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Buyers Guide: ​Which is the right fume cabinet for you?

Before buying a Fume Cabinet it is vitally important to understand it’s uses correctly. A Fume Cabinet utilises local ventilation to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapours or dust.

There are two main varieties:

  • Non-Ducted Fume Cabinets
  • Ducted Fume Cabinets

In both forms of cabinet air is initially drawn in from the front side of the cabinet. The Ducted Fume Cabinet (which requires Internal and External Ductwork and Exhaust Blower) will expel the contaminated air out into the environment and in a Non-Ducted Fume Cabinet, the air is filtered through Ultra-deep Activated Carbon filters to guarantee maximum fume filtration efficiency and/or HEPA filters for particulate removal.

Fume Cabinets are used for:

  • Personnel Protection
  • Equipment Protection
  • Environment Protection

Initial decisions when purchasing a Fume Cabinet should be based on four criteria:CGA_3 

  1. Available Space
  2. Cabinet Function
  3. Location
  4. Air supply

These important points will allow you to make the best choice suitable to your requirements.

Helpful Tips for choosing a Laboratory Fume Cabinet:

  • Know which processes will be run and how much room is available in the lab.
  • Carry out a chemical assessment done before viewing the selection of solutions compatible with various solvents, chemicals, and acids.
  • Fume Cabinets should be located away from doorways and air conditioners to safely remove toxins, dust and particulates from the air.
  • Automatic sash sensors help to save electricity as they will close the sash when no movement is detected for a set amount of time.
  • When working with solvents, bench top units are extremely efficient at capturing hazardous chemical vapours.
  • Keep these basic considerations in mind while choosing the most suitable and energy efficient Fume Cabinet and the process will be easy and cost effective.

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