When powerful air purification is needed, industrial air scrubbers can get the job done. The BlueDri AS-550 is a popular model that’s often used for mold remediation, water damage clean-up, home renovations and more.
The AS-550 has multiple applications and can be used in a variety of settings.
Are Air Scrubbers Effective?
Can an air scrubber like BlueDri AS-550 really remove harmful particles and clean the air? Yes. The level of effectiveness will depend on the types of filters used, but many models can remove up to 90% of airborne microorganisms and 99% of surface microorganisms.
The BlueDri AS-550 is capable of removing a minimum of 99.97% of particles that are at least 0.3 micrometers large. This includes:
- Pet dander
- Tobacco smoke
Air scrubbers work by sucking up the contaminated air and pushing it through a filter (or multiple filters) to remove harmful particles. Portable models like the AS-550 can purify the air in large spaces.
Scrubbers are usually the preferred choice of contractors and service professionals for mold remediation, home remodeling, water damage restoration equipment and interior paint jobs because of their ability to actively purify the air.
Air scrubbers are designed for use in industrial and commercial environments. They can handle tough cleaning jobs that air purifiers struggle with.
BlueDri AS-550 Facts, Specs and Uses
- HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 micrometers or larger
- Two-stage filtration and optional third filter
- 1/3 HP motor
- CFM: 250-500
- Variable speed control
- Stackable design
- GFCI port
- 25-foot cable
- Handle for easy carrying
- Weight: ~40lbs.
- Dimensions: 25” x 20” x 14”
The BlueDri AS-550 is powerful enough to act as a whole house air purifier. Two-stage filtration allows the unit to remove harmful particles from the air, including:
- Mold and mildew
- Pet dander
- Saw dust
- Miscellaneous debris
There’s also the option to add an additional carbon filter (at an additional cost) for three-stage filtration and odor removal.
The multi-stage filtration includes:
- Pre-filter: Designed to help extend the HEPA filter’s life. The pre-filter captures large particles, like pollen, lint, dust mites and dust, so that the HEPA filter doesn’t have to work so hard.
- Carbon filter (optional): An optional filter (not included) that removes odors, including those from pets, odors, smoke, mildew and household cleaners.
- HEPA filter: The scrubber’s primary filter, which is designed to remove smaller particles, like mold spores, asbestos, allergens and other airborne pathogens.
The scrubber’s filters are the most important parts of the unit. Like the filters in your home’s HVAC system, this scrubber’s filters will become dirty and need to be changed. Knowing when to change filters can be tricky. Fortunately, the BlueDri AS-550 has an LED light that will illuminate when it’s time to change the intake filter.
Variable Speed Control
One stand-out feature of this air scrubber is the variable speed control that it offers. With the touch of a button, you can adjust the speed and power of the scrubber to fit your needs. Switch to a higher speed and power for dirtier jobs, or choose a lower speed and power for smaller jobs. Along with flexibility, variable speed control also allows you to extend the lifespan of your filters.
The BlueDri AS-550 has a smart design with a compact footprint and is relatively lightweight. A carrying handle makes it easy to change the position of the scrubber and take it with you on-the-go.
The AS-550 also offers a convenient stacking design. For heavy-duty industrial use, you can stack multiple scrubbers on top of each other for more powerful air purification. Stacking also saves on space, so you enjoy more room in your shop or job site.
Large Coverage Area
The BlueDri AS-550 offers a CFM rating of 250-500. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and is also known as airflow. It refers to how much air the unit’s fan can move. The greater the CFM rating, the more air the unit will circulate.
As a general rule of thumb, you need 1 CFM per square foot of room space. One unit of the AS-550 should cover up to 500 square feet.
In an industrial setting, you may need multiple units. However, for home renovation, mold remediation and water damage clean-up, one unit should suffice unless the entire home needs to be cleaned.
Even when multiple units are needed, the stacking design will save on space, allowing for the air to be thoroughly cleaned without cluttering the floor. This model is also daisy chainable for up to four units.
Who is the BlueDri AS-550 For?
The BlueDri AS-550 air scrubber is ideal for:
- Mold remediation professionals
- Homeowners performing DIY renovations
- Industrial settings
When powerful air purification is needed, an air scrubber is the optimal choice. The BlueDri AS-550 offers multi-stage filtration, variable speed control and a large coverage area to tackle tough jobs in commercial and industrial settings. Easy use and multi-stage filtration allow you to remove nearly all harmful particles that are at least 0.3 microns from the air.