This years heat and high humidity averaging in the upper 90’s the past month made for a record year for high temps at this years MN State Fair.
Strolling through many of the animal barns, one could feel how hot and uncomfortable it was for both people and animals. Except for one barn, the Swine Barn.
As soon as you entered the Swine Barn, you could feel how much more comfortable it was, just like a nice breeze blowing through the building. It seemed as if the animals were more comfortable as well.
Looking up at the ceiling revealed 8 giant fans placed throughout the building. The fans are actually HVLS fans or High Volume Low Speed Fans from Rite-Hite. These were sold to the MN State Fair by Pugleasa Company in 2011 and have been keeping Fairgoers and animals comfortable since that time.
“We love to stand near the fans to cool off, and the pigs enjoy the fans as well”
“What a huge difference the fans make!” according to some of the 4H students tending to their pigs. “We love to stand near the fans to cool off, and the pigs enjoy the fans as well”, the students added. Also, many of the news stations broadcasting from the Fair ran segments on how comfortable the Swine Barn was compared to the other buildings at the fair that have no air movement.
The HVLS fans from Rite-Hite not only make a big difference in summer cooling, but are also great for the winter time to move all the heat that collects up in the ceilings of buildings down to the floor, keeping large spaces much warmer, bringing down energy costs as much as 30%.