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School Hand Dryers

Ensuring good hand hygiene amongst pupils is an essential part of helping to stop the spread of germs and infections like COVID 19 and flu in schools.  Hand dryers are a key part of the hand washing process, and there are multiple factors for school managers to consider when choosing the best hand dryers for their staff and pupils.

Environment and Sustainability

When choosing the right kind of hand drying solution for school bathrooms, sustainability and environmental impact are often a key part of the decision-making process.

One of the first decisions made is to choose between paper towels and electric hand dryers for schools.  Several factors mean that in most cases, paper towels are a less environmentally friendly choice.

Carbon Footprint

The production and disposal of paper towels is highly energy intensive and has a high carbon footprint.  Over the course of a year an average school will consume tens of thousands of paper towels as students wash and dry their hands.  Each tonne of paper towels requires 17 trees to be cut down and processed in a mill, and harsh chemicals including bleaches are used in the manufacturing process.

In a school with 500 pupils, the use of paper towels generates more than 3.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions in a year.

CO2 emissions from hand dryers are much lower by comparison.  For 500 daily uses over the course of a year, the electricity used by a typical wall mounted dryer will generate about 526KG of CO2; a figure that falls to just 160KG with an ultra- efficient model such as the Mitsubishi Electric Wave u02.

Running Cost

The initial outlay for a modern, energy efficient hand dryer may be higher than traditional models, but the lower energy use can add up to substantial savings over the lifetime of the appliance.  In a time when school budgets are tighter than ever, and energy costs are at record highs, it is important to consider the long-term running costs of a hand dryer in a school.

As noted above, the ultra-efficient Mitsubishi Electric Wave u02 is responsible for very little carbon dioxide compared to conventional models.  This lower energy use is reflected in the electricity consumption costs.  At around £48 per year to run, the Wave u02 is less than one third of the cost of a conventional hand dryer, and more than £1,400 lower than the equivalent amount of paper towels.

Minimising Disruption

Noise can travel quickly through a school building and cause disruption in classes.  The sound of a hand dryer being used could easily distract children from study, and as a result, many schools opt for different solutions and incur additional costs as a result.  This doesn’t need to be the case.  The jet hand dryer nozzle design and sound deadening used in the Mitsubishi Electric Wave range means that they emit much lower noise levels than conventional hand dryers.

A conventional hand dryer will normally run at between 85dB and 100dB.  This is equivalent to a truck or train passing close by and can be easily heard in nearby classrooms.  In normal use, the hands in Wave i01 model are one of the quietest hand dryers available, emitting just 56dB of sound – which is equivalent to a conversation between two people.  This much lower noise level will not transmit into other areas as easily, meaning that neighbouring classrooms will not be as easily distracted.

Time Saving

School students often have limited time to use bathrooms between lessons and during breaks, and as a result, may be tempted to forego hand drying because of the amount of time it takes to use a conventional dryer.

Older hand dryers tend to work using evaporation.  A combination of heat and slow-moving air coupled with the user rubbing their hands together dries the skin, but it can take up to a minute to fully dry the hands.  The jet towel technology used in the Mitsubishi Electric Wave range simply blows the water off the surface of the skin.  This means that hand drying is much faster – under 10 seconds in some cases – which means that less time is lost, and as a result encourages more students to wash and dry their hands properly when using the bathroom.

Better hygiene will contribute to improved health in the school and result in fewer days lost to transmissible illnesses.

Find Out More

Mitsubishi Electric Wave hand dryers are designed for simple maintenance and cleaning and have no-touch designs with antibacterial materials used for external surfaces to improve hygiene.  Speak to us today to find out more about the range and request a demo to find out which model is best suited to the needs of your school.

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