Everything evolves and changes over time. The top of the line equipment you bought years ago may not be the top of the line equipment you should be using today. Here’s a breakdown of newer generation fume hoods compared to older generation fume hoods and why it may be necessary to have yours evaluated.
Fume hoods are the first line of defense against the majority of laboratory dangers. Fume hoods protect laboratory personnel from the effects of toxic vapors and fumes, they also shield them from chemical spills, fires, and unintended chemical reactions within the hood. A properly functioning hood is crucial to having a safe lab.
A fume hood exhausts the fumes by allowing room air to enter the hood through the sash and bypass. The room air then mixes with the fumes inside the hood and exhausts them out of the building.This process requires a sufficient quantity of makeup air and energy in order to work at capacity. Newer generation equipment does a better job, while also cutting down on energy costs.
If you’re concerned about any of these differences, then it’s time to have your fume hoods assessed. Contact one of our laboratory solutions specialists to evaluate your laboratory space.