NYU School of Medicine Professor Philip Tierno Jr., ‘Dr. Germ,’ Completes Paper on AtmosAir Technology

 

Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr., Professor of Microbiology & Pathology at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center reviewed published research and testing on AtmosAir purification technology and concluded in his recent paper:

“There is only one technology that satisfies all of the tenants for providing clean indoor air quality for an entire building, which uses low energy, is effective against bacteria, viruses, and mold fungi (whether in air or on surfaces), neutralizes particulates, breaks down VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), eliminates unpleasant odors, eliminates static electricity, and produces no chemical or harmful by-products (including NO ozone production) and this is accomplished by the production of positive and negative ions (bipolar ionization). That system is AtmosAir Bipolar Ionization.”

Read the full paper – HERE

About the author

Dr. Tierno is Professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center. He also serves on the Global Hygiene Council. Dr. Tierno is the author of the book, The Secret Life of Germs, and has authored or co-authored several other publications. Dr. Tierno has served on the New York City Mayor’s Task Force on Bio Terrorism.

AtmosAir President and CEO, Steve Levine, featured on Cheddar

This past April 4th, 2017, President and CEO of AtmosAir, Steve Levine, appeared on Cheddar’s closing bell show to report on the air quality at the NY Stock Exchange.  After explaining AtmosAir’s newest application, AtmosAware, he broke down the properties of the air that workers were currently breathing utilizing the AtmosAware app and monitoring system.

AtmosAware monitors concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), particle levels (PM2.5), and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), while measuring temperature, humidity, illumination and noise level.  With AtmosAware™, you can finally see real time and historical parameters for your indoor environmental air quality, analyze data rapidly with online results processing and review current measurements and environmental quantities via a real time data display dashboard, network configuration, device management and helpful tips.

Cheddar was the ideal showcase for AtmosAir as the live and on demand video network focuses on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services transforming our lives.  The network covers this news through the lens of the companies and executives driving these changes. Cheddar broadcasts live daily from Post 10 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ Marketsite, and the Flatiron Building.

To view Steve’s Cheddar segment in its entirety:

https://cheddar.vhx.tv/videos/cheddar-closing-bell-s8-e040417-e-full-mezz-hd-en-us

Allergy Season Is Here! 5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our lead indoor environmentalist and VP of Operations, Tony Abate, looks at five ways to help us improve the quality of air we’re breathing at home.

Seasonal allergy symptoms are commonly experienced part of the year, usually during spring, summer or fall when certain trees or grasses pollinate. This depends on the kind of trees or types of grass. For instance, some trees such as oak, elm, and maple pollinate in the spring, while grasses such as bermuda, timothy and orchard pollinate in the summer.

Published research tells us that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is directly linked to health and wellness. In order to live long lives, we need to do all in our power to make sure our environments are clean and healthy.

I’ve laid out 5 easy steps to make sure our home’s air is healthy and fresh.

  1. Keep your floors fresh

Vacuum frequently with a machine with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. These vacuums are more efficient at absorbing and trapping small particles, and can remove contaminants and other allergens that a regular vacuum would recirculate into the air. Change the filter often, and don’t forget to vacuum the stuffed furniture (get under those couch and stuffed cushions).

All should know that ten harmful chemicals are found in 90 percent of the dust samples across numerous studies, including a known cancer-causing agent called TDCIPP, a flame retardant frequently found in furniture, baby products and other household items.

Dust is also made up of ultra-fine particulate matter. If not removed from the home, ultra-fine ‘PM’ makes its way into the air and even into our lungs and blood stream.

We suggest vacuuming two or more times each week.

  1. Introduce plants that improve IAQ

During the late 1980’s, NASA began studying houseplants as a means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations. What they learned is that there are many different houseplants that can help to purify the air.

Many people have Aloe Vera in their homes because of its healing ability. The gel inside the leaves is excellent for helping to heal burns and cuts. Aloe Vera, however, is also a great plant to improve your indoor air quality. It is easy to grow (and hard to kill for those of you who do not possess a green thumb) and it helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.

