DIY Health Risks – Including your air at home?

NO ONE WANTS TO LIVE IN A HOME polluted with harmful chemicals, right?

If you’re planning to take on a home remodel or “fixer-upper” type of project, we ask if you have ever paused to think about the chemicals and contaminants you are already exposed to and breathing in inside your home?

The Healthy Living Home Guide has made it easier to choose products that won’t contribute to indoor air pollution. The online guide was prepared by the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that focuses on chemicals in consumer products.

The guide looks at health risks in every room of the house and gives suggestions on what to do about them. In the bathroom, for example, caulks and adhesives can emit high concentrations of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Drywall in your new bedroom can damage unprotected lungs or trap moisture and mold. And houses without the proper ventilation systems can circulate such gases as radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can damage DNA and cause cancer.

Air quality is the guide’s main concern — and because people spend most of their time indoors, it makes sense to home in on the air they breathe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside homes and other buildings can be more polluted than outside air in large cities.

At AtmosAir, we strive to protect your homes and families from harmful chemicals, allergens and contaminants.  Utilizing innovative Bi-Polar Ionization technologies, AtmosAir makes it possible for consumers to refresh their indoors with healthy air.  The system features sustainable AtmosAir BPI tubes that distribute negative and positive ions that travel into our breathing space to break down allergens, bacteria and cancer-causing gaseous elements.  Once these harmful particles and VOCs are removed from our breathing range, one’s breathing environment is essentially left pollution free!

For more information about how to install AtmosAir into your home, please reach out to us here.

AtmosAir Installed at 70 Million Dollar University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Ent Center for the Arts

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) Ent Center for the Arts is nearing its scheduled January 2018 completion. The 8,500-square meter arts center boasts five venues, rehearsal studios, classrooms, practice rooms, balconies and gardens. The unique building intentionally looks different from existing architecture on the UCCS campus.

“Part of it is that the campus really wants to create a gateway,” said Chris Wineman, principal of Semple Brown architects of Denver, which designed the Ent Center. “It’s a highly visible marker because this is going to be an area of growth for UCCS, and because the building is going to serve the public and the students. They didn’t feel it had to have the same brick as buildings on campus. It could be a departure.” Community partners that hope to use the center include Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, among many others.

Despite being located over 1 mile above sea level in the beautiful, mountainous Colorado Springs, the designers still wanted to consider for the indoor air quality issues that may still arise, even in these pristine outdoor conditions. UCCS management took into consideration the success of AtmosAir with providing reduced odor, allergen and bacteria environments for performers in similar locations such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and multiple training facilities for college and professional athletes throughout the US. AtmosAir has been installed throughout the building to make the space immediately able to be occupied following renovation by removing VOCs and odors. On an ongoing basis, they are excited about AtmosAir reducing allergens and bacteria that may impact the comfort and performance of their performers and audiences.

Design of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts is led by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York, with Semple Brown Design, Denver, serving as the architect of record. JE Dunn Construction, Colorado Springs, is general contractor for the building. Bryan Construction, Colorado Springs, was general contractor overseeing the design/build of the infrastructure improvements.

If you have questions about improving the air in your space, please give me a call at 13764254141.

Ivy Education Group uses AtmosAir to Improve the Air

The administration at Daystar, part of the Ivy Education Group, was preparing to start the school year at their newly renovated campus in Sanlitun, but they realized that the building had a problem with elevated levels of formaldehyde and TVOCs.  Luckily, the teams at Environment Assured and AtmosAir were able to quickly implement a solution over the October Holiday in order to ensure students didn’t miss any school and parents could send their kids to school worry-free.

Formaldehyde along with many other harmful gasses such as benzene, xylene and toluene that fall under the grouping total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) are a common and serious problem for newly renovated spaces, especially schools.  These gasses get released from materials such as paint, flooring, glues, furniture and other products used in renovation.  They are clearly linked to both short term effects such as headaches and nausea as well as longer term effects such as asthma and cancer.  While these gasses have negative effects for everybody, children are especially sensitive.

