The mobile aerosol filter
Children need protected spaces to play, learn, and develop their interests and identities. In times of Corona, vaccinated adults – parents, teachers, and many others – provide such protection for all those children and adolescents for whom no vaccine is available or for whom only a limited vaccination recommendation can be made.
With the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT, the classroom becomes a shelter for schoolchildren in a more literal sense. This is made possible by the effective combination of properties that have been formulated into a unique concept by the developers at the clean air specialist Krantz:
Exemplary corona filter with double outlet
for an extra-large, comfortable clean air zone
Patented, antiviral filter coating
for maximum safety and ease of handling
Exemplary corona filter with double outlet: Big rooms need big filters. This is the only way to create a safe and expansive clean air zone and to take in that flat area of stale air near the floor. The developers at Krantz have further perfected the safety and convenience of the clean air cylinder through the use of a unique double outlet. The far-reaching outlet on the front of the device quietly ensures an imperceptible, even flow of air with excellent air distribution throughout the classroom. The radial outlet on the top of the device protects the cylinder of clean air from ceilings and walls.
Antiviral coated filter technology for maximum air purity: In the fight against Corona, the ever-reliable H14 filter elements, with rates of purification up to 99.995%, have proven themselves many times. They also serve as the main filter in the Krantz Virusprotect. Their high performance is further increased by a patented antiviral coating. Stable and completely emissions-free, it covers the filter fabric and the inside walls of the housing. Corona viruses are passively neutralized – when they try to penetrate the nanostructures of the antiviral coating, they destroy their own protein capsule.
All-around safety for everyday life in schools and during maintenance: The Krantz Virusprotect is designed for permanent use for the often-turbulent everyday life in schools. Four power levels can be selected at will even when the control unit is locked and can thus be adjusted for quieter or livelier lessons. The built-in CO2 warning helps to optimize any additional ventilation intervals for exchanging stale and fresh air.
Above all, the passive antivirus coating of the filter system is suitable for everyday life at school. It prevents the concentration of infectious virus particles inside the filter chamber. Maintenance and filter changes can thus easily be carried out without special protective clothing. Even if it is not opened properly, there is never any risk of infection. This passive protection against viruses avoids the disadvantages of alternative sterilization techniques, such as the risks inherent to UV-C light sources or the increased energy requirements of thermal processes.
Why is Krantz particularly qualified to develop high-performance coronavirus filters?
As a specialist in functional air systems, Krantz develops and produces products and systems for healthy indoor climates, makes sensitive clean rooms safe, offers protection when handling contaminated substances in laboratories, and cleans industrial emissions in an environmentally friendly way. In our in-house laboratory, research and development on all things air-related is carried out in our 1000 m2 test facility using all the latest technologies. Krantz is the market leader in filter technology for laboratories and air duct systems that require stringent safety. Institutions such as the Robert Koch Institute, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute and the Bernhard Nocht Institute number among its clients. Krantz is even certified to equip BSL-4 laboratories for the analysis of highly pathogenic, zoonotic viruses.
- When should the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT Corona filter be used?
How quickly does Krantz VIRUSPROTECT clean the air in a classroom?
Krantz VIRUSPROTECT quickly reduces even high aerosol concentrations. After around 30 minutes of operation, the number of aerosols in a test room loaded with particles is less than 10% of the initially measured starting value. As far as we know today, those residual aerosols can no longer trigger an indirect infection..
Does the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT only filter corona viruses?
The Krantz VIRUSPROTECT is a universal aerosol filter and thus an investment with long-term appeal. It also protects against infections in flu season and against hay fever in spring. Krantz VIRUSPROTECT reliably and safely filters viruses (e.g., corona and flu viruses), bacteria, spores, allergens, hospital germs, and other microorganisms with a rate of up to 99.995%.
- How big is the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT?
Quiet, powerful, energy-saving – how are the power levels used?
The Krantz VIRUSPROTECT has four power levels that can be selected at any time via the control panel, even if all other functions of the control panel have been blocked for safety in everyday operation. The performance levels are selected according to the size of the room, the number of students, and activity levels within the classroom. In more lively teaching situations, a higher power level may be appropriate. For calm, focused work, a lower power level is often sufficient.
Our guide values provide a guideline for the selection of the appropriate power level:
Purification volume (m³ air / h)
Noise emission (dB/A)
Quantity of persons or size
up to 8 persons or 30 m2
up to 16 persons or 60 m2
up to 24 persons or 90 m2
up to 32 persons or 100 m2
How high are the energy costs?
With a medium classroom size, 25 students, and usage of up to 10 hours, the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT filters all of the air within the room three to four times per hour. If you calculate with a room usage of 5 working days and electricity costs of 28 cents / KWh, the total annual costs are around 50 euros.
What advantages does the passive antiviral coating have over active sterilization processes?
Corona viruses are aggressive when transmitted from person to person. Outside of the body, they are less resilient than initially assumed. This is why cheaper corona filters rely solely on the separation abilities of their filter elements. Such filters are not sufficient for safe continuous use or the protection of larger groups of people. The sterilization of the filter media is essential for such areas of application.
Active sterilization methods are thus often used. The sterilization of filters using UV-C light, in addition to the disadvantages associated with additional energy consumption, carries the risk of exposing users within the rooms to UV-C rays, especially in everyday life at school. Heat sterilization does not pose any immediate dangers. However, it also requires additional energy and is a further burden on indoor climates on warmer days. Passive sterilization using the patented antiviral coating of the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT avoids these disadvantages.
How safe is the antiviral coating of the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT filter unit?
The antiviral coating of the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT filter system consists of cross-linked polyvinylamine (PVam), a widely used, well-researched polymer with a wide range of applications. It is used in personal care products, water treatment, papermaking, and many other areas. With the Krantz VIRUSPROTECT, it forms a thin, emission- and abrasion-free layer around the fibers of the filter media and on the inner walls of the filter housing.
Viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms are passively inactivated. They destroy their outer envelope when they try to penetrate the nanostructures of the coating. With no energy or ozone risk, the inner housing and filter media remain contamination-free, safe for daily use, and accessible at all times, e.g. for opening during device maintenance.