Published: 27 June 2019
Now that summer is just around the corner, your garage working space can quickly turn into a heater, especially without Crestar fans air conditioning. During this time of the year, things can heat up quickly. Working with such uncomfortable conditions don’t favor you with productivity.
If that’s the case, how can you control then the situation when things heat up?
Of course, you'll need a fan dedicated to effectively cool an area as large as your garage. Whether you plan on installing it on your working space directly or centrally for the entire room to benefit, garage ceiling fans can get your space to a comfortable level.
The best garage ceiling fans in this situation should be able to withstand extreme conditions. This depends on the kind and space where the fan will be installed.
To avoid wasting your time in choosing the right garage ceiling fans for you, here are the things that you should consider:
Of course, size matters, and it is best to find the correct size of ceiling fans for your liking. Here’s a guide for you:
- 75 sq. ft. or smaller garage: 36-inch fan or smaller works fine
- Up to 144 sq. ft. garage: 36-42-inch fan works best
- Up to 225 sq. ft. garage: at least 44-inch fan should be used
- Not more than 400 sq. ft. garage: 54-inch or smaller works well
Your garage is an open space. Therefore, the garage fan should have a strong enough speed to allow cool air to circulate in such a large space. Look for the fan's cubic feet per minute (CFM). With a higher CFM, stronger wind speed is produced. For garage spaces, 3,000 CFMs should be your baseline.
As mentioned, it is important to choose a garage fan with enough speed to allow cool air circulation. It is recommended to have multiple speed settings for your fan. This will give you a range of control that you can adjust depending on the climate or temperature.
The motor is the lifeline of your ceiling fan. Hence, durability is a requirement. You can choose from either a sleeve bearing or ball bearing motor type.
The former is less expensive and commonly used in garage spaces. However, if your operation of the fan involves frequent turning on and off, sleeve bearing might not be able to last long as this will wear out the bearing, thus shortening its lifespan.
The latter, on the other hand, can typically withstand a wide range of temperatures. This is perfect during hot summer days and cool winter nights. It may be harder to find a ball bearing type of motor, and buying one may cost you a little more, although its durability is worth it.
The longevity of the fan’s function also depends on the protective housing of the motor. A completely sealed motor housing is preferred for garage ceiling fans as it will protect the fan’s motor from accumulating dust particles that may cause clogs.
Available Floor Space
The choice between a wall mount fan or a ceiling fan will depend on the amount of floor space you can spare.
A floor fan is best if your work involves spending more time on the floor (e.g. working beneath your car) while a wall fan is perfect for space-saving purposes. This is typically used in small garages.
Before finally deciding on the type of garage fan you want to install on your working space, always keep in mind the importance of good air circulation. The placement of the fan should be strategic enough to cater to your needs while working and to maintain its high functionality.
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