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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 International: Leading Presence at Air Quality Summit in Thailand!

AtmosAir was invited by local dealer and partner, Better-Pro Intergroup, as well as local air quality testing company, Shawpat, to conduct a 2-hour presentation on indoor air quality to numerous attendees in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to AtmosAir, Shawpat (Safety And Health At Work Promotion Association) and Professor and President of the International Occupational Health and Safety Program, Dr. Chalermchai Chaichittip, presented at the daylong event.

Attendees included representatives from hospitals, hotels, engineering firms, developers, designers and property management firms.  Executive Director, Sam Michael, presented on behalf of AtmosAir and focused on educating attendees on air quality and its importance to health, how to manage air quality via base building, design and operation perspectives including bi-polar ionization.

Concerns around air quality are just starting to develop in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand as citizens there gain an awareness of the importance of clean air and the daily air quality conditions.  AtmosAir introduced how China has approached air quality and how the indoor air quality industry has developed, hoping to continue these improvements throughout all of Asia.

Michael noted, “We believe that it is important to share the latest research around air quality, health and productivity.  Everyday each individual breaths over 5,000 liters of air.  Ensuring that this air is as clean and healthy as possible, starts from convincing the people who manage buildings and air systems why clean air is important and how to provide the cleanest air to their occupants.”

Thailand’s hot and humid air conditions mean that there is a need in the market to save energy and reduce indoor air contaminants which include pm 2.5, mold, and bacteria.

AtmosAir already has several installations in Bangkok which include locations where airborne bacteria was reduced by 70-95% with the application of AtmosAir technology.