To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “An HVLS fan is an HVLS fan is an HVLS fan is … ”
Or is it?
It’s a question Charlie Kearns, vice president of EIKON Consulting Group, LLC of Sanger, Texas, has considered. EIKON is a 39-year-old full-service regional architectural design and engineering firm that works on a broad array of building projects in the public and private sector.
Kearns knows a thing or two about airflow dynamics: He is an active private airplane pilot in his off-hours.
“I just finished building a new hangar and home on a residential air park,” Kearns explains. Sanger is just north of Denton, Texas, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Summers are often stifling hot.
The perfect remedy for a sweltering Texas airplane hangar? A pair of low-profile commercial-grade 12-foot HVLS fans. With a pilot’s skilled eye for propeller blade and motor design, performance for Kearns counts for a lot.
“Being an engineer myself, I was looking for something that reflected serious thought behind the fan. Compactness is a reflection of that. A streamlined drive mechanism and the motor don’t have to appear industrial. The blades can flow better. You can achieve quieter performance without sacrificing airflow. You can bridge the gap between a commercial-grade HVLS ceiling fan and industrial-grade,” observes the licensed pilot.
Kearns knows from his architectural project work at EIKON that specifying HVLS fans can be viewed as a commodity, with brand often determined by a mechanical contractor or electrical contractor.
Personally and professionally, Kearns understands the value-added of superior HVLS fan engineering especially when it’s coupled with heads-up customer service. He’s seen how that front-end and back-end support can make a difference in bids and owner relations.
“We once had an issue with the construction of a Lubbock fire station project. The ceiling was an angled vaulted ceiling. The initial HVLS fan mount design wasn’t going to work. The fan maker worked with us to come up with a prompt solution,” Kearns recalls.
For Kearns and the EIKON design team, there’s only one name they specify when they can: the commercial and industrial HVLS fans of Entrematic.
“They have the engineering down solid. They’ve really streamlined the mechanism and styling to where it’s architecturally acceptable. The aesthetics are there. They can work in many different environments, from an industrial loft-style restaurant to even airplane hangars,” he says, smiling.
“Entrematic’s real strength is customer service and support. The differences between brands aren’t that large. Entrematic shines for their responsiveness and openness to custom work.”
A rose may be a rose. But for airplane pilot and architectural project manager Charlie Kearns, an HVLS fan has to be Entrematic.