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5 Tips on How to Buy an Air Purifier for Your Business

5 Tips on How to Buy an Air Purifier for Your Business

Spring is at our doorstep, which means spring cleaning is, too. If investing in a commercial-grade air purifier isn’t already on your 2022 to-do list, it certainly should be—open-window weather rapidly approaching doesn’t negate the need for and many benefits of purified air.

While making a larger purchase for your business can be intimidating, approaching this decision armed with knowledge of the air purifier industry, current technology, and available products will make the process a breeze—and your staff, customers, or clientele will thank you. Equip yourself with the following tips and cross “Invest in the Quality of My Business” off your list.

Know the Technology

You wouldn’t purchase a dishwasher, coffee maker, or computer without knowing how it functions, right? If you did, how would you know whether it’s a smart purchase for you? The same concept applies to air purifiers.

You should know first and foremost that you’re likely looking for a commercial-grade HEPA filter, which stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air (filter). High-efficiency is pretty self-explanatory but “particulate” refers to all the microscopic particles, dust, dirt, germs, etc. that are constantly floating through the air. And commercial-grade (or often referred to as “hospital-grade”) air purifiers are distinctly designed to filter air in large spaces.

Last year, the CDC updated its “Ventilation in Buildings” report to specifically recommend HEPA filters when it comes to capturing and eliminating Covid-19 particles, as this type of technology traps 99.7% of particles with a diameter less than or equal to 0.3 microns and Covid-19 particles are typically 0.1 microns in size. What does this all mean? In short: HEPA filters are the best at capturing particles up to the largest sizes (which includes everything that’s smaller!), meaning they capture nearly every hazardous particle floating around, boasting a 99.99% efficiency. And if you won’t take our word for it, NASA thinks HEPA filters are pretty rad, too.

Choose the Right Efficiency for your Space

Not all businesses are built the same and neither are air purifiers, so choosing the best HEPA filter for your business might look different for someone else. Some things to keep in mind when selecting an air purifier based on your business’ space include:

Different HEPA filters have different efficiencies and capacities for how many pollutants they can trap (and subsequently, how much fresh air is recirculated) in a given amount of time. Be sure to factor in all facets of your business before investing in an air purifier; you want to ensure you’re choosing the best product for your space while staying true to your budget.

Moreover, some HEPA filters are created to be very quiet while others emit some potentially loud sounds. Keep in mind your business’ typical volume level when selecting an air purifier to implement in its space.

Understand the (Lack of) Maintenance Required

Any device or appliance that requires constant or regular maintenance can wear on the nerves. After all, you invest in technology in order to make your life easier, right? Having to spend a significant amount of time on say, changing air filters, will have you questioning if it was ever worth it to purchase an air purifier in the first place—especially with the myriad of other responsibilities you have as a business owner.

Luckily, most HEPA filters currently on the market have your best interest in mind, often requiring minimal maintenance. Just like your staff, you want a purifier that works efficiently and does so while needing little supervision. Rensair, as an example, only needs its filter replaced once every approximately 9,000 hours of use. (For those math-resistant, that’s just about an entire year of use!)

Most often, a low-maintenance air purifier will save you money in the long run, as frequent filter changes will add up over time. Many commercial- and hospital-grade air purifiers are designed with this in mind, offering extremely long-lasting and changeable filter lives or alternatively, washable and reusable filters.

Look Into Brand Reputation

Sure, you could do some online browsing or walk into a store and have someone sell you on what the “best” product is. But there’s unparalleled value in doing that research for yourself; it will serve you in the long run to review top brands currently in the air purifier space—and maybe some smaller names, too—and what their reputations are when it comes to quality, customer satisfaction, and support.

One crucial characteristic to look for is independent scientific testing. Companies that invest in independent testing from respected laboratories and institutions are essentially putting their money where their mouths are, backing up any claims about products with valid data and information.

Of course, product reviews by real-world users are always good measures for determining if a product is right for you. Be sure to take any review with a grain of salt, since they’re not always given by people with proper credentials, but browse several to see what the general consensus may be.

Keep Value Top of Mind

The operative word when it comes to searching for the perfect air purifier for your business is not purchasing but investing. Implementing a commercial-grade air purifier is an investment for many reasons and while cost certainly plays a role up-front, you should be thinking more in terms of “value.”

Low-maintenance HEPA filters (that is, those that require the least-frequent amount of filter changes) provide the most value because you’ll spend less money on new filters and less time swapping them out. Moreover, quieter or noiseless purifiers will both minimize distractions and provide fresh, clean air, which means maximum productivity of your staff, if applicable. Additionally, opting for a commercial-grade air purifier over say, a revamped HVAC system, will save majorly on utility costs as purifiers consume much less energy.

However, it should be noted that you always get what you pay for—if you skimp on costs and get an air purifier that’s too small for your space, is terribly noisy, or requires constant maintenance, you’ll end up paying more in the long run. Making the larger purchase from the start will ensure you’re investing in a high-quality, independently tested, ideal-for-your-space purifier.

Looking at the Big Picture

In essence, there are multiple factors to consider when purchasing an air purifier for your business; knowing the needs of your business, having a firm understanding of HEPA filter technology, and reviewing what products are available beforehand will make this investment one of the easiest of your career. The important thing to remember is that, while it may seem daunting at first, implementing a HEPA filter is one of the best decisions you’ll make for your business—the health and productivity benefits alone will outweigh any cost.