Types of Garage Fans
As you hit the market looking for the best garage fan, it is important to consider some questions. For example, how will you use the fan? How big is your garage? What is the required CFM for best enjoyment? What type of fan would you need? We have put together this section to answer these questions to help you.
First, let us discuss the types of fans that are available today.
These fans come in wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted options. The air-circulating fan uses metal blades to disperse air around the garage and thus creates a circulating effect.
These cool fans are excellent when used in large rooms and deliver low pressure. The problem with them, though, is that they do not give you the CFM you need in a big garage. If you have this type of fan, you might have to invest in multiple units for best effect.
These are excellent companions to air-circulating fans, especially if the later has low CFM. They come with more powerful motors and higher CFM. With the blower fan, you will have the air moving at faster speeds.
If mosquitoes and other insects often visit your garage, the motion of the air here will disperse these from your garage.
In addition to all these advantages, blower fans are easy to carry and portable. The downside of these fans is the amount of noise that they produce during operation.
Ceiling fans are cheap and oddly effective. They circulate air around the garage and even reduce the temperature. They come in different forms, with some sporting lights. They have long, naked blades that spin quickly in the air. Unless in the highest speed setting, these fans are mostly quiet.
They come with downsides. For one, they are not easy to install since you’d have to connect them to your electrical system. They are also not very powerful, especially in large garages.
Many of the models reviewed above are wall-mount fans. These fans, as the name implies, are set on the wall. There are advantages to this. First, since they are off the ground, chances of accidents and tripping are reduced. They also are easier to install than ceiling fans. They might offer oscillation features that helps to circulate more air around the garage. An example is the Lasko 2264QM.
Features to consider
When choosing a garage fan, you should never forget to check the specific features it might offer, and to make it easier for you, we have made a list:
This factor is quite important. The location refers to where you want to put the fan in your garage. Most of the garage fans on the market come with a design that lets you install them on the floor, wall, or ceiling.
You should decide where you would install the fan. Some of them already come with installation kits that allow you mount them easily. If you buy a large fan that is primarily designed for floor mounting and decide to mount it on the wall, it would be more expensive than a fan made for wall installation.
Therefore, before you buy a garage fan, plan out the layout of the garage. You should also keep other factors in mind. For instance, you should consider the existing fixtures like lights, hooks, vacuums, and other things that might get in the way of the fan.
The motor found in the fan will determine how powerful it is. Garage fans come with two main types of motors.
First, there is the sleeve bearing motor. This motor is the most popular type in fans. It uses an oil system to work. The oil lubricates the parts and ensures the smooth running of the motor. Because of its simple design and parts, it is common in cheap garage fans. The downside is that it isn’t a very durable motor.
The other motor is the dual ball-bearing motor like that in the Vornado 293. Several of the models we reviewed above come with this type of motor. This motor ensures that all parts of the fan work smoothly. While a garage fan with this motor is more expensive than your typical product, the advantages outweigh the cost. For one, it is very durable. It is also more efficient. It quickly and easily cools the air in the space faster than the sleeve bearing motor.
When choosing a garage fan, another important consideration is the power output. You must know the amount of airflow each blade of the fan would deliver per minute. This value is measured in CFM. The higher the CFM, the more the power output. The result is more airflow in the garage and quicker cooling.
If you have a small sized garage, you can use a garage fan that delivers around 1500 CFM. If your workshop is large, you should look at fans with 3000 CFM and more. For example, the B-Air FIRTANA-20X comes with CFM of more than 4000. Anything below that would prove ineffective for large parts of your garage. It would merely create hot pockets of air in the garage.
When choosing based on the CFM, you should consider what you have in the garage. A fan with a large CFM value blows everything in its path and can affect the circulation of air by disturbing the airflow.
The models we reviewed above come with three fan speed settings. This is how it should be in the best garage fans. Why? Because during the hot weather, days vary in heat levels. Some days are just full of light but not heat. Thus, you would not need to turn the fan to the highest speed settings.
Multiple fan speed settings afford you the opportunity to customize the temperature of the garage. You would also save energy as you’d not be expending more energy than you need.
In choosing the size of the fan, it is vital that you realize the amount of space you want the fan to cover. If you have a small garage, your goal should be a small fan with small blades. A larger garage would require larger fans with bigger blades.
Nevertheless, what really matters isn’t the size of the fan’s blades but the CFM produced – which we have discussed earlier.
Garage fans come with different movements. Some only move up and down. The best fans have total movement. Regardless of the movement you choose, the important thing is that you do not pick a fan with a fixed head. They are simply annoying as you have to always adjust them. The Hurricane HGC736501 and Tornado Digital Wall Mount Fan come with oscillators.
The most powerful fans provide so much movement. They can move so quickly and with so much power that the fan can move around. Thus, it is important that you choose a unit that is sturdy and relatively heavy – especially if it would be mounted on the floor.
While lightweight fans are easy to carry around, if the fan is too light, you might end up chasing your fan across the floor. Thus, choose a unit that won’t be jerked around by the movement of the fan.
The design also affects the durability of the unit. The best garage fan should have a housing that protects the motor and even the blades from damage. The motor should be enclosed in a dust and water-resistant casing.
Similar to the factor above is the nature of the fan stand. Whether the fan is wall mounted or planted in the floor, the stand should comprise of high quality materials. Plastic fans might look fancy, but they do not have the durability of steel parts. Hence, look for durable parts. The Vornado 293 has very durable parts.
If the garage doubles as a workshop, it is important to check out the noise level before making a purchase. Blower fans are quite noisy. That is why if noise is a concern, you should choose quieter fans like the wall-mounted options.
Unless you would be hiring the services of an electrician, you should look at how easy the fan is to install. Wall-mounted fans might need you to drill holes in the wall while ceiling fans will need to be wired into your homes’ electrical system.
Garage fans come in different forms, and as such, they have different features. Some are digital options that come with features like alarm, timer, and so on. An example of such a fan is the AC Infinity AIRTITAN T3. It sports a timer, alarm, and LCD.
You might not have many outlets in your garage, so you must choose a garage fan with a long cord to reach the outlet from wherever you choose to install it. Another advantage of a long cord is that your fan becomes more portable. The Maxx Air Wall Mount Fan comes with a 10 feet cord that makes it easier to use.
Since it is possible for your fan to develop a fault over the course of its lifespan, it is important that you buy a unit with a good warranty offer.