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Written by American Elevator Group

Mar 14, 2022

Take the Fast Track to Cleaner Elevator Air

In terms of the pandemic, research has shown that the use of elevators often poses a lower risk than working alongside colleagues in an office environment. Despite this, many city dwellers have hesitated to use elevators during the COVID outbreak due to their concerns about the air quality inside the cab. In this post we take a look at some options available to help you maintain a safe, comfortable quality of air in and around your elevators – to help alleviate any concerns.

What Do your Tenants Worry About?

For a property owner or manager, it’s not always enough to be aware of what the science says. Often it’s equally important to recognize what your tenants and visitors are feeling and thinking. If they have a concern, your role is to mitigate that concern and help them feel safer. Addressing the air quality in confined spaces is one path to helping people feel more confident moving around offices, shopping malls, hotels, residential properties, and many other building types.

Your Elevator Air Quality

If you’re looking to improve the quality of air inside and around your elevators, it can be worth exploring options for air purifying technology. You have access to a selection of solutions that continuously improve elevator air quality and remove contaminants. Installing air purifiers to help keep your elevator passengers safe sends the signal that you invest in the important wellbeing of your tenants and visitors. As we all get used to a new way of living and staying healthy, safeguards like these play an increasingly valuable part in our daily lives and will only become more common as America continues to open up.

How Air Cleaning Works

So – how does elevator air cleaning technology actually work? There are various solutions available on the market now, for a range of budgets and performance requirements. Traditional air cleaning systems typically incorporate a fan circulating the air through a HEPA filter or an active carbon filter. The most widely recommended systems, however, use a process called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). This is where an ultraviolet light works with a photocatalyst target to produce oxidizers, which include hydrogen peroxide. These convert natural humidity and air into oxidizing molecules that act as purifiers inside the elevator. This is a proactive cleaning technology that locates and reduces airborne pollutants and pathogens — including bacteria, viruses, mold, and other contaminants. It even helps to remove any unpleasant odors, which can otherwise linger.

Choosing the Right Solution

Your elevator service provider will be able to advise you on which solutions will work best for your particular elevator type and cab design. However, as a first step, you may want to carry out some informal research in the form of conversations with your tenants or elevator passengers. Try to establish what their main concerns are when it comes to using elevators, and how they would feel about traveling in an elevator cab equipped with air purifying technology. This input will be helpful when selecting the right product for your building’s needs, and – as an added bonus – you may also discover additional efforts that can be made to easily alleviate people’s concerns when moving around the building.

The Benefits of Cleaner Elevator Air

Having cleaner air in elevators obviously comes with the biggest benefit of reducing the risk of contaminants spreading, with some devices eliminating more than 99% of germs and viruses. However, this doesn’t just benefit the riding public. These solutions also make life easier for the facilities and cleaning teams as they continuously clean the air as well as reduce germs and viruses on the interior surfaces inside the elevator. The purifying system can be programmed to run automatically, triggered by people entering the cab, or set at specific time intervals – reducing the need for rigorous, manual cleaning schedules.

Take Action Today

There are various options available for installing air purifying technology in your elevators, depending on factors like elevator type, cab design, intensity of traffic, and more – once you know what your tenants would value and appreciate. As your elevators represent a significant investment, it’s important to maintain passengers’ confidence in continuing to use them on a daily basis.

Want to know more about air purifying technology and other COVID solutions? Download our information sheet today, and when you’re ready, contact us and let’s explore options for your specific needs.

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