Commercial Air Purifiers: What Specs to Know

Posted by Brenda Roy on Mar 6, 2018

Commercial Air Purifiers-What Specs to Know.jpgAir purification goes a long way toward making your office environment a comfortable and healthy place to work. There are plenty of commercial air purifiers to choose from if you're seeking to improve air quality in office buildings. But what do you need to know before you buy? Here are some that the indoor environmental experts recommend you consider:

Room Size

An office air purifier may cover anywhere from the immediate area to a large room. Commercial air purifiers may be indicated for the following space:

  • Immediate area
  • 100 - 250 square feet
  • 250 - 500 square feet
  • 500 - 750 square feet
  • 750 - 1,000 square feet
  • 1,000 - 1,500 square feet
  • 1,500 - 2,000 square feet

Air Quality Concerns

Commercial air purifiers can address many air quality concerns. Figure out which of the following issues are most important for you:

  • Odors
  • Allergens
  • Asthma and other respiratory issues
  • Dust and particles
  • Bacteria
  • Mold spores
  • Germs
  • Chemicals or volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Tobacco and other sources of smoke
  • Gases

Some types of industrial air purifiers may be better for dealing with specific air quality issues.


CFM stands for "cubic feet per minute" and you will find this specification indicated on most models of commercial air cleaner. An industrial unit will likely be 550 CFM.

Filtration Methods

Commercial grade air purifiers may rely on different methods of filtering the air and improving air quality. Here are some common filtration methods:

HEPA Filter: Air is forced through a HEPA — or High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance — filter, trapping particulate matter like dust, pollen and dander

TSS Technology: TSS refers to a Thermodynamic Sterilizing System, which destroys microorganisms using super-heated air without heating up the unit or surrounding air

Carbon: A replaceable carbon module inside the unit attracts and absorbs chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), gases and similar elements

Ions: Positive and negative ions are released into the air, where they attract water molecules, which in turn, attach to airborne particles and molecules

Many units rely on multiple methods of filtration for maximum air quality improvements.


Expect to budget between about $160 to $1,700 on a commercial air purifier. The size, capacity and features you choose will impact the price.

For a free consultation on assessing the specs to meet your commercial air purifier needs, contact Pure n Natural.


Topics: Air Cleaners, Natural Air Cleaners, Office Air Quality

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