In the years prior to the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, most offices were not too concerned with the idea of filtering or, in other words purifying the air in the office. Most office managers felt the heating and cooling systems would provide a suitable level of cleaning the air, and they weren’t interested in the additional expense of an air purifier. Now, however, as workers are returning to the office to work, there is a strong concern for the quality of air workers are breathing for usually eight hours a day. Smoking has not been allowed in office spaces for many years. Still, other pollutants, especially pollens and bacteria, are now considered dangerous to those with allergies and the possible inhalation of germs causing lung infections, including COVID 19 and its variants. Many office managers are now being advised to select an air purifier that will improve the quality of the air workers must breathe. There are several considerations when deciding which type and size of air purifier to purchase.
The first consideration is the size of the room in which the air purifier will be used. In large offices, it may take more than one air purifier to do the job satisfactorily.
A thorough search of the different types of air purifiers available is next. It has been shown that the HEPA air purifier is the best due to its effectiveness and efficiency in cleaning the air. Other options include UV lamps and Ionic, but these fall far short of the HEPA. The online definition of the acronym HEPA is “It is an acronym for high-efficiency particle air (filter) as officially defined by the US department of energy. This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.9% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.”
Look for metal casing rather than plastic
Be sure the air-purifying inner unit is well sealed so filtered particles cannot escape back into the air when the purifier is turned off.
To prevent odors and reduce VOC particles (Volatile Organic Compounds), be sure the filter contains charcoal.
Some noise will be associated with running an air purifier, but some units are quieter than others.
Look at the cost of running the air purifier.
Indicator lights for changing the filter are a helpful addition.
Check for the availability of replacement parts, new filters, and warranties.
Pricing is competitive, so check several places offering the air purifier you determine is best for your office.
Purchasing an air purifier for your office takes time to determine the best choice at the best price. Check with other office managers who have purchased air purifiers to see how effective their choices are. You can also go online and research in detail all types of air purifiers before making your final decision. When you finally have decided on the best air purifier for your office, your workers will thank you.
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