Important Blower System Terms Blowers and blower systems have many industrial and manufacturing applications. The following terms describe a few common types of blowers to keep in mind while shopping:
Air Compressor: An air compressor is a piece of equipment that sucks in air and compresses it, so it can blown out at a higher pressure. Consumer air compressors are used to pump air into bike wheels, car tires or inflatable furniture. Air compressors are also used in pneumatic tools and some HVAC systems.
Leaf Blower: A leaf blower is a tool used to blow leaves and other yard waste into a pile for easier clean up. They are typically sold as portable handheld or backpack units for convenient use outdoors.
Centrifugal Fan: A centrifugal fan is used to move air or gasses in a particular direction. They are wheel shaped fans with several internal blades that speed up the movement of air. They are commonly used in engines, HVAC systems and industrial buildings.
Range Hood: Range hoods are installed in kitchens over a stovetop. They consist of a large hood that captures gasses, a filter, and a fan. Some range hoods are connected to vents that relocate smoke outside the building. Others filter that air before recalculating it into the kitchen.
Fume Hood: A fume hood is a piece of equipment used in laboratories to reduce exposure to airborne chemicals. It vacuums up fumes and vapors, filters them, and blows clean air outside or back into the lab.
Exhaust System: Exhaust systems direct gasses away from an engine through piping. For example, an exhaust system in a car directs burned gas away from the motor and blows it out of the vehicle through an exhaust pipe.