Washing your hands is a transient process. Whether as a precautionary flu season routine or after tending to nature’s call, we follow the deed with a habitual wash and dry regiment without a need to lend any mind to this automated routine. After all, the soap takes care of everything, right?
In reality, there are a great variety of smaller factors at play. So small, in fact, that most are not detectable by the naked human eye, and thusly not made subject to our consideration and concern. It’s negligence without justification, and it’s one that oftentimes risks counteracting the sanitizing effects of washing your hands in the first place. Fortunately, to disinfect our conscience, American Dryer has introduced the ExtremeAir CPC hand dryer.
While it may certainly appear that with the modern commercial industrial hand dryer there is little room for experiment, the features graced by this model attest to its necessity. The paper towel industry has been far from coy at illustrating the innate sanitary dubiousness of hand dryers and their oft-demonstrated flaw of spreading germs around rather than eliminating them, and American Dryer has punted back with the application of Cold Plasma Clean (CPC) technology. Though Cold Plasma has maintained a presence in the scientific sphere since the 1930s, it had remained largely absent from the marketplace (due to the difficulty that lies within harnessing the technology into a small package) until 2013 when, following a five-year investigation into the effects of the substance by American Dryer, the ExtremeAir CPC was released to the public.
BY THE NUMBERS
Retail cost per unit
Amount of potential savings when compared to paper towel costs
Smaller: the dryer is one of the most compact in the industry, coming in at nearly half the size of the average “industry standard” high-speed hand dryers
The number of finishes in which the dryer is available, including White ABS, Steel White Epoxy, Steel Black Graphite, Steel Satin Chrome, and Stainless Steel
Number of seconds it takes to dry your hands with this model at its highest setting
The number of seconds the dryer will stay on when hands under the outlet, powered by an ultra ener- gy-efficient, microprocessor-con- trolled sensor
Number of ions created every second by the dryer to kill germs
The Cold Plasma is produced from a small generator located under the cover of the hand dryer that, as American Dryer vice president of sales and marketing, Jim Fisher details, “splits water molecules in the air into oppositely charged hydrogen and oxygen ions.” Subsequently, as nature dictates, airborne germs are seized upon by these duty-bound ions and wholly erased from the equation in a revolutionary act of human sanitation. In addition to these great new strides for human health, planet earth too stands to gain from the ExtremeAir contraption. The speed-adjustable hand dryer “reduces power consumption to an industry-leading 500-300 watts,” trumpets Fisher, eclipsing competing “green” hand dryers by threefold, in effect helping us reduce the blotch of our fingerprints from the globe’s carbon footprint.