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

Bloomberg: Office Related Wellness Programs A Growing Multi Billion Dollar Industry

As reported by Bloomberg News, ‘The corporate-wellness business—from once-a-year biometric screenings to all-encompassing programs such as the one FS [Investments] offers—has ballooned to a $6.8 billion industry, according to IBISWorld analyst Kelsey Oliver, all on the promise of reducing employers’ health insurance costs.

AtmosAir is a major part of wellness. Spending time in fresh air, surrounded by nature, has been said to increase one’s energy by 90%. Employers are looking to offer healthy indoor office environments and AtmosAir indoor air purification systems makes it possible for office employees to refresh their lungs while working with the same clean, pure air found only in nature.

Ensuring and enhancing employee productivity is a reality no business can ignore, and companies are understanding the value of keeping their workforce healthy and more productive.

AtmosAir customers, Gensler and JLL, both have stated that it’s worth over $1,500 – $2,000 annually per employee due to less absenteeism with healthy air.

The answer is clear – employers need to focus on wellness to ensure the most amount of productivity from their staff members and less employee absenteeism overall.


Montessori Academy

The parents of students at Montessori Academy in the Biyun area of Shanghai China have an extra reason to be happy their kids are going to Montessori Academy.  AtmosAir is now installed in all the academy’s classrooms.  The systems there will ensure contaminants remain in a healthy range.

Montessori Academy serves some very young students, some less than 2 years old.  As any teacher or parent knows, this is an age when bacteria and viruses are transmitted especially frequently between students and even to teachers and parents.  AtmosAir’s systems have been shown to both reduce airborne microbes as well as microbes that collect on classroom surfaces, both common sources of transmission.

Young children are the most susceptible to both the long term and short term effects of poor air quality.  AtmosAir believes that improving air quality in classrooms is one of the best ways to protect the next generation.  We are enthusiastic about working with schools.  Please reach out if you think we might be of assistance to your child’s school.

Gaming and Indoor Air: The Casino’s Answer to IAQ

When John Lezenby, facilities director for a major Atlantic City. N.J., casino, was planning the opening three years ago, he had all the best intentions. It was a risk, but the casino decided to be 100 percent smoke-free in the new gaming mecca.

Turns out that was a huge problem. It drove gamblers away.

“When the business didn’t do well, we opened up an area for smoking,” Lezenby recalls. “When we did that, we called in engineers to help us figure out a way to allow smoking but not have it smell like smoke on the casino floor.”

AtmosAir installments in various gaming facilities nearby were successful in significantly reducing smoke and smoke-related odors.

Lezenby was facing the same problem his colleagues face around the world. Today’s casinos need to balance the smoking gamblers’ expectations with an image that appeals to casual gamblers and people seeking new forms of entertainment. That is not an easy task.

“One often conjures a crowded, smoky environment, with a slight haze in the air, and leftover smoke-related odors on your clothes when you get home,” says Anthony Abate, vice president of operations for AtmosAir Solutions, of casinos. “That is not an environment where anyone with an interest in their well-being would be excited to go to.”

Dave Gildersleeve, corporate director of facilities for Station Casinos LLC, had an additional problem in many of his 19 buildings.

“Some of our properties have large convention and meeting spaces,’ Gildersleeve says. “There are groups that came in to the property that don’t smoke, and they were complaining about the tobacco levels.”

That is indeed a problem when, according to Beth Campbell, a principal at the global design firm Gensler, says that her casino customers increasingly ask how to bring in new patrons and keep them interested. Her answer is that casinos can’t just look good outside. They have to be good inside.

It is not simply a matter of image. According to the American Cancer Society, secondhand smoke has been linked to lung cancer and multiple respiratory diseases, but also heart disease and elongated illnesses for newborns.

No wonder Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in casinos is becoming a hot topic and a big worry for Lezenby and many others.

Abate cites the comments of Richard Giovanetti, co-founder and president of Giovanetti- Shulman Associates, a leading casino engineering firm, who says casinos’ success rides on “positive patron experience.” That used to mean well-lit rooms, pleasant room temperatures, and the right amount of ambient noise.

“Nowadays, that is no longer enough,” Abate declares. “Today, smoking carries such a stigma, that the issue has to be addressed.”

Lezenby knew that.

“The engineers (who we’ve used several times in AC) recommended AtmosAir,” Lezenby said.

He was skeptical at first. He knew about systems that used carbon filters, which were hard to replace and, frankly, could not handle all of the smoke. What intrigued him in this case was that AtmosAir employs a whole different technology. Called Bi-Polar Ionization, it delivers ionized oxygen molecules into the air, which attach themselves to smoke particulates, among other airborne pollutants. The molecules agglomerate the smoke particles, causing them to become heavier and easier to filter.

“You did not smell smoke in the room and the system obviously worked,” Lezenby says about AtmosAir. “I’d walk the floor and ask patrons if they smelled smoke, and 99 percent of the time they did not.”

Gildersleeve did not even have to ask about air quality after Station Casinos installed AtmosAir in several of its facilities.

“Two days later,” Gildersleeve remembers, “we started getting comments from our team members and guests, asking ‘What did you guys do?’ It’s not the same as it used to be – the air is really clean!”

That translates to retaining clients.

“A particular group does four meetings a year that last 2 to 3 weeks with 300 to 400 people,” Gildersleeve shares. “By using AtmosAir, we’ve been able to retain this group and many others as well.”

But it doesn’t end there.

“It’s also a better environment for our team members to work in, which was part of the concern as well,” he adds.

Like all design, what actually matters is the user experience. For centuries, architects and engineers have considered the eyes, ears, even the sense of touch in designing for optimal

experience. Now they are learning that the experience goes even deeper, to the lungs, heart, and whole well-being of customers.

“If the casino design combines a great architectural and interior design approach with more efficient HVAC systems to offer a better IAQ and give their patrons a great experience,” Abate says, “they will be able to maintain a strong client base, which in turn helps the bottom line.”