Making Central Air Filtration Part of Your New Home Construction

For many years people would add central vacuum systems to their new home construction process as this was both less expensive and more efficient than trying to add it after the home was constructed. While there are fewer central vaccum systems being installed today ( use of robots and less carpeting ) the advantage of a using a central system is still very effective.

Today, it is possible to add a central, whole-house HEPA air filtration system to your home both during and after construction. Pure Air Systems has been selling their 600HS PLUS, fan powered, commercial grade HEPA filtration system for homes, offices, hospitals, commercial buildings and industrial applications since 1985. This uint can be attached to any ducted, forced air HVAC unit with some minor ducting modificatioins and simple wiring. 

The system is designed to run anytime the HVAC unit runs and is really well suited to working with the newer variable speed drive HVAC units. The 600HS comes with a prefilter, carbon media filter and a true, certified HEPA filter. The advantages in having this type of medical grade air filtratoin system are many and, in this day of Covid-19, this type of system can be extremely beneficial in reducing the levels of airborne viruses in your home along with other allergens and contaminants.

For more information on this system please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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Pure Air Systems Is Major Supplier Of Filtration Systems To Fight Covid-19

Created in 1985, Pure Air Systems was one of the first US companies to offer commercial grade, fan powered, HEPA air filtration systems for the general publc. These systems are designed to be used as both stand-alone units as well as attaching them to existing HVAC systems to provide central and whole house filtration. Over the next 10 years Pure Air Systems developed seven different sizes and configurations varying in air volume capacity from 50 CFM to 2,000 CFM. In addition the systems had the capacity to add carbon media and prefiltration in conjunction with the HEPA filters providing systems that could handle almost any air filtration or odor challenge in the market.

When Covid-19 entered the globe in eary 2020, many of the hospitals, clinics, laboratories and municipal facilities across Norht America started lookng for HEPA based air filtration systems as HEPA filters are the only type of air filter that can remove a subtantial amounty of airborne viruses. Standard air filters are, for the most part, not very effective in removing these sub-micron particulate from the air. 

The Pure Air Systems units use very powerful, variable speed drive motors ranging from 1/3 HP to 1 HP, they can move a lot of air through the HEPA filters which are extremely dense. In additon, the units can move air through ductwork that is connected to the filtration systems so they can be used to provide clean air in a large space. The systems can also be used to create either a positive or negative room area for patient isolation as is the common practice in most Hospitals.

Today, Pure Air Systems is one of only three companies around the world that produces a metal framed, commercial grade, fan powered true HEPA air filtration that can be used in a very wide range of applications in the residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and medical markets.

For more informaion on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Why Face Masks Can Capture Sub-Micron Particulate

Okay. So there is enough printed material and comments on social media about Masks to choke a very large horse or Blue Whale ( the largest animal on earth ). Does this mean that much of the information is not correct? No. Masks, of various types, styles and materials, have been used for over 100 years to minimize the inhalation of airborne particulate of all sizes. They are used daily in surgery rooms where any form of bacteria or virus can contaminate an open wound and cause serious infections. If, for example, you were wheeled into a surgery room and the Doctors and Nurses were chewing gum and had Twizzlers sticking out of their mouths and not wearing any face coverings, you would be somewhat concerned because they were not wearing MASKS….

Face coverings, masks, gators, face shields, are synonymous with Hospitals, clinics and any type of medical facility where the art of medicine is practiced. Yet, when asked to where a mask to minimize the potential transmission of a highly contagious virus we react with indignation. This virus, Covid-19, is very unique in its ability to enter the body and not show up on very accurate testing on that day. It may be four days later that it responds to the test. This is what makes this virus so sinister. And, it does affect and has killed people of all ages and all walks of life. Not just seniors and those that have underlying medical conditions. Plus, long term affects of getting this virus are still not known. 

Viruses are very tiny and are only captured by very high end HEPA based air filters. The masks are not Hepa filters and even the N90 masks have some limitations. However, there are tiny dust particles in the air that are also trapped in your face covering when you breathe in and these particles can actually assist in minimizing the amount of the virus you inhale. And the quantity of exposure over time is a big deal. So by not wearing a mask you can inhale a large quantity over a short period of time. The mask significantly reduces that high percentage of oral contact. It can be the difference between living or dying.

For more information on filters, masks and other air filtration devices please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us on our toll free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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Pressurizing Your Home To Minimize Infiltraton of Outdoor Particulate

When people purchase a home their primary concern is size, number of bedrooms, baths and back yard size. Concerns about the HVAC system, the heating/cooling unit, are seldom brought into the decisoin, Yet, this unit and associated returns, supplies and duct work, can make your home a dream home or living nightmare. Today, in most areas of the country it is now required to have a blower door test to determine if your home is postitive or negative when the HVAC system is operational. If the test shows the house to be positive, meaning that air is being pushed against the interior of the house and keeps the home from any infilatraion from the outside. Obviously, the opposite occurs when the tests show the house to be negative. Under these conditions the house will actually suck in any fine particles through any passage way between the interior and exterior of the home. This means more dust and allergens as well as bringing in more moist hot air in the summer and cold dry air in the winter which make the HVAC system run longer and work harder and crate higher energy bills.

