What Are the Different Types of Industrial Fans?

Andrew Kirmayer
Andrew Kirmayer
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Industrial facilities are places where the air can become stagnant and dirty very quickly. There are many types of industrial fans that help to make the air more comfortable as well as clear it from dust. Axial fans, which consist of propellers within steel cages, are generally used to circulate air and cool work areas. Ventilation systems often incorporate centrifugal fans which can exhaust hot air and dust away from people. Industrial blowers can ventilate large areas, but industrial fans also include wall, floor, and ceiling mounted models in addition to pedestal and misting fans.

Adequate ventilation for whole facilities is provided by blowers, which are generally centrifugal fans. A wheel type structure within the housing directs air into a ventilation duct, or the blower can have a radial blade design that is typically more tolerant of thick dust. These types of fans are suitable for use in dust collection systems, water heaters, industrial process systems, and motor ventilation.

Industrial cooling fans generally feature an axial design. Some versions mount to a wall, but their attachment component is sometimes strong enough to mount to a ceiling, machine, or workstation. The fans come in different sizes which affect what model is most suitable in a certain area. While some tools are needed to install a wall fan, industrial floor fans sit on the floor; some models have wheels so they can be moved around. They also produce a strong flow of air and provide cooling low to the floor where it is needed.

Some industrial fans are mounted to a pedestal. Standing upright at the top, the fan is high enough to cool a workbench. The extra height is also more beneficial for circulating air in work spaces and keeping dust away from certain surfaces. Industrial ceiling fans, mounted above everything else, can help ventilate and keep cool a more substantial part of an industrial facility. The wiring can be more involved to install because it sometimes has to be routed from the device to a power source and a switch within reach of workers.

Other types of industrial fans include misting fans. In addition to moving air, these fans emit streams of mist for both cooling and clearing dust. The moisture is just enough to soak the dust particles and prevent them from being breathed in. Industrial fans in general are larger, more powerful, and able to circulate more air than a fan used to cool a house.

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