Hand dryers

The choice of a hand dryer is not random. Whether for use, maintenance, noise or vandalism resistance, we offer a wide choice of hand dryers adapted to your environment.

Our ranges

Jet air

Hot air

HOT OR COLD
AIR ?

If the washroom in question has little to no heating, a cold sensation during hand drying can be unpleasant. And so we recommend opting for a hand dryer which uses evaporation or jet air with a heating element.

VANDALISM
RESISTANCE

In some places, special attention needs to be given to vandalism resistance. Standard NF EN 62262 provides a clear interpretation of this level of resistance with the IK index. IK10 is the highest level of resistance. A device of this type is able to tolerate at least a blow from a 5 kg sledgehammer. Devices with an aluminium or steel cover are even more resistant.

MAINTENANCE

Paper rolls require flawless logistics to prevent them from running out. Some hand dryers require no maintenance while others have a water recovery tray which needs to be emptied regularly and air filters which need to be replaced or cleaned periodically.

NOISE

The sound of a hand dryer can become a nuisance if located nearby an office or restaurant dining room. Most hot air hand dryers are relatively quiet. Some jet air hand dryers also manage to combine power with a low noise level.

ECOLOGICAL
FOOTPRINT

It takes 17 trees to produce one tonne of paper. Its manufacturing and transport then generate significant amounts of CO2. For example, the French leader in paper consumables generates 30,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, just to transport its paper within France. In this respect, hand dryers are the ideal solution for reducing your ecological footprint. Next-gen jet air hand dryers consume very little energy, and the absence of consumables renders the impact of transport anecdotal at best.

EFFICIENCY OF JET AIR HAND DRYER

The hand dryers are built around vacuum motor technology. The power of compression of these motors allows, through a thin air outlet, to reach a high speed; the air then licks the surface of the skin and expels the water in the direction of flow. There are 3 types of architectures on this type of technology.

There are those who come directly from Asian countries, they have been around for many years. Their architecture makes it possible to place the hands vertically in a cavity between 2 blades of air. There are hand dryer construction simpler: the motor is placed over an air outlet nozzle. We just put our hands directly below. The air nozzles of this type of hand dryer can have many forms. Then there are the hand dryers where the user comes to put, at the height of the belly, hands in a ring. This ergonomics was initiated by JVD and is growing more and more. By rinsing the water with forced air, the projections fall in the flow direction. There is no evaporative drying system. For this type of hand dryer, there are 2 solutions: either the water is projected on the ground, or the water is collected in a tank. We must be aware that in the latter case, the solution involves regular maintenance to clear the reservation.

USAGE LEVEL

A hand dryer should provide a solution which is compatible with the level of usage of the washroom. For places with
little usage (< 50 visits daily), all three solutions are possible. For places with normal usage (50-250 visits daily), the cost of paper becomes prohibitive. For places with high usage (250-400 visits daily), jet air hand dryers are the only solution capable of guaranteeing cost control and a fast drying time. Lastly, for places with intensive usage (> 400 visits daily), the chosen hand dryer should have a brushless motor or an induction motor.

ECONOMIC COST OF A JET AIR HAND DRYER

Another interesting argument about jet air hand dryers is that they are very economical. Firstly because the drying time is very fast. Efficiency depends on the air speed. For a 1200 W pulsating hand dryer that runs 15s per 100 dryers, the cost is € 0.05 (kWh costs € 0.1106). For a traditional hand dryer (2600 W) with enough time to dry hands in 30 seconds, the cost per 100 drying is 0.45 €. For 100-sheet hand towel users, the return is around € 2.

Second, this type of hand dryer is often used without thermal resistance. This allows you to consume less energy and thus save money. Some jet air hand dryers (eg ALPHADRY) offer a heating element. Even though the drying time remains effective, the power consumes more energy.

INSTALLATION HEIGHT

At installation heights, Exp’air is one step ahead of all vertical access hand dryers. These models are often very bulky and poorly adapted to wheelchair traffic. Compared to the use of “early childhood”, the Exp’air, Sup’air and Copt’air are quite suitable hand dryers.

How to be eco-friendly when drying one’s hands?

A new survey by Harris Interactive for JVD reveals the habits of French people regarding hand hygiene. 91% of French people always or nearly always wash their hands after going to the toilet. But do they have good handdrying habits? Do they know which hand-drying solution is best for our planet? A quick analysis.

Good marks for hand washing

According to a survey conducted in November 2018 by Harris Interactive and JVD, the French have acquired good hand washing habits in their daily routine. 91% of people interviewed systematically or often wash their hands after going to the toilet. But hand washing is not always this automatic. When 67% of French people systematically wash their hands before cooking a meal, less than half (47%) of them systematically wash their hands when sick. 24% of workers systematically wash their hands when arriving at the workplace. French people aged 50 and
more and people living with children are the ones paying the most attention to this daily gesture. And 97% of people interviewed dry their hands after washing them.

But what about hand-drying? Hand dryers acclaimed!

Feeling clean is essential for 58% of respondents when
washing hands. And to keep things pleasant, French people
love using hand dryers. It’s the most enjoyable hand-drying
solution for 40% of them (while 32% and 24% enjoy paper
and towels respectively). « Hand dryers are particularly
enjoyable when it’s getting colder outside, and we need to
protect our hands from cold and dry winter air » says
Valentine B, a student from Bordeaux. Experts also
recommend using hand dryers to get rid of humidity.
« Hand dryers is the drying solution we recommend to our
clients » explains Thierry Launois, managing director at
JVD, a Nantes-based company specialised in hygiene in
public places. « Hand dryers, and in particular pulsed-air
dryers, offer valuable assets: they’re efficient, economical, hygienic and environmentally friendly » he adds.

Eco-friendly hand-drying

According to the survey, one in three respondents identifies hand dryers as the least resource-consuming solution. And rightly so: hand dryers are a no-waste solution. More than 8 out of 10 consider that hand dryers are suitable for all public places, including shopping centres, filling stations, bars and restaurants. « They’re a touch-free, nowaste
solution » reminds Damien M, a Parisian coffee manager, who also underlines the constant availability of hand dryers, thus making stock management easier. « There’s no danger of running out of paper » he adds jokingly.