Special events are great places to network and promote your business. However, to get noticed, you have to stand out from the crowd. In most cases, everyone else has banners, brochures, flyers and pop-up displays. Most probably, you are looking for something unique. This is where inflatables become highly in demand. Inflatable products range in sizes, colors, shapes and designs. From cute little balloons to gigantic inflatable air dancers, custom advertising inflatables are a great way to ensure that your company’s presence is felt at an event, whether it’s a state fair, exhibit or trade show. Inflatables make use of a very simple mechanism. Basically, they need air to inflate. And to do that, there is a very special tool that you need – an inflatable blower.
Unlike balloons and small inflatable products, the ones with complex design and huge sizes (such as dancing tube men and bounce houses) need constant air flow. You don’t simply pump them up and tie off the tube so that the air stays inside. An inflatable blower fan is attached to one of the tubes so it continues to blow air inside the inflatable the entire time it is turned on. The same tool is required to inflate obstacle courses and moon bounces.
Blowers for inflatables come in different sizes and power. It goes without saying that for a giant inflatable, you need a bigger inflatable fan. Almost all inflatables require a blower that runs at 1 horsepower. Larger inflatables need a 2-horsepower blower to fully inflate. They also have at least two tubes as one blower may not be enough.
Air blowers are simple machines that require electricity to work. Most air blowers, including sky dancer blowers, require 20-amp, 110-volt circuit to operate smoothly and at full power – which almost every home or building has. They are easy to operate. Just plug them in and turn the switch on.
Choosing an Inflatable Blower
In most cases, when you buy an inflatable set, it already comes with a blower. But if you need an additional one or your current blower has stopped working and needs to be replaced, you will be able to purchase an inflatable air fan. In fact, there are a lot of companies that manufacture this machine. But to be sure you are getting the right blower that fits your needs, here are the features that you should look for:
It should be built from quality materials. It should withstand long hours of use and weather changes, particularly extreme sunlight. Look for inflatable blowers that have durable and rugged housing that resist light rain, wind, and dust.
It should have a compact and lightweight design. Inflatables are generally set up outdoors. You want an inflatable blower that is easy to carry and transport and has a relatively long cord (should be around 15-25 inches.
The blower must have lockable wheels. The last thing you want to happen is your blower getting blown away by wind!
Lastly, the blower must have enough power to supply your inflatable with constant air flow.
Safety Measures When Using Air Blowers
Just like with any other electric appliance or tool, there are basic safety precautions that should be observed when using air blowers to prevent the risk of accidents, such as fire, electric shock, or injury.
To prevent electric shock, never plug or unplug the blower with wet hands.
Do not direct air flow at face or body to prevent the risk of injury.
Do not place the blower somewhere where it can suck sand, dust particles, rocks or other debris.
Only use GFCI protected receptacles for your air blower as you will be using this machine outdoors.
Do not operate with a damaged cord or plug. Unplug it from the power supply before servicing or cleaning.
When not in use, unplug and store it in a dry place indoors.
Inflatable blowers are the next big thing after inflatables. These specially designed tools make it super easy to set up inflatables and make them work. Just plug it in to a power outlet and it’s ready to make your inflatables dancing in the air. But of course, you want to choose the blower that is made from high-quality materials and use it with caution to ensure that it functions for a long time and to prevent potential danger.