A hunter/jumper training facility based in Temple, N.H., Eagle Creek Farm considered not only the comfort of its trainers and clients’ horses, but also their ability to work year-round when designing an indoor riding arena suited for the tough New England climate.
Farm manager Gary Holman added a wood boiler heating system to the 120 by 210-ft. riding arena two years ago. But all the heat was rising to the peak of the 35-ft. ceiling, leaving horses and riders in the cold below.
Stratification occurs because hot air is approximately 5-7% lighter than cool air in a space and tends to rise to the ceiling. This can result in a significant temperature difference (10 to 30 F) from floor to ceiling.
“In New England, it’s a pretty big building to heat, especially with a dirt floor,” Holman said. “All the heat would just go up to the ceiling and I couldn’t get it to move around.”
The Big Ass Fan Company had the perfect solution to keep Holman’s trainers and charges happy: three 18-ft. diameter Powerfoil®X Plus fans.
Large diameter, low speed ceiling fans destratify heat by moving large volumes of air without creating a draft. The steady mixing of air creates a uniform temperature throughout the space, with heat pushed down to the occupants’ level. The energy savings achieved from reducing the amount of heat escaping through the roof is similar to turning the thermostat down three to five degrees, which can translate to a serious reduction in operating costs.
In Eagle Creek Farm’s riding arena, the difference was immediate.
“They’re able to ride more consistently year-round,” Holman said.
The fans also work overtime in the summer, increasing airflow to make occupants feel up to 10 F cooler.
“The fans have made it much better for the trainers to ride in the arena,” Holman said. “It gets muggy in there, but with the fans going and the windows open, the air circulates nicely.
“I haven’t had any issues with the fans. The heaters disturb the footing more than the fans do, and they don’t swing the lights or anything—it’s worked out really well,” Holman said.
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