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If you have been shopping around for a commercial-grade air purifier for your office or professional location, you may be wondering “how do the best air purifiers for commercial work?” We are here to provide all the answers you need. As the name suggests, commercial air purifiers are air filtration products intended for use in a commercial setting. They are typically found in offices, medical clinics, warehouses, and any other professional location that demands clean and filtered air.
As such, these units work much the same as the units you will find in a home, just on a larger scale. However, it should be noted that while you can get purifiers for your home that have HEPA filters, activated carbon, or ionizers, there is a specific type of purifier only in commercial settings, TSS. This stands for Thermodynamic Sterilizing System and uses extreme heat to kill contaminants. Keep reading to learn more about how these types of purifiers work in a commercial setting.
Commercial air purifiers work in a similar way to their homebound cousins, residential air purifiers. They typically include an air filter of some kind and a series of fans that push air into the purifier, into the filter, and then out of the purifier once freshened. Commercial air purifiers tend to be larger and louder than their residential-based counterparts, which is something to consider.
Commercial air purifiers work in a similar way to their homebound cousins, residential air purifiers.
There are numerous types of commercial air purifiers. Many of these types, such as HEPA, feature technologies that work similarly to what is found in residential air purifiers. You’ll know if you need an air purifier if you have consistent allergies, breathing issues, or sleeping problems. Moreover, if your air purifier is working correctly, many of these issues will diminish or eventually fade.
Commercial air purifiers tend to be larger and louder than their residential-based counterparts, which is something to consider.
Other air purifiers use technology that is not typically found in a home-based unit.
Commercial air purifiers that have been equipped with a true HEPA filter (or several) are extremely popular. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particular arrestance and these filters are fantastic at capturing and trapping small particles. HEPA is more of a standard than actual technology. In order to qualify as a true HEPA filter, it must be able to capture 99.97 percent or more of particles sized at 0.3 microns in diameter or larger. This efficiency makes them great for allergens, odor reduction, and certain bacteria and germs. These sorts of air purifiers help with pet allergies, too. Many volatile organic compounds and certain virus particles will be smaller than 0.3 microns in diameter, so they may not become trapped by the filter.
STAT: Industrial HEPA filters are capable of capturing 99.97% of all sub-micron size particles, preventing occupants of a building from inhaling them. (source)
Generally speaking, HEPA filters must be disposed of and replaced every six months to one year and cannot be cleaned and reinserted back into the purifier. Our guide to understanding how air filters work in your home can lend some additional insight.
TSS stands for thermodynamic sterilizing system and it is a technology unique to the world of commercial air purifiers, as you cannot typically find a residential purifier that uses TSS technology. These purifiers use extreme heat to kill microorganisms, including spores, bacteria, virus particles, germs, and more. This has made them a popular form of air purifier in medical clinics and doctor’s offices. These are the ones that are similar to how a PM2.5 air purifier works.
TSS air purifiers use fans to pull in air from its immediate surroundings, where this air undergoes the thermodynamic sterilization process. There is no need to worry about excess heat when using a TSS air purifier, as it does not heat up the atmosphere, just the small patch of air that enters the system.
In order to qualify as a true HEPA filter, it must be able to capture 99.97 percent or more of particles sized at 0.3 microns in diameter or larger.
These air purifiers use an activated carbon filter to neutralize extreme odors, common allergens, certain bacteria, and more. Activated carbon filters are not quite as efficient as HEPA filters, but they can typically be washed and reinserted instead of replaced, saving the office manager a bit of money in the long run.
Ionizers, otherwise known as ionic air purifiers, release negatively charged ions into the air, which bond with airborne particles and pull them to the ground. They tend to be a good option for those with large office space, as they are not limited by the power and speed of internal fans, as some ionizers don’t even use fans. Ionic air purifiers can often be found in hybrid combination units that use an ionizer and another form of filtration.
The only downside when it comes to ionizers is the fact that they also release a fair bit of ozone into the air as they work. Ozone can cause negative health consequences when someone is exposed for a long time.
How do UV air purifiers clean the air?
UV air purifiers use focused beams of ultraviolet light to sterilize potentially harmful air particles. In a way, this technology works similarly to a thermodynamic sterilization system.
Do air purifiers prevent coronavirus?
Air purifiers do not prevent coronavirus, but some HEPA filters can successfully trap coronavirus particles until they die off of their own accord. Certain ionizers and UV air purifiers have been proven to kill coronavirus particles floating in the air. However, they will do nothing about particles that have floated onto a surface.
Which air purifier is most popular?
Generally speaking, HEPA filters are the most popular type of air purification system, given their stellar track record.