Chapter 2: What Is an Air Mover?
Air movers are an essential tool for water restoration jobs. They offer high-velocity airflow, which leads to faster drying times to help you get the job done quicker and more efficiently. Professional grade air movers are used to improve air circulation to speed up evaporation and reduce drying times.
Alternative Names for Air Movers
Commercial air movers may be called different names depending on the manufacturer and the company. Some alternative names include: industrial air blowers, commercial blower fans and inflatable blowers or air dancer blowers if they are used for advertising dancers and bounce houses blowing. You should look for air movers labeled for commercial or industrial use if you are using them for water restoration damage jobs.
The Advantages of Air Movers
Industrial air movers and dehumidifiers make a powerful combination to use on water restoration jobs. Air movers have some unique advantages that make them a necessary tool for your water restoration business.
The advantages of air movers include:
- Energy efficient: Air movers use minimal power.
- High velocity: Air movers work great for ventilation and cooling
- Speeds drying time: Air movers help floors, carpets and wall cavities dry faster.
When Should Water Restoration Professionals Use an Air Mover?
Heavy-duty air movers have many different applications depending on the industry and the task at hand. In terms of the water restoration industry, pairing air movers with other water damage restoration equipment creates a powerful arsenal of equipment that allows you to safely and efficiently get the job done. Here’s how:
- Drying: Air movers increase air circulation and promote evaporation. The increase in air circulation means that the drying process happens much quicker. An air mover dries a carpet in 20 minutes.
- Removing fumes: Air movers are high-powered units and are great for removing gases or fumes from an area.
- Blowing: Air movers can be used to ventilate areas. They have high horse power, which means they can ventilate larger spaces and cool quicker than most water damage restoration equipment. If you have other equipment that could overheat, you can point an air mover at the unit to keep it cool.
- Mold prevention: Air movers are helpful for preventing mold because they work quickly. By decreasing the drying time, you reduce the chance of mold growth exponentially.
How to Choose the Best Air Mover
When you are shopping for a commercial air mover, it’s important to consider the following air mover specifications:
- Motor size and speed: Air movers range from ¼- to 1-horsepower motors. The more horsepower the air mover has, the noisier it will be.
- AMP draw: If you are going to use multiple pieces of equipment together or want to stack air movers, you must consider the amp power. Lower amp units are best if you are going to stack units or daisy chain them. Keep in mind that you also need a lower amp unit in cases where there aren’t many electrical outlets available at the job site.
Types of Air Movers
You’ll also need to select the best type of air mover for the job requirements, and there are three types of industrial air movers. Each type varies by direction and speed of airflow:
- Axial: Axial air movers blow large amounts of air in a wide space. These air movers are usually larger and produce a higher airflow. Axial air movers can only move air horizontally, but they are ideal for drying walls and floors, cooling equipment and ventilation.
- Centrifugal: Centrifugal air movers are compact models. They draw air from different sources and direct it all to one spot. You might use a centrifugal air mover in hard-to-reach areas such as closets, cabinets and crawl spaces.
- Compact: Compact air movers are the most versatile. These air movers can be used for large jobs or smaller spot-drying applications. They take up less space than the centrifugal air movers, and with a ¼-horsepower motor, they are quieter as well. They are small and lightweight, making them great for hard-to-reach spaces.
Popular Brands of Air Movers
Some of the most popular brands of air movers include:
B-Air® is a popular manufacturer of high-quality water restoration equipment. B-Air® designs air movers that require minimal power and produce maximum efficiency. Their models focus on being easy to use, reliable and compact.
Some of B-Air’s air movers include:
- B-Air® Flex FX-1 Mini Air Mover
- B-Air® Polar Bear PB-25 Axial Air Mover
- B-Air® Grizzly GP-1 Air Mover
- B-Air® VP-25 Compact Air Mover
- B-Air® Vent VP-33 Air Mover
BlueDri™ is also a leading manufacturer of water restoration equipment. BlueDri™ designs air movers and other restoration equipment to be high-performance and reliable models.
Some of the air movers from BlueDri™ include:
- BlueDri™ One-29 Air Mover
- BlueDri™ Jetster Air Mover
Soleaire® offers some of the most powerful air movers available. Soleaire® specializes in creating compact and powerful air movers that are great for carpet drying and other heavy-duty water restoration jobs.
Some of the Soleaire® air movers include:
- Soleaire® Max Storm Air Mover
- Soleaire® Monsoon Air Mover
- Soleaire® Super Monsoon Air Mover
Aer Industries is proud to offer equipment from each of these popular water damage restoration equipment manufacturers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Air Movers:
Q: Do I need an axial air mover or a snail fan?
A: The type of air mover that you need depends on the project. Axial fans move larger volumes of air, while snail fans, also known as centrifugal air movers, typically have higher velocity airflow. This means they provide a stronger, more focused airflow. Snail fans also usually use less power.
Q: I’m placing air movers close to the wall, but that isn’t working to effectively dry the wall. What do I do?
A: You will need to drill holes in the wall to provide additional airflow and allow/speed up drying in these areas. If there is insulation behind the drywall material that has been affected by the water you may need to remove this before you will be able to effectively dry out the wall material itself.
Q: How should I dry out underneath cabinets and vanities?
A: Use a small air mover, positioned so that it can easily pull air and produce airflow in the space. You may also want to move a dehumidifier closer to the space during this time. In some cases holes may need to be drilled in cabinets to increase airflow, the toe-kick is usually the best place to do this to avoid destroying the cabinets.