Warehouse Fans & Ventilation

Europe’s #1 range of man coolers are powerful, high performance fans designed to provide unrivalled amounts of air movement for cooling and ventilation.  

Mighty Breeze fans combine a tough ABS plastic body to give them the impact resistance demanded for industrial applications and a stylish appearance suited to more subtle applications such as events and retail.  These adaptable fans come in two separate sizes, both available in 110V or 240V and with three separate fan speeds allowing them to be tailored to almost any ventilation requirement.  

The VF range of industrial extractor fans boasts 1.5mm steel bodies, aluminium housed motors for excellent heat dissipation and sickle bladed fans to maximise airflow and pressure and allow them to be duct 20M.   With various outputs up to 14,400m3/hr all available in 110V and 230V there’s an option to suit just about any industrial ventilation requirement.  

Hard wearing plasticoated ducting is also available in 10M lengths and comes with a built in rope tie for securing to the unit.

Cooling Fans and Ventilation Fans

An increasingly important part of a comfortable working environment is good air circulation which is essential for effective cooling, ventilation or both. More often than not these days good ventilation and a constant stream of fresh air are legal requirements of government and the Health and Safety Executive.

There are a number of ways to increase ventilation and airflow which range from simply opening a window or door, too complicated ducted systems that are built into a building at the point of construction.

Natural ventilation alone is not always an option though and sometimes mechanical assistance is required, of which there are two main types:

Ventilation fans remove hazardous substances such as smoke, dust, vapours, welding fumes and gasses like CO2.

Cooling fans are an excellent way to circulate air, which helps relieve the kind of stale, stuffy atmosphere proven to reduce productivity and efficiency. They are also used to supplement air conditioning for comfort cooling, especially in larger areas. These types of fans are sometimes known as Man Coolers in the industry.

With the Mighty Breeze and VF ranges, Broughton offers a number of portable cooling and ventilation solutions that can be used to supplement natural air movement or fixed installations. These high volume fans can be used to either suck or blow air to help create a more suitable environment, either on their own or with ducting and filters.

With a 30 year history in the design and manufacture of fans and ventilation equipment, we have previously supplied fans into all sorts of different industries. The VF range of industrial ventilation fans tends to find itself in more specialised settings such as manufacturing, tank cleaning, mining, tunnelling, construction and demolition, the military and even farming. On the other hand, the more subtle and stylish Mighty Breeze range is commonly used for either assisting comfort cooling and/or heating in applications such as event hire, factories, gymnasiums, centres and even on the sets of pop videos.

What’s the difference between cooling fans and ventilation fans?

Any fan can be used to ventilate, just by switching one on you’ll have some form of ventilation, however, sometimes, that might not be enough or it may be necessary to extract air that has become contaminated or polluted with something like smoke, fumes or even dust. You might also want to extract air from a tunnel or workstation which is nowhere near a window or doorway so ducting is required, for applications such as these you’d be better off using a dedicated ventilation fan.

Other than their shapes, which are quite different for ventilation fans, the main difference between ventilation and cooling are the blades they use. Cooling fans tend to use standard axial blades which, although excellent air movers and perfect for general cooling and circulation purposes, don’t generate much pressure so aren’t really suitable for use with ducting. Ventilation fans, on the other hand, will use sickle bladed or centrifugal impellers that are able to move air at great pressure and therefore perfect when ducting is required.

Typical Applications

Our Mighty Breeze cooling fans usually find themselves in marquees, retail centres, warehouses, offices, factories, large distribution centres and even museums. The more specialist VF range tend to go into more industrial settings and are generally used for welding fume extraction, tunnel work, tank cleaning, sewers and so on.

Useful tips for specifying the correct ventilation or cooling fan

To select the appropriate fan(s) simply calculate the volume of the room to be ventilated and multiply this by the number of air changes required (using the below table or similar). It is however also worth noting what type of application you have as a large VF600 would not necessarily be suitable for a nightclub or gym so a number of MB50’s might be a better option. You must also ensure that there are gaps in the room, an open window, for example, to ensure a good flow of air, especially when sucking the air through.

