If you’ve just purchased a new hand dryer, it’s now time to install it in the safest way possible. The installation process should ONLY be carried out by a qualified electrician, but it is up to you to decide where you want the hand dryer to be positioned in your washroom and what height is best for you and customers. If you are however, still stuck deciding which hand dryer is best for your environment and requirements, get in touch with us and one of our experts would be more than happy in assisting you in finding the best hand drying solution.
Please note, that installing a hand dryer is about protecting your safety, and the safety of others. It’s imperative that you follow legal regulations, and our article is just a brief guide outlining tips to follow when installing your hand dryer.
There are two different types of hand dryer installations, one that involves a plug in system and the other which consists of electrical wires going into the back of the hand dryer from the fused spur. Your electrician can decide on the best set up to suit your washroom needs but we would always recommend the fused spur option.
Hand Dryer Installation Tips
Deciding where to put your hand dryers can be a time consuming task, as it needs to be considerate of the layout, structure, and demand of those that will be in the washroom at any one time. You’re not going to want to place the hand dryer that would cause disruption for those using it, this will essentially increase the flow of people entering.
- Do not place the hand dryer too close to the door, and don’t place too far away from the sink as people washing their hands will want to dry them as soon as possible
- You can install a hand dryer over the sink as long as there is no excessive condensation from hot water as this is more convenient for users
- Do not install above reflective surfaces as this will cause the hand dryer to start on its own.
- Do not install the hand dryer in direct sunlight (in front of a window) as the rays from the sun with interfere with the Infra-red sensor and may set it off.
The height is an important factor to assess when it comes to fitting your hand dryer. The most important question you need to ask yourself is, who will be using it? For example, if hand dryers are being installed in primary school bathrooms, the height of the hand dryer needs to reflect children’s heights so that they can use it properly and effectively without struggle. If it’s a working environment however, this could be harder to decide as height difference varies for us all. Your mounting height should also consider the type of hand dryers you are installing. Is it a hands in dryer or hands under dryer?
We’ve listed average persons heights below to help provide insights for hand dryer installation:
- For men – 5ft 9
- For women – 5ft 4
- For children (4-7) 3ft 4 – 3ft 12
- For children (7-10) 4ft 2 – 4ft 9
- For children (10-13) – 4ft 10 – 5ft 5
Recommended Installation Heights for Hand Under Dryers
- For men’s washrooms – 1170mm / 117cm
- For women’s washrooms – 1120mm / 112cm
- For children’s washrooms (4-7) – 810mm / 81cm
- For children’s washrooms (7-10) – 910mm / 91cm
- For chidlren’s washrooms (10-13) – 1020mm / 102cm
- Disabled mounting height – 940mm / 94cm
Recommended Installation Heights for Hands In Dryers
- For men’s washrooms – 1050mm / 105cm
- For women’s washrooms – 975mm / 97.5mm
- For children’s washrooms – 875mm / 87.5cm
- Disabled mounting height – 875mm / 87.5cm
4 Step Hand Dryer Installation Checklist
Unveil Your Hand Dryer:
After the daunting task of choosing a hand dryer, you finally did! And now you can finally unpack it. It should come with hand dryer installation instructions, so be sure not to accidentally throw these away along with the packaging.
The Necessary Tools:
You can’t install a hand dryer without any tools, and remember safety come first! For the mounting process you’ll need a drill, screwdriver, safety glasses, safety gloves, a tape measure, and your own safety toolkit if you have one.
From the height tips given earlier in this article, you should have a pretty good idea on where you want your hand dryer to sit, and at what height. Before you can install the hand dryer/s, you need to carefully mark with a pencil the accurate markings of each mounting bold, as this is where you will need to drill.
Follow the hand dryer instruction guide carefully, as this will consist of connecting wire terminals to the main electricity supply. Before you do this, remove the cover of the hand dryer as it will be easier to a navigate wires.
Now your hand dryer is installed all you need to do to ensure its at its best at all times is keep up with some general maintenance of the dryer. Some dryers have filters such as HEPA filters. We recommend that the filters are removed every 6 months and a vacuum run over them to prevent dust build up. Some have water collection trays. These need to be emptied and cleaned as and when required. Some dryers just need a cloth running over them to keep them clean.