AtmosAir to Showcase at Greenbuild Expo 2018!

AtmosAir Solutions will be participating in this week’s Greenbuild 2018 International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and exhibition purely dedicated to green building. AtmosAir will be located at exhibit #151. Kicking off on November 14th, this year’s Greenbuild theme centers around Human By Nature (Human x Nature) and brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us.  As major sustainability advocates, our team at AtmosAir continues to promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development.

Achieving energy efficiency is a top priority for building engineers, property managers and business owners across the country. The biggest consumer of energy in a commercial building is the HVAC system. 

Modern design and construction practices seal heated and cooled air indoors for the purpose of lowering energy costs.  The unfortunate result is poor indoor air quality.  Even with adequate ventilation, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold spores, and other unwanted contaminants build up inside, leading to significant indoor environmental issues.

AtmosAir Bipolar ionization treats the air in the space we breathe.  AtmosAir allows a building to recycle clean, conditioned air, nearly eliminating all mold spores, VOCs, and other unwanted ultrafine particles — all while simultaneously saving on your energy bills.

AtmosAir BPI reduces particulate matter and breaks down the chemical structure of VOCs.  That means it is not necessary to dilute and replace the space with additional amounts of outdoor air, nor is it necessary to strain the air through airflow-restrictive filters.  Because you can now accomplish air purification without a cost penalty by recycling a larger portion of the total air volume, you can retain the energy savings you worked so hard to achieve.

CEO of AtmosAir, Steve Levine noted, “We’re elated to be back at this year’s Greenbuild Expo.  With sustainability within buildings and our environment of such great importance, we’re happy to share that our system has helped to enhance human health and wellbeing as well as energy efficiency on a greater scale.  Some of our clients have noticed a greater than 40 percent reduction in peak load, and a 20 percent energy cost savings — and that doesn’t include savings on reduced HVAC maintenance as demands on the system decrease.”

Come visit us at exhibit 151, where Atmos representatives will be showcasing new products and software that have been developed over the past year.

Wednesday, November 14, 10am – 6pm

Thursday, November 15, 10am – 6pm

We hope to see you there!

The Smell of Jet Fuel in the Morning

By Rob Root

Bob Root was a pilot for almost 40 years.  The first plane he flew was a T-34 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station while learning to be a Navy pilot.  A 747-400 was the last plane he flew after almost 30 years as a pilot for Northwest Airlines.

Each day on the tarmac Bob took a deep breath, “Nothing quite like the smell of jet fuel in the morning,” he would say.

But it was taking a breath that got him.  During a layover late in his career, in a public space somewhere in Paris, the deep breath he took contained a virus.  The virus attacked his heart and by the time he arrived back at MSP, he was too sick to ever fly again.

Bob battled his enlarged heart for 17 years, switched from flying planes to playing golf, and from “the smell of jet fuel” to “the smell of mowed grass.”  Then one day in a public space somewhere in Surprise, AZ, the deep breath he took contained a bacteria.  A bacteria called legionella pneumophila- Legionnaires’ disease.  He wasn’t healthy enough to fight off this bacteria and he died a few days later.

Nature combats airborne contaminants with positively and negatively charged ions.  In the most pristine environments, in the mountains or near a waterfall, the ion levels are high.  Those high levels of ions provide a natural ability to continuously disinfect the air.   When contaminant levels are high, in cities, at airports, in buildings, the ion levels are depleted.  The contaminants are not captured and we get to breath in the particles, gases and microorganisms.

For the past 50 years a technology has existed to mimic the production of positively and negatively charged ions.  This technology is called AtmosAir bipolar ionization (BPI).  Over the past five years BPI has been repeatedly tested and validated to be 99% effective against bacteria, 90% effective against VOCs (like automotive emissions), and 95% effective against ultra-fine particles.  Across the country (actually across the globe), AtmosAir BPI is being installed in hospitals, stadiums, universities, schools, airports, office buildings and hotels.  AtmosAir BPI is easy to install and has 0-36 month return-on-investment.  The air in those buildings is cleaner, safer and healthier for the occupants and visitors.

About a month before he breathed in Legionnaire’s disease, my dad and I stood on the first tee of the Desert Springs Golf Course in Surprise.  We both took a deep breath.  “Nothing like the smell of mowed grass in the morning…”

Rob Root is a Sales Director for AtmosAir Solutions located in Minneapolis, MN. 

A Breath of Fresh Air at the New Minnesota Wild Training Center!

Take a deep breath.  One of those breaths that you hold for a few seconds and then exhale slowly.  Can you envision the molecules that are in the air, interacting with the capillaries in your lungs bringing clean, fresh oxygen to your body?

But what if, right now, you’re in a TSA line at an airport (or better yet on an airplane) or in the waiting area of the doctor’s office.  Did you take a really deep breath, trusting that the air you’re breathing isn’t carrying some sort of bacteria, virus or mold that will make you sick?  Or what if you’re on a casino floor waiting for a spot at a poker table, or in a hotel room traveling for business, or in an office, comingled with dozens of your co-workers.  How about an aging building at a school, college or university?  What other particles, gasses, contaminants are being transported by the air that you are breathing?

Did you take that breathe deeply and appreciate how clean and crisp the air felt? 

Last week, I had a chance to visit the MN Wild’s new practice facility in St. Paul, MN.  The facility opened last December in a former Dayton’s Department Store building, built in the early 60’s. To get to the space, we went down a freight elevator to the basement, crossed a parking garage and then entered the vestibule.  Two steps into the space, the air was different.  The deep breathe I took reminded me of the air in Vail, CO.

There is a science to why the air feels, actually is, fresh and clean.  In the early 20th century, Albert Einstein discovered that air has natural conductivity.  Air naturally contains ions.  The ions are positively and negatively charged.  Those ions find and attach to the contaminants and either make them too heavy to stay airborne or render them harmless.

If you live and work in the mountains or in a rural area near a forest or lake, then the air you breathe is naturally clean and crisp.  There are plenty of ions to continuously scrub the air.  Everywhere else, nature needs mechanical help in order for there to be reasonably healthy air inside an occupied space.  Outside air is mixed with recycled (conditioned) air, filtered, and then pumped into the space we use for work, healthcare, traveling, exercise, education and more.  But in many cases, there are still too many contaminants to achieve continuously healthy indoor air quality.

Dr. Einstein’s discovery led to the development of device that measured air ions, then eventually to a device that created them.  That creative technology is called Bi-Polar Ionization.   Over the past 50 years bi-polar ionization has been tested and validated as successfully disinfecting air for bacteria, viruses, mold and neutralizing particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Today, with advancements in information technologies, connected devices, and smart applications, bi-polar ionization can be deployed and its effectiveness can be monitored and adjusted in real time to assist a building to maintain high levels of indoor air quality.

The MN Wild chose to add bi-polar ionization to their air handling system to give players cleaner, safer, healthier air.  Wild players have mountain fresh air in a workout facility, in a basement, next to an underground garage, in a 60 year old building.  The organization and its players have a more positive, productive work environment.

Wouldn’t every employee, customer, visitor, student, or guest want the same thing?

Rob Root is a Sales Director for AtmosAir Solutions located in Minneapolis, MN.