Air movers are equipment used in water damage repair and restoration jobs. Also called floor drying fans, commercial blower fans, or industrial air blowers, these primarily increase the circulation of air within the affected areas for speedier water evaporation and surface drying time. Compressed air may also be used for even greater airflow in air moving equipment.
Air blowers are an essential part of water damage restoration process. The use of this equipment comes with obvious advantages such as lower power consumption and high-velocity cooling and drying. Air movers are especially effective in reducing dry out time for home furniture, carpets, flooring, wall cavities, and hard to reach corners and spaces. Other applications also include drying concrete and paint, as well as removing fumes or gases in a workplace.
Different Types of Air Movers
Centrifugal Air Movers
Centrifugal air movers are generally designed for small spot drying. Compact yet heavy-duty, this type of air blower draws air from several sources which it then directs to a very specific area, such as difficult to reach crawlspaces and under heavy furniture. Most centrifugal air movers feature the ability to channel airflow at different angles. This type produces lower CFM (cubic feet per minute) of airflow compared to axial air blowers.
Axial Air Movers
Axial air movers are industrial grade equipment that can move large volumes of air across a large area. They can direct high airflow but only in a horizontal direction, making them ideal for drying walls and carpets. Other applications include improving ventilation and cooling of equipment.
Compact Air Movers
Compact air blowers offer flexibility, portability, and energy-efficiency with ¼ horsepower motors. They are effective for drying the smallest corners to large floor areas. Compact air movers come in small sizes, are lightweight, and relatively quieter compared to centrifugal air movers.
Air movers are generally used by water damage repair specialists together with dehumidifiers in a self-perpetuating cycle. While air blowers move dry, clean air to a water-damaged space, dehumidifiers take all the moisture from the air and pumps the dry, clean air back into the area being treated.
There has to be a right balance in the number and/or types of blowers and dehumidifiers used for the drying process to be thoroughly effective. This is why you should seek the help of experienced professionals if you’re having water damage problems. The trusted team behind Rare Restoration & Cleaning will assess the damage to your property and come up with the most effective step by step restorative process to get nothing less than the best results.
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