An air mover, also known as an air blower or carpet dryer, is a portable air-moving equipment. It consists of a motor-driven blower housed in an enclosure with an air inlet and an air outlet. Air movers are specifically designed to produce large amounts of airflow at relatively low speeds.
Air movers are commonly used in a variety of environments, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, and serve a variety of purposes such as drying wet surfaces, improving ventilation, cooling spaces, and eliminating odors. They are designed to be lightweight, compact and easy to transport, allowing flexible use in various applications.
Types of air movers
Air movers typically have adjustable speeds for moving air and can be positioned or angled to direct air in a specific direction. They come in different sizes and types, including axial, centrifugal, thin and downdraft fans, all of which have their own advantages and a particular area.
Most residential fans and some industrial and water damage restoration fans, including the AlorAir® Zeus Extreme Axial Air Mover, use an axial blade configuration, which means the blades point in the same direction as the airflow generated.
Axial fans are constant-volume air movers that operate at high air flow at lower static pressures than centrifugal fans. Although they have a wide range of applications, they are particularly effective in smaller water damage restoration projects.
Centrifugal/Snail blower fans
The opposite of the axial configuration is the centrifugal air mover, a design where the blades face perpendicular to the direction of the generated airflow. These air movers produce higher pressure than axial air movers, which is useful for duct drying and larger water damage restoration projects.
Like axial air movers, centrifugal (Snail) blowers are constant-volume machines that deliver consistent airflow velocities relative to volume. Centrifugal air movers are also very effective, especially in duct applications when air needs to be moved from an enclosed space to allow completely dry.
Thrust or low-profile air mover provides high air velocities in a compact design. This makes them ideal for restoration projects where confined or hard-to-reach spaces exist. These architectural fans or utility blowers create an apartment, a wide path for air flow with a low-profile design, often half the size of a centrifugal air mover, quickly directing dry air under rugs, carpets and raised cabinets.
Most models have multiple operating positions and a bracket that attaches to the front of the blower so the airflow can be directed at an angle as needed – ideal for drying wet floor, lower wall area, and even ceiling.
Units like the AlorAir® Zeus 900 blower are easily stacked horizontally and vertically for transport and storage, and most units can be daisy-chained to dry large spaces.
Downdraft restoration fans
Downdraft restoration fans deliver high CFM air flow from underneath them directly to hard floors or carpeted areas removing moisture very quickly in tight spaces. This type of fan is especially useful under cabinets, closets and hard-to-move furniture. Daisy-chaining units makes it possible to dry several small spaces simultaneously without having to move any individual units. Some models can be stacked for easy transport and storage.
Benefits of using air movers in your life
The thin air mover can be used instead of a fan in summer because it has a lower noise level that hardly affects our sleep. And it has faster air movement.
By creating a strong airflow, air movers effectively ventilate stagnant air, increasing air circulation and improving indoor air quality. They help remove airborne pollutants, allergens and odors, reducing the presence of dust, pet dander and other particles that can cause respiratory problems or allergies.
Another important use of blowers that you may have seen is blowing dust away from all corners of the home and industry. Blowers are effective tools for appliances and electronics with sensitive parts. Instead of using clothes that can damage equipment, you can use a blower to remove dust. Plus, using a blower can save you a lot of time and effort that you’d otherwise have to invest in cleaning and dusting with a cloth.
The benefits of air movers in commercial restoration
In many commercial areas blowers are used to speed up drying.
After a flood, for example, a blower propels air at high speed and forces residual moisture out of the floor or carpet. Blowers help shorten the process of dehumidification. And it’s not just about carpet. Any areas or cleaning techniques that aren’t completed at the end of the drying process can benefit greatly from a blower.
This can prevent serious problems like mildew growth or structural damage caused by constant moisture. This greatly improves the operating efficiency of your dehumidifier and saves you money on your utility bill during water damage restoration.
How to use air mover correctly
To speed up drying time, circulate air, or cool items, it’s important to place your blower strategically. Place it somewhere in the room when you’re drying something, point its opening directly at a moist area. To ensure unobstructed airflow, you should place the blower at least six inches away from a wall or other area that might obstruct incoming air. If the area or room is so large that you need two or more blowers. Place the two blowers about ten feet apart. If you want to dry a spot on the wall or ceiling, adjust the angle of your blower so the fast air flow reaches that spot.
Once in place, don’t leave them running unattended. Turn them on for about an hour and then check the spots. You’ll be surprised how quickly they get the job done. If everything is still wet, repeat the process until everything is dry.
In residential applications, air movers improve indoor air quality, enhance ventilation, and increase air conditioning efficiency. In commercial renovation, they can facilitate the drying process, control humidity, and eliminate odors.
By selecting and using air movers correctly, we can take advantage of the many benefits they offer, whether it’s increased comfort in everyday life or greater efficiency in building retrofits. Air movers are practical and versatile devices that provide fresh, dry and comfortable air.