The Need for Clear Air

Posted by Peter Lucas on

As we all move back from the pandemic into something more normal, there are many things that we have learned at both a personal and professional level. A lesson almost universally accepted is the need for increased emphasis on air quality in the spaces we live and work in.

Recent data released by The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of the world’s population is breathing air that exceeds their latest recommendations and recent government surveys place clean air as an important consideration when returning to work.

Dust particles, chemicals, or pathogens negatively affect our health, impacting productivity, machine reliability, and our environment.

Industrial filtration solutions are often overlooked when doing general machine maintenance.  Even simple tasks like cleaning filters or ensuring auto-clean filter systems are doing the basic cleaning required for the filter to be working at its best. This lack of knowledge and experience has worsened due to skilled worker shortages and regular employee turnover.

"Avoiding downtime means that clean air is delivered consistently"

Avoiding downtime means that clean air is delivered consistently and in a way that allows employees to stay focused on their core tasks. As businesses consider investments in filtration equipment, evaluate technology that prepares your operations for a safe future and emphasize the importance of maintaining the equipment effectively.

Filter technology has improved over the last 10 years, providing an opportunity to upgrade and improve performance on your factory floor. Filter performance is the balance of efficiency (to remove particles from the airstream) and energy required measured as pressure loss to move air through the filter. Higher efficiency leads to more energy, meaning some people may choose lower efficiency to reduce initial investment and operating costs. This only sacrifices air quality but is likely to cost more in the long run.

The fact is it takes energy to clean air, so ensuring that the equipment selected is the most energy efficient possible is critically important to keep minimize operating costs and achieve sustainability goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that 70 percent of the energy consumed in the industry is from electric motors which are fans used on industrial filtration systems meaning that energy efficiency needs be a top consideration in air filtration.

"energy efficiency needs to be a top consideration in air filtration"

We cannot take for granted the air we breathe and the filtration systems we depend upon. By acknowledging the importance of clean air in worker health, safety, productivity, and sustainability, we begin to understand how important our investments and maintenance in industrial systems are to our businesses. The data is clear that more attention needs to be given to this area to protect our workers and the environment from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Change is in the air and begins with each of us committing to a renewed emphasis on clean air within our factories and considering new technologies that enable a cleaner future.



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