Do I Need an Air Mover?
You’ve probably seen one before – resting on the floor of a warehouse or greeting you as you walk across a mopped floor at your local grocery store. It looks like a snail and is usually found blasting air at a very high speed. It’s called an “air mover” and despite its unusual appearance, it does an important job in warehouses, workshops, and even in your own home. It’s vital to know what an air mover is and what it does – because it might be just the thing you need for your next project.
What Does an Air Mover Do?
How Is an Air Mover Different from a Fan?
Air movers typically provide more powerful direct airflow than a fan. If you were to twist a fan’s blades ninety degrees and put a case around them, you would essentially have an air mover. As an air mover’s blades spin, it sucks in the outside air – typically through its sides or a top opening – and shoots it out of the front at high speeds. This makes an air mover perfect for providing strong, precise airflow to a specific location.
Fans, on the other hand, are good at providing simple airflow over a large general area. They are best suited for cooling and ventilating big rooms with their less powerful, continuous air circulation. They’re also cheaper to run than air movers, so you don’t need to worry about keeping them on all day long.
If your main concern is cooling or ventilation, a fan might get the job done. But when you need a more powerful solution, then an air mover is the right tool for you.
When Would I Use an Air Mover?
So if your basement recently flooded and you just finished cleaning up the water with a pump vac, you could grab a regular old box fan. But if you want the best tool to completely dry out all that moisture – and you hope to decrease the chances of mold and mildew forming – an air mover is far more effective. For burst pipes in your walls or ceilings, or simply a large spill on your living room carpet, an air mover is the right call.
Don’t look past an air mover’s ventilation or cooling capabilities either. If an area is too small or the need is too dire, a fan won’t always be the best option. To vent areas or cool them off quickly, an air mover can easily be used in the place of a fan.
How Do I Use an Air Mover?
After they are positioned, don’t let them run unattended. Turn them on for about an hour or so, and then check the spots. You’ll be surprised at how fast they do the job. If things are still wet, keep repeating the process until everything is dry to the touch.
Which Air Mover Is Right for Me?
Even if you’ve never heard of (or seen) an air mover before, you’ve no doubt come across a time when it would have come in handy. Shop-Vac makes a wide range of clean-up tools, so it’s important to get the exact one you need for your next project. For all your drying and air moving needs, look no further than The One & Only Shop-Vac.