Cooling a garage gym is not as easy as it sounds. Most products that we have tried failed to meet our expectations even though they were some of the top-rated products on Amazon and Home Depot.
The Hessaire Portable Evaporative Cooler failed to remove the humidity from the air, making us feel as if we are in a shower. So, we thought of trying a portable air conditioner. After quite a lot of research, we got the Black and Decker 14000 BTU portable AC because it had received more than 4-star ratings from thousands of buyers. Unfortunately, it too didn’t work for us. It took forever to cool our garage, which is because our garage was still in use for storing the car.
The AC unit also consumed a lot of electricity, so started using our old favorite Commercial Electric 16 Inch Turbo Floor Fan. We have been using it for over a year now and it has held up pretty well. Of course, it is not very effective for bringing down the temperature or humidity level but, at least the Commercial Electric fan provides a decent amount of ventilation and airflow. It won't be enough during extreme weather but you can use it for the rest of the year.
Features and specifications of Commercial Electric 16 Inch Turbo Floor Fan
- Dimensions: diameter- 16”, height-22”, weight-15.5 lb
- Standalone mounting type fan
- Max speed is 1600 CFM
- Has three speed settings that can be controlled with the help of a dial knob
- Has non-skid feet that help keep the fan stable even when you use it at its max speed
- Compact and portable. Has a handle for easy carrying
- Comes with 6 feet cord and has a built-in cord wrap for neat storage
- Safety certification- ETL Listed
- 2-year limited warranty
Generates a good amount of air
Don’t get fooled by its size. The Commercial Electric 16 Inch Turbo Floor Fan is small yet powerful.
As mentioned above, the max air it generated is 1600 CFM. One buyer has stated that the motor is powerful enough to shoot enough air to even more than 15 ft. Honestly, fans with 3460CFM speed are better but you won’t need so much air in your garage or a small workout area. Moreover, high-speed air can irritate you and affect your concentration. The Commercial Electric fan is pretty decent for garage gyms.
Stable and durable
We have been using the Commercial Electric fan for over a year now and we have never had any issue with it. The legs are not perfect but they are still quite stable, even when you use it at its max speed.
You can even mount it on the wall with the help of the mounting kit that comes with it. But mounting it will limit its range of motion.
It does make some noise but that's a common problem with all portable fans. The noise level is on a lower side though. None of the buyers have reported any major issue of vibration.
- Expensive than many other competitive products such as the Lasko 20″ High Velocity floor fan. But, considering its quality and effectiveness, we wouldn’t mind paying some extra dollars.
- A few buyers have stated that the leg of the fan that they received was a bit wider than needed. They had to bend and reshape it by themselves, which is very easy and doesn’t require any tool.
Our Rating: 4.5/5
If you are looking for affordable ways to cool your garage gym, Commercial Electric fan is the most effective option unless you want to use an air conditioning unit. Remember that ACs are effective only when the garage is not in use.
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