Visit AtmosAir at AHR 2019

AtmosAir Solutions will participate in the AHR Expo January 14th through January 16th, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Come visit us at Booth B1427, where CEO, Steve Levine, and other representatives from the company will be showcasing new products, software, and ideas for cleaner indoor air.

The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), is the world’s largest HVACR conference.  What once began as a heating and ventilation show, has since grown into the major HVACR event of the year, held in major cities across the U.S. The 2019 show in Atlanta will put the spotlight on over 2,000 of the top HVACR technology manufacturers and innovative new suppliers.

“Technology, operational demands, codes, and design objectives are constantly changing.  System designers, manufacturers, representatives, and contractors must continually adapt to a changing industry landscape,” notes Conference Chair, Corey Metzger.  The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will provide a valuable opportunity for sharing of knowledge and information, and the technical program at the conference will provide a venue for a wide range of presentations and discussion.”

With more than 60,000 industry professionals attending from every state in America and 150 countries worldwide, AHR provides a unique forum designed expressly for the HVACR community.

Come visit us at AHR Expo in Atlanta, Booth B1427…we hope to see you there!

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BREATHE EASY: HEALTHIER INDOOR AIR IN COLD WEATHER:

As the seasons change and the colder temperatures prevent you from letting outside air into your home, oftentimes the quality of the air is greatly effected.

According to Healthy Living Guide, ‘Weatherproofing your house doesn’t solve the problem. It just means the pollutants have nowhere to go. In fact, the air indoors can be two to five times more toxic than the air outdoors. Worse, most people spend much of their time indoors in winter.’

Poor indoor air quality stems from a variety of issues: chemical off-gassing from furniture and appliances, odors, pet dander, mold, smoke and the chemicals in household products.

During the winter, respiratory issues also tend to increase and children that suffer from allergies, especially, have a harder time breathing inside the home space.

The good news: Small but significant changes can improve the quality of the air in your home.

1) ENTRYWAY DUST:

Dust is a pollutant.  It can be especially harmful to children because they spend more time on or near the floor.

‘House dust is a mixture of dirt, dust mites, dander, pollen and other particles. Chances are lead dust has gathered, too, especially in homes built before the 1970s. To make matters worse, dust may also contain chemicals emitted by furniture, electronics, plastics and fabric’

By placing doormats in your entry ways that are regularly cleaned, you can help mitigate the dust that is spread.  You can also institute a no-shoes policy to cut down on the pollutants tracked into your home.

Healthy Living Guide also recommends using ‘a vacuum machine with a high-efficiency particulate air filter, making sure to clean the filter regularly. Follow with a damp mop and plain water to pick up any excess. You can also dust with a damp cotton or microfiber cloth.

2)  CARPETS:

Wall-to-wall carpets are nearly impossible to keep clean, trapping dust and other pollutants like dander and mold.  Experts recommend vacuuming at least three times a week to remove as much dust as possible.

But even if you can remove all the dust, carpets can also contain an array of harmful chemicals – in the fiber, backing, padding and glue, and in flame-retardant and stain-resistant, waterproofing treatments.

Your best bet is to remove the carpet altogether and replace it with wood or tile flooring.

3)  FURNITURE:

When purchasing furniture, the last thing that comes to mind is how the pieces in your home can be affecting the air that you’re breathing.

Like carpet, upholstery is often treated with chemicals that are similarly harmful to people and the environment. Foam cushions can also be a problem because they’re made with petroleum chemicals that can emit VOCs.

According to Healthy Living Guide, ‘natural latex foam cushions are the best alternative. As with your carpets, make sure to vacuum regularly to control dust.’

And with furniture, it’s not just the upholstery that can be a source of contaminants.  Plywood, particle board and composite wood frames can also emit toxic chemicals.

When selecting furniture, attempt to purchase sold wood options.

4)  ATMOSAIR INDOOR AIR QUALITY SYSTEM:

Equipping your home’s air handler or HVAC system with an AtmosAir Bipolar Ionization unit can help reduce certain biological organisms such as spores, bacteria and even the tiniest viruses.

AtmosAir Bi Polar Ionization systems, as demonstrated in our numerous projects, provide a unique hybrid of air purification: particle filtration, VOC filtration, and airborne virus filtration.

2018: Key Spotlights:

We’re grateful to continue to partner with notable companies both domestically and internationally across the sports, gaming, hotels, army, commercial and residential arenas.  Below are a few project spotlights from the past year.

DOHA METRO (Doha, Qatar):

The Doha Metro is a rapid transit system currently under construction in Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The anticipated completion date is by the end of 2020, consisting of four active lines with an approximate overall length of 300 km and 100 stations in 2 phases.

Qatar Rail, the client in charge of the development of the first 3 lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations (Phase I) that make up the current Doha Metro system, saw the need to add powerful and effective indoor air cleaning technology to the larger, more crowded stations, such as those where several lines intersect, and also go deeper underground to accommodate the different levels. The largest station, which sits at the intersection of all 3 lines is the “iconic” Msheireb Station.

AtmosAir was selected by Qatar Rail as the air purification system of choice. AtmosAir is being installed in all 36 Air Handlers that serve the 5 levels of Mshreieb Station. The Msheireb station, and the rest of the 3 lines, are expected to open to the public in 2020.

