Creating The Portable Clean Room

Creating a room that meets the criteria considered class 1000 ( maximum of 1000 particles per cubic foot at 0.3 microns) usually requires special construction and an air handler system that includes HEPA filters and a motor/blower system capable of moving 2,000 CFM or higher of filtered air in a positive pressure environment. This design is both expensive and takes a fair amount of time to construct.

Using one of the larger HEPA Shield systems, made by Pure Air Systems, would provide a system that could be easily convert any room into a clean room or temporary surgery suite. The 2000HS unit comes with a 1HP programmable, variable speed drive motor, prefilter, carbon media filter and true, commercial grade 99.99% scanned HEPA Filter. The 2,000 CFM unit can be placed in the ceiling area or along the top of a wall attached to sections of sheet metal ductwork with diffusers located in various parts of the ceiling area. When the unit is operational it will be pushing 2,000 CFM of filtered air into the enclosed space. This will pressurize the room so that when a door is opened into the room the air will move out of the room creating a positive pressure seal of sorts. In this way no airborne contaminants are allowed to enter the room. 

This concept has been used in third world countries where almost any building can be turned into a quasi-clean room or semi-surgery suite for under $3,000.00. In addition, all of the filtration systems from Pure Air Systems are rated at 120/240Volt 50.60Hz.making them suited for any location anywhere in the world.

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

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Gaseous Pollutants Reduction and/or Removal

Airborne pollutants come in many forms. Some we can see like smoke from manufacturing or burning leaves, or particulate in the air from a wide range of sources. But there are many pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye but may produce strong odors some of which can be deadly in large concentrations. Odors produced outside tend to dissipate quickly and unless you are next the source you may not even notice it. On the other hand, gaseous pollutants in closed spaces can be extremely dangerous unless either properly vented or contained in a controlled environment.

Many household odors such as odors from pets, food, cooking, smoking or from various crafts, can be somewhat harmful or a strong irritant if inhaled over a long period of time. These gaseous odors are not removed with standard furnace filters, as those are primarily for capturing airborne particulate, rather you will require a material that will adsorb the gaseous particles. Typically this material is comprised of activated carbon ( charcoal ) and placed in the return air stream of the HVAC system or used in a stand-alone, fan-powered unit.

Carbon is one of the most effective media for reducing and/or removing gaseous pollutants from the air. Expanded carbon has a very high surface area and can adsorb over 100 times its own weight in gaseous pollutants. This material is often contained in a mesh type bag or cannister with perforations to allow air to pass through with minimal resistance. Carbon does have some limitations in that once the carbon has adsorbed it available capacity it will then begin to release this same odor back into the air stream. Typically this material will last 2 to 4 months for most applications before it has to be replaced. 

For more information on carbon for odor removal please go to our website at:  http://www.pureairsystems.com    or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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HEPA Filtration Systems For Covid-19 Applications

As with most Covid type Viruses, Covid-19 will be with us for a while and like the normal Flu, Covid-19 will also change and have variants over time. For this reason, it will be important to look at putting some HEPA based air filtration systems in your operation to minimize the airborne spread of the virus in small offices or close quarters for your employees and other personnel. This could be one way to somewhat reduce the issues regarding wearing masks, proximity to other people and even operate with un-vaccinated personnel.

Pure Air Systems has been making fan powered, commercial grade, HEPA filtration systems since 1985. They offer a range of sizes for any application or room size. These systems can be used in conjunction with and existing HVAC system or they can be used in a stand-alone configuration. All of the systems use variable speed drive motors and the air volume can be adjusted from 1% to 100% in 1% increments. 

Pure Air Systems can provide you with all the information you will need to select the right system for your application to offer the best performance for the reduction/removal of airborne contaminants. For more information and details on the various units please go to our website at:    http://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our toll free number. 800-869-8025.

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Portable HEPA Filter With Variable Speed Motor

Founded in 1985, Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, fan powered, HEPA filtration systems with a wide range of performance. Beginning with their 600HS Plus, PAS has been adding variable speed motors to their line up since 1999 and now offers a new variable speed motor for their HPS 250 portable unit. This unit. first introduced in 2000, used a four speed EBM motor/blower unit and offered air flows from 50 CFM to 250 CFM and immediately became a major addition to the product line. 

