There is nothing that beats a nice breath of fresh, clean air. And while this may feel like a luxury at times, it is extremely necessary for hospitals. It is important that hospitals have clean air free from any contaminants, including smoke, so that their patients will not have any adverse health effects from poor air quality.
Wildfires, outdoor pollution, or even cigarette smoke that drifted indoors may leave smoke lingering in the air for a long time. So if you’re looking for the right type of smoke removal filter for a hospital, this article is just for you.
First, let’s understand the different types of filters that may be used.
Different Types of Filters
There are several types of air filters to choose from. Some are more adequately designed for removing smoke’s harmful toxins. Here’s an overview of each:
The most common type of air filter is the high efficiency particulate air filter, also known as a HEPA filter. These are very effective in removing large particles but are not necessarily designed to stop the small volatile organic compounds in smoke.
Carbon air purifiers are another option, which uses activated carbon to draw out contaminants of the air. These are better suited to trap and stop VOCs.
Ozone purifiers use controlled amounts of ozone, which is released into the coverage area and then traps the contaminants. Ozone is harmful to your health, but in such small quantities, it will most likely not affect individuals in small doses; however, since your goal is to get an air purifier for a hospital, we do not recommend using an ozone purifier.
PECO purifiers, which stands for photoelectrochemical oxidation, are very effective purifiers. These have special filters and use advanced technology. These are some of the best for removing VOCs, but have a very high price tag.
Deciding On the Best Filtration System for a Hospital
While we have seen that some filters are better for catching the harmful particles in smoke, some systems are better equipped to catch certain types of smoke. Cigarette, cigar and marijuana smoke all contain different chemicals than wildfires.
Given that it is illegal to smoke in all hospitals, we hope that this isn’t the main type of smoke in any hospital. It’s more likely that a nearby wildfire or other type of fire has brought smoke into your building via open doors and windows.
Given the above consideration and the fact that any filtration system in a hospital will need to cover a wide surface area, we recommend a large unit. You should also balance the cost of any system against what your hospital can afford.
The Airmega 400 unit is good for many hospitals. However, we feel that every place has to make the decision of what filter is best for them, based on a wide variety of factors.
The Airmega 400 covers a whopping 1,560 square feet and has a particle removal capacity of 99.97%. The only downside is that it is a bit loud, but in the noisy setting of a hospital, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.