Keeping cool and green: Davao churches’ giant fans

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DAVAO City, April 21, 2015—To keep churches cool and environment-friendly despite the tropical heat of the Philippines, churches in Davao City have installed giant ceiling fans known as “Big Ass” fans.

The giant ceiling fans of Davao churches keep the faithful cool, while protecting the environment. (Photo: John Frances C. Fuentes)

Three parishes in the Archdiocese of Davao have installed their ceiling fans instead of putting up centralized air-conditioning systems, which contribute to rising global temperatures due to carbon emissions.

San Pedro Cathedral Parish in the downtown area has installed three units last December 2014, improving the ventilation of the church, especially during jam-packed Sunday Masses.

Fundraising for cooler churches

San Pablo Parish in Juna Subdivision in Matina followed suit in January 2015, putting up three units. The units were blessed by Archbishop of Davao Romulo G. Valles during the fiesta celebration last February 22.

Ascension of the Lord Parish at GSIS Heights Subdivision has also installed on Feb. 24 one unit, which is bigger than the one in San Pedro, in the middle of the church’s ceiling.

The three parishes have raised funds for the purchase and installation costs of the ceiling fans through donations from fundraising activities.

According to sources, the three units for the San Pedro Cathedral model cost almost Php 1.7 million pesos, while the installation cost would amount to Php 237,500.00.

Cheaper, more eco-friendly

The San Pablo Parish units which are smaller than those of the two parishes cost more than Php 1,080,000, while the installation cost, including labor and materials reached Php 209,800.00.

The Ascension of the Lord Parish meanwhile spent Php 560,000 for the unit and Php 60,000 for the installation cost.

The units in the three parishes are of the same kind as those seen in Davao City’s shopping mall food courts, which also use fans by Big Ass to ventilate the dining area. Big Ass is a brand of industrial fans that move high volumes of air at low speeds.

Aside from being less expensive than regular air-conditioning units, ceiling fans cost cheaper in terms of maintenance and electricity consumption. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)

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