A healthy lifestyle has become paramount in today’s society. From going to the gym to eating right, health is a top priority. One area that many might not consider when it comes to our overall health is air quality. Most of us assume that the condition of the air in our homes or our offices is of a high standard. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The air inside can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air that you breathe outside. This can lead to unhappy customers and groggy and unhealthy staff. This can be solved by following one of the below strategies including using a commercial HVAC air purifier.
There Are Four Basic Indoor Air Quality Strategies to Resolve This:
- Eliminate Contamination (source control): This is the most effective way of correcting any indoor air quality problem. If a contaminant is not present, it will not create an issue. This should be the basic long?term IAQ strategy for any building.
- Ventilate: Many publications and agencies call this step “dilution.” It simply involves bringing in outside air to dilute the concentration of indoor air contaminants and to force some contaminants to be exhausted.
- Clean Cleaning (filtration): Filtration and purifying are effective methods of correcting indoor air quality problems. Particles can be removed from the air by various filtering devices or biological contaminants can be killed in a purification process.
- Monitor: Although monitoring won’t correct any indoor air quality problem, it can often identify the problem and lead to corrective measures. Monitors can adjust equipment operation, sound alarms that are beyond pre-set limits or be used to locate and diagnose the source of contaminants.
To create and maintain good indoor air quality, careful attention to these four fundamentals during construction, installation, and operation of the building’s HVAC system can reduce the risk of IAQ problems. For this article we will focus on how an HVAC air purifier can use these strategies to provide cleaner air for your business.
Why Use an HVAC Air purifier?
First off let’s take a look at why you should use an HVAC air purifier. With an HVAC air purifier in your commercial HVAC company, you can promote cleaner air which means happier and healthier customers and employees.
How Does a Commercial HVAC Air Purifier Work?
Most companies have a basic paper filter for their HVAC systems, which can help remove dust from the air. This is good, but isn’t enough. Central air purification systems take it one step further. They not only remove the dust from the air but they also remove mold, bacteria and viruses that would have been missed by your ordinary filters improving your air quality drastically.
What are the Benefits of Using a Commercial HVAC Air Purifier?
Implementing a central air purifier has many benefits, the most elemental of which being is that you are breathing the cleanest possible air. Here are some other benefits that an HVAC air purifier offers your business:
- For those with allergies it traps and removes pet hair and allergens.
- Removes the toxins and neutralizes smoke from tobacco products or fireplaces.
- Removes unwanted odours that were caused by garbage cans, cooked food or various other areas.
- It can prevent the spread of illness throughout the workplace by trapping bacteria and germs before they have the chance to reach other employees.
Is a Commercial HVAC Purifier Right for You?
If you have a workplace that has multiple employees that suffer from allergies an HVAC air purifier is crucial. By removing dust and allergens from the air it can improve productivity and produce a better environment for work.
Most businesses can benefit from an HVAC air purifier, as there are always pollutants in the air. Whether it is cleaning chemicals, organic compounds or office equipment everyone can benefit from a cleaner environment. It is a sound investment that will show up in your staff’s production. Top candidates that require an air purifier are trade businesses such as salons and dry cleaners, repair shops, office buildings and even fitness centers.
If you are unsure if an HVAC air purifier is a fit for your location, contact us and we will help you assess the situation.
Types of Air Purifiers
Once you have decided that it is time to invest in a commercial HVAC air purifier, the next step is determining the best one for your business. Not all air purifiers are the same and they all offer different benefits. Here are some of the preferred types of air purifiers:
Carbon Activated Filters: This is a key air purifier when it comes to removing smoke and odors. The biggest benefit in these filters is their ability to trap contaminants and absorb pores from the air as they pass through the filter.
HEPA: This HVAC air purifier system can trap more than 99% of airborne particles and is one of the most common types of filters. It is used to trap the largest air particles such as dust from entering your breathing space.
Ionizing Air Purifiers: Ionizing air purifiers use ionic charges to attract positively charged air pollutants to the negatively charged particles created by the air filter. This causes the particles to become too heavy and they then fall from the air and remove them from the breathing space.
Electrostatic Air Purifiers: These HVAC air purifiers use static electricity to help clean your breathing environment. A charge is created when air flows throw a network of fibers which then grasp any airborne particles and trap them in the filter until it is removed and cleaned.
Alternative Solutions: CO2 Demand Ventilation Control
Along with an HVAC air purifier, one of the best tools for better IAQ is the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) ventilation control which can typically reduce HVAC cost in most buildings by 5% to 20%. When an economizer strategy is combined with the CO2 control, combined heating and cooling potential energy savings is estimated from 30% to more than 80% percent, depending on climate and building type. Most buildings’ air handling systems deliver a fixed amount of outside air ventilation, based on the building designed (maximum expected) occupancy. This is needlessly expensive and the costliest of any air ventilation strategy. Average occupancy in most buildings never approaches design occupancy. Heating or cooling the extra air will directly increase energy costs. Most buildings actual level of outside air ventilation is in excess of the design level, resulting in even greater over-ventilation and additional energy expense. CO2 control is the first viable technology to actually measure and control outside air delivered to a space based on the actual required ventilation. It is increasingly being used to measure and control fresh air delivery to all spaces based on their real-time occupancy to ensure code required levels of ventilation are maintained at all times.
If you believe that cleaner air in the workspace is a priority, contact us at Springbank. Springbank Mechanical is a Toronto Commercial HVAC company and is here to service your commercial unit and to give you the best advice when it comes to maintaining or replacing your air purifier and air conditioning. Call Springbank today to book your appointment!
Gregg Little is Co-owner of Springbank Mechanical Systems. He can be reached at 905-569-8990 or email@example.com.