The new variable speed motor now offers the same advantages it provides in the models, 600HS, 1200HS and 2000HS units. The ability to have finite control over the air flow to exactly match the needed performance of the unit depending upon the application. Since the portable unit is most often used in a smaller environment such as a laboratory, clinic, semi-clean room or medical facility, the control of speed also allows for control of the noise level. In addition, using the new motor allowed PAS to use a fan blade design that has better air flow and performance over the range of the life of the HEPA filter as well as minimizing fan noise. And like the variable speed motors used in the other systems, this one can be programmed to automatically ramp up and maintain the same speed even as the HEPA filter loads up and the static pressure increases.

This new unit will be available soon. For more information on this updated unit and the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our website at:  http://pureairsystems.com    or call us on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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Bacteria vs Viruses. Size Does Matter

In past blogs we discussed the fact that you can only see down to about 20 microns in size with the naked eye.  For comparison, your hair is about 100 microns in diameter. Dust particles that you see floating in the air are around 100 microns and larger. The larger particles are too heavy to stay airborne so they tend to fall on the floor or other surfaces. 

Airborne allergens such as pollen, ragweed and grasses can also be airborne and they can be smaller than 20 microns in size and stay airborne for a period of time. Allergy sufferers know this all too well. Bacteria can be as large as 10 microns and smaller than 0.3 microns. Bacteria can be on any surface and stay airborne for long periods of time. Viruses, on the other hand, are extremely tiny, as small as .005 microns or 1/1000th of an inch. They can stay alive and airborne for hours both indoors and outside. Covid -19 is a virus.

Removal of airborne particles (both organic and inorganic ) is done best using media style air filters ( think furnace style filter ) that can capture these particles and remove them from the air. For larger dust particles the furnace filters or Merv 7-9 rated filters, are adequate in capturing 90% of the larger dust particles. But less than 10% effective in capturing bacteria or viruses.

Removing these tiny particles requires a HEPA filter. These High Efficiency Particulate Air filters are designed for the commercial, medical and institutional markets and now also used in the residential markets. A standard, true, HEPA filter is rated at 99.99% efficiency for particles 0.3 microns or larger and is over 95% effective at removing particles particles less than 0.005 microns in diameter. Some HEPA filters use a more dense media and are called ULPA  ( Ultra Low Particulate Air) or SULPA ( Super Low Particulate Air ) filters. These are designed for applications like the CDC and micro chip manufacturers.

For more information on HEPA filters and their capabilities go to our website at:   http://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our toll-free number at 800-869-8025.

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High Performance HEPA Portable By Pure Air Systems

Pure Air Systems has been making commercial grade, fan powered HEPA air filtration systems since 1985. They are one of three companies in the world that provide this type of filtration systems. PAS makes a number of models of HEPA systems that range from 600 CFM to 2000 CFM all using variable speed drive motors. Their portable system, the HPS series was introduced around 1992 and has since gone through a number of refinements. It was the only HEPA unit in the line-up that did not use a variable speed drive motor. In stead, it used a 4 speed motor from EBM. 

Coming this year, PAS will be fitting the popular portable HPS unit wiith it’s own variable speed drive motor. This will allow for a CFM range from 25 CFM up to 250 CFM in 1% increments. In addition, the new motor will be designed to maintain the same speed/cfm rating even as the pressure drop increses across the HEPA filter.And likes the original version, the new HPS unit will have a prefilter,carbon filter and a true 99.99% scanned HEPA fitler as standard equipment.

The portable HEPA unit has a wide range of applications and is very well suited fror the laboratory environment as well as small confined areas requiring HEPA filtraiton in both a positive or negative room application. The all metal housing and rugged construction make this one of the best portable HEPA systems on the global market. 

For more information on this system and the complete line of HEPA 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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Carbon Filters For Removal of Odors and Gaseous Pollutants

The removal of airborne odors and gaseous pollutants is a totally different technology than the removal of airborne particulate. To capture gaseous odors and pollutants requires some form of material or compound that can capture the gaesous molecules and hold them in place. The most commen type of material used for this type of process is carbon which is activated charcoal placed in a web-like enclosure. This material is created under high tempertures and has a very high surface area with lots of openings that can capture gaseous pollutants up to ten times its own weight. 

