This year the flu has hit the US very hard. I was up in Indiana for the Christmas Holidays and the majority of the friends and relatives we visited were either sick or just getting over the flu. This story was played out across the US and as of last report 47 of the 50 states had major out breaks of the flu. Coming back to Florida after the New Year I found that the vast majority of those Floridians that went up north to visit relatives were also suffering from the flu bug. Airborne viruses are very difficult to control.
The recommended medical approach to dealing with the flu is to get a flu shot in the summer or early fall to avoid the flu season which usually runs from October through March. And, for many people this preventative measure works. Although while it is possible to get the flu even if you have the shot, the symptoms are usually less severe and are short lived.
Since the flu virus is airborne, sub-micron in size and easily transferred from any infected surface, it is difficult to be in an enclosed structure that uses a forced air fan heating/cooling unit to not have contact with the virus when half the people in the structure are now infected. So when one person gets it..chances are others will as well. I believe many of us saw this take place over Christmas and New Years. Even wearing a mask may not help as the flu virus can live for short periods of time on many surfaces and then it is easily transferred to your hands and then eventually your face ( as we touch our faces up to 500 times per day).
Commercial grade HEPA filters are designed to remove, at a minimum, 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger with efficiencies approaching over 95% on particles smaller than 0.3 microns. Viruses range in size from .006 microns to 0.5 microns in size. HEPA filters are the primary filtration media used by the CDC and other laboratories around the world that work with highly contagious and deadly viruses. They are extremely effective at protecting the technicians who work with these contagions.
Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, certified, HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems since 1985. They are one of the leaders in offering a wide range of HEPA systems that can be digitally controlled to produce from 50 CFM to 2000 CFM. The PAS line of HEPA systems utilize the ECM variable speed motors that are rate 120/240v 50/60 Hz and can be used anywhere in the world. These units are fabricated from powder coated steel and use state-of-the-art digital control systems. Since its inception, PAS has sold tens of thousands of its units to the residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, medical and specialty products markets in the North American continent and around the world.
The use of PAS HEPA systems in the residential market has shown over time that those homeowners have experienced fewer colds, allergies and flu symptoms than homeowners that just use standard air filters in their HVAC systems. Of course you can’t carry a HEPA filter around with you to work or the store, but you can significantly reduce the transfer of airborne viruses and allergens in your household or small office area with a very high degree of effectiveness.
For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based products please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com or visit us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @pureairsystems. Of course you can always call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.
About the Author: Don Musilli
My name is Don Musilli. I started Pure Air Systems in 1985 and then sold it in 2006. I continue to consult for PAS and write their blog and control their Twitter account. I also, on occasion, make changes to the website. The company is now almost 26 years old and has been a major player in offering commercial grade, high performance HEPA and Carbon based filtration systems for the commercial, institutional, industrial and residential markets.
I currently reside in Englewood, Florida where I write blogs and do social media marketing for a number of clients.
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