Sizing of the HVAC system should be done by professionals and higer Seer rated systems are must more efficient over the long haul. You may want to have a blower door test done on your home if it is 10 years or older. if the house is negative is it possible to make some modifications to the returns and supply runs to adjust for this issue. Using the correct size and rated filter for your home and system is also critical. The more efficient air filters may work better at removing airborne particulate but if they are too restrictive they can reduce the air flow through your HVAC unit and crate negative pressure in your home. In any case, keeping your home pressurized is the positive way to go.

For information on the Pure Air Systems line of HEPA and Carbon air filter systems pleae go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com   or call us anytime on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Mechanical VS Electronic Air Filtration Systems

Most people are familiar with the air filters that go into your HVAC system that look like folded or pleated paper media. These are normally refered to as mechanical filters because they use the mechanics of air velocity to impinge the airborne particulater onto the surface of the filter. Electronic air filters use positive – negative charging as their method of collecting these same particles. These electronic air cleaners use plates for wire grids to trap the particles but unlike mechanical filters, are less efficient than mechanical air filters as they allow for much of the particulate to pass by the collection grids without capture. For this reason mechancial air filters are the preferred method of dust collection.

Air filters perform two major functions in HVAC systems. One is to keep the dust from accumulating on the cooling coils in your air handler to ensure proper performance of you air conditioning system. The second is the removal of airborne particulate in the air to keep the indoor environment cleaner. These mechanical air filters come in different efficiencies from general duty up the high efficiency HEPA air filters.

The use of very high efficiency mechanical filters including HEPA sysems is now extremely important due to the need to remove airborne bacteria and viruses during this pandemic. Schools, office buildings, and all medical faciities are using mechanical air filters with higher efficiency ratings to contain the airbone contaminents as much as possible.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:   https://www.pureairsystems.com     or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Do UV Lights Really Kill Covid 19 ?

Ultra Violet lights (germicidal lamps) or UV systems come in both a hot (8,000 hours life) and cold plasma (rate 36,000 hours life) lamp systems. They produce a specific wavelength of 253 nanometers and produce UV C. This wavelength has the ability to affect microbiological contaminants like mold and bacteria. The UV C light can destroy the DNA of the microbiological and keep it from replicating. UV C has no effect on solid particles and it does NOT remove anything from the air stream. UV C lights are normally placed in the return air stream, although the speed of the air past the lights can minimize the effectiveness of the UV lights. We suggest that placing a UV light at or near the cooling coils works better as the light can irradiate this moist area all the time and help in minimizing the growth of mold or bacteria. UV lights are an ancillary piece of equipment and should always be used in conjunction with an air filter or air filtration system.

The Use of UV lights to reduce or kill Covid 19 viruses is somewhat limited to the distance to and the duration of time it sees the virus. That is why UV lights are more effective placed in the return air duct of the HVAC system and the fan has to be running all the time. Further more, you need really good filtration in front of the UV lights otherwise they will become coated with dirt and dust and thus significantly reduce their effectiveness.

If you look at the miriad of photos and TV footage of Hospital wards treating Covid 19 patients, you never see any UV lights in and around the patient beds. Sterilaztion with chemicals and the use of PPE are much more effective in that area of the hospital. The real danger in using UV lights is the thought that this technology is a primary method of eliminating the Covid virus when in truth it is  only a terciary device at best.

Pure Air Systems has been making HEPA based air filtration systems for over 35 years and today the use of HEPA filters has become the primary method of maintaining surgery room cleanliness in Hosptials, Clinics and laboratories all working with Covid. 19. 

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com    or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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Science Is Our DNA

SInce man first walked on the earth he has been finding ways to make life easier, safer and more productive. His inate drive to explore and learn are bult into his DNA. It is a survival of the fitest condition. Everything we use and have at our disposal was invented by man ( or woman ). The balance is deliverd by Mother Nature, which is, in many ways, more powerful and more important. . Some of those things Mother Nature delivers include diseases that are benign to animals but cause significant challenges to man. In some cases man’s own drive creates the conditions by which these diseases become deadly. 

Covid-19 is science. It is biological science and it plays with our DNA. As a virus it follows the same drive as man..survival of the fitest. It will do whatever it takes to keep growing and moving as it jumps from human host to human host.It really doesn’t have a conscience or any political aspirations and is not threatened by any medicine was currently have at our disposal. It will command our attention for a very long time. It is a variant of science so obviously it will require science to tame it. Man has the ability to resolve this issue if it is taken seriously. If not, then perhaps we should paraphrase the words in Matthew 5 where he says ‘ and the meek shall inherit the earth.”

