Things to consider before installing a Dust Control System

Things to consider before installing a Dust Control System

When it comes to finding the ideal Dust Control System, you’ll need to do a little bit of research. There are many different methods used in dust extraction, and not all of them will be able to suit your needs. You’ll also need to know exactly what type of dust you’re producing, in what quantities and when.

Finding the best type of dust control system might seem a little daunting because of this, but here are some simple things you should be checking before deciding which to get that will help you to narrow down your choices

Micron Capabilities

The most hazardous type of dust is also the most difficult type of dust to filter. To have the most effective dust control, look at the size of the dust particles (microns) that can be effectively filtered by the system. For maximum efficiency, your dust control will need to be able to handle dust at the lowest micron level. On the other hand, if most of your dust is easily visible to the naked eye then you might want to invest in a dust extraction system that has higher waste storage capacity as you’ll be filling it up much faster

What kind of dust needs to be filtered?

Some dust extraction systems are unsuitable for all potential types of dust, so you will need to have a complete overview of what kinds are being produced in your workshop. For example, explosive dust requires a filtration method that doesn’t rely on electrostatic charges.

Speed and Time settings of your Dust Extraction System

Having a dust extraction system that can be adjusted as needed will help to reduce energy costs, as running a dust extraction system at full capacity 24/7 is unlikely to be needed, especially during the night when your workshops aren’t in use.

Fixed or Portable

When you first picture dust control, the image that pops into your head might be a huge ceiling mounted device, but these are far from the only types available. Smaller, lightweight models that can be used much like a domestic vacuum have their place, as do systems that can be attached directly to dust producing equipment.

Maintenance Costs

One of the things you’ll need to be aware of is that setting up dust control isn’t just a one-time payment. They take regular maintenance, including the replacement of filters and moving parts. Planning ahead by finding out what filters you’ll need, how many of them you expect go through and whether you’ll need to have somebody else replace them or if it’s a job you can perform yourself will help you to ascertain whether the system you have in mind is a sound investment.

Filtration Stages

The most basic systems only use one filter, whereas more advanced versions will use multiple filters of different types that can allow you to maintain purer air and effectively extract more than one form of dust.


Hopefully, you feel a little bit better equipped to answer the multitude of questions that will crop up when you start looking at all the different types of dust control systems there are available. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to give a one size fits all answer, especially with the importance of having a good system that keeps your workshop a healthy and safe environment whilst balancing your budget concerns. Having said that, performing a careful and thorough analysis of your needs makes it much easier, so the first step before installing dust control is always to be 100% informed on the type of dust you produce. From there selecting the right system for you is a simple matter of narrowing down what each system can handle.

Of course, if you have any questions or difficulties, feel free to contact us, and we can work together to make a personalised strategy for dust control that fits your individual needs.

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