There’s a lot that goes into cultivating a great experience at your campus rec fitness center — including airflow. Poor airflow can make workouts uncomfortable for students and staff alike. On the flip side, effective airflow can not only ensure exercisers are far more comfortable, but also lower your building’s energy consumption.
MacroAir large industrial ceiling fans provide rec centers and fitness spaces around the world a powerful, energy efficient airflow solution with their high volume, low speed fan designs. As leaders in the industry, MacroAir has developed its own exclusive 3D airflow visualization software called AirViz that precisely maps the airflow produced by their fans in any space, using cutting-edge computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The software allows clients to see in the exact dimensions of their space the pattern, speed and coverage of airflow that is generated by MacroAir’s large industrial ceiling fans. This allows fitness operators, including campus rec professionals, to know how many large ceiling fans to buy and where to place them for optimal performance.
Here, Dr. Peter Lingas, a doctor of physical therapy and founder of Precision in Movement in San Bernardino, California, explains the positive impact MacroAir’s fans and CFD software have had on his fitness center and the overall workout experience for exercisers.
CR: Why did you decide to partner with MacroAir over other large ceiling fan manufactures?
PL: MacroAir was a cost-effective solution and I felt both the design of the fans and the technology were great. In addition, it was nice to find a product you can tell a lot of research and development (R&D) has been poured into. We always try to partner with companies that believe in their products and invest in R&D, and MacroAir fits the bill.
CR: Talk to me about your experience working with MacroAir’s airflow visualization software.
PL: During the mock up process, MacroAir sent us a 3D image using their CFD software that showed us exactly where fans would need to be placed for optimum airflow. This helped us ensure airflow was reaching spaces such as our turf area, where a lot of team workouts are held, versus a corner that doesn’t get much use. The CFD software was integral in helping us decide not only where fans should be placed, but also what type of fan to buy based on each fan’s capacity.
CR: What kind of impact have the MacroAir fans had on the workout experience at your fitness center?
PL: The impact was immediate. We could feel a huge difference as soon as the fans were up and running as far as circulation goes, in addition to how hot the fitness center felt — it definitely cooled things down. It was also easier to breath. This is really important in ensuring exercisers don’t overheat when doing strenuous workouts. Members can feel the difference and appreciate the cooling effect and sensation of cooling.
CR: What other things do you like about MacroAir fans specifically?
PL: In addition to airflow, another aspect I felt was nice about the MacroAir fans was the sound. The volume wasn’t as loud as the other fans I’ve looked at. I also like the sleek design, which made it easy to match the fans with our facility’s overall aesthetics.
CR: Why should campus rec centers consider working with MacroAir?
PL: Airflow has more of an impact on occupants than you may realize. MacroAir offers a cost-effective solution that we saw benefits from immediately.