Golden 1 Center:

 

AtmosAir was excited to announce our partnership with the LEED Platinum Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings!  Located in downtown Sacramento, the publicly owned arena is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons (DoCo), which includes a $250 million, 16-story mixed-use tower.

In addition to the Kings’ home games, the arena hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events.  Suite partners have access to three exclusive clubs on the premium level including two skyboxes that overlook the concourse with a direct view of the outside.   Total capacity is expandable to about 19,000 to accommodate concert audiences.

Sustainability is of great importance to the Golden 1 Center and the AtmosAir team is ecstatic to be a part of their efforts to “green up” sports.  By installing our system, the Golden 1 Center will also use AtmosAir to enhance HVAC energy efficiency and will give the arena the ability to shave peak load energy demand.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Entertainment Center for the Arts:

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

Despite being located over 1 mile above sea level in the beautiful, mountainous Colorado Springs, the designers still wanted to consider the indoor air quality issues that can 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 was installed throughout the building to make the space immediately able to be occupied following their renovation by removing VOCs and odors.

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. 

AtmosAir at Northwestern University Highlighted in Sports Business Journal Feature! 

 

The Ryan Fieldhouse, Wilson Field and the Walter Athletics Center create an unmatched environment for Northwestern Wildcats to flourish. Nestled into the main campus in one of the most unique settings, student-athletes will have the ability to both train and compete at the highest level.

The Ryan Fieldhouse provides one of the most versatile practice, competition, and recreation venues in the nation.

AtmosAir installations throughout the brand new facilities were recently highlighted in a Sports Business Journal feature story.

Check it out – HERE.

Visit AtmosAir at World’s Largest Casino Industry Show – G2E 2018!

AtmosAir Solutions will attend Global Gaming Expo (G2E) this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The American Gaming Association’s 18th annual Global Gaming Expo opened Monday October 8th at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and The Venetian and runs through Thursday.

AtmosAir will be exhibiting at Booth #2519.

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.

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

AtmosAir is a proven technology that safely breaks down odors and airborne contaminants in casinos.

Current AtmosAir gaming clients include: Hard Rock Tampa and Hollywood (FL), Stations Casinos (NV/CA), Rivers Casino (PA), SugarHouse Casino (PA), Revel Casino (NJ), Seminole Gaming Casinos (FL), Twin River Casinos (RI), and Osage Casinos (OK).

G2E by the numbers

-26,000: Expected number of attendees.

-4: Number of days of the show.

-17: Number of G2E shows staged in Las Vegas.

-111: Number of countries from which attendees will arrive.

September 2018 Air Quality Matters – News

Choking on Growth: More Boston Traffic Fuels Poorer Air Quality

Boston Herald, October 2, 2018

Highlights:

  • According to the transportation analytics firm INRIX, Boston has become the seventh-most congested urban area in the nation.
  • A 2018 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report listed Boston as the 11th most challenging place to live with asthma and ranked the city fourth nationally for asthma prevalence, with the state recording asthma rates at 10.2 percent for adults and 12.9 percent for children.
  • “Increasing traffic, if not met with big technological changes, will contribute to air pollution problems,” warned Boston University environmental health professor Jonathan Levy. “The good news is that air quality is better than it was 20 years ago. But technological solutions may not be able to keep up with the trend of population density.”

Research Shows Shocking Levels Toxic Air Inside Homes

Daily Mail, September 22, 2018

Highlights:

  • Air pollution costs the economy £22bn annually with some six million sick days
  • Toxic air can cause heart disease and major lung conditions such as asthma
  • Researchers found toxic air has been linked to conditions such as dementia
  • Scientists have found high levels of pollution inside domestic homes
  • British researchers warned that air pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK. Scientists from St George’s University and King’s College London found that people living in areas polluted by traffic and industry are 40 per cent more likely to develop the condition.
  • The Reading research forecasts that toxic household air may cause an 80 per cent jump in the number of people with asthma within three decades.
  • Walking along quieter back streets rather than main roads can cut your exposure to vehicle exhaust pollution by more than half. Researchers at King’s College London discovered this last year by sending pedestrians on seven different routes through London. Some of the side roads had 60 per cent less pollution.

METRO China Provides Superior Air to Employees with AtmosAir Solutions

METRO China has occupied their China Headquarters for over a decade next to their store in Putuo District Shanghai. The building is at a premier location and it is useful for staff to be right next to one of METRO’s 90+ China stores.

However, being in an older building can have drawbacks, particularly when it comes to indoor air quality.  In addition to being in Shanghai, where outdoor air quality often exceeds health limits, METRO’s headquarters is located near a busy elevated roadway where braking and accelerating cars create plumes of brake dust and fuel emissions.

AtmosAir looked closely at the office’s existing HVAC and filtration systems and created a plan that included bi-polar ionization, additional filtration, and adjustment of the indoor air pressure relationship to the outside of the building.  With the plan fully executed, METRO’s employees now enjoy exceptional air quality that is often 5-10 times better than the air just outside their building.

For METRO, it was also important to share this information with their employees.  As a result, AtmosAir installed multiple air quality monitors throughout the space. The air quality data is then shared with employees via real time displays at the entrance and each floor of the building. Additionally, weekly reports are submitted to each employee, indicating how the average air quality throughout the work day compares to the air outdoors.

Aligning with AtmosAir’s core initiatives, METRO believes that with cleaner air, employees will be healthier, happier and more productive.