There has been a change in precedent recently as a result of the pandemic. With the change in pace, everyone has equal risk of contracting the virus without proper precautionary measures. One of the mandatory precautions that you must take is investing in proper products like PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). But most dentists and doctors need to take it a step further as the priority of your practice is the betterment of their health and hygiene. There have been studies conducted that show that the concentrations of pollutants are two to five times more prevalent indoors in comparison to outdoors. This goes to show the importance of indoor pollution maintenance in your indoor environment. In this article, we will be discussing how to choose an air purifier for your dental office.
Why Do I Need an Air Purifier?
Fine particles that are typically found in dust and smoke are around 10 micrometers in diameter or smaller. The problem with fine particles is the possibility of breathing them into your lungs. The particles can lay deep within your lungs and it’s been linked to asthma attacks as well as heart attacks. Long term exposures to fine particles correlate with bronchitis and reduced lung function.
To reduce fine particulate matter, it’s best to ventilate your house with clean air as well as removing the pollutant sources. The solution is simple. An efficient air purifier. There have been a variety of different studies that have been conducted to show purifiers using HEPA filters reduce over 50% of particulate matter.
Different Types of Air Purifiers
With the rapid innovation of today’s society, there are a variety of different air purifiers you can choose from. With each, a different price comes a different standard of quality. Some have a counterproductive effect.
These types of air purifiers incorporate a fan to force air through the pleated filters of the fibers that trap the particulate matter. Generally, the filter with dense fibers has something called a HEPA filter. These filters are certified by the FDA and are capable of removing larger particles as well. Mechanical filters also don’t remove the odor or gases in their environment. The filter generally needs to be replaced every six to 13 months. These air purifiers can be hard to maintain as well as expensive.
Activated Carbon Filters
Instead of using the same as the mechanical filters, these filters are what you call sorbent filters. These filters can absorb odor as well as a small portion of the types of gases. This product requires you to replace the filter a lot more often. (3 months).
As the name suggests, an ozone generator produces a molecule called ozone. Ozone can alter the composition of the pollutant. However, this can create a dangerous indoor environment. We do not recommend this product because of the risk of overproducing ozone. There have been tests conducted that show some ozone generators exceeded the limit of .05 ppm. In addition to that, there have also been studies that show that low levels of ozone don’t efficiently remove pollutants.
Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing an Air Purifier
- Replacement Filters Cost:
- The costs of filters may vary from $20 to even $200 each. The frequency of the change is also something to take into account for your budget
- Size of the Room/Dental Office:
- Depending on the size of your dental office, you have to choose an air purifier that is adequate.
- The Noise:
- These machines are generally made to be able to run without a notice. If the air purifier becomes too loud for comfort, it defeats the purpose of creating a comfortable environment. Be sure to check the decibels the air purifier runs on.
In conclusion, there are many different factors that you may take into account when purchasing an effective air purifier. These are just a few of the specifications that you should be aware of before making a decision. Hopefully, this article helped a little about which air purifier you should choose for your office.
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