Breath Easier With A Little Filter Knowledge
A critical component to traditional small arms ventilation systems is the filter. This piece of the system doesn’t just remove nasty elements from the air, it ensures your system is doing the job it needs to. A filter problem is one of the quickest ways to damage the system. Not just that, but it is also a certain path to forcing you to breathe harmful toxins.
Almost everyone has heard of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. These devices are usually the core of the air cleaning process in a standard HVAC system. What most people do not realize is that there has been an alarming rise in the rejection rates for these filters. Manufacturing defects used to run at about 7%. This has climbed to 20% or more. This means that there is a one-in-five chance the expensive filter you just bought is not doing its job.
In addition to the central filter, most systems utilize secondary filters with some even having pre-filters. These ancillary filters are intended to help screen different levels of particulates and toxins from the circulating air, taking some of the workload off of the central filter. Pre-filters trap large particles. Secondary filters capture smaller dust and larger toxins. The HEPA filter focuses on the smallest, and potentially deadliest, of the pollutants in your air.
Each filter in the system is designed to remove certain particles allowing the filters downstream to focus on the next group. Basically, the system filters from large to small. Using the incorrect filter at any of these stages defeats the multi-filter design and could cripple your ventilation system.
Another issue with all of these filters is that they get clogged – by design! A filter traps unwanted elements within it, taking it out of the air that is sent back for you to breathe. However, as the filter does it’s job, it becomes increasingly less efficient. The more it filters, the less area there is to catch airborne dust and toxins and the harder your system has to work to force air through an every shrinking screen.
Recirculating systems with multiple filters have that many choke points that will stress your system as the filters get clogged. Regular maintenance of all of these filters is a must to keep your system running cost effectively and safely.
And the problems don’t stop there.
HEPA filters, which are intended to catch the worst of the contaminants, require special disposal procedures because of the highly toxic particles they trap.
What your business really needs is a system that does not depend on layers of costly questionably operating (and difficult to replace) filters. What is needed is a new approach – Rushing Air’s innovative Conditioned Air Displacement System.
We’re never rebreathing air, we’ve moved your filtration to the exhaust, where filters capture 100% of the particulate exhausted.
Rushing Air’s Conditioned Air Displacement System has effectively removed the questionable abilities of filtering rebreathable air and has drastically decreased the cost of range operation.
Give one of our team members a call today and lets design a fresh air system for you!