Why should grocery retailers
consider installing Airius air
destratification fan systems?
Christian Avedon: A destratification system is a network of jetted
ceiling fans working in concert to
continuously mix the ceiling air to
the floor and balance a facility’s air
When a space’s temperature is
balanced, the need to over heat or
over cool a space due to stratification is eliminated and significant
savings can be realized. Case studies have shown energy savings up
to 35 percent in the heating season
and 25 percent in the cooling
season. Not only can air destratification fan systems lower retailers
HVAC energy costs, these systems
can dramatically improve comfort
throughout the store.
How do destratification fans
specifically benefit grocery
On one side of the store you may
have a deli producing excessive heat
while on the other side you have
refrigerated cases spilling cold air.
The constant conflict of these two
environments creates stratification
issues as well as excessive energy
use by the HVAC system. By mixing
the air using a destrat system, you
can dramatically improve comfort
as well as reduce the excessive
conditioning of the space.
Key features of Airius fan systems
• Cut energy costs by reducing
constant starts and stops of
• Improve comfort for shoppers,
especially in frozen food aisles.
• Keep employees comfortable,
• Fan installations at store
entrances assist in drying floors during inclement
• Mitigate fogging on freezer
• Move air alongside, not into,
open cold cases.
• Can include a PHI (
photohy-droionization) kit to eliminate
mold, bacteria, VOCs and
odors. Grocers have installed
fans with PHI near meat and
fish counters, in employee
break rooms and janitorial storage areas.
Are there any new designs in air
destratification fans specifically
addressing the needs of grocery
Yes, Airius has introduced a new
full-store solution, the Retail Series.
The Retail Series Model 20
fans offer two nozzle options. The
Narrow Aisle nozzle creates an
elongated air pattern to circulate air
into narrow, airflow sensitive spaces
such as open cold case aisles. The
Standard nozzle produces a radial
air pattern that is well suited for the
general sales floor, entrances and
back of house.
How is the Airius destratification
fan different from other fans?
The compact nature allows the
fans to fit tightly into a ceiling with
rafters, ducts or lighting. Having the
blades enclosed within the housing
hides dirt that is typically visible on
other paddle style fans. By installing Airius fans directly against the
ceiling, you will achieve full-volume
The Air Pear Suspended Ceiling
Fan, which fits into a 2-foot by
2-foot acoustic ceiling tile, accommodates ceiling heights from 8 to
Are there other energy-saving
benefits from Airius fans?
Yes, Airius fans now offer the option
of an energy-efficient electronically
commutated (EC) motor. The EC
motor comes standard on all Retail
Series fans and provides up to 92
From the introduction of the original Airius fan in June 2004, Airius
has grown its offerings to include
several product lines that serve
the destratification needs of many
building types and sizes. Airius
has assisted thousands of facilities around the world to increase
comfort, balance humidity, increase
indoor air quality, reduce carbon
footprints and save on HVAC
energy costs. The Airius product
lines are proudly engineered and
manufactured in the USA, ensuring
Christian Avedon, sales and marketing director for Airius, says more grocers
are adding destratification fans for energy savings and improved comfort.