This is where you plan to stick your fan in your garage. Most fans come on either a floor or hanging model. Luckily, though, there are separate mounting kits that can be purchased so that you can put the fan you want exactly where you want it to be. However, this might get a bit expensive, especially if you buy a large floor fan and then want to mount it. Be sure that you plan out your fan layout accordingly before you purchase: keep in mind the existing garage lighting and everything attached to the walls, including shelves, hooks, and wall-mounted garage vacuums, if any.
Speeds and Noise
Most usual in-room fans won’t be powerful enough for a garage. But if your garage is a relatively tight space, make sure that you get a fan that has a relatively quiet noise level when it is running. Otherwise, you won’t be able to hear yourself think, which might ruin your concentration level. Plus, if you work with someone else, you’ll have a tough time hearing each other over the drone of a noisy fan. Unfortunately, it’s pretty tricky to measure the noise itself based on all those numbers, so be sure to check reviews.
One of the best ways to cut down on the noise levels of a fan is to pick one that has several different speeds. That way, you can control not only how much air flow you get, but also the amount of noise you have to deal with. This will also give you more control over the temperature in your garage. The volume of air that is moved by a fan is generally measured in the CFM or Cubic Feet per Minute. Basically, the higher the CFM, the higher the cooling power of a fan, and the wider the area it can cover.
Power Cord Length
Unless you have a recently updated garage, odds are that power sources are few and far between. To combat this, make sure that the cord length for your fan of choice will be able to reach the electrical outlet from wherever you plan to put it. A longer cord will also allow you to move your fan around the garage without having to unplug it. That will make it that much easier to have it exactly where you need it when you need it there.
You might be thinking, well, even if the cord is too short, I’ll just get an extension cord. While this seems like sound logic, it is not recommended with most of the larger garage fans, unless you get a really high-quality extension cord. Bigger fans use more electricity, which could make using them with smaller extension cords unsafe.
Even with the best warranty, it’s also a good idea to get a garage fan that has something covering up the motor. With all of the different contaminants that might be in the air in a garage/workshop, you want to make sure that the motor is covered up. Otherwise, it will be subject to failure due to excessive gunk and grime.
There are a lot of different options out there to control your garage climate. Whether you intend to keep it warm in winter (with a propane garage heater, for instance), or cool and ventilated in summer (with a fan or an air conditioner), all options vary when it comes to their cost. Fans are, because of their simplicity, one of the cheaper ones. However, based on the number of fans you want to use, or the power level you require, you can get into lots of different price ranges. Make sure you budget accordingly, as you will get what you pay for when it comes to fans.
It’s not a bad idea to get a fan with a good warranty, since you’ll be using it in the garage. No matter how hard you try, a garage is not the cleanest environment to be running a fan, which could cause it to fail after extended use. A good warranty will help to make sure that you don’t have to shell out a bunch of extra cash to keep your workspace cool and well ventilated.
While not an essential, a garage fan that operates on a timer might be ideal. This is especially true if you always get out to your shop at the same time each day. A timer would allow you to get your fans up and running before you are even out there, which would be great on those hot, humid, miserable summer days.
Sometimes you’ll need your fan for ventilation, and sometimes you’ll need it for cooling. Depending on how you are using the fan, you want to be able to direct the airflow easily. This is why the best garage fans can be pointed in a wide range, making it possible to get the air exactly where you need it to be.