Air filters are a key component of any industrial paint booth. These filters increase the efficiency of your paint booth while also keeping your shop a safe place for you employees to work. Without a functioning filtration system, your paint booth will quickly become clogged. This means that it is not properly cleaning the air in your shop, putting everyone in the building at risk.
Fortunately, keeping up with and maintaining your paint booth filters can be made easier with the right tools at your disposal. Learn how to keep your paint booth air filters clean, well maintained, and working properly.
When it comes to routine maintenance for a paint booth, the most important item to check off your list is the filter change. Your filters will need to be replaced periodically, and it is important to stay on top of this maintenance item. Do not skimp on filter changes. A dirty filter can negatively affect the efficiency of your paint booth as well as the health and safety of your workers. Each filter will last for a certain number of spray hours before it needs to be replaced.
It can be difficult to keep track of the number of hours each filter has been used, but understanding your typical usage patterns can go a long way in determining your maintenance schedule. A facility that paints 50 cars each month will have a drastically different maintenance schedule than one that paints 200 cars per month. Each shop is different, so you should try to determine your facility’s average usage and schedule your filter changes based on these numbers.
One easy way to track this is by checking your paint booth’s control panel. Many high tech control panels will keep track of the number of spray hours since the unit’s last filter change. This means that you will not need to manually track each individual paint booth’s usage and filter changes. After a few months of logging your spray hours, you should have a good idea of your shop’s typical usage patterns. You can use this information to determine when you will need to order replacement filters.
In order to streamline the filter replacement process as much as possible, our team offers a service that will ship you a brand new set of air filters at a prearranged interval, making it easy to remember which filters to change out and when. These automatic deliveries can be set up for any interval and adjusted at any time.
This means that there is no long term commitment. If your initial estimate for replacements is too aggressive, you can easily modify your order to extend the interval between deliveries. If you have the opposite issue and you need to change your filters more frequently than you originally anticipated, we can adjust for this as well.
If you are not sure how often you will need to change your filters, you can call one of our helpful team members. Together, we can discuss your shop’s typical usage patterns and set up a series of automatic filter shipments that will work for your business. These automatic shipments are a great idea since it will ensure that you never forget to switch out your air filters.
While most paint booths have more than one filter, the exhaust filter should be your top priority. These filters tend to experience a high volume of use, quickly becoming caked with paint spray or other residue. Many paint booths have extremely powerful exhaust fans and these fans are frequently run at high speed throughout the workday, filtering out paint spray and other chemical residue. While your exhaust fan and filter will keep working even when the filter is clogged, overusing an exhaust filter can drastically affect the performance of your paint booth.
A good rule of thumb is that your exhaust filter will work best for the first 50-60 hours of spraying. You should expect to change your exhaust filters every 2 weeks during normal use. This will keep your exhaust fan working properly and ensure that clean air is released into your shop.
The other filter that you should be concerned about replacing is your intake filter. Fortunately, it is easier to tell when your intake filter needs to be changed than to tell when your exhaust filter needs to be changed. The paint booth operator will be able to see the inside of the intake filter, noting when it gets dirty. If you are spraying a few cars per day, your intake filter will probably last a few months between changes. However, this number can be affected by the quality of the air outside of your paint booth. If your shop produces a lot of dust or other particles, these can cause your intake filter to clog more quickly than it otherwise might.
If you have any questions about the frequency at which you should change your intake or exhaust filters, do not hesitate to contact our team at Accudraft. The best way to make informed decisions about your paint booth air filters is to make sure that you understand all of the factors affecting the life of each filter. Understanding the unique needs of your shop and the type and lifespan of each air filter is a good place to start.
From there, you can look into setting up an automatic shipment for your air filters. This is a great way to streamline your routine maintenance tasks, freeing up time for other, more important concerns. To learn more about how to set up an automatic shipment for your air filters, contact our team at Accudraft.