Air filtration and ventilation are sometimes confused or used interchangeably. While there are distinct differences between the two, air filtration provides excellent support for ventilation. By working together, air filtration and ventilation maximize capture capability to generate the best possible air quality.
Air filtration plays a large factor in the safety and comfort of technicians, machine operators, students, and other employees and individuals nearby. It also helps employers meet federal, state, and local clean air standards.
Air filtration systems are available in various styles and configurations but operate similarly. By using a large centrifugal-type blower to pull contaminated air through high-efficiency filter technology, air filtration systems capture dust, bacteria, fumes, etc., to keep the airstream clean and well-circulated throughout the space. No ductwork is required, and there is no loss of heat or air conditioning during the cooler or warmer months.
Air filtration systems work best when placed in a pattern to create a circular airflow. Each air filtration system has a specific catch and throw distance to determine how far apart units should be installed to keep air moving from one system to the next. The number of times that the air is circulated through this pattern is called an air exchange. You may require more or fewer air exchanges based on your application.
Not only do air filtration systems guarantee cleaner air, but they also lower energy and maintenance costs. Blue Ox air filtration systems are constructed of high-quality, American-made parts that are backed by great warranties. The filters included in our systems maximize filter replacement, compressed air, and energy savings.
Ventilation is essential for all indoor spaces and/or buildings. When air is stagnant, dust, bacteria, mold, and other airborne contaminants accumulate and present health and safety risks. Ventilation is used to remove these risks by distributing fresh air to offices, garages, workshops, schools, industrial facilities, etc.
Ventilation can be achieved by simply opening windows and doors or with ventilation systems that exhaust air using a localized fan that connects to the central exhaust point and ducts from other areas or rooms.
The main differences between air filtration and ventilation are airflow and air quality. Ventilation systems are designed to filter larger, less hazardous particulate. Air filtration systems are built to extract fumes, smoke, mist, and other submicron-sized air contaminants. When combined, air filtration and ventilation protect workers from exposure, reduce injury risks and sicks days, and improve productivity!
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