Below is a table of common applications showing the normally recommended number of air changes per hour. Although these represent a good guideline we would always suggest checking any legal specifics with the appropriate body as there can, on occasion, be variations.

Application Changes p/hr Application Changes p/hr
Bar 10-12 Gymnasium 2-3
Garage 4-6 Theatre 5-8
Foundry 8-15 Spray Booth 20-50
Canteen 6-8 Meeting Room 5-10
Laboratory 5-15 Workshop 6-10
Engine Room 15-30 Fume Cupboard 40-50
Storage Room 3-6 Office 4-8
Restaurant 6-10 House 4


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MB30 Man Cooler

  • Powerful air mover
  • Tough ABS body
  • 4 pole motor
  • 3 fan speeds
  • Available in 110V or 230V

While tough enough for industry this powerful fan also utilises a 4 pole motor and stylish looks to give it the discretion required for more subtle applications in retail and events.  Available in both 110V and 230V.

MB50 Man Cooler

  • Very powerful fan
  • Tough ABS body
  • 4 pole motor
  • 3 speeds
  • Available in 110V or 230V

Europe’s #1 man cooler fan has a tough, stylish, ABS body and very powerful 4 pole motor to reduce noise.  The MB50 regularly finds homes in distribution warehouses, hire fleets and even aeroplane wing manufacturing plants.  Available in either 110V or 230V.

MB2000 Man Cooler

  • Massive 14,400m3/hr
  • 480 pa pressure
  • Can duct 20M
  • Locking castors
  • Steel bodied

Our most powerful fan come in a tough steel body with locking castors.  Capable of generating 14,400m3/hr at 480pa with a directional head that can be locked into position.  Available in either 110V or 230V.

VF250 Extractor Fan

  • Available in 110V or 230v
  • Tough steel body
  • 2580m3/hr airflow
  • 294pa pressure
  • Can duct 20M

A high performance 250mm extractor fan using powerful sickle bladed motors housed in 1.5mm steel bodies with aluminium cased motors help to reduce weight.  An excellent high volume extractor fan ideal for any application.

VF300 Extractor Fan

  • Available in 110V or 230V
  • Tough Steel body
  • 3600m3/hr airflow
  • 343pa pressure
  • Can duct 20M

A high performance 300mm extractor fan using powerful sickle bladed motors housed in 1.5mm steel bodies with aluminium cased motors help to reduce weight.  An excellent high volume extractor fan ideal for any application.

VF600 Extractor Fan

  • Available in 110V or 230V
  • Tough steel body
  • 14,400M3/hr
  • 480pa pressure
  • Can duct 20M
  • Locking castors
  • Swivel head

A high performance 600mm extractor fan using powerful sickle bladed motors housed in 1.5mm steel bodies with aluminium cased motors help to reduce weight.  An excellent high volume extractor fan ideal for any application.

VF9K Industrial Ventilation Fan

  • Massive 9,360m3/hr
  • 1000 pa pressure
  • High quality build
  • High pressure generation

Super industrial build quality coupled with high performance and large pressure generation make the VFK range perfect for large scale ventilation applications. Can be used for dust or fume extraction and with long lengths of ducting.

VF17K Industrial Ventilation Fan

  • Massive 18,000m3/hr
  • 1000 pa pressure
  • High quality build
  • High pressure generation

Frame mounted industrial ventilation unit complete with forklift skids and lifting eyes with delivering a huge 18,000M3/hr at 1000 Pascals.  These powerful industrial ventilation fans are ideal for the extraction of harmful fumes and dust particles in confined area’s whilst they can also be used in conjunction with cooling or heating plant, such as boilers and chillers, to deliver hot or cold air over large areas.

VF25K Industrial Ventilation Fans

  • Massive 32,400m3/hr
  • 1000 pa pressure
  • High quality build
  • 400v 32A 50hZ supply

Supersize industrial ventilation fans made for the most demanding applications. Manufactured from high grade materials to the highest possible specifications the VFK range are built to withstand the rigors of use in tunneling, mining, ship yards, oil refineries, power stations and large factories etc.