Tips for Choosing the Best Blower Fan
What You Need to Consider
Blower fans are great for moving a lot of air and can be ideal for ventilating, exhausting, and drying as well as cooling. They are often used for drying carpet after flooding, removing smoke and odors from rooms, and ventilating workshops and garages.
When choosing a blower fan it can be important to consider a number of things, such as:
Just as with any fan, the size of it can help determine how large of a space it can handle. Beyond this however, size can also matter as far as where it will fit and how easy it is to move around. If it will be used in a house in a small corridor and then stored in a closet, a smaller unit is more appropriate. Smaller units can also be useful in instances where the user wants to set the it up on a table or bench.
Comparing motors can be useful and certainly some of these units are capable of moving more air than others. A sufficient air flow is critical and of course the ability to adjust the angle can also be important. However, some homeowners may not want the most powerful blower fan available if conserving energy is of importance or if they want to limit the cost of the fan.
Many of these devices are floor models. They are generally sturdy and won't tip over. This low profile is perfect for drying floors and carpet. For higher air flow, adjustable or pivoting heads can help and in some cases, smaller units can be set up on a bench to elevate them. However, there are some wall mountable units available.
Noise is of course a consideration. This is especially important in residences or work areas, where people will need to be trying to do other things while the fan operates. Sometimes reading reviews by other customers can provide a good idea of how noisy a given blower fan operates.
When using these fans, it's important to locate them where they are out of the traffic pattern and aren't likely to be knocked over. It's also important to be sure nothing is blocking the vents (intake or output). Vacuuming vents routinely to remove accumulated residue and any potential blockage is important to keep the fan operating properly.
This Lasko Pro Performance 4900 blower fan is a favorite among consumers. It offers a compact build that makes it very portable and unobtrusive. It measures only 14.5" x 11.2" x 14.6" and it weighs only 11 lbs. The convenient easy grip handle makes it simple to lift. It comes fully assembled, ready to operate, and features a 1 year limited warranty.
This powerful, high velocity fan has 3 speeds (6680 high speed), a 10 ft. power cord with grounded plug, two 120 Volt accessory outlets, a circuit breaker and reset button, and a pivoting blower head so that users can adjust the air flow angle wherever they need it. It's a turbine fan and has no blades, drawing air in from the sides.
This is another affordable and popular blower fan. At 9lbs., it is highly portable and measuring only 12.5" x 9" x 11.5", it will fit in tight spaces and is easy to store. In includes a carrying handle, a 10ft power cord with ground 3 prong plug, two 120 Volt grounded outlets, and a pivoting head to give users control of airflow direction. It has a 100 blade blower which provides a very powerful airstream and three speed control.
This fan comes full assembled and offers a one year parts and labor warranty.
This Air King model offers a powerful 1/16 horsepower 120 Volt motor with three fan speeds. It has a pivoting head giving users 3 air flow directions as well. It has 2 grounded outlets, a 10ft power cord with three prong plug, and corrosion resistant, powder coated steel blades, guards, and mounts.
It measures 11.5" x 11.5" x 9.25" and weighs only 10 lbs. making it easy to move from room to room, job to job, or to store when not in use.
Lasko also provides this pivoting blower fan. It offers three speeds, two on board accessory outlets, a 3 prong grounded plug, and an integrated carrying handle. It has a rugged construction and a powerful airflow that makes it perfect for garages and workshops.