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During dental procedures, there are a lot of airborne contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and other particles that can be harmful to patients and staff. In addition, chemicals such as disinfectants, adhesives, and impression materials are often use in dental procedures may release harmful fumes. Air purifiers can help to remove these contaminants and harmful chemical fumes from the air, making the environment safer and healthier to staff and patients.
Apart from the above, odors and allergens are other reasons why dental offices may need to deploy air purifiers. The unpleasant odors mainly due to the chemicals and material used while the allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander may trigger allergies and asthma. A good quality air purifier and ventilation can improve the indoor air quality for staff and patients.
Avoid falling into myths, some hints to help choosing an air purifier.
- A purifier that equipped with certified HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) 13/14 filters. Mechanical filtration methodology will not produce harmful by-products like ozone from ionization or UVC.
- Have a carbon filter, that will help absorbing odors & VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Make sure the active carbon filter is using carbon pallets not just a flimsy paper to do the work.
- Equipped with a pre-filter to filter out bigger size particles, to protect the fan and extend the life of the main filter.
- An air purifier casing that will not have air leakage. Make sure dirty air goes in will stay inside and being purified before it comes out again.
- The air purifier design will not induce air short circuit, with air short circuit means the air in your room never been filtered.
- Has an app to remote control your devices. Has A.I. to learn how you use the devices, as in the long run, it will save energy and extend the filter life.
- How often you need to replace the filter and price of it.
- What and how much filter material being used
- Whether the manufacturer provide solutions to enable users to manage bulk amounts of devices if needed (e.g. 100 units) at one single point.
- CADR (clean air delivery rate) should not be the only factor to consider when purchasing an air purifier. CADR does not provide any information on how well a device can remove other types of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and bacteria. Room size, ceiling height should both take into consideration if talk about room size.
- Is the area a high traffic zone? This will determine whether you need more than one device
I’m not mentioning spec here as those are standard requirement and most of the time those are the marketing tactics that most products used. Don’t fall into the myths and pick one that really do the work today.