Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, there has been an emphasis on indoor air quality. As retail locations, schools, salons, and healthcare facilities have adopted more stringent cleaning guidelines to keep the public safe, they have also looked for ways to sanitize the air.
i2M worked with MANN+HUMMEL to launch our TRI-KLEEN 500UV in the spring of 2020. We have seen the success of our product in schools and hospitals across the country. Our team has closely followed the guidelines of the CDC and ASHRAE since the beginning of the pandemic.
ASHRAE recently released guidelines for in-room air cleaners for reducing COVID-19 in the air. In these guidelines they explain the HEPA, UV-C and UV-PCO technologies.
- HEPA (High efficiency particulate air) filters remove particles, which include particles that contain microorganisms and viruses.
- U-VC Germicidal air cleaners kill viruses and microorganisms in the air, but do not remove them.
- UV-PCO ionizers utilize the process of photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), which combines UV light with titanium dioxide (TiO2), producing hydroxyl radicals. However, this process can create harmful compounds.
The TRI-KLEEN 500UV combines the particle-removing benefits of the HEPA in-room cleaners with UV-C Germicidal air cleaners to kill viruses and microorganisms, and the added protection of a MERV 8 prefilter. With the right research and considerations, your organization can find the right solution for your specific needs. Our team is happy to help you find the right customization for your organization by phone or email. We also created this helpful infographic for determining your air changes per hour and number of units needed.
When selecting the right portable air cleaner, it is important to consider the HEPA filtration area. Not all HEPA filters are the same, some have a higher filtration area than others. The higher the filtration area, the longer the filter life. Our cylindrical HEPA filter has a filtration area of 75.4 ft2, so it would not need to be changed as often as a HEPA filter with a filtration are 50 ft2, for example. Paying attention to these details can help you save on replacement filter costs.
ASHRAE lists some items to consider as you evaluate your portable air filtration needs. We condensed them into a checklist for your convenience.
Our TRI-KLEEN 500UV is one of the quietest air filtration devices on the market. At 34-46 dBA, it is similar to the sound of the average computer. This means that it will be a welcome addition to an environment as it will not distract occupants. It would be unfortunate to install portable air filtration that gets turned off because it is too loud for the environment.
These units are most effective when they are continuously running within an environment. As you consider your organization’s indoor air quality needs, we highly recommend utilizing the ASHRAE and CDC websites to answer your questions. Our team is happy to offer our knowledge over the phone or by email as well.