Customer Feature: Adding HEPA Filtration to an Existing HVAC System

Customer Feature: Adding HEPA Filtration to an Existing HVAC System

Recently, our team of experts at DMC Service worked with an international avionics company to update their existing HVAC system, which included the addition of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration and a paint booth hood. 

Continue reading to learn about the initial challenge, how we resolved it, and the benefits HEPA filtration could bring to your business.

Adding HEPA Filtration and Paint Booth Hood to an Existing HVAC System

When this international avionics company approached DMC Service, they had one key challenge they needed addressing: How could they reconfigure their existing space to include a specialty paint booth and clean room area, without compromising indoor air quality?

Maintaining good levels of air quality is crucial to indoor spaces. Not only does it safeguard employees and customers by keeping the air free from contaminants, it’s also proven to boost work productivity

Clean air contributes to alertness, improves the brain’s ability to process information, and helps people to get more done. So robust air filtration systems are crucial in the workplace – especially if that workplace is getting fitted with a paint booth!

Our Solution

DMC Service’s solution to this challenge was to utilize the existing commercial HVAC system by reconfiguring the controls. We also made two key additions: a paint booth hood and HEPA filtration. 

Paint booth hoods help entrap the hazardous fumes that are released during spraying, aerosol, epoxy, and airbrush applications. They work like a ventilation system, using negative and positive air pressure to remove hazardous fumes and keep the air clean. Meanwhile, HEPA filtration systems ensure your air is completely free of contaminants. 

Importance of HEPA Filtration via HVAC in Your Business

HEPA filtration refers to an air filter efficiency standard. Filters that comply with the HEPA standard remove a minimum of 99.97% of particles from the air. HEPA filters are so effective that they can remove particles that are larger than 0.3 microns. To put that into perspective, a strand of human hair is around 70 microns.

The magic of HEPA filters comes down to the mesh inside, which is composed of fibers that are so fine, they’re able to trap large and microscopic particles, from allergens to viruses and even tobacco smoke. 

Integrating HEPA filtration with your HVAC is important because the technology has been tested and proven to reliably remove airborne particles. This improves the air quality inside your building by ensuring that there are no irritants or pollutants, keeping you, your staff, and customers safe. HEPA filtration is particularly important for those with preexisting health conditions, whether it’s allergies or a respiratory problem, like asthma.

Additionally, the fact that HEPA filtration successfully removes particles as small as 0.3 microns is a crucial selling point. Even particles that are only 2.5 microns in diameter are able to reach the alveoli in our lungs, which can be life threatening depending on what the particle is and who gets exposed to it. HEPA filtration provides that extra bit of assurance against these airborne contaminants.

While many air filters claim to achieve similar results, HEPA filters have been tested against the stringent rules of a renowned standard, giving you peace of mind that they’ll do what they say they do.

The Outcome of the Project

Thanks to the hard work of our trained experts, this project was completed on time and on budget. The combination of HEPA filtration with a paint booth hood was also successful, creating a space for employees that was safe to work in and promoted productivity. 

If you’re in the Kansas City metro area and would like to chat about your commercial HVAC system, contact us today for your customized quote.