Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Evaluating AirFree Air Purifiers in Our Clinic


Obviously, air quality has come to the forefront of infection control recently.  If you think about it logically, masks are all about air quality.  Some are for outgoing and some are for incoming.

A normal surgical mask that does not fit snugly around the face does little to actually protect the wearer (it provides some protection but not a lot), but protects others from respiratory droplets.   While N-95 respirators help protect the wearer (the snug fit and electrically charged filtration remove tiny pieces in the air) while also protecting others.

However, what if there were ways to help cleanse the air in addition to wearing masks?  In the dental environment, that's what we're trying to do by using air purification systems in addition to masks.

We have recently received 2 AirFree Air Purifiers which we are putting to use in our clinic.  The dental office here is divided into what we refer to as "pods".  We have one pod for reception, one pod for the clinic, and one pod for staff.  Each pod is separated from the others by doors and each pod also has its own HVAC system.

Since our clinic is the pod in the office where the aerosols are being created, we have placed an Airfare P  Air Purifier at each end of the clinic pod.  The devices are quiet, since no fans are needed, but they also have a great aesthetic that with the high tech appearance of our office.  The devices work quietly to get rid of up to 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, viruses, pollen, and other air pollutants.

Personally, I love the appearance, but I also love the fact that they are always working to remove anything in the air that can cause problems.

I'll be reporting back in a few weeks to let you know how things are going with them, but at this point we're having good results.

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