How to reduce lab energy costs: 5 ductless hood scenarios

Laboratories have to balance the conservation of energy with the need for safety. Of course safety is always top priority; however, saving energy can be the difference between a productive lab and a lab that can't afford its own operating expenses.

Here are 5 situations where choosing a Ductless Hood is the right move:

1.     The same protocol is being repeated consistently with very little variation in volume or chemicals used.

2.     Installing ductwork is simply not feasible.

3.     The lab already has a ducted chemical fume hood, but requires additional work space for light duty chemical work.

4.     The lab always works with non-hazardous chemicals, or the chemicals used are in non-hazardous quantities or concentrations.

5.     The lab has limited space or budget and needs a hood to be mobile for storage or sharing between labs.

Make sure the ductless hood you select meets the recommended standards of SEFA 9 for use with non-hazardous and hazardous manufacturer approved applications--don’t just accept what is being provided, ask for proof!

Check out the Free Services for your support at, including the Scout Ventilation Product Selector, Chemical Assessment Program, and Chemical Guide for Ductless Hoods.

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