Even the cleanest facilities can have multiple areas that are sources of constant contamination. Anywhere that people gather, airborne contaminants can be generated—and, unfortunately, shared. These areas include toilets, classrooms, waiting areas, healthcare settings, childcare and nursery facilities, cafeterias, common rooms, and crowded office areas.
Many of these areas, such as toilets and cafeterias, can also be constant sources of odour.
Assuming the systems will run for 10 hours per day, 365 days a year (it is likely actual run-time will be less), the estimated annual power consumption for each unit is as follows:
Also, the units are “intelligent” in that they use sensors to self-regulate their settings based on the room’s occupancy and condition. This helps optimise air cleaning performance and energy efficiency.
Both the AMIII and AMIV have 5 settings. The sound levels (dB) vary at each setting. For the AMIII the levels are 38, 41, 48, 52 and 67. The AMIV sound levels (dB) are 42, 44, 51, 53 and 68.
As a reference, many hand dryers’ sound pressure levels exceed 100 (dB), with averages around 80+ (dB). AeraMax Professional can be set to “quiet mode” and will run at or below the ambient sound level of the room in which it is installed.
The replacement filter indicators will signal when to replace the HEPA filter(s) and/or carbon filters(s). The replacement period will vary depending on the hours of use and air quality. However, under normal operating conditions, filter life is estimated to be the following:
Please note that the original HEPA filter shipped with the units should be replaced after 12 months.
No, the EnviroSmart™ sensor technology in an AeraMax Professional takes into consideration the type of filters loaded into the unit to optimise performance. Only certified AeraMax Professional filters can be read by the sensor technology. The unit will not run if its sensors do not detect the information located in certified AeraMax Professional filters.
The PlasmaTRUE™ bipolar ioniser produces clusters of positive and negative (bipolar) ions. These charged ions are dispersed into the air, and electrically charge airborne particles so that they attach to nearby surfaces and to one another, and settle faster. Charging and clustering airborne particles, enhances removal by filtration. Also, the ions react with oxygen and water vapor present in the air to create free radicals. The free radicals, in turn, can create chemical changes.
For example, they damage microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, viruses, and molds) and break down odours and VOCs.
SOURCE: “Indoor Air Purification Technologies that Allow Reduced Outdoor Air Intake Rates While Maintaining Acceptable Levels of Indoor Air Quality” Cecilia Arzbaecher and Patricia Hurtado, Global Energy Partners, LLC Ammi Amarnath, Electric Power Research Institute
Air purifiers, like many other products (computers, monitors, copiers, ceiling fans, and more) have a normal “ozone byproduct.” An acceptable level for ozone byproduct has been set in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at a maximum 50 parts per billion (ppb). All air purifying devices must pass Underwriter Laboratories (UL) 867*.
In July 2013, Underwriter Laboratories conducted UL 867 testing procedures to determine the level of ozone byproduct generation by the PlasmaTRUE™ bipolar ioniser used in AeraMax Professional purifiers. The highest level of ozone generation observed during testing was 4.0 ppb (acceptable level for ozone is up to 50.0 ppb).
For reference, the Environmental Protection Agency developed the Air Quality Index for Ozone to give guidance to state and local air quality forecasters to assist in issuing Air Quality Index forecasts. The levels are:
0 – 50 ppb: Good
51 – 100 ppb: Moderate
101 – 150 ppb: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
151 – 200 ppb: Unhealthy
201 – 300 ppb: Very unhealthy
Cities like Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA can have indexes of 80 to 100 ppb at different times of the year.
The PlasmaTRUE™ feature can be turned off.
* This standard for acceptable levels of ozone byproduct is found in section 21:801.415 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) standard 867.
Systems have intelligent sensors that automatically adjust unit settings to optimise performance and energy efficiency. You can simply select from two primary modes and the units will monitor themselves:
Override settings are also available. Please consult your owner’s manual for further information.
AeraMax Professional has patented sensor technology that automatically adjusts the unit based on conditions in the room to optimise purification and energy efficiency. No monitoring by staff is required.
Systems also have a vandal resistant design. Controls and filters cannot be accessed without unlocking the unit. The purifier filters, housing, motor, and balanced fan are all commercial-grade to hold up to the rigors of public and shared spaces.
