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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Airborne Bacteria Removal and Reduction

For those individuals who live along the South West coast of Florida, this year has been especially challenging with the long last issues caused by Red Tide. This algae bloom is a common occurrence during the summer months and often begins out in the Gulf of Mexico. This year the Algae bloom has been larger and extends from Naples up to Tampa Bay. In addition, the blooms are toxic and kill sea life and produce an airborne bacteria that is harmful and potentially fatal to humans.

In 1985, Pure Air Systems was founded to bring true HEPA based air filtration systems to the residential market. These fan powered, metal housed units, are capable of providing surgery suite environments in all types of buildings and for all types of airborne contaminant applications. These true, commercial grade, scanned HEPA filters can remove up to 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger.

In the case of the Florida Red Tide issue, there are many days when the number of dead fish on the shore which produce a significant odor and also a release of toxic bacteria into the air which is blown onto shore and into the populated areas when the prevailing winds are out of the West. By applying the HEPA based technology used in the Pure Air Systems air filtration units, businesses and home owners along this stretch of shore line could effectively and safely remove a very high percentage of this airborne particulate and protect the health of those that live and work in this area.

The HEPA based air filtration systems offered by Pure Air Systems consist of small portables with volumes up to 350 CFM to large commercial units with volumes up to 2,000 CFM. PAS also utilizes variable speed drive motors so they can control the air volumes for 1 to 100% in 1% increments to provide the correct amount of air flow for the application. PAS units are used in the residential, commercial, institutional, medical and industrial markets.

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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More Than A Feeling

It is often said that people don’t want to hear you complain about issues and things that bother you on a regular basis. With the ability to express your every thought using social media, your issues are now broadcast around the world. Yes, everyone wants to vent about something and everyone hopes someone else will jump on their complaint band wagon.

However, when we do have a legitimate issue, especially one pertaining to our health, we do want someone to take our complaint seriously and not reject it as another “boy who cried wolf” emotion.

For 31 years Pure Air Systems has been selling their HEPA based air filtration systems to a wide range of customers including medical, institutional, industrial and residential. A large number of residential customers suffer from allergies or respiratory dysfunctions brought on by ingesting sub-micron airborne allergens and various types of particulate matter. Because the airborne particles are too small to see with the naked eye, when someone in the house or office complained about their severe reactions to the environment most people disregarded their complaints and paid little attention.

But for allergy sufferers and those individuals who really have issues with airborne molds and other building generated airborne contaminants these issues are real and can cause significant long-term health issues. It is ironic the the particles that tend to be trapped in the lung linings and mucus membranes are too small to see yet cause much more damage than the larger, visible airborne particulate that are aspirated in then out again.

The ability for the commercial grade, scanned HEPA filters, rated at 99.99% efficiency, to remove over 97% of these small, sub-micron particles is the reason people continue to purchase the PAS units over other types of filtration devices or systems. With over 31 years of experience in this arena, Pure Air Systems has become a major supplier of high-end, high performance, fan powered HEPA filtration systems.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based 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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Pure Air Systems: A True American Story

Watching the news all the time can be somewhat disheartening as we see a lot of issues with people expressing themselves in very negative and destructive ways. We tend to center in on these problems and forget that 99% of the time things are actually fine. It is important not to dwell on the negative but wrap your arms around the positive and know that that history has shown us these times too shall pass.

Perhaps one of the major reasons for so much tension is the fear of change. Technology, in many forms, has created an environment where the “adapt or die” process is taking hold of almost every aspect of our lives.The advent of social media, Uber, AirBnB, Yelp, Facebook, LinkedIn and all the new technologies that are shaping the way we fly, drive, shop, learn, teach, meet people and get medical treatment are forcing large numbers of older adults, world wide, to adjust to a process that they reject. And, they are finding out there is little if anything they can do about these rapid lifestyle changes.

Pure Air Systems started their business in 1985 with an idea to take an existing new commercial technology and introduce it to the residential market place. HEPA filters in 1985 were used primarily in the electronics industry and nuclear power industry. Developed in 1941 as a way to protect the engineers and technicians from radioactive particles during the process of making the first atomic bombs.