Pure Air Systems has been making HEPA based air filtration systems since 1985 and is now working around the clock to supply a wide variety of medical and commercial operations with HEPA filtration systems to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information please go to our website at: http://pureairsystems. com  or contact us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

 

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Un Masking Covid -19 Size Does Matter

Wearing a mask during the current pandemic has been accepted by and also rejected by large portions of the US population.Some of reasons are political, some are irrational and some are based on science. The latter being the more logical rationale.

It seems that the, “What you don’t see won’t hurt you”, mindset has taken over our ability to feel threatened by the virus. Yet, this virus like all airborne viruses has no concience or cares little about your ability to see it. You can only see particle sizes down to about 20 microns with the naked eye and this virus is about 0.005 microns in size which makes it only visible using an electron microscope. When someone who has Covid-19 talks, coughs, sings or laughs they are expelling millions of sub-micron particles into the air, some as droplets some as fine, invisible mist. The closer you are to that individual and the longer you stay in close proximity to that individual the larger the concentration of the virus you will breathe in. Unless of course you are wearing a mask.

The use of any covering over your mouth and nose is by far much safer than wearing nothing at all. Maks will prevent you from getting high concentrations and also minimize the amount of the virus you may transmit if you are infected. It is, in essence, the human thing to do.Covid -19 will continue to be with us for a long time just like the other Covid viruses for which many of us get inoculated each Fall to reduce our chances of getting the Flu. And, like the Flu this virus is always changing and the longer it stays around the more virulent it becomes and the less exposure you will need to become ill.

Pure Air Systems manufacturing a complete line of HEPA based, fan powered filtration systems for the residential, commercial, institutional and medical markets. We are currently producing a large number of HEPA based air filtration systems for the medical and commercial markets to assit them in removing Covid-19 in many of their operations. PAS is as major supplier of HEPA systems throughout North America.

For more information please contact us via our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com    or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Using HEPA Fan Powered Systems For Virus Protection

Keeping employees and customers safe in buildings, stores and other enclosed spaces will be a major part of returning to the new normal. Aside from making desks and work spaces at least 6 feet apart the ability to maintain some form of control over the ventilation systems would be the next major hurdle. The standard HAVC system in residential and commercial building is designed to move the air through return air and supply air ductwork and keep the room cool or warm. The types of filters normally used in these systems are what we call “general duty” air filters. Meaning they will remove large particles, dust and some smoke, but are not really capable of removing anything close to the size of viruese which are down to .005 microns in size. Basically a billionth of an inch.

Pure Air Systems has been making fan powered, commercial grade, HEPA air filtration systems since 1985 and has seven different configurations and air volume sizes to meet most needs in the commercial, institutional and industrial markets. Since its inception, PAS has provided a unique adaptation of their systems so they can be used in a partial by-pass configuration. This allows the HEPA systems to be connected to the main return air duct in a partial-connection taking a portion of the return air and putting in through a 3-stage filter system including a prefilter, carbon media pack and a scanned 99.99% HEPA filter. Using this concept allows for partical cleaning of the air continuously without affecting the performance of the main air handler. In most cases all the air in the room would be filtered once every 30 minutes to an hour. In addition, it is possible to add small amounts of outside air into and through the PAS unit prior to entering the main air handler which helps to pressurize the room area and also dilute the inside air. The small amount of air that is added from the outside does not really affect the temperature since the percentage is usually around 3% to 5 % of the total volume of air being cooled and or heated.

The systems offered by Pure Air Systems range in CFM volume from 50 CFM to 2,000 CFM. These systems all use variable speed motors and are digitially controlled. They are made from components all made in the USA and assembled in Indianapolis, IN. 

For more information on all of our systems please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com       or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Covid-19 A Different Type of Media

THE MEDIA is getting a lot of attention these days and depending upon which side of the aisle you sit your position about this pandemic is dependent upon which media outlet you watch or listen to. The term “media” also refers to the type of filter materials used in air and liquid filtration. In the case of these types of materials, they are not subject to opinions or bias. Filter medias have a specific protocol they must pass in order to have a rating for a certain efficiency of particulate removal of certain sized particles.

Pure AIr Systems, founded in 1985, has been making fan powered HEPA based air filtration systems for the commerical, medical, industrial and institutional markets with a very high degree of success. The HEPA media used in their systems is tested under very stringent test protocol to meet or exceed 99.99% removal of particulate 0.3 microns in lager and approach 95% on particulate smaller than 0.3 microns. 

The efficiency of this type of media doesn’t care where the particles came from or how they were generated or even the color and texture. It is a filtration media that is used globally and recognized as the best available filtration for removal of airborne bacterial and viruses. It is important to listen to the science not the hype. 

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon filtraion systems please go to our website at:  https://www.pureairsystems.com .   

 

 

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