After Covid-19 and an increasingly more severe forest fire season, the general public has a growing consciousness about air quality and the impact it has on health. As a building owner or manager you wear many hats, and now it’s your responsibility to ensure adequate air quality, work to decrease building emissions, and maintain a profitable business model.
If you don’t, you might find yourself facing trouble with tenant retention, decreasing suite values, higher electric costs, or emissions penalties from your local government. Any one of these costs can be hard to stomach on their own; mix in two or three and you’re looking at a serious hit to your bottom line. So, what’s the solution?
In this post, we’ll explore commercial air purification options, weighing the pros and cons, so you can decide the best path forward for your building.
Exploring the Air Purification Market
Based on top google results, you might turn to traditional air purification systems on the market. Two of the most popular include ionization and HEPA filtration. You’re likely familiar with these systems on some level—perhaps you’ve seen them in a friend’s home, or you may even have one yourself.
Air ionizers are used to lower the amount of bacteria, dust, and other particles in the air. It works by releasing charged ions into the air, which helps the particles clump and land on surfaces like walls or floors, which can then be cleaned. Some ionizer devices have a collection system to attract the charged particles into the unit itself.
HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air (filter). Instead of charging particles to weigh them down, it works by circulating air through a filter. As the air passes through, the particles are filtered out of the air and captured within the filter itself. While this does remove dust, pollen and other particles from the air, it can only purify the air that is passed through the filter.