Buying the Right Hand Dryer: What You Need to Know About Voltage
Sometimes customers ask us, "What's the best hand dryer for my facility?" The answer depends on a few things, including the wiring in your building. In most cases, 110/120 volt hand dryers are perfectly fine. In other cases, the setup requires 208/240 volt hand dryers. Here's a look at using the best hand dryer for your location.
The first step is to know the voltage settings in your facility. The best way to obtain this knowledge is to have a professional electrician run a series of tests on the wiring. However, you can get a rough-and-ready estimate with a common multimeter. If you've never used one of these products, then this video will give you the basics. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're not absolutely sure of what you're doing, then hire a professional to handle this work. Electricity can cause injuries or even death if not approached with caution.
Once you know the voltage settings for your restrooms, you can match this data to our product descriptions. Most of our units work with a wide range of voltages, but check the technical data that comes with the model you're considering. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact us right away. Our trained technicians and customer service specialists can give you the information you need, either through email or over the phone.
If you notice fluctuating voltage levels or other problems, then you need to have a reputable electrician check out your system as soon as possible. Many older structures have deteriorating wires and other hazards that can cause fires or electrocution. We're not trying to scare you by giving you this information. We simply want you and your people to enjoy a safe, accident-free life.
Be sure to ask your electrician or electrical engineer about voltage optimization. This is a 20-dollar term that expresses a two-cent idea: using less power can save you money. If your wiring draws excessive voltage, then there are many possible solutions, including step-down transformers and other add-on products. The money you spend up front will more than pay for itself in reduced utility bills over time.