Classroom air that is unhealthy can literally make everyone sick. Using a portable cleaner that continuously filter germs and pollutants from the air is an effective solution. By avoiding the following 5 features, you will select a cleaner that will help you and your students have a healthier year.
The renovation of many schools in attempt to make them more energy efficient often affords less opportunity to exchange the air or control the temperature. Controlling your own air quality by having your own portable cleaner is a great way to insure healthy air for you and your students regardless of what each day brings.. By avoiding the following 5 features in a purifier, you can insure that you are getting the most effective cleaner for your room.
High Maintenance—Like needy people, an air purifier that requires lots of constant attention to work efficiently can be a real drain. Avoid a cleaner that needs you to wash, spray, recharge, or otherwise go inside the unit to handle the filter at all.
Instead, opt for a unit that does not require you to go inside unless you are replacing the old filter with a new one. The most your cleaner should need from you, and only if you choose, is to vacuum the outside of the unit with a small, portable, hand-held vacuum once a week.
This will make the cleaner look nicer and will remove particles from the first filter inside the unit. Removing these particles will prolong the life of the other particle filters.. This will prolong the life of the other filters inside the unit.
Short Filter Life—A purifier that requires filter changes every 6 months or yearly increase the cost to operate the unit by a lot, and is also expensive in terms of time spent ordering and replacing the filter.
Two things will help. Choose a unit that has filter with a life of 5 years. And choose one that has warranty so that if it doesn’t last that long, you get a price that is greatly reduced on the replacement.
One Filter Unit—-Scan the technical specifications and/or owner’s manual on any unit you are considering. If it says there is only one filter, run from it! The variety of pollutants found in your air will need a variety of filters to eliminate them. One type of filter cannot do it all.. And you need a cleaner that can remove all of those.
Look for a cleaner that has filters for both particles (a HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filter) and gaseous pollutants (carbon). With both types of filters your unit will be able to eliminate particles that range from the visible to microscopic, and can also eliminate gases, odors, and airborne chemicals.
Rigid Placement Requirements—Classrooms aren’t always the most spacious places in the world. Placing an air cleaner in the middle of your is probably not an option you would choose even if you could. So if the technical specifications require this for the unit to work effectively, leave it where it is..
A cleaner that can pull in air from all 4 sides gives you the most options for where it can go in the room. A cleaner with 360 degree intake can go just about anywhere, high or low, as long as it has approximately 6 inches of clearance so that air flow is not obstructed.. This gives you the option of tucking it out of the way and still enjoying the benefits of effective filtration.
Limited Daily Operation—The pollutants in your room don’t take a break, and the cleaner you select shouldn’t need to take one either. If you are considering a unit that can only operate for a limited number of hours during a 24 hour period, it’s not the one you need.
A split capacitor motor is the type of motor your unit needs to have in order to be able to run safely and effectively 24 hours a day. You don’t have to be there for it to do its job. Being able to allow it to run 24 hours day insures that each day in your room literally starts as a breath of fresh air.