The Differences Between Commercial Fans and Residential Fans

Commercial fans are useful in industrial settings where efficiency, reliability and power are more important than aesthetics. Some significant differences between the commercial and residential versions are the former operates with less number of blades for faster speed.

Commercial fans are designed to allow greater and efficient airflow. Their curved or sculpted blades deliver an airflow pattern for better air circulation in large areas with higher ceilings. Take a look at some commercial fans that are available on the Internet at such websites as, and Amazon.

Ventamatic CX30BD2SPDWT Whole House Fan-30″ Belt Drive Fan with Shutter:

This fan is the best replacement for your traditional air conditioner. It works by drawing air in through the window and exhausting it out through the attic. Some of its standard features are joist-out and joist-in installation, thermally protected two-speed PSC motor, steel motor struts, four aluminum fan blades with 30 inches diameter for superior air movement, steel venture for durability, powder-coated white shutter, wall switch and belt-drive type blower. It covers 2,500-square foot area and fits opening dimensions of 29.5 inches by 32 and 1/4 inches. This fan sells for $314.99, a discount of $99.00 from the original price of $413.99.

Model #CP56 BK Black Commercial Ceiling Fan:

This fan series features variable speed motors that are thermally protected with lubricated bearings, painted steel blades that have curved ends for maximum air movement over covered area of 1,450 square feet, reversible motor to provide summer time cooling and winter heat destratification and 16-inch down rod.

Westinghouse Ceiling Fans 78127 56″ Industrial Ceiling Fan:

This white finish industrial fan features 3 56-inch aerodynamically curved steel blades, 5-speed wall switch, ball hanger installation system and 12 inches down rod. The design of this fan is aimed for rooms with high ceiling, no less than 10 feet from the floor. The fan is built to last for a long time and requires little maintenance and repair. It is heat-resistant as well as dirt-resistant. This fan sells under model 78127 for $47.22.

Emerson Fans HF948W 48″ Industrial Heat Contemporary Appliance White Ceiling Fan:

This white finish fan features 188mm spinner motor that comes with a two-year warranty, 3 white metal blades with 48-inch span and 12-degree pitch and 8 inches and 22 inches poles. The fan is indoor rated and has superior cooling performance for a comfortable work environment courtesy of its unique paddle-type blades. You can buy this fan for $124.80, a savings of 32 percent or $57.60 from the list price of $182.40.

TPI Heavy-Duty Industrial-Grade Down Draft Ceiling Fan:

The fan features 60-inch blades, a noiseless motor that operates at 320 RPM for efficient air circulation. It measures 56 inches in diameter and comes with 18-inch down rod, 6-foot 3-wire cord and a mounting kit for easy installation. This fan is perfect for use in garages, shops and other large areas. Prices for this fan vary depending on options. The fan sells under model number HDHR-56.

Commercial Grade Variable Speed Ceiling Fans – Metal Blades:

This fan features a thermally protected motor with variable speed, permanently lubricated bearings, painted steel blades designed with curved ends to deliver superb air movement over wide areas. This 56-inch fan’s reversible motor is designed to provide cooling during summers and warmth during winters.