Beauty Salon Air Cleaners---5 Important Things to Know About Salon Air Purifiers
How much square footage should a cleaner cover? Always over-size your cleaner so that is able to clean more space than you have. Getting a unit that is only equal to your square footage does not take into account the unusually large number of chemical smells and odors that are typically generated in a salon.
And if you have numerous stylists who all do several perms, manicures, and pedicures in a day, it's easy to understand how a smaller air purifier would easily become overwhelmed and not be able to keep up with the pollutants. A unit that can clean at least 50% more area than the square footage that you have is recommended for best results.
Where should a cleaner be placed to be most effective? Six to eight inches clearance is all the clearance an effective cleaner should need. A purifier that has a 360 degree intake is best because it will pull air from all sides regardless of the position in which it is placed. Allowing a small amount of clearance will allow it to work at peak capacity and draw air in from all 4 sides.
Avoid cleaners that need to be placed in the middle of the room to function well. For obvious reasons this type of placement will take away from the focus and aesthetics of your shop
What type of filter is best for eliminating airborne chemicals? Carbon has been proven to most effective at removing gaseous chemicals and fumes. By using a carbon-based filter that has potassium iodide added, you it can remove the chemical fumes and odors that frequently cause air quality in the beauty shop to suffer.
Is there an advantage to choosing a steel case over a plastic one? Steel casing for the purifier is always best. Be sure to choose a unit that can run 24 hours a day. And when the motor heats up, plastic will often off-gas fumes into the air. This does not happen with a cleaner that is made of steel.
How often should an effective cleaner need its filter changed? If you purchase the right unit, you should expect to replace the filter every 5 years. A cleaner with maintenance this low usually contains multiple filters in a canister. Because each filter is designed to trap different type of pollutants, no one filter has to do it all. This makes the filter last longer and meeans the purifier cost less to operate.