Following a careful inspection of the school by the team at Environment Assured the teams at AtmosAir and Environment Assured determined that the best solution would be to place two 500F units in each of the four outside air systems serving the school.  This configuration would optimize distribution of the positive and negative oxygen ions from the AtmosAir systems and these ions would subsequently break down the harmful gasses.  This solution was implemented in a very short timeframe and a subsequent air test was done just days following this implementation.  The results of the air test were great.  Over 31 points, formaldehyde averaged less than 1/5th of the national limit and TVOC averaged less than 1/10th of the national limit.  Benzene, toluene and xylene were all undetectable.

Moreover, both administrators and teachers at Daystar commented that “Besides not only removing the strong smells of new renovation, the AtmosAir systems have made the air smell and feel crisp and clean.”

AtmosAir Team Helps the NHL with a Successful Launch in China

Early practices had fog on the ice.

On September 21st, in Shanghai, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) played the first NHL game ever in China.  With Beijing hosting the 2022 winter Olympics, both the government and the NHL is hoping to build Chinese interest in hockey.  Luckily, while the game went decidedly better for the Kings, winning 5-2 over the Canucks, the NHL and the management at the Mercedes-Benz Arena (MBA) were happy that the facility was able to host the game without any issues.

From the first practice days earlier up to and even during the game, the organizers and staff were concerned the game may be stopped due to a problem unique to hockey…dense fog shrouding the ice.

At initial practices at the MBA, the high humidity of Shanghai had combined with the cold and thus low dew point of the air near the ice, leading to fog so thick that players could not be seen beyond half of the length of the ice.  After wrestling with the problem for a couple days, the general manager of the MBA, Jim Foss, reached out to Sam Michael and Joe Stern at AtmosAir, asking them to come in and take a look.

By game time, the fog had been cleaned up.

Overnight, the team at AtmosAir arranged for 25 industrial sized dehumidifiers, typically used when drying concrete, epoxy and paint in commercial buildings, to be set up throughout the arena.  Over the next 30 hours leading up to game time, the dehumidifiers would extract hundreds of gallons of water from the arena air.  Joe got the dehumidifiers blasting with minimal obstruction of fan and TV camera views.  Sam worked closely with the engineering director at MBA to decrease the volume of humid air being brought into the building.

While long time expatriate hockey fans and new Chinese fans enjoyed the beer and a great game, AtmosAir and the NHL management had their eyes closely locked on humidity sensors and the surface of the ice, looking for any signs of airborne condensation.  Only once the buzzer signaling the end of the 3rd period sounded were they able to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the beer themselves.

If you are interested in controlling the unwanted effects of outside air on your facility, please contact us.

AtmosAir at GREENBUILD 2017

AtmosAir Solutions will attend GREENBUILD this week in Boston, Massachusetts.

AtmosAir will be exhibiting in Booth #1939.

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the world’s largest green building exposition of its type, providing a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business, and address our world’s most pressing problems.

Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. The three-day event, which this year will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from Nov. 8-10, 2017, will feature high profile celebrities, activists and political figures working together to promote the ideals and interests of the green building movement.

“I’ve been at Greenbuild the past six years, walking the show, but we really feel the time is now to introduce our AtmosAir solutions at Greenbuild” said Steve Levine, President and CEO of AtmosAir. “Humans are choosing to spend 22 hours a day indoors. We need our indoor environments to sustain us. Our team at AtmosAir is motivated to try and help companies create healthier indoor environments. Our process is natural and sustainable. We have developed smart technology that brings nature indoors – and we hope people in many buildings will breathe easier because of it. We’re excited to share our message and be a bigger part of the green building movement.”

In addition to exhibiting, AtmosAir will also take part in an education session titled ‘The Wellness/energy Nexus – a Case for Effective Design.’

