Jet air dryers
Thinking about air dryers for your bathroom?
We don’t sell air dryers, but we do know what works for our customers. Every washroom does a different job. Hygiene, value, comfort, or appearance might be most important for you. And because you’ll probably invest in your equipment for some years, it’s important to make sure it really fits your needs.
Here are some things our customers found useful to know about air dryers:
Drying your hands with an air dryer can take a while and only one person can use it at a time – are you prepared for queues at peak times? Visitors to your bathrooms should be able to get in and out of them quickly. Air dryers need 10-45 seconds per person and at peak times several dryers are needed to avoid queues and users having to dry their hands on their trousers.
Paper towels need to be refilled to keep up, but grabbing a towel only takes a second and then the person makes room for the next user. Are peak times an issue in any of your washrooms?
Serving multiple needs?
Air dryers are only designed to dry adult hands – how will you cater for the needs of all your bathroom visitors? You want this bathroom to meet the needs of every user. Jet air dryers are excellent for drying hands, but this is the only thing they are designed to do.
Paper towels also take care of everything from washing faces and blowing noses to adjusting lipstick and can even be used by children. Do users in any of your washrooms have other needs than hand drying?
Air dryers can be noisy and don’t usually coordinate with other bathroom accessories – will they fit in your workplace without disruption? Your bathrooms should reflect the image of your establishment. With jet air dryers you get noise levels of up to 90 dB1. This might be a matter of concern to other guests or people outside the washroom.
Paper towels need refilling, but will blend perfectly into any bathroom and will not disrupt your customers' experience. Do you have any bathrooms where you want to offer peace and quiet?
The full picture?
Air dyers are advertised as having low running costs but these figures leave out purchase, installation, and servicing – are you getting the best value for money? You need to know the true cost in order to secure value for money in your bathrooms. Jet air dryers promise to be cheaper due to low running costs, but you must add purchase, installation and service costs to the equation to calculate the real cost.
Paper towels have much lower fixed costs, however, on the other hand running costs vary with the number of users. Do you have any bathrooms where understanding the costs involved is vital?
Air dryer payback can be longer than expected when you consider that you need enough machines to cope with peak demand – do you know your bathroom traffic levels? Your bathrooms should be cost-effective regardless of the number of users. Jet air dryers have lower running costs, but the payback time can be long as you need enough dryers to cope with peak numbers of visitors, even if typically the number of users is low.
With paper towels you pay for what you use. Running costs may be higher, but always reflect the actual number of users. Do you have any bathrooms where cost-efficiency is a key factor?
Germs in drying run-off can be blown around – can your team clean often enough to keep your bathroom fresh? You want to offer fresh hand drying alternatives to visitors to your bathrooms. Jet air dryers might seem to need minimal service, however they must be cleaned regularly to remain fresh as residue from dirty hands end up in the dryers.
Paper towels need to be refilled, but are always fresh as they stay protected until touched by the user. In which of your bathrooms is the above important?
Multiple users touch the same air dryer surface – how will you keep down contamination? Hygiene must never be compromised in your bathrooms. Open and shared jet air dryers are sometimes perceived as less hygienic by users afraid of coming into contact with other peoples’ germs.
Paper towels are only touched by the user and meet the demands of the most hygiene critical bathrooms. Do you have any bathrooms where hygiene is extra important?