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 and 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 the 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 a 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.