MEDIA RELEASE 26 November
Ceiling fans reduce energy consumption in commercial environments
Cairns-based engineering firm MGF Consultants is utilising the humble ceiling
fan in many of its commercial projects with the main objective of reducing
MGF is working with leading Australian ceiling fan manufacturer and designer
Hunter Pacific and is increasingly specifying ceiling fans in commercial jobs
According to MGF's Lighting & Sustainability Expert Carl Gray, the first step
was to install ceiling fans in their own office to really test the concept
before recommending it to clients.
"What we found was that having ceiling fans set on medium all day allows us to
run our air-conditioning at a temperature of 25.5 degrees rather than the
typical 23.5 degrees most office environments would favour, which has
considerably reduced our energy consumption.
"In our office we are using Hunter Pacific Sycamore fans because of their unique
design. The Sycamore has an air-foil design making it quiet and able to
distribute airflow more broadly that typical ceiling fans so papers are not
blown off desks.
"In our office of 20 people we have one ceiling fan for each workstation pod
that houses three workers and it seems to be the optimum number," he said.
"Before we settled on the use of ceiling fans we looked at the science behind it
and discovered that there were four measures influencing whether people feel hot
or cold: ambient temperature (the number on the thermometer); radiant
temperature (heat or cold reflected from surfaces); humidity; and air movement
which is where ceiling fans factor in," he added.
MGF Consultants has also specified fans in a number of office locations
including a recent large government installation.
"We are finding that ceiling fans are particularly popular in 'green' buildings.
These buildings often have higher ceilings to allow more natural light and
therefore are better for ceiling fan installation.
"It's curious that the sustainability message is really getting through and we
are returning to many design concepts that can be traced back to the 1930s with
higher ceilings, more natural light and less fluorescent lighting," he added.
"Ceiling fans are not suitable for every job but we're certainly included them
where we can because of their many benefits".
Hunter Pacific International is a leading Australian-owned designer and
worldwide distributor of ceiling and exhaust fans and accessories in both
residential and commercial environments.
For more information on Hunter Pacific and its products, visit
www.hunterpacific.com.au or call
(02) 9658 1958.
Released for Hunter Pacific International by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Nicola Rutzou or Gill Asbury on (02) 9413