Charlie Kearns developed an interest in flying early in life. When he isn’t working professionally or actively flying, Kearns enjoys spending time in his private aircraft hangar in Justin, Texas. It’s home to a 1976 Cessna, a model experimental kit plane and a fully restored 1953 U.S. Army Jeep.
Private aircraft hangars protect aircraft from the elements and secure them when not in use. Due to the nature of a hangar’s size and construction, trying to work in air conditioning is more than unrealistic. While opening a hangar’s door(s) is the primary way to ventilate the structure, high winds or other weather events often mean keeping the hangar’s door(s) closed is the obvious choice.
“When outdoor temperatures in Texas exceed 100 degrees, HVLS fans can provide much needed relief by circulating a high volume of what would otherwise be hot, stagnant air.”
And when outdoor temperatures in Texas exceed 100 degrees, HVLS fans can provide much needed relief by circulating a high volume of what would otherwise be hot, stagnant air. Even with a hangar’s door(s) open, HVLS fans will provide an added cooling effect when no natural breeze is apparent.
Kearns decided to rely on EPIC’s expertise to install two 14-foot diameter Apex commercial fans. This resulted in powerful and efficient airflow throughout the hangar, keeping occupants cool and comfortable without causing any disruption in lighting or flickering shadows from rotating fan blades.
For his Apex fans, Kearns said he’s setting them at about ¾ speed (a remote control speed setting of about 6 or 7 out of 10) to get the right amount of air moving in his hangar. “These fans are powerful enough that they’ll literally blow papers off of tables if set too high, so you want to find just the right setting that will provided a good level of comfort without being too noticeable.”