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For those of us who deploy, administer and are responsible for computer systems, we all share a big common enemy. Dust. Depending on our geographical location, this is a problem that we face sooner, or later. But there is no doubt, we will all need to deal with equipment that has accumulated dust. So, how do we deal with it ?

Most of us will use compressed air, because it’s an easy way to get rid of dust. Blow it all out, quick and easy, right ? The issue is, most of us will be purchasing and using compressed air in disposable aerosol cans. If you’re a technology professional, you’re probably buying the 3-packs at Wal-Mart. Or worse, the 15-packs at Costco. And let’s be honest, each can really doesn’t last very long. So is the practice sustainable ?

From an environmental perspective, absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong here, I wouldn’t consider myself an ‘environmentalist’ or an ‘environmental activist’. Not by any means. However, I don’t see the point in needlessly being harmful to the environment.

Difluoroethane is a refrigerant that is combined with the oxygen in disposable compressed air cans. Due to the way refrigerant works, longer use of compressed air cans results in frost accumulation. Some compressed air cans have hydrofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. In addition, compressed air can be abused as an inhalant for short-term stimulation.

With all these negatives (not to mention the ongoing cost of replacing these compressed aerosol cans), isn’t there a better alternative ? Yes, yes there is. The O2 Hurricane is essentially a can of reusable compressed air. Using a built-in rechargeable battery, the O2 Hurricane provides continuous blasts of air, up to 10+ minutes on a single charge. I’ve used it to blow out servers, desktop computers, laptops, keyboards, rack cages, etc. I’ve found that the force of air was better and more uniform than that of one-time use aerosol cans, and the attachments that are available make it very easy to get into hard to reach areas. The noise is quite loud, which is substantially different from the one-time use cans, but it’s not unbearable.

Any technology professional that ends up physically cleaning equipment needs to look into purchasing an O2 Hurricane. It’s one of the best tools I’ve ever purchased for myself and my staff.

More can be found at: http://www.canlessair.com


Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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