The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant and one that can improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60 percent. It helps to reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in the home by absorbing those spores through its leaves and then circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food.

Plants bring about more peace and wellness so don’t hesitate to add a few to your bedroom, a critical area where we spend nearly 33% of our lives.

  1. Eliminate the harmful cleaners and fragrances

Cleaning supplies and air fresheners are packed with dozens of chemicals. Stay away!!

Be conscious of laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, air fresheners in all forms. All of these could be emitting harmful, potentially cancer causing gases.

In one study, a plug-in air freshener was found to emit 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven regulated as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws. But these chemicals were not included on the label — only the word “fragrance” is required to be listed. The actual composition of the fragrance is considered a “trade secret.” (Web MD).

  1. Never smoke inside

Smoke is made of complex gases and particles that are really hard to break down as they linger.

“Probably the single most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke,” says Philip Landrigan, MD, a pediatrician and director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals and research has proven that it can increase respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke.

  1. Run your AtmosAir system

As Dr. Phil Tierno stated in his recent paper on AtmosAir active purification systems,

“There is only one technology that satisfies all of the tenants for providing clean indoor air quality for an entire building, which uses low energy, is effective against bacteria, viruses, and mold fungi (whether in air or on surfaces), neutralizes particulates, breaks down VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) eliminates unpleasant odors, eliminates static electricity, and produces no chemical or harmful by-products (including NO ozone production) and this is accomplished by the production of positive and negative ions (bipolar ionization). That system is AtmosAir Bipolar Ionization.”

AtmosAir is great at complementing your HVAC system to reduce various contaminants that make their way into the house. We suggest running the fan 24/7 with your AtmosAir system for the best results.

HBR Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive

 

Harvard’s director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Joseph G. Allen, has been bringing light to an issue we’ve been discussing for years:  IAQ is directly correlated to our health and wellness.

Spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, has been said to increase one’s energy by 90% – why not offer the same effect for your employees in the office environment?!  AtmosAir’s indoor air purification system makes it possible for office employees to refresh their lungs while working with the same clean, pure air found only at the highest mountain elevations!

Allen notes, “How often do you consider the air quality in your office and how it affects employees and their productivity? Chances are it’s not often.  There is a tendency to assume that, if commonly used standards for air quality are met, it won’t be an issue. But these standards aren’t very high.”

Dating back to the 1970’s, ‘efforts to conserve energy in the U.S. included tightening up buildings and reducing ventilation rates so buildings didn’t have to bring as much fresh air inside.  This inadvertently led to a buildup of indoor pollutants and the birth of a phenomenon known as “sick building syndrome,” a set of symptoms such as eye irritation, headaches, coughing, and chest tightness that is still an issue today.’

The need to ensure and enhance employee productivity is a reality no business can ignore, and companies are understanding the value of keeping their workforce healthy and more productive.  Gensler and JLL state that it’s worth over $1,500 – $2,000 per employee in less absenteeism with cleaner air.

Harvard Business Review article in its entirety here: https://hbr.org/2017/03/research-stale-office-air-is-making-you-less-productive

Healthier Facilities: AtmosAir to Monitor Air Quality in all NFL Training Centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February of 2017, AtmosAir joined the NFL Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society at the NFL combine in Indianapolis to present for the 10th straight year.

Before the conference President and CEO of AtmosAir Solutions, Steve Levine, thanked the PFATs team for all they have done to increase awareness around improving the quality of indoor air and air sanitation.

In addition each team was presented with an AtmosAware air quality monitor for their training rooms. AtmosAir will monitor ultrafine particulate levels, gaseous contaminant levels, temperature, carbon dioxide, relative humidity and carbon monoxide to better understand the indoor environmental quality in these facilities.

