Going out to eat is one of our culture’s favorite pastimes. When it comes to restaurants, one of the most important things to consider is the quality of the air. After all, this is where people will be spending their time eating and breathing.
Unfortunately, more often than not, the air in many restaurants is far from clean. Especially now in this COVID era, indoor air quality, where groups of people come together is more important of a consideration than ever! Airborne viruses and other pathogens are more likely to spread where people gather indoors and the air quality is already compromised by other internal factors like in restaurants. It is crucial for restaurant owners to upgrade their air quality standards in order to address lowering the risks for their customers.
The most significant source of pollution in restaurants is cooking smoke. Smoke from fryers, grills, and ovens can contain harmful chemicals that can cause respiratory problems. These particles are aerosolized or stay in suspension - then they are breathed in. This is largely underestimated within the restaurant industry and most establishments do not have sufficient air filtration systems to eliminate these harmful particles.
Another major source of restaurant pollution is HVAC systems. These systems are responsible for circulating air throughout the restaurant, but they can also circulate contaminants like mold and bacteria. In order to keep the air in your restaurant clean, it’s important to regularly maintain your HVAC system.
Possibly the most important health issue to look out for is volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are emitted as gasses from certain liquids or solids. They're found in a variety of products and materials used in restaurants, from cleaning supplies to cooking smoke. And when these VOCs are present in high levels, they can pose serious health risks to both customers and employees. Short-term exposure to VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness and nausea. Long-term exposure has been linked to more serious health problems like cancer, liver damage and kidney damage.
So what's the best way to ensure that the air in your restaurant is clean and healthy? The answer is simple, outfit it with a state of the art air purifier. Alen® air purifiers are designed to remove contaminants from the air, making it safer for diners to breathe. Alen® air purifiers are some of the most effective on the market, and they can help you create a healthier environment for your customers. The Alen® BreatheSmart True HEPA 75i air purifier is one of the strongest air purifiers Alen® has in its arsenal and can trap 99.9% of particles as small as .1 micron. Your diners will thank you when they don't smell chemicals, grease, and cooking smoke.
Consider investing in a state-of-the art Alen® air purifier.