While the activated carbon filter in the unit can adsorb numerous gases, air quality control systems are not designed for, or intended for use in, mitigation of radon in a facility. Contact a radon mitigation specialist.
Not with the source of the mould. Consult a mould remediator. However, AeraMax Professional utilises a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which captures airborne germs and allergens including mould spores that are drawn into the system.
No. However, Fellowes is pursuing multiple means of demonstrating the efficacy of AeraMax Professional. Laboratory and clinical studies are options being explored.
Absorption is the process in which a fluid is dissolved by a liquid or a solid (absorbent). Adsorption is the process in which atoms, ions or molecules from a substance (gas, liquid or dissolved solid) adhere to a surface of the adsorbent. When using “absorb,” one can say that something moves inside an object. But in the case of “adsorb,” something forms a layer on the surface of an object.
Activated carbon filters adsorb odour and volatile organic compounds.
Read more at: Difference Between Adsorb and Absorb
If installing an AeraMax Professional within a circulation path:
For rooms with at least2.75m ceilings:
For rooms with ceilings lower than 2.75m:
Units have been designed to be wall mounted in a position where contaminated air can be drawn away from occupants and purified air can be delivered into the breathing zone. Ceiling-mounted units can actually spread concentrated contaminants by pulling them up into the breathing zone, and throughout the room.
The Filter Change Indicator light on the control panel of the unit will inform you when to replace the filters.
For more information regarding maintenance, consult the owner’s manual.
When replacing filters, place the used filter(s) directly into a plastic bag and seal tightly before placing in general waste.
In addition to germs, AeraMax Professional controls constant sources of odour utilising activated carbon filtration. This makes it ideal for placement in toilets, eating areas, break rooms, and areas where cleaning chemicals may be stored. Systems also recirculate a room’s air, significantly diluting concentrations of any airborne contaminant. This circulation also helps balance the room’s ambient temperature.
Units should be installed as close to the source of the contaminant as possible, where contaminated air can be drawn directly into the filtering system. Also, by placing the unit up near the ceiling (always allow 21cm space from ceiling and top of unit) the unit’s powerful exhaust can circulate purified air throughout the room. See computational fluid dynamic simulations for further insight.
Any device that creates a strong air flow, such as an air conditioner, hand dryer, fan and HVAC system, can alter the projection of the purified air coming from the unit, as well as air being drawn into the system. Air flow can also be altered by cubicles, partitions, stalls, furnishings, half-walls, and other physical barriers and should all be considered when determining an installation location.
Either the AM III or AM IV can effectively be used depending on the type of room. Restrooms, break areas, and rooms with higher levels of contaminants should utilize the AM IV, which provides higher flow rates. Conference rooms, lobby spaces, and other less used, less contaminated areas can be effectively maintained with lower flow rates provided by the AM III.
To estimate the coverage needed, divide the hourly air delivery rate of the unit by the total cubic feet of the room. Ideally, you will want to exchange the room’s air 5 or more times per hour.
For example, the AM III has an hourly air delivery rate of 13,200 cubic feet (220 cfm x 60), the AM IV is 26,400 (440 cfm x 60).
Finally, multiple units can be used in the same space to increase square footage coverage.
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We are not aware of any self-regulating air purifiers designed specifically for shared and public spaces that clean air using HEPA and activated carbon filtration, and bipolar ionisation.
The EnviroSmart™ sensor technology:
For its ability to control fan speed and regulate the system’s air-flow based on conditions in the room.
Recognizes the type of AeraMax Professional filter that is installed in the unit and can adjust motor/fan speed accordingly to maintain consistent airflow rates.
Units are manufactured at Fellowes Office Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd in China, a wholly owned foreign entity (WOFE). Filters and filter media are supplied by third-party manufacturers.
AeraMax Professional is designed to complement HVAC systems by filtering air at the source of the contaminant. Also, most HVAC systems do not utilise HEPA filtration, which captures airborne contaminants as small as 0.3 microns including viruses, bacteria, and other airborne contaminants. HVAC systems may not have activated carbon filters to remove odour and volatile organic compounds, or bipolar ionisers to reduce airborne contaminants.