Levine notes, “As part of our ten-year anniversary, we’re looking forward to monitoring air quality in all respective NFL training rooms.  We’re excited to establish baselines on arguably the most important health aspect in our lives – the air we breathe. We know our work with various NFL teams has given us a platform to increase our message.  I believe we will use these analytics to compare different facilities and ultimately improve many more facilities not just in professional sports.  The power of comparison is great because we’re all trying to better ourselves.  If this urges each organization to validate their current facility, it can go a long way in the methodology to not only understand where we are today, but also enhance and make our facilities healthier.”

The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) is a Professional Association representing the athletic trainers of the National Football League.  They aim to serve the players of the NFL, the member Clubs, and other members of the community.  Their overall purpose is to insure the highest quality of health care is provided to the National Football League.

AtmosAir purification and AtmosAware Indoor Air Quality monitoring is installed in various professional, collegiate, and everyday sports training environments.

AtmosAir Project Profile: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AtmosAir is proud to announce that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has installed it’s indoor air purification technology in Terminal 3, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal.  The AtmosAir system provides LAX’s 70+ million annual passengers noticeably healthier indoor air quality by breaking down jet fuel and odors into simple harmless elements.

Airports typically see an increased contaminant load due to their locations and constant flow of human traffic, thus having cleaner, healthier air quality is a must.

“AtmosAir’s active ionization technology, from what we have found, works well to combat jet fume odors to improve air quality here at LAX,” said Richard Yakel of LAWA Facilities and Technical Services. “We have terminals with AtmosAir systems in place and they require very little maintenance and have worked for us as intended – to purify the air and also clean and purify the HVAC system.  We have been very satisfied with this technology.”

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the state of California, as well as one of the largest international airports in the United States.  As the largest international airport on the U.S. West Coast, LAX is a major gateway to and from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania.

Learn how AtmosAir can keep your operations in top form at atmosair.com.

World Green Building Council Ranks Indoor Air Quality as #1 Feature for Healthier Offices — AtmosAir Delivers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why the increase in sickness during the winter season?  There are several contributing factors – the most common being that people tend to stay indoors when the temperatures get colder.  This allows people to be in closer contact with each other and therefore makes it easier to pass viruses from person to person.

AtmosAir’s indoor air purification system makes it possible for people to live healthier lifestyles at home and in their offices despite increases in winter sicknesses!

Utilizing groundbreaking active ionization technology, AtmosAir’s system features sustainable ion tubes positioned in HVAC equipment or supply air ducts, that when combined with air flow, distribute negative and positive ions.  These ions then travel into our breathing space to break down allergens, bacteria and cancer-causing gaseous elements. Once these harmful particles drop out of one’s breathing range, one’s breathing environment is essentially left pollution free!

Unlike most air purification systems, AtmosAir seeks out and neutralizes the contaminants at their source: continuous disinfection!  This is vastly superior to most air purification methods because AtmosAir works “in the space” where we work and play.

A recent World Green Building Council (WBGC) paper showed if the human benefits of a green building could be reliably quantified, it would prove beyond all doubt the excellent return on investments for building sustainable facilities. Considering that staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90 percent of business operating costs, what may appear a modest improvement in employee health or productivity can have a huge positive financial implication for employers.. This is many times larger than any other financial savings associated with an efficiently designed and operated building.

So why recycle old oxygen when you can improve the air that you’re already breathing?  AtmosAir doesn’t wait for pollutants to find their way into a filter or circulate around a conference like other purifiers, but instead uses cutting edge technology to seek out and neutralize contaminants at their source.  While inhaling and exhaling may be out of our control, AtmosAir makes it easy to control the air your employees breathe while improving their productivity.

AtmosAir Featured in the Mann Report – ‘Proven to clean the air in the space you breathe!’

Commercial office buildings, sports stadiums, hospitals and hotels alike are recognizing the power of AtmosAir’s patented active indoor air purification technology.  As seen in the most recent issue of the Mann Report, AtmosAir’s patented ion tube cleans the air in the space you breathe, without creating any unwanted byproducts.

