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What Are the Different Types Of Air Movers?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Air movers help to remove moisture from surfaces into the air. They are also one of the best tools when it comes to moisture damage due to their ability to provide focused and directional air circulation. Air dryers can be used in any location and help dry out areas that are high in moisture due to pipe leakages, flooding, or spills.

They are very effective and efficient in ventilation and you must choose the correct air mover for your needs. This is because different types of air movers have different components and specifics and some are better suited for certain applications compared to others. You should also consider which areas you intend to place the air movers in. Here are some of the different types of air movers.

High-Pressure Axial

High-pressure axial air movers are mostly used to produce significant negative or positive pressures and to move high volumes of air through air ducts. They are built for performance at maximum capacity offer high-pressure air circulation. While this brings about advantages such as greater ventilation, there are also certain downsides such as it being very noisy when operating and higher amp usage. They are best used for contained or tight areas and have the best CFM (cubic feet per minute) ventilation.

Low-Pressure Axial

A low-pressure axial air mover uses lower amps than its high-pressure counterparts and produces much more airflow volume than carpet dryers. However, because they are low in static pressure, they are unable to be used in air ducts or enclosed areas to move mass volumes of air and redistribute them. They are ideal for circulating a constant and high amount of air on walls and floor surfaces.


Laminar air movers are commonly used in buildings and homes that require focused directional air. They have a medium CFM pressure rate and the lowest amp draw which makes them a more affordable option. They specialize in providing a focused airflow in a straight line and provide static air pressure to specific areas. They can also be attached to wall injections or TEX boxes and are perfect if you are looking for a constant ventilation solution.


Centrifugal air movers come in either low or high pressure. Low-pressure centrifugal air movers are commonly used to dry enclosed areas such as kitchens, cabinets, or to blow air into cavities. They use low amps of electricity compared to their high-pressure counterparts and when placed underneath a carpet, is strong enough to make it float in the air. The high-pressure centrifugal air movers are optimum for powering manifold systems or vents due to their high horsepower motor.

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Somerset County?

If you are looking for moisture control due to water damage or to control the mold growing in your house, then you should consider SERVPRO of West Somerset County. We use industrial-strength air movers that provide a highly focused, powerful air stream to dry carpets, walls, tiles, floors, or entire rooms. We are certified professional mold remediation and water damage restoration specialists and have the necessary experience and equipment to help you.

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