Cost Considerations; Hand Dryer Vs. Paper Towels

by | Mar 6, 2017 | Construction & Maintenance

There are a number of variables when it comes to deciding whether you will provide the public with paper towels or a hand dryer. Some of these variables are controllable; the quality of the paper towel is one example, the type of hand dryer purchased is another. Other factors are beyond the control of the building management; the number of paper towels that are used by a visitor is an unknown just as is the monthly cost of electricity. Today, when you buy a hand dryer you have the opportunity to reduce waste, reduce paper consumption and, hands free models go a long way to eliminate the spread of germs and bacteria.

When you buy a hand dryer the initial cost is more than a simple paper towel dispenser, but there is far more to it than just the upfront cost.

  • Paper towels: A paper towel dispenser might cost $50 tops, the ongoing expense of towels is the major concern. Paper towel cost varies of course depending on the brand and quality but a medium size public facility can expect to go through about $75 worth of towels every month. This cost does not take into account the cost of disposal and added maintenance. The bare minimum annual cost when paper towels are used can easily run to $900 up.
  • Hand dryers: When you buy a hand dryer you can reasonably expect to pay upwards of $500. Many companies have studied the cost of operation and the average seems to be about $15 per month. The savings are considerable; $60 a month per dryer is a lot of money, especially when you consider that a well made hand dryer will easily last 10 years or more. The payback period is negligible and the long term savings are big.

There is absolutely no doubt; a hand dryer is the better choice. A hand dryer saves money, saves maintenance expense and is far more hygienic than paper towels.

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