Versatile Arts, Aerial Studio

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SEATTLE — Aerial artists at a growing Seattle arts studio are perfecting their performances in a cooler, more comfortable setting after installing Airius air destratification fans.

With windows on just one wall, the 1,200-square-foot Versatile Arts studio with 30-foot ceilings suffered from poor ventilation, and was “pretty stuffy in summer, and in winter all the heat ends up at the ceiling,” says Founder and Director Beverly Sobelman.

With a hot summer ahead, students were looking for ways to be more comfortable as they practice dance routines on ropes and trapezes. Their research led them to Airius, which also has been a popular fan choice for numerous climbing wall gyms with high ceilings.

After reviewing the studio’s layout, Airius recommended purchasing two of its Model 45 fans, and they were easily installed using a 30-foot ladder by professional riggers, Sobelman says. The fans circulate the hotter air trapped high in the studio, balancing the overall temperature in the studio from ceiling to floor.

“The difference has been immediate and profound,” says Sobelman, who’s often working the rigging from the ceiling level. “You can really feel the air movement under the fans, despite the fact that they are 30 feet above you. My students are delighted.”

And she credits the online information at with making the fan purchase an easy decision. “I made one phone call before ordering to ask a few questions and found the staff there to be both friendly and knowledgeable,” Sobelman says.

Now, she adds, “I can’t wait to see the difference they make in the winter.”

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