HEPA filters are extremely dense in that the HEPA paper used to make these filters can capture particles at .03 microns up to 99.97% of the time. Compared to your standard furnace filter which will capture maybe 10% of those particles if at all. These filters are capable of capturing airborne bacteria and some viruses which is why these filters are now standard in every Hospital Surgery Suite, Clean Room and any place where a clean room type of environment is required.

In 1985 Pure Air Systems began to incorporate these commercial grade HEPA filters into fan powered enclosures that were designed to adapt to existing  HVAC systems and also used  as stand-alone units. Over that past 31 years PAS has added seven new HEPA based fan-powered systems to their product line and with the advent of the new ECM variable speed, digitally controlled motors, Pure Air Systems now sells their systems around the globe.

These products are still manufactured in Indianapolis, IN, USA and that is something that is not going to change any time soon. While it is difficult in today’s global business environment to be competitive with off-shore production, the PAS line of all metal enclosures have a unique niche in the market and creating these systems is fairly expensive and not something that even the Chinese are willing to tackle.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based 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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No Time To Wait

Time, time, it’s all we got and not a lot. So make your time count for you can never get it back. Next week, next month…perhaps next year. You believe you can always find it when you need it.

In my 60 plus years of creating different businesses I have learned one valuable lesson. Procrastination is deadly. Along those same lines, relying on someone else to make important things happen for you is like playing Russian Roulette.

Creating Pure Air Systems was rewarding as it was difficult. Creating a business model in a market that had little understanding of HEPA filters and even less willing to spend money on a product 20 times more expensive than other air filtration systems during the mid 1980’s. The one thing that made this product very different from its competition was the simple fact that it worked better than anything else at that time.

If I had waited for the market to become better educated there is a good chance Pure Air Systems would have never been stated. There is no right time or better time to bring a good idea to the market. The real key is doing your homework and making sure there is a market or potential market for your concept or product idea.

Pure Air Systems is 31 years old this year. It is a testament to the continuing dedication to staying true to its original mission to provide the best commercial grade HEPA based, fan powered air filtration in world.

The company started with one system and added six more over 15 years. Today, new design ideas are still being introduced to make the existing product line even more durable and effective for its very broad base of customers and the over 60 different applications to which these systems have been used.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based 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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RAMBO

Of all the roles played by Sylvester Salon, Rambo is probably my favorite. It is a mixture of his Rocky character…slow spoken with deep honesty in his eyes, and his Expendables character where killing and maiming are often done with some weird humor. And of course, he faces numerous bad guys and barely gets scratched. Or if he does he has amazing healing powers.

Some companies have this same character trait where they keep the best parts of their operations as they move forward with new technologies and marketing concepts. In this way the customers still feel like they are dealing with the same people even though the company logo, location and product design are changing.

Pure Air Systems started its operation in 1985 with the promise that they would produce the highest quality products and offer superior performance and exceptional customer service. Fast forward 31 years later and Pure Air Systems still makes the same great HEPA based, fan powered air filtration systems in North America and have added a few new products along the way.

The PAS line of HEPA and Carbon filters use the newer variable speed ECM motors that can be digitally controlled producing air volumes from 50 CFM to 2,000 CFM in one percent increments if necessary. These systems can even be designed to work in series with ducted HVAC systems.

These units are used in almost every application with the reduction/removal of airborne contaminants at sizes below 0.3 microns in size. In fact the newer scanned, certified HEPA filters can remove 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger, consistently.

PAS has units in the commercial, medical, agricultural, industrial, institutional, military and residential markets. Some of them are even operating on ocean going vessels. Used as stand-alone or connected to your heating/cooling/ventilation systems, the HEPA systems from PAS are the most effective method for airborne contaminant control.

For more information on the complete product line please go to our website at: https://www.pureairsystems.com  or call us on our t0ll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Filters For Freedom

The filters we are describing here, like our military, will help to ensure your  freedom from unwanted and hard to see enemies. Except in this case we are talking about sub-micron airborne particles. These enemies  are well known by people  who suffer from allergies caused by airborne particles inside or out doors.

With something as aggressive as airborne allergens it would seem that we should be able to actually see them in the air so we could  evade their presence in some fashion. But that is not so. While some of these airborne particles are large enough to see when then collect on the surface of your table or clothing, they are too small ( less than 20 microns in size ) to see when they are floating around your head.

