bounce house blowerBounce houses are all powered by a blower, a machine that generates air and blasts it throughout the vinyl walls and frame of the bounce house, inflating it. This allows the bounce houses to be bouncy and safe to jump on in the first place. There are varying types of blowers, each with varying degrees of power and styles of generation. If you should ever need to replace your blower, it may help to educate yourself on any differences between blowers and how they work.

There are two major types of bounce house blowers: residential bounce house blowers and commercial bounce house blowers. They each correspond to the each with the specified model/size of bounce house, and each has their own recognizable style. Both are powered by extension cords of varying lengths. All you have to do to activate the blowers is to connect them to the strip of the bounce house frame and plug in the blower. Flipping the “ON” switch on the blower will start the generator, shooting air throughout the frame and inflating the bounce house.

Residential blowers are shaped like little yellow fans; they are in the shape of a spiral and stand up vertically while running. The residential blowers, regardless of size, run at 60 Hz of power to provide air for the bounce houses. Residential blowers can also generate anywhere from 480 – 950 W, depending on the size of the house they need to inflate.

Commercial blowers have more of a “seashell”-shape design. Like the residential blower, it runs off of 60 Hz of power to generate air for the bounce house. However, the commercial blowers are designed to inflate structures much larger than the residential blowers, in addition to blowing up varying types of inflatable structures, like commercial houses, water parks/slides, obstacle courses, etc. As a result, the commercial blowers run at a minimum of 960 W of power every time you plug the blower in.