Electrostatic precipitators – These air scrubbers are popular in industrial situations as they move air and dust through an electrical field which uses static cling to collect dust.

How are air filter systems different?

Air filter systems direct air through a HEPA approved filter installed directly in your HVAC system. This can be supplemented by a standalone air purifier. This machine is separate from your HVAC system and can quietly, and efficiently remove up to 99.9% of all airborne allergens and particles. A building with an air purifier provides a noticeable difference from outside air.

It depends on what you are trying to remove

Most office environments only need a good HEPA approved filter as it will do a great job of collecting mold spores, allergens, pollen, dander, and dust. But if your building has any type of material storage, you should consider a dust collector that is appropriate to the type of material being used.

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Your business creates dust. Whether it is an office building, or a furniture warehouse, or a diner, everything you do in your building creates impurities, chemicals, and allergens in the air and it is up to your HVAC system to remove it.

Even light exposure to dust can have negative health effects including cancer, respiratory illnesses, asthma, allergies, and other health issues. Also, dust can be a fire hazard. Static electricity, sparks from equipment, and high levels of heat from equipment are all it takes to start a fire. Almost any dust can become flammable, but high-risk materials include wood, plastics, resins, coal, carbon, iron, aluminum, and food products such as flour or sugar.  

Besides heating and cooling, your entire HVAC system is responsible for moving air through your building and a major component of this is the filtration system. Commercial HVAC systems filter the air through two ways, dust collectors or air filters.

What is a dust collector?

Dust collectors are designed to remove high amounts of material that is floating in the air. They are typically found in industrial locations, particularly ones that produce a lot of sawdust or that work with concrete. A dust collector consists of a blower, a filter, and a dust receptacle that catches larger pieces for easy disposal. These collectors are usually attached to the source of the dust.

Dust collectors come in a number of different models:

Baghouse – This is a system that includes a bag or fabric filter. As dust-filled air enters, it travels through the collection bag, and the dust collects on the inside.

Cyclone – This uses centrifugal force to separate dust from a stream of air. Material is collected in a bag for easy disposal.

Wet scrubbers – This system uses liquid to remove dust particles from the air.  This system is popular when flammable or explosive materials must be removed.

We can help you assess your indoor air quality and suggest and install the perfect solution that will not only protect your employees and customer, but will allow you to breathe easier knowing your workplace is a safe and comfortable place to work.