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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 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.

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.

AtmosAir Solutions Indoor Air Quality Systems Enhance United Airlines Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport!

AtmosAir Solutions has recently been installed at Chicago-based carrier’s United Club Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Furthermore, the lounge has achieved gold-level certification through the new Audubon International Green Hospitality program.

This particular program provides third-party verification that facilities have met environmental best practice standards and have demonstrated a strong commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation and energy efficiency.

The Chicago Business Journal noted, ‘The carrier’s United Club location in Terminal 7 at LAX was recognized for its exemplary indoor air quality, innovative composting program, and overall dedication to environmental stewardship,’ and AtmosAir Solutions is ecstatic to be a part of the initiative in helping provide better breathing environments to those traveling both domestically and internationally.

AtmosAir™ is the most proven and effective air purification solution to reduce particulate matter (PM), VOCs, and pathogens to create healthy indoor environments where people thrive.  With over 7,500 installations and scores of independent tests, the data is so compelling that we’ve guaranteed our results greatly impact each client’s breathing space.

Gavin Molloy, United’s vice president of corporate real estate and environmental affairs stated: “As an industry-leading airline in green initiatives, we are constantly pursuing ways to reduce our footprint, whether through our use of low-carbon, sustainable aviation biofuel or our revaluation of onboard materials that resulted in keeping 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.”

In 2017, ‘Air Transport World magazine titled United the “Eco-Airline of the Year,” and AtmosAir Solutions is proud to contribute to the cause.

Going forward, we will be continuing our eco-work to help improve the sustainability of both airport terminals and airline’s lounges around the world.

Photo Credit: UNITED AIRLINES

AtmosAir Helps Green Schools Keep Promises to Parents

As many organizations unite to combat air pollution, environmental groups such as Moms Clean Air Force, have been leading the initiative to better the indoor air quality within schools across the country.

Moms Clean Air Force is a community of over 1,000,000 moms—and dads!—working together to combat air pollution, including the urgent crisis of our changing climate.

The air quality in schools is largely unregulated and can also pose significant challenges to health and learning. A member from the Moms Clean Air Force, Molly Rauch, says schools’ indoor air quality, “has been linked to asthma and respiratory ailments, and has measurable impacts on the health and productivity of students and teachers.”

Rauch adds that according to the Healthy School Network: “Out of the nearly 100,000 public school buildings in the country, more than two-thirds have at least one dire infrastructure problem, like leaking roofs or inadequate ventilation in need of repair or replacement, as well as poor chemical management. The American Society of Civil Engineers says schools are in worse shape than prisons.”

AtmosAir™ is the most proven and effective solution to reduce inhalable particualate matter (PM), VOCs, and pathogens to create healthy indoor environments where people thrive.  By installing our efficient system throughout schools, results have indicated that improvements in school environmental quality can enhance academic performance, as well as teacher and staff productivity and retention.  AtmosAir is installing systems in over ten schools this summer. 

According to the EPA, ‘conditions found in older, poorly maintained school buildings — leaky roofs; problems with heating, ventilation and insufficient cleaning or excessive use of cleaning chemical in connection with air conditioning systems, as well as, mold, dust and toxic fumes from products and pesticides. These conditions increase absenteeism and reduce academic performance.’

In addition to our installation, efforts have been increasing to clean up schools.  According to USAToday, the Green School movement is sweeping the country, as ‘green schools exist in every state and account for 45% of new school construction, up from 15% in 2008.”  Nearly half of the nation’s schools require some sort of green certification like LEED, as a condition to receiving state construction funds.  Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED has become an important moniker in environmentally-conscious construction.

As student performance has been proven to directly correlate with their learning environments, AtmosAir Solutions will be continuing our eco-work to help improve the sustainability of public and private learning schools both on a domestic and international scale.