The cleanliness of a public restroom is paramount to keeping the spread of germs to a minimum. Even when scrubbed multiple times on a daily basis, high-traffic locations may be concerned about maintaining their employee’s and consumer’s good health. Paper towels and a restroom hand dryer both use environmental resources to and energy to manufacture. As a result, other evaluation methods can help businesses decide on paper vs. electric hand dryers.

Individuals who use the facilities can have their preferences about which hand drying method to use. For some, the decision is hygiene-based; for others, environmental impact is the priority. Business owners often include these concerns when looking at the bottom line: Is an electric hand dryer in the bathroom worth the investment?

Energy Consumption

It is not surprising that a restroom hand dryer costs more than a paper towel dispenser. The cost of a unit varies based on size, dryer efficiency and the cost of electricity in the local area. However, the average per month cost may be about $15. Older hand dryers were not as energy efficient as the current models and technology is ever evolving. The operating costs may continue to drop as advancements are made.

Life Span

The average life of a hand dryer in a medium-sized business is seven to ten years. For companies that have high-traffic seasons, electric dryers can result in substantial savings over other hand drying methods. Many of the hand dryers available today meet high-quality standards and have a small carbon footprint. Once installed, they can require very little maintenance, and there is no waste generated.

Electric dryers can pay for themselves in less than a year and may not need significant attention by janitorial staff. A clean bathroom projects a positive image of the business and building. A restroom hand dryer promotes a clutter-free environment and can foster a sense of confidence.

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