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Forum topic by Marcus posted 08-24-2015 05:05 PM 693 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marcus

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08-24-2015 05:05 PM

My basement is in the workshop, so it stays pretty cool and comfortable, but it starts to feel muggy and stale because of no moving air. I am looking to add in a wall mount fan to help circulate the air a bit…has anyone added on to their shop that they can recommend?


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#1 posted 08-24-2015 05:32 PM

IMHO, I would use a dehumidifier vs a fan due to the dust being blown around as well as trying to keep the moisture level more consistent.

Maybe if you were able to exhaust the moisture outside it would provide you with a much better solution except in the winter.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 05:36 PM

Also, why not hang a shop air filter and filter the air while you’re moving it around?

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 05:49 PM

I have 2 of these oscillating fans hanging in my shop. I doubt they do much to control the humidity, but they DO help to keep the air moving in the shop, which makes it feel cooler to me.
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I also open the windows and have one of these which I built a wood frame for and hung it blowing out from one of the windows.
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#4 posted 08-24-2015 06:56 PM

I guess I should clarify a bit. I’m in Denver, so humidity is very relative…its dry as a bone here, the basement is just a bit more humid relative to everything else so it feels a little uncomfortable. I actually have a JDS HP air cleaner in the middle of the shop, it does create a decent breeze…in front of us.

As a fat sweaty dude though, nothing beats a nice fan blowing some air on me. I was looking at exactly what Joe has, just wanted to know if anyone had good/bad experiences with them. I was looking at one of these cheaper lasko ones or a bit bigger commercial/warehouse one. I just worry if I get a lasko, I end up replacing it after a couple years of heavy use. If I get a commercial one, I may end up w/ a deafening noise and a tornado in the basement.

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 07:27 PM

From past experience with a dehumidifier, keep it clean. I have only been able to get a year and a half to two years before the things die. The wet parts collect dust like a magnet. And getting all of the dust out is hard.

They do help keep the shop drier.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 08-24-2015 07:37 PM

The only situation that I have had is fine sanding dust being blown off the project into my eyes if I stand in the path of the fan air. I have a fan like that above which occasionally I use it set up off the floor on a stool for those warm days 75-80 when it is needed. If it really gets hot (80+) and humid, the shop is air conditioned and turn it on.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#7 posted 08-24-2015 07:51 PM

Aside from a homemade air filtration unit, I have a standard box fan hanging from the ceiling by a rope. It oscillates on its own because of the momentum it builds up, works pretty well for me, also doesn’t take up floor space. Ive got that plugged into a ceiling outlet controlled with a remote, I love it.

Sounds hooptie I know, but I had the box fan already and it works great.
I know you are asking about wall mount fans, but i figured id throw my idea out there for you.

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#8 posted 08-24-2015 08:16 PM

The 2 circulating fans I show above, I’ve been using for more than 5 years now. Had them up in TN at the old shop and took ‘em with me when we moved here. Every couple months or so, I blow them out with the air compressor. Never had any issues with them.

The one I mounted in the window, used to have a floor stand on it similar to that picture. Been using it almost 8 years. Same thing, I blow it out once in a while and it also works fine.
Since I mounted it in the window, it helps a BUNCH to keep the dust out of the shop. I was surprised at just how much it does blow out the window.

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 08:37 PM

I have something similar to the Air Kings on Amazon. Moves lots of air and great CFM’s, wall mounted, industrial versions. It might be over kill for regular fan use, but boy…. it gets the job done! Granted, I did not pay that price for a simple fan… I got mine at… an auction for under $10 (actually bought 2 at the price). Keep in mind, if you are in your basement making dust, you should consider a air filter as well. Place them accordingly (fan on opposite side of the room feeding into the backside of the air filter machine).

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#10 posted 08-26-2015 02:29 AM

I have two fans similar to the ones Joe posted, they were purchased from a horticulture store. They are made to run 24 hours a day and remain quiet. Being that you live in Denver you should be able to source fans like mine easily. I am not sure of the brand name if they have one but they have been great. I leave one of them running at all time, about 3 years now.

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#11 posted 08-26-2015 09:53 PM

The fans I have are called Eco Plus. They are 16” in diameter.

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