Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Buying A Salon Purifier? 5 Features It Needs To Clear The Air

Salon air quality should smell fresh and clean, and with the right air purifier it can. Choosing a cleaner that has the following 5 features will help insure that you have chosen a cleaner that will work.

Carbon Filter---Carbon is the best type of filter to remove gaseous pollutants. And with so many salon products off-gassing chemicals at room temperature, it's important for a cleaner to have the capability to remove them.

Not only will carbon remove salon related chemicals but many other gases and odors. The filter does not care about the source of the pollutants, so this means your air can stay fresh regardless of the source of the pollutants.

Additive For VOC's---Volatile organic chemicals (abbreviated as VOC's) include chemicals such as formaldehyde, ammonia, toulene, xylene, ethyl acetate, and acetone to name a few. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are found in salon products and off-gas into the air at room temperature.

And even as effective as carbon is, a potassium iodide additive has been found to greatly increase carbon's ability to effectively filter these airborne chemicals.

Adequate Cleaning Capacity---It is always better to be over-filtered than under-filtered. That means that measuring your space correctly is essential if the cleaner is to be effective at clearing the air.

Not only is the square footage important when deciding how much cleaning power you will need, but the number of stylists, the type of procedures, and the frequency with which they are done.

Buying a small cleaner for a space that is 700 square feet but has 4 technicians that do hair as well as nails concurrently for 5 or 6 hours each day means the purifier is underpowered before it begins.

Make sure that you take both factors into account when deciding how much cleaning capacity you will need to be effective.

24 Hour Filtration Capability---So many times the filtration system connected with the space where you operate the salon may cut back at night when the business closes. You may or may not have control over that.

This often means walking into a salon that smells of yesterday's procedures, and this can be very annoying to customers and staff. These left over fumes can also cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, dry throat and watering eyes.

Having a stand-alone unit that has a motor that will allow it to safely and effectively filter the air even when you are not there is important. This means fumes are never allowed to build to a level that is irritating. And you are more likely to walk into a salon that smells fresh all the time.

360 Degree Intake---Having a unit that can pull air from all sides gives you the options for placement. And you probably want it pushed over near a wall and out of the way.

A unit that can draw from all 4 side literally needs about 6 inches of clearance to allow air to be pulled in on all sides and needs very little consideration other than that.

This means that it does not need to be placed in the middle of the room to access all the air in the room and it can work up high or down low and still be effective.

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