The oldest thing that is constant in our history books and probably one of man’s first simple tool is a fan. Fashioned from a simple tool, a humble fan evolved from fashioned feathers and what-not to a mechanized solution of the modern times. Even with the invention of an air-conditioning unit, a fan remains as the most basic and energy efficient cooling system we have as of today. As opposed to an aircon unit, a fan simulates wind and natural airflow creating a pleasant breeze for anyone.
Although a typical person would easily describe a fan mainly based on the material used, there are big differences between a commercial fan and an industrial fan. The differences between the two lies in terms of its size, variation, typical use and durability. Industrial-grade fans usually consists of two types: centrifugal and axial fans -usually centrifugal fans are ones where the air is concentrated towards its core (flow and pressure) whereas axial fans are directed outwards (flow). Although both are produced commercially for different uses, the fans we normally use are axial fans
Axial fans consist of several parts –the motor where the shaft is connected and the blades where air is distributed through. Here it would be easier to discuss the difference between the two in terms of material, construction, motor, airflow speed and function indus.
The easiest thing to note between the two are the materials used for each. Commercial fans or general-purpose fans are made usually made from light gauge sheet steel. Although nowadays, plastic and metal are commonly used. As they are usually made from light materials, construction is easy -it is bolted and mounted into its base motors. These base motors are resilient although they are less durable than industrial grade ones. In terms of design and flexibility, the advantage of using a commercial fan is that there can be a variety of design, material finishes or pattern that can be incorporated into blades. This allows commercial fans to be easily fabricated with a range of design and color.
Meanwhile, an industrial fan, often bigger in size and capacity comes with a limited set of finishes. Made from heavy gauge cast aluminum or stainless steel, industrial grade fans are often more functional looking than commercial ones. There is also a big difference in terms of range and length of blades as commercial ones have less reach than an industrial fan. As it is made for heavy duty and continuous work, industrial-grade fans are welded as to ensure strength and longevity of the material. Contrary to the commercial fans, an industrial fan is more rigid and not easily repackaged and reassembled. But having such a rigid construction can also have its benefits. Despite more expensive than commercial ones, industrial fans outperform them in terms of durability. Where a general-purpose fan has a span of 4-years at max, industrial grade fans can be used for more than 10 years.
Depending on the Fans Location
Also, you must note that these two types of fan also vary in the way they are used located. Commercial fans can be placed on a wall as well as a ceiling whereas industrial fans are an industrial fan have shorter fins attached to the wheel and a smaller motor giving them performing at a higher speed than industrial grade fans. Meanwhile industrial fans, having thinner blades distributes air slower than typical fans. Due to this, commercial fan also tends to wear out easily and produce more noise than industrial one despite needing the same amount of electricity. In terms of function, a general-purpose fan is often used for medium sized facilities and residential spaces as it has limited and concentrated effectivity. Meanwhile, heavy duty ones are commonly uses for facilities such as factories and spaces requiring a large volume of air needed for circulation.
Overall, the total efficiency of a fan depends on its capacity to perform for its intended use. Often than not, most consumers look based on the aesthetic of an equipment. Some fashion lighting together with a fan making it a integrated feature in fan. Many of commercially available fans today have different materials ranging from wood finish to sleek white blades. Some are manually controlled while some are controlled with a remote. Small spaces, specially places with low ceiling can benefit from power and speed of commercial fans while for spaces with high ceilings, an industrial fan is a better option to maximize the volume of larger spaces. Consider also the attachment point for your fixture, will it hold up? Can it withstand the movement from the fan? There are a lot of things to consider in choosing a fan that is function-able and efficient for each use.
Servicing the Fan
Another, consider the serviceability of the equipment, would it require frequent dismounting? Or are you willing to utilize an equipment or hire someone to maintain it? These are few questions often overlooked by the consumer. Both types of fan have its pros and cons that’s why knowing the size of the space, the volume of people and ceiling height are all crucial elements in achieving the perfect solution for any space. But if you are looking in terms of durability, a better option is an industrial grade fan that despite its initial cost would save you more in the long run. Today, these fans are usually recommended as it requires less maintenance and replacements versus its counterparts.