Shop Fans Maintenance
We all love summer, sun, and high temperatures. However, staying indoors when these conditions are out is not pleasant. There are different types of fans and air conditioners on the market, depending on the purpose and needs of end-users. Today, as global pollution awareness grows, fans that are quiet are increasingly in use.
When it is necessary to cool larger rooms, and especially when it comes to commercial spaces, the best choice is high-velocity fans. They have a stronger engine than regular floor fans and therefore a higher cooling power. The assumption is that these devices are very loud, but the engineers have worked to improve the design so that the decibel level is within acceptable levels.
In commercial areas, where many people work, fans work at full speed, and eventually, dust will accumulate. These deposits will interfere with fan functionality and cooling power. Regular cleaning is necessary to keep the performance of these devices at the highest level.
Although the use of fans is typical for hot days, in places where the air is heated, these devices run regardless of the season. These can be wood shops, gyms, farms, or some workshops where employees use power tools, which only heat the space further.
In these places, fans can suck in a lot of dust and particles of wood or metal chips. Removing them regularly will not affect shop fan operation. Modern devices are dust-repellent – but that doesn’t mean they are entirely resistant to it.
If you leave the fan to accumulate the dust, it can penetrate the housing and cause a breakdown. Therefore, regular maintenance is essential to maintain functionality, but also to rationalize costs. Better safe than sorry. Also, dirty fans are a great place to develop microorganisms.
So, at least once a week, do routine cleaning. That involves surface brushing; it is not necessary to reassemble the entire unit every time. Deep cleaning should be scheduled every 3 to 4 months, depending on how much the fan is used.
Step-by-Step Routine Cleaning
For the most straightforward cleaning, you need a vacuum cleaner, a hairdryer, and a microfiber cloth. Because of dirt, it’s recommended to do the cleaning outside. Dust can harm our health; in which ways, find out here. So if you’re prone to allergies from dust and mites, use a protective mask over your mouth and nose. Or simply ask someone else to do the cleaning.
It goes without saying that the fan is unplugged before you open it. The opening refers to the removal of the safety grill to clear the blades. You will need a vacuum cleaner for this, and it’s desirable to have a dusting brush attachment. With it, vacuum the surface of the grill.
To clean the blades, direct a blow dryer to them, and ‘blow away’ the surface deposits of dust. You can also use the vacuum cleaner, just turn on the ‘blow out’ option. Finally, wipe the blades with a microfiber cloth that will pick up debris and other microparticles. Also, use the same fabric for housing, construction, and a base.
The deep cleaning of fans contains elements of routine maintenance, only requiring some additional steps. It is necessary to remove the blades mechanism and detach it from the housing, which is very easy to do if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Remove each part of the fan separately. You can make cleaning detergent and pour it into a spray bottle, or use a commercial cleanser. Spray this liquid on the blades and grill and let it work for a few minutes, to decompose even the most persistent deposits.
On the following source, check how to make home-made all-purpose cleaning agents:
After that, take a clean cloth and scrub blades and grills. Rinse them and let it dry on the air. Although they didn’t seem dirty at first, you will be amazed at how much dust was on them. Finally, assemble the fan the same way you disassembled it. Make sure you grab the elements with clean fingers. It is not a mistake to use gloves while cleaning.
Although most modern shop fans are low-maintenance, you still have to clean them. The period between two cleanings is longer, but dust is just everywhere. As you can’t avoid it, you have to clean it regularly.