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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.

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.