Standard general duty media filters, like the ones you use  in your furnace, are good for removing large particles, those that usually fall to the ground or are easily trapped by your mucus membranes then expelled out again, are not the ones that are harmful. It is those particles that are 10 microns or less that are more easily trapped in our lungs and  create the irritations  that become the allergic reaction that you makes you miserable for weeks and months at a time.

Pure Air Systems began to market their HEPA based air filtration systems in 1985 and today is one of the major suppliers of true, commercial grade, HEPA based, fan powered, high performance, air filtration systems on the market today. Their systems are designed to be used as either stand-alone or in partial by-pass with existing ducted  HVAC systems. These units are powerful built to perform for years with minimal maintenance and only simple filter replacements are needed on scheduled frequencies.

HEPA filters will remove 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger and approach almost that same efficiency for particles as small as .012 microns. These systems, when properly installed in a home or commercial building, will significantly reduce the amount of respirable sized harmful airborne particles where a real reduction in allergies and respiratory problems is demonstrated.

For more information on our complete line of HEPA and Carbon based 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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Trump This!

There is lots of news about the Donald these days as he attempts to run for President on the  “alternate” party program. Perhaps he just wants some more attention or feels he can move the political rhetoric along with some critical side-bars. At any length, he has been amusing and continues to add great comments that give the press some reason to actually be employed.

I remember when Trump was used more often in card games like pinochle or euchre and had some real impact  on the game. I wonder if this other Trump will be similar in power.

In 1985 Pure Air Systems opened their  doors selling a new HEPA based air filtration systems that were designed to be a very unique alternative to the run of the mill  furnace filters and purifiers that did little to remove airborne particles from the air. The HEPA systems, were in fact, designed to trump the  competition and indeed over time did just that.

By 2000 Pure Air Systems had expanded its line to 7 systems and was one of the only companies in the US that offered fan powered, commercial grade, HEPA  and Carbon based air filtration systems that would meet the requirements for the residential, commercial, institutional and industrial markets.

The medical markets are continually looking for better filtration systems as they try to fight the new strains of bacteria causing infections like MRSA and other hard to treat bacterial infections. Removing the airborne bacteria can from the air can be very effective in minimizing these infection issues  and along with good hygiene practices can significantly make medical facilities safer and allow for fewer deaths related to infections.

PAS also has developed some new devices for the injection market and is looking at applying these systems in the very near future.  Developing new products and filtration technologies has been the mission of PAS since its inception in 1985 and that same passion for new and better products continues today.

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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Technology Does Matter

It seems as though some people think that technology is over taking our lives and that not everything we do is based on technology.  In truth, technology impacts almost every  aspect of our lives in one way or another. And, yes almost everything we do has some type of higher technology attached to it. And technology will continue to impact our lives in ways we can not yet comprehend.

Technology is not only impacting the way we communicate, drive, vacation, travel, work, entertain and cook but our health care systems and the military. It is the reason why the US is effectively competing with the rest of the world as technology continues to make the world smaller and smaller.

In 1985 Pure Air Systems opened its doors with a new fan powered air filtration system using the new filter technology, HEPA filtration. Actually HEPA filters were developed in 1941 but the use of HEPA filters in the general air cleaner market did not take place until the early 80’s.  HEPA filters are specifically designed and manufactured to remove a very large percentage of extremely small, sub-micron, airborne particles with an amazing efficiency. HEPA filters are also very expensive as compared to a regular furnace filter. About 40 times more expensive.

HEPA filters are a critical part of all the clean rooms where micro-chips are manufactured; they are the main filter in surgery rooms, optical glass manufacturing, isolation rooms, laboratories, bacterial and virus labs, the CDC, and any place where the removal of airborne pathogens and allergens is required.

HEPA filters are now a standard part of vacuum cleaners and many portable filtration systems and even packaging and food process systems. They are also available to the general public incorporated in systems like the seven different units available from Pure Air Systems. This technology is essential for these and many other applications in many other industries around the globe.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems 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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Got Pluto?

The New Horizon’s space capsule cameras took some great pictures of Pluto’s mountainous surface and the NASA faithful were ecstatic.  If memory serves me correctly Pluto was originally one of the nine planets, including earth, closest to the sun. Then the scientists said Pluto was too small to