The Mann Report focuses on the real estate industry in New York and offers in-depth profiles of industry leaders, special events, current real estate regulations and industry news updates.

To date, AtmosAir has installed systems in the office buildings of Deloitte, Google, UBS, Facebook, DirecTV, Herbalife, NBC Universal, Empire State Realty Trust, Nomura Securities, Dressbarn, Limited Brands and Wells Fargo.

These buildings have recognized the numerous benefits of active ionization including the reduction of dust and mold particles. The technology also helps to reduce odors and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) by breaking down toxic gasses and compounds from dangerous chemicals such as cleaning products, pesticides, paints, solvents, mold, mildew and more.

To read up on AtmosAir in the Mann Report, check out the online version of the article – HERE.

AtmosAir Project Profile: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), an acclaimed modern dance company and school, has installed AtmosAir air purification technology in their dance theater located on the Upper West Side of New York City. The system provides AAADT’s staff, dancers, and school with a healthy, energizing environment while also reducing the organizations operational energy expenditures.

Dancers are elite athletes, and having fresh, pure air helps keep them healthy and in top form.  Another of the benefits of including AtmosAir in a retrofit project like that undertaken by the Ailey organization includes operational costs savings from reducing utility expenditures.

“Ailey’s building was outfitted with AtmosAir to enhance the air quality while saving energy,” explained Mike Canarozzi, Facility Director at the Ailey organization. “I have found that not only am I saving significant dollars when it comes to our utility expenditures, but that my filters and systems are much cleaner. I have noticed a 20% reduction in my fan speed after using AtmosAir, as the combination of cleaner filters and reduced outside air requires less fan horsepower. Another benefit we’ve observed is a reduction in  filter costs by at least 50%. In some cases there were filters that needed replacement every 3 to 6 months, and with AtmosAir these units now require changes every 12 to 18 months. We have a pleasantly clean air environment, something which could otherwise be challenging in our busy Midtown West location, and we certainly have less of an energy spend.”

Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, is currently led by artistic director Robert Battle.  Ailey’s performances, programs and classes for all emanate from a permanent home – The Joan Weill Center for Dance – New York’s largest building dedicated to dance.

Learn how AtmosAir can keep your operations in top form at atmosair.com.

AtmosAir in Tower 45 Displayed in Wall Street Journal

Tower 45 is one of New York’s most prestigious commercial spaces, touted for its use of breakthrough air purification technology that provides a healthy, happy and more productive work environment. The building’s owner, Kamber Management, along with the exclusive leasing agent Avision Young, recently featured AtmosAir in an ad in The Wall Street Journal, promoting the benefits of clean workplace air. AtmosAir Purification and AtmosAware IEQ monitoring systems are installed throughout Tower 45’s 460,000-square-foot, Class A Building at 120 West 45th Street.

Indoor air matters. Americans spend 93% of their time indoors. Studies show that employees who reported that the air in their workplace is “always fresh” were 3.5 times more likely to also report that their work environment is ‘energizing.’ They also had nearly 20% fewer sick days than workers who reported a stuffy and stale environment.

Buildings in our cities are surrounded by air pollution; and indoor air can be even worse, with molds, dust, chemical off-gassing and other pollutants that accumulate inside the enclosed building. Measuring the air quality in our work spaces and providing enhanced air purification is an important factor in maintaining a healthy and motivated workforce. It’s also a boon to building owners, managers and leasing agents, as companies increasingly seek office spaces that offer pollution-free, allergen-free air. Research has shown that having a workplace environment centered on wellness is critical to young leaders and millennials.

Avison Young and Kamber Management understand that clean air is a commodity everyone should be conscious of, and they are actively promoting their use of AtmosAir Solutions in their ads in in the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s and the New York Post.

Tower 45, which is also the home of the great steakhouse Bobby Van’s, is among the most innovative buildings when it comes to offering purified air, and other buildings are rapidly following suit. After all, what could be more important than the air we breathe?

Find out how you can ensure your workplace offers clean, healthy air at atmosair.com.