Keeping the air clean in your home, shop, or factory requires a lot of conscious effort. This often means deploying the right equipment and appliances.
One of the most effective ways to remove large amounts of dust particles and dirt from large homes, industrial environments, shops, and factories is the use of dust collectors.
Their mechanism and heavy-duty parts also make them pricey equipment which makes potential buyers often wonder if it’s worth the price.
The best way to determine the worth of anything is to try and evaluate the consequence of not having the item in question. That’s why this post will begin by telling you why you need a dust collector and what benefits you can derive from having one in your building.
So, in case you’re out looking for something that can effectively remove dust and particles from your indoor air and the idea of a dust collector pops up in your head, you probably shouldn’t make a move until you’ve read this post.
Why Do You Need a Dust Collector?
Factories can pose serious danger to health as a result of air pollution. Dust, debris and harmful gases often fill the air due to the nature of activities carried out, especially in manufacturing, woodworking, and metalworks factories.
With a dust collector, these airborne particles are trapped and replaced with cleaner air. These tend to provide a lot of benefits and we’ll see some of them shortly.
1. Ensures safety and sound health
Dirt, dust and harmful gases can cause serious irritation, affect the lungs, and lead to severe respiratory issues when exposed to in large amounts.
Beyond human health, airborne particles can collect on factory equipment and pose a fire threat. Using a dust collector, these particles can be removed from the air and prevent such harm to humans and equipment.
2. Environmental compliance regulations are met
Air quality and environmental safety are a huge part of laws and regulations to ensure workplace safety. Your organization can be fined heavily if the air is not safe for humans.
You can also incur huge losses resulting from damage to equipment and tools, but a dust collector can save you from all that stress.
3. Increased productivity
Dust and debris can affect employees, making them fall sick which leads to lost man hours and reduced productivity. On the other hand, damage to equipment also means delayed processes.
With machines breaking down consistently due to debris collecting in sensitive parts and continuous repairs, it is impossible to meet up with targets. Hence, dust collectors must be deployed.
How Much Do Dust Collectors Cost?
Smaller dust collectors for homes, shops, garages, and other applications requiring up to 1,400 CFM can cost anywhere from $150 to about $5,000. Take a look at this 5 HP unit and the smaller 3 HP Impeller unit for reference.
However, there are also dust collection assemblies built in large industries and factories which cost between $8,000 to about $100,000. A good example is the Grizzly Industrial 10 HP Dual-Filtration Cyclone Dust Collector.
The larger units are pre-fabricated and come in the form of bin vents, bag-house collectors, and cartridge collectors, with airflow volumes ranging from 1,500 to 12,000 CFM.
There are also custom-built dust collectors that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and even beyond.
|Small Dust Collector||Comes with an airflow range of 500 to 1,400 CFM||Suitable for homes, crawlspaces, small retail shops, woodwork or metalwork workshops, and for ventilating planer, saw, and sander.||$150 to $5,000|
|Large Dust Collector||Airflow range from 1500 to 12,000 CFM||Can be used in large industrial settings including woodshops, sandblasting, food processing, energy production, cement production, mining, chemical processing, metalwork facilities, etc.||$8,000 to $100,000|
|Custom Dust Collector||Usually from 7,000 CFM and beyond.||Built to fit the specific industry, such as multiple modular bin vents, pulse jet baghouses, or multiple cartridge collectors, etc.||$50,000 to $1,000,000|
Basically, the type and size of the unit you want will determine how much you would need to spend. Each unit has its own airflow range, determining how much area can be covered in a minute, as measured in cubic feet. You should pick a unit based on your need.
Are Dust Collectors Worth the Money?
Yes, they certainly are worth every dime, especially if you get a good product from a good brand. Natural ventilation mechanisms like opening up windows can only do so much, endangering people within and outside the environment.
In the same vein, air purifiers do not have the kind of capacity these duct collectors have and they also do not have such a large bagging mechanism to store large amounts of airborne dust, debris, and other particles.
This is why a dust collector is your best bet for such heavy-duty applications or dust-prone environments.
Furthermore, when you consider the devastating effects that airborne pollution can have on humans (your employees for instance) and your equipment, you’d find that the benefits far outweigh the cost of the unit.
Plus, think about all the fines and shutdowns you’ll have to avoid, as well as knowing that your employees are working in a safe and happy environment.
There’s probably nothing more valuable than good health. Without good health, it will be impossible to achieve productivity in any workspace. Also, no one wants to have people infected with lung and respiratory diseases, elevated asthma, or other kinds of irritations.
We can’t ignore the fact that dust collectors are pricey, but they have a lot of expensive parts and this also justifies the cost. But more importantly, they save you a lot of stress and expense in the long run.