The term used for capturing gases and odors with carbon and other materials is the “adsorbtive process” This is different than the term “absorb” which is used with sponge-like materials. Carbon has a great affinity to capture and hold the majority of organic and inorganic gases and will hold them until the carbon becomes saturated at which time the carbon needs to bed replaced. Frequency of change is dependent upon the amount of odor producing gas and the volume of air ( in CFM ) that you are cleaning. 

Granular carbon media can be packaged in many ways. For water filtration the carbon media is placed in a porous bag or fine screen enclosure. For use in airborne processes it can be placed in a cardboard frame with fine screening material or infused in a  filter media type substrate an placed accordian style in a frame sized to fit into any opening. These carbon filters can be placed in the return air of HVAC ductwork and used in conjunction with air filters.

Pure Air Systems manufactures a complete line of fan-powered air filtration systems that can include HEPA and Carbon media filters or all Carbon media for applications where just gases and odors need to be removed. In all cases a prefiter is always placed in front of the carbon or HEPA filter fo keep the secondary filters clean.

For more information on the complete line of 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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The Best HEPA Filtration System Line-Up In The Market Today

Founded in 1985, Pure Air Systems offers one of the most complete line-up of HEPA air filtration systems anywhere. In fact, there are now only three companies in the world, including Pure Air Systems, that offer fan-powered, high-performance true HEPA filtration systems in the world. 

PAS currently uses variable speed drive motors in all of its filtration systems and that now includes the HPS series portable units. Unlike the older style induction motors, the variable speed drive motors can be programmed to run at any speed and are capable of ramping up if the pressure drop across the HEPA filters increases. This allows for a constant flow of air ( measured in CFM ) through the filtration systems over the life of the HEPA filter.

The all-metal housing units also include a prefilter and carbon filter along with the scanned HEPA filters. There are three base units, the 600HS, 1200HS and 2000HS units along with the HPS portable series. The housings for the base units are split into two sections, with one section containing the blower/motor and the other section containing the filters. By modifying the sections we can offer straight through units, or left or rignt 90 degree angles and also change the type of filters that are put into the units. This design technique allows us to offer a unti to fit any configuration whether the units are installed as along with existing duct work or as stand alone systems.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA 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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UV Lights and Ozone Generators Do Not Filter The Air

Covid-19 has reignited the air filtration market with new ( old technology ) being offered to the public as the panacea for removing viruses from the air. Unfortunately, these old technologies are being regurgitated as the panacea for keeping you safe from airborne viruses such as Covid-19, et al.  UV lights are good for illuminating finger prints on glass if you are a forensic scientist searching for a perpetrator but this light does very little to destroy airborne bacteria and viruses. For UV light to have any affect on airborne contaminants, the particles need to be exposed for a long period of time ( from 1 to 10 minutes). Since most UV lights are installed in HVAC systems the speed of the air passing by the UV light somewhat defeats the purpose of using the light in the first place.

Ozone Generators have been around for more than 40 years and were used originally to reduce odors in commercial applications. Ozone is made up of 3 Oxygen molecules and will easily give up one of its molecules when it comes in contact with another gaseous molecule and changes the chemical nature of that molecule. This is how it reduces odors by simply changing the chemical nature of the odor producing molecule. Ozone also attacks carbon based objects and humans are basically carbon based forms. For airborne particulate, Ozone is not effective as it does not have any capture mechanisms to reduce the level of the particulate. Again, particulte would have to be in contact with the Ozone for long periods of time to have any affect at all.

Mechanical air filters, which include all media air filters including HEPA filters, are the only mechanism available to remove and capture airborne bacteria and viruses. This is why all Hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other medical facilities use HEPA or HEPA type filters to protect the occupants from viruses such as Covid-19. Even the lesser efficient air filters that are used in homes and offices that  have some minimal effect on removing viruses are better that using UV lights and Ozone generators. 

For more information on these types of air purifiers and air filters, please go to our website at:   https://www.pureairsystems.com    or callus on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025. 

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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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