rid of hot weather into premises. 

The best part of the HVLS fan is that it saves up to 30% in the energy bill.

Before purchasing a ceiling fan, read this blog to make it clear about the difference between HVLS Fans & Residential fans. 

How do you know which type of ceiling fan is right for your space? Let’s know the difference.

The two main types of ceiling fans are high-volume low-speed (HVLS) and residential fans.


The first thing to consider when deciding your ceiling fan size is the size of the room in which it will go.

Typically, HVLS Fans can be as small as 7ft to as large as 24ft in diameter. HVLS fans require a minimum clearance of 10 ft to ensure adequate space. HVLS Fans can cover an area of over 20,000 square feet. This type of fans are ideal for big premises like warehouses, factories, industry, etc.

On the other side, Residential fans come in a range of 3ft to 6ft blade spans in diameter. They are generally used in smaller spaces, but the size and ceiling height of your space will determine the exact size of fan you will need.

As always, make sure you properly measure the area where you will be placing your fan to make the best purchase decision.


Don’t be confused with HVLS Fans speed. HVLS fans spin at a relatively low speed compared to residential fans. HVLS fans rely on size, not speed, to move a significant amount of air.

The standard residential fan runs at 300/350 RPM while the Hi-Speed fan runs at 380/390 RPM or so. 


Airflow plays an important role in HVLS Fans. These fans move slowly and distribute large amounts of air at a low rotational speed. 

It’s the best airflow method for cooling your facility in the warm months while also helping with thermal destratification in the winter months.

HVLS Fans Reduces Perceived Temperature Between 10-15º. The primary way HVLS fans work is by creating a breeze that results in an evaporative cooling effect.

In contrast, residential ceiling fans move air quickly and at a high speed in a concentrated downward motion. They also create a wind-chill effect, making it feel 8 to 10 degrees cooler in a room.

I hope the above is useful to you. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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