A Brief Guide to Air Filtration Systems

A Brief Guide to Air Filtration Systems
A Brief Guide to Air Filtration Systems

From building materials, ventilation, and manufacturing activities to carpets, cleaning products, and tobacco smoke, there may be numerous elements that impact the air quality in your commercial or industrial premises. The absence of clean air means more sickness among employees, missed work, and loss of income for your staff which translates into higher absenteeism, performance, and productivity loss, and increased risk of safety hazards for the organization as a whole.

As facility managers or administrators, it is your responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your staff, customers, and visitors. This is where air filtration systems play an essential role. As a cost-effective measure of source control, air filters, and air purifiers can help improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your ventilated spaces.

The experienced HVAC professionals at TRI-AIR Systems discuss how air filters work and an overview of the key air filtration systems.

The Mechanics of an Air Filtration System: Which One Should You Invest in?

Air filtration systems consist of a series of filters that trap indoor airborne contaminants, including dust, mites, toxins, or pollen, before sending cleaner air through the ventilation systems. The process repeats itself multiple times each hour to ensure constant filtering and cleaning of the circulated air. Although most HVAC systems come with inbuilt air filters, investing in a commercial-grade high-efficiency air filtration system can help you clean out maximum contamination to maintain the desired levels of IAQ.

There are two key types of air filters:

  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters eliminate 99.97 percent of ultra-fine particles (0.3 microns or larger) and are the gold standard in air filtration systems.
  • Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) filters offer an efficiency rating between 1 (lowest) to 16 (highest) and are the next best option after HEPA filters.

Besides HEPA or MERV efficiency rates, here are a few other critical factors that impact the effectiveness of air filtration systems:

  • System-related Factors: Single-pass particle removal efficiency, airflow rates through the filter, location of the filters, and the size of the contaminant particles present in the environment.
  • Other Factors: Total volume of your ventilated spaces, related air change rate, outdoor air ventilation rate, and rate of deposition to surfaces.

While air filtering systems trap and reduce airborne contaminants, commercial or industrial premises also need air purifiers that can sanitize the air by killing or transforming airborne toxins into harmless particles. Consider investing in an advanced UV lighting system that mimics the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to neutralize gases, pathogens, bacteria, and viral or fungal matter. A powerful combination of air filters and air purifiers will create a purer, cleaner, and more oxygenated indoor environment that benefits your staff, as well as your business.

Consult TRI-AIR for Air Filtration Systems to Suit Your Premises

At TRI-AIR Systems, we offer a wide range of advanced UV Air Purifier systems, including Fresh-Aire UV air purifiers, Sanuvox UV air sterilization systems, and UVMatrix  4X  air purifiers (specifically for rooftop-style HVAC systems). With over 40 years of experience in installing and maintaining commercial and industrial HVAC, we have a deep understanding of air filtration systems for all types of premises. Our technical experts can guide you on the best air purifiers and air cleaners for achieving and maintaining comfortable, energy-efficient ventilated spaces.

Call TRI-AIR Systems at 905-470-2424 or contact us online to learn more about our products and services.

  1. Why are air filtration systems essential for commercial or industrial premises?
    Air filtration systems trap contaminants like dust, toxins, and pollen, ensuring cleaner indoor air quality. This results in a healthier environment, reduced sickness among employees, and improved overall productivity.
  2. What is the working mechanism of air filtration systems?
    Air filtration systems consist of filters that trap airborne particles before circulating clean air. HEPA filters (99.97% efficiency) and MERV filters (efficiency rating 1-16) are common types. Factors like airflow rates, filter location, and contaminant size impact their effectiveness.
  3. Why is HEPA filtration considered the gold standard in air filtration systems?
    HEPA filters eliminate 99.97% of ultra-fine particles (0.3 microns or larger), making them highly efficient in cleaning indoor air. They are the preferred choice for maximum contamination removal.
  4. What other factors influence the effectiveness of air filtration systems?
    System-related factors such as single-pass particle removal efficiency, airflow rates, filter location, and the size of contaminant particles play a crucial role. Additionally, the premises’ total volume, air change rate, outdoor air ventilation rate, and surface deposition rate are essential considerations.
  5. Why do commercial or industrial premises need air purifiers in addition to air filters?
    Air purifiers sanitize the air by neutralizing gases, pathogens, bacteria, and viral or fungal matter. UV lighting systems, like Fresh-Aire UV and Sanuvox UV, can enhance the effectiveness of air filtration, ensuring a cleaner and more oxygenated indoor environment.
  6. How can TRI-AIR Systems help in choosing the right air filtration and purification solutions?
    TRI-AIR Systems offers a variety of advanced UV Air Purifier systems tailored for different HVAC setups. With over 40 years of experience, our experts can guide you in selecting the best air purifiers and filters, ensuring comfortable and energy-efficient ventilated spaces.
  7. How can I contact TRI-AIR Systems for more information?
    You can reach TRI-AIR Systems by calling 905-470-2424 or contacting us online. Our team is available to provide detailed information about our products and services, helping you make informed decisions about air filtration systems for your premises.
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