Dust, Electronics, and Air Purification

It has been widely understood that dust and electronics do not go together well. Dust in and around electrical components can reduce equipment durability, efficiency, and in extreme cases be a root cause for a fire.

Electrical components can be extremely sensitive and heat generating. Everything from electrical motors, circuits, LED lighting systems and computers require some sort of heat remediation. Companies manufacturing these items need to add some type of heatsink or a fan to cool down the electrical heat source.

Dust is comprised of particulate from many different sources and is typically undetected by the human eye when it is airborne. Some examples of dust are carpet fibers, human skin, cardboard fibers, smoke, pollen from trees and flowers, mold spores, dander, and other parts of animals and insects, fungus, bacteria or even material created during a manufacturing process. Each of these examples are less than 10 microns in size and cannot be seen as an individual particle. They can float in the air, because of their lack of mass, for days on end, sometimes for up to 2 weeks depending on the air flow in the facility or space they occupy.

When dust finally lands on a piece of electrical equipment, be it on a heat sink or through a cooling fan into a computer, it can, with time, create an insulating layer of dust on the heatsink or directly onto the internal electrical components. Products from forklifts to fans to computers to lighting fixtures come with directions on how to clean and maintain equipment. These instructions can range from simply dusting off the equipment with a rag to intricate measures using high pressure air or even outsourcing the cleaning to a specialty company.

Air purification attacks dust while it is still in the airborne stage before it accumulates on these sensitive pieces of equipment.

Products like the Jade, Onyx, AtomikAir, and Cobalt from Surgically Clean Air remove particulate as small as 0.3 microns and beyond. Each one of these products provide a “Best in Class” filtration based on filter capability, sound level and volume of air passed through the system. These products can also create the added benefit of circulating air in a given space helping to create a more consistent temperature in the space and reducing “hot spots” due to the high volume of air movement that each of these products produce.

This removal of particulate before it becomes a hazard, can be an effective way of extending the life expectancy and efficiency of electrical equipment and even help reduce the chance of a catastrophic fire.

Share this

Stay Fresh!

Want to keep up to date with best practices for air management?

Subscribe to our newsletter!