Installing electric hand dryers in your washroom facilities can help you to cut down on costs, improve energy efficiency and promote excellent hand hygiene for those who use the amenities, but only if you choose and install them correctly. A little preparation can go a long way when you’re researching, buying and installing a new hand dryer system; consider these five essential factors to ensure you’re on the right track.
- Think about washroom traffic.
How many hand dryers do you need, and what size and speed should those hand dryers be? This will largely depend on the size of your facilities and how much traffic they see on an average day. As a rule of thumb, you should plan for at least one high speed hand dryer for every three to four sinks in a medium-traffic washroom (that’s one that sees about 100-300 uses per day). The right number for your facilities will change depending on the hand dryer model, speed, and layout of the washroom. Our team can help you choose the right number and type of hand dryer for your specific needs.
- Consider initial and running costs.
You’ll want to factor in both the purchase outlay and the running costs of any hand dryer models you’re planning to install. High speed models may cost more initially but cost less to run in a busy environment, while a smaller and more affordable model may be all that’s needed in a low-traffic bathroom. You may wish to spend slightly more on automatic hand dryers and soap dispensers that are easier and faster to use. Once again, the Davidson Washroom team can help you to identify the ideal option to suit.
- Choose attractive and easy-to-use hand dryers.
There are three things to look out for when creating a pleasant washroom experience. First, consider the aesthetics of the hand dryer. Is it sleek, low profile and cohesive with the bathroom’s styling? Are there multiple options for finishes like stainless steel or modern black so you can match the interior? The second thing to consider is the noise levels – some Mediclinics models can be quieter than competitors by up to half. The third is to consider the speed and ease of use of the model to encourage good hand hygiene for users.
- Research Australian building standards.
Australia does have some hand dryer installation regulations, particularly for disabled bathrooms. For example, electric hand dryers should be installed 500mm or further from any corners so wheelchair users are able to access them. The hand dryer height regulations for disabled access also states that hand dryers and other fittings such as soap dispensers should be located between 900mm and 1100mm above the finished floor surface. While your specific hand dryer model will come with installation instructions, we can recommend the following installation heights:
Male washrooms: around 1170mm
Female washrooms: around 1120mm
Disabled washrooms: around 940mm
- Envisage the space layout in the washroom.
Before you call a qualified electrician to install your new hand dryers, consider where in the space the new systems should go. You’ll want to think about potential slipping hazards, because water can drip from people’s hands as they move from the sink to the dryer. You won’t want your hand dryer installed too close to opening doors, sinks or areas where people will be waiting for cubicles. You’ll also need to factor in access to the electrical supply, which your electrician can assist you with.
And that’s it; with a little foresight and prior planning, your washroom facilities will be pleasant to use and perfectly set up for effective hand hygiene.