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Industrial Fans Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

What's an industrial fan?

Industrial fans are just like any other fan. They're designed to circulate air throughout a room. However, it's important to note that even small industrial fans are meant to be used in larger spaces like a garage, workshop or similar workspace. Larger industrial fans are designed for use in warehouses, factories and other commercial locations.

Why buy industrial fans?


Cooling is generally the main function of a commercial fan. They provide instant relief during hot months and are extremely effective when they are cross ventilated. Using an electric fan to cool your workspace is a great way to improve air circulation and make your space more comfortable.



While small industrial fans are not as effective as larger units, they're great for helping to control fumes and   unpleasant smells caused by various projects you're working on. An efficient commercial fan is especially good for helping to get rid of odors from painting projects, powerful cleansers and other types substances that produce a strong smell.


Industrial fans and blowers are very helpful when trying to dry out a room. Depending upon the room size, large fans are usually very effective at quickly drying out a room. This is especially true when they are used with a dehumidifier. It's important to dry a room as soon as possible after a flood because it helps prevent mold and bacteria from growing.

What should I look for when shopping for industrial fans?

When shopping for a unit to help cool your workspace, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the number of industrial fans that are available. It's also easy to get distracted by attractive features that you won't use very often. Keep reading to learn about the basic features you should consider before purchasing your new fan.

Size of the Space

Before purchasing a new fan, consider the size of space it'll be used in. If you're working in a particularly large space, you may need a powerful fan that circulates a large amount of air. Some brands offer coverage area information in the product specifications, which is helpful for determining if a fan will be effective in a space. If this information isn't available, take a look at the CFM listed for each fan speed to compare how much it'll be able to circulate.


While looking for a new fan, keep an eye out for a unit that's durable and won't require a lot of maintenance. Pay attention to what the fan housing is made of and the blade construction. Look for industrial fans that are made of lightweight metal or durable plastic. Also, look for units that have an enclosed motor that's permanently lubricated. These features will allow you to enjoy years of use without worrying about costly maintenance or repairs.

Portable vs. Mounted

If you are planning on taking the fan to various jobsites and different locations, a portable fan is your obvious choice.  Portable industrial fans are great for because they're lightweight and easy to move.  This means that you can easily take them from jobsite to jobsite or move them to where they're need most in your workshop.  Look for a unit comes with a handle and wheels for maximum portability.

On the other hand, a wall mounted or ceiling fan is perfect for someone that wants doesn't have a lot of floor space and doesn't plan on moving it around. Wall-mounted industrial fans are also safer because you are less likely to trip over a cord or the unit itself. Keep an eye out for units that come with a wall or ceiling mounting bracket for easy installation.

What do I do next?

Now that you've learned a little about industrial fans and are aware of a few key features to look for, it's time to start shopping! Please contact us by phone, email or chat if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

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