In the session, leaders in the design community will use AtmosAware monitors to display how the Air Quality Monitoring and Feedback credit within The WELL Standard is an opportunity to measure and track air quality performance and comfort of occupants that goes outside traditional building design.

If you are in Boston or attending – come check us out at Booth #1939. 


Project Profile: Formula 1 Champion, Fernando Alonso, Breathes in AtmosAir throughout Hilton Austin Stay

In preparation for the most recent Austin Texas Formula 1 race, AtmosAir aligned with Hilton’s Austin Hotel to allow professional F1 racer, Fernando Alonso, the ability to breathe purified air throughout his stay.

As exhibited in last month’s newsletter, this past May 2017, Hilton announced a new guestroom concept, entitled “Five Feet to Fitness,” that lets guests work out in their rooms.  The concept includes an indoor bike from British cycling company Wattbike and a Gym Rax training station with equipment for strength, core, suspension and high-intensity interval training workouts. The rooms also have a meditation chair and blackout shades.

What’s more, is that the Five Feet to Fitness Rooms also include AtmosAir, allowing guests to breathe the purest form of air circulation during their stay.

AtmosAir’s main priority is to make consumers aware that the air they’re breathing is on the same level as healthy air found in nature.

While prepping for a big race or competition, AtmosAir wants to ensure that each professional athlete is getting the best treatment for their overall health.

The AtmosAir system features sustainable bi polar ionization tubes that remove harmful particles and VOCs from our breathing range.

By including the AtmosAir purification systems in their hotel rooms, Hilton is ensuring that the air their guests breathe, while working out and throughout their stay, is healthy and clean.

AtmosAir in the News: Departures Magazine

AtmosAir was recently featured in Departures Magazine in the article titled “The New Think: The Amazing Ideas that Shape our World.”

Edited by Julian Sancton, the article profiled the copious benefits defined by how much one can pay for airfare, including the air we breathe while traveling.

As the article indicates, fresh, clean air is becoming more of a quintessential luxury good and a booming sector.  ‘The World Health Organization now calls air pollution “the world’s largest single environmental health risk,” contributing to 3 million deaths each year (more than twice the global death rate from auto accidents).’

Commercial buildings, airports, hotel rooms and even restaurants have started to charge premiums for cleaner environments with the best air quality.  Airports like LAX have installed enhanced purification throughout. The global architecture firm, Gensler, also recently issued a report called “Design for Polluted and Toxic Environments,” concluding that it was imperative, no matter how challenging, to reduce both indoor air pollution and energy consumption in buildings.

The importance of healthy indoor air quality is definitely trending and Departures noted how AtmosAir has been thinking on a grander scale about the social benefits of clean air.

The article notes, ‘AtmosAir is working on improving air quality in sports arenas to bolster athletic performance, office buildings to increase productivity and hospitals to cut down the risk of infection.’

Check out the full article – HERE.

5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home Without Harming Your Health

Many of our residential clients, especially those who reside on the east coast, are more concerned about indoor air quality in their homes during the winter time.

Between allergies and lingering colds, varying temperatures make it even more important to keep your family safe and healthy.

The AtmosAir team has five important things you can do to help winterize your home this season:

1)      Insulate the eco-friendly way.

Keep icy air out of your home by insulating your attic, basement, and/or crawlspace.  Stay healthy by choosing insulation materials like cellulose, that don’t off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may be harmful to human health.

2)      Have your home heating system inspected.

As winter approaches, make sure your furnace, gas fireplace, or other home heating system is running efficiently and safely.  Call an HVAC professional to inspect for any necessary repairs.

3)      Clean your ductwork.

Oftentimes, we find that dust, pet hair and mold can build up within your ductwork.  Have your ductwork professionally cleaned to help your HVAC system circulate cleaner.

4)      Chimney TLC

Clean your flue of any creosote and debris before you start using your fireplace or woodstove this winter. This is important for 2 health-related reasons: 1) reducing fire hazards and 2) safeguarding indoor air quality. When you’re not using the chimney, prevent icy drafts with a chimney balloon or chimney sheep.

5)      Enhance your indoor air quality!

We can’t stress the importance enough!

With your home sealed up tight in winter, your indoor air quality is likely to suffer unless you take measures to properly sanitize and clean your home with an AtmosAir system that dually cleans your air.

Hundreds of third party independent tests confirm that AtmosAir™ reduces or eliminates the toxins that can cause disease and illness. Your indoor air environment will be virtually free of odors, dust, pollen, and spores. AtmosAir™ uses no harsh chemicals or ozone, is nearly maintenance-free and creates no unwanted byproducts. Most importantly it helps reduce the airborne spread of influenza and viruses. The infectious organisms are usually contained in droplet nuclei, which are 5 micrometers in diameter (5 millionths of a meter) or smaller in size. These particles can remain suspended in air for hours or days and do not easily fall to the forces of gravity. AtmosAir will agglomerate (make these particles bigger and heavier) and quickly remove them from your breathing zone.

AtmosAir To Be Featured at Global Gaming Expo 2017


AtmosAir Solutions and national air filter partner TriDim Filter Corporation will attend the Global Gaming Expo this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AtmosAir and TriDim will be exhibiting in Booth #2116 at G2E.

Global Gaming Expo is “the show” in the casino-entertainment industry, showcasing the technologies, services and products of exhibitors while providing an atmosphere to explore, network, do business and learn. G2E offers the most comprehensive look at international gaming, hospitality and innovation.

One of AtmosAir’s biggest sectors is the gaming industry. AtmosAir air purification systems are installed throughout many casino HVAC systems, providing healthy indoor air quality while reducing operational costs.

“We are excited and delighted to attend G2E for the 5th year now,” said Carlos Gendron, VP of Sales and Marketing of AtmosAir. “Unlike other solutions, AtmosAir is a proven technology that can safely attack and break down odors and airborne contaminants in casinos where our customers are consistently doing all in their power to create a healthy enviornment.  G2E provides another opportunity to show how our product lines have improved and become smarter, while also discuss with leaders how we truly make a difference in  IAQ.”

Basketball legend and two-time Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will deliver a keynote address at the largest casino-gaming event in the world, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, on Thursday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Current AtmosAir casino clients include: Stations Casinos in Nevada and California, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Tampa Hard Rock, Coconut Creek Casino, and Osage Casinos.

AtmosAir in the News: Hotel Management and Skift

Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness Wellness Room

Maintaining structured wellness programs has become a priority for traveling hotel guests, and as a result, hotels are looking for the best ways to provide fitness incentives and options that suit their needs. interviewed Jason Moskal, VP, lifestyle brands at IHG, Americas, in their recent article “What’s inside the next generation of hotel fitness centers.” 

Moskal noted, “Guests want choices and want to be given access to things that allow them to meet their wellness routines on their own terms when they travel.”  In addition to IHG, Marriott, Westin and Hilton are taking part in these new health and fitness additions, be it with larger, tailored fitness centers or actually within their hotel rooms.

This past May 2017, Hilton announced a new guestroom concept, entitled “Five Feet to Fitness,” that lets guests work out in their rooms.  The concept includes an indoor bike from British cycling company Wattbike and a Gym Rax training station with equipment for strength, core, suspension and high-intensity interval training workouts. The rooms also have a meditation chair and blackout shades.

What’s more, is that the Five Feet to Fitness Rooms also include AtmosAir, allowing guests to breathe healthy, clean indoor air during their stay.

In addition to Hilton Hotels, AtmosAir’s hotels and casino projects include various Hyatt Hotels, Kimpton Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels, and more.

Photo Credit: Hilton/HiltonWellness/Five Feet to Fitness