Green dryers

Dennis Smith, Engineering Manager at hand dryer Corporation, agreed with the study's results. "Our new Airforce™ fast hand dryer uses half the energy as other standard automatic dryers and also dries hands in half the time of a standard electric hand dryer — making it the ultimate green machine," added Smith.

The Airforce™ has generated overwhelming industry excitement because it brings 'Green' to a whole new level. The Airforce™ is currently the most environmentally responsible and energy efficient hand dryer available. By including the Airforce™ in a project, your building may qualify for LEED® credits for energy optimization.

Both the Airmax™ and Airforce™ fast hand dryers are GreenSpec listed. Products selected for the Greenspec list are considered to be the top of their class and environmentally preferable, based on USGBC Building Green's criteria. "The Airforce™ hand dryer's environmental impact can't be denied, it is one of the most unique and 'green' dryers in the marketplace" states Smith.

They found that while paper towels may be made from recycled paper, once a paper towel is used it cannot be recycled. They also discovered it takes both water and energy to produce paper towels. And then those discarded paper towels are taken to landfills, compounding the problem. And that doesn't even take into account the trees that are destroyed to make the paper in the first place.

"It's true. It does take energy to operate a fast hand dryer. However, when compared to the electricity used to manufacture paper towels, the usage is minor. In fact, it takes less energy to run an electric hand dryer than it takes to manufacture the equivalent amount of paper towels you'd use to dry your hands," said Vic. On average, a person uses 2.5 towels to completely dry their hands.

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