Choosing the Right Negative Air Machine

Understanding the Role of CFM

Selecting the appropriate Negative Air Machine for your project is an important step in ensuring effective containment and air purification. A key factor in this decision-making process is understanding the role of Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), which measures the volume of air a machine can move in one minute. In this article, we’ll explore how calculating CFM factors into choosing a NAM and the crucial considerations that come with it.

Begin by clearly defining the nature of your project and the specific contaminants you need to address, such as asbestos, lead, or general construction dust. Consider the size of the containment area, the level of contamination, and any regulatory requirements. Calculate the required Air Changes per Hour (ACH) based on the project’s specifications. ACH represents how many times the air within the space should be replaced in an hour for effective contaminant removal. This calculation sets the foundation for determining the necessary CFM.

CFM is directly related to achieving the targeted ACH. Employ the formula:

Required CFM = Volume of Containment Area × ACH​ / 60

This calculation ensures that the Negative Air Machine provides the necessary air exchanges within the specified time frame. Omni CleanAir offers a handy CFM Calculator for this purpose.

Once the required CFM is determined, compare it with the CFM ratings of available Negative Air Machines. Choose a machine with a CFM rating that meets or exceeds the calculated value. Opting for a higher CFM rating is advantageous, particularly in scenarios where rapid air exchange is essential or when dealing with larger volumes of air.

Different contaminants may necessitate varying levels of air circulation and filtration. Factor in the specific nature of the contaminants when calculating CFM, ensuring that the selected machine is equipped to effectively capture and filter them.

Optimizing performance when selecting a Negative Air Machine with an appropriate CFM rating is critical to getting the desired efficiency and performance. This ensures that the airflow is sufficient to capture contaminants, preventing their re-entry into the environment. Ultimately, this contributes to a safer and healthier workspace.

By considering factors such as project requirements, the nature of contaminants, the volume of the space to be contained, ACH calculations, filters to be used, and the size, shape, and portability of the Negative Air Machine, you can make an informed decision that aligns with the specific needs of each project.