What is an Air Mover? How many types are there? and which to choose?
Simply put, air movers are heavy duty industrial fans used to speed up the drying process due to water damage, whether caused by heavy storms, flash floods, hurricanes, leaky pipes etc., There are many types and styles of air movers. These are commonly used in construction projects and by water restoration companies. Two of the most common types are centrifugal and axials. Choosing one over the other can depend on several factors.
When choosing them try to determine whether amp draw will be a factor for you when using the unit. It might be if you will be using a lot of them at one time. If this is the case then you will want to choose the axial type of air mover. These units will blow more air and use less electricity than other units. Does this mean though that centrifugal units are not desirable? No, they can be very useful for certain circumstances. This could be for water restoration companies that need to dry the space under cabinets after they have removed the toe kick. This style of fan is perfect for this because of the low profile snout that the air comes out of. However, these units do generally pull more electricity and blow less air per unit than the axials. So you would not want to try to dry an entire house with these units because you would have a difficult time trying to get them all plugged in and running without blowing any breakers.
One feature that is available on both style units is the ability to daisy chain the units together. When running multiple units this feature will save you from having to run a lot of extension cords, which could become trip hazards.
These are just a few of the things you would need to consider before making your purchase of air movers.