- Dan S, MS
KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN:
THE EFFECTS OF DUST BUILDUP
- Over time, dust will begin to build up on two major areas: the guard behind the motor and the fan blade itself. If left untreated, this can lead to a number of issues. First, a fan guard caked with dust will not allow proper airflow over the motor, causing it to heat up as well as increase its amp draw. Higher amp draws mean greater energy consumption, which in turn leads to higher electric bills… And no sane person wants that.
- Dust on the fan blade can be equally as troubling. Since the motor and blade are designed to function as one unit, any sort of buildup can cause an imbalance in the blade’s rotation. This can place constant stress on the rotor (due to fan blade “wobble”), and in some cases cause a fatigue crack on a blade paddle.
So, as we wind down yet another hot summer, be sure to take a moment to clean your Patterson high velocity fans. Your maintenance budget will thank you!