Nail salon air can often be smelled several doors away. The chemical fumes that many products produce is awful. With the right air cleaner you can make these smells go away.
Breathing chemical fumes daily for prolonged periods of time can cause short and long-term health problems. So filtering the air is essential to preserve the good health of all. Choosing the following 7 features in a unit will insure that fresh, clean air is available in your shop all the time.
Steel Case--- Many plastic cases will send out noxious fumes as the motor heat makes it warm. The last thing you want to do is pay to have a machine put more chemicals in your air. Steel, on the other hand, is not only tougher than nails, it will not off-gas fumes.
Portable---Having unit that can go with you regardless of whether it is from station to another in the same shop, or to another state across the country is a huge advantage. Being able to take the unit wherever you are gives you peace of mind knowing that clean air is always as close as the nearest outlet. This is particularly important if you do not own your space.
24 Hour Operation---Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) evaporate into the air and can linger there for days unless you actively filter them out. Having a cleaner that can operate when you are there and while you are away insures that air quality stays high, and new and returning clients are greeted with fresh clean air rather than the stench of chemical fumes.
Multiple Speeds---Evenings and weekends are probably high volume times. That means more products are being used and more chemicals are going into the air. Being able to increase the rate at which these pollutants are taken out of the air keeps the air smelling fresh and clients comfortable.
Low Maintenance---Having a unit with a filter that has a long life is a savings in time and money. Filters that need to be changed every 6 months to a year drastically increase the cost to operate the unit. Leave these on the shelf. A unit that uses a combination of filters to address different types of pollutants should last at least 5 years. Look for a manufacturer who will guarantee their filter as proof of its quality.
Carbon Filter---The best type of filter to remove gaseous pollutants is carbon. But even as effective as it is, it still needs an additive to enhance its ability to remove the types of chemicals that evaporate from nail salon products (VOCs). Look for a potassium iodide additive because it has proven to be the most effective at absorbing and eliminating airborne chemicals.
Particle Filters---As important as it is to remove the fumes, it is just as important to remove particles. Grinding and sanding sends thousands of tiny particles into the air which can irritate eyes, nose, and throat.
It is important to remove nail-related particulates as well as more normal ones such as dust, pollens, pet hair and dander that people with pets bring in, seasonal pollens, as well as bacteria and viruses that often attach to them.
A HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filter will remove particles as small as.3 microns in size. And large and medium particle pre-filters will eliminate those particles you can see.
Choosing a unit with these features will insure that it is capable of providing clean air in your salon 24 hours a day. It will provide fresh, clean air for you, your clients and your technicians continuously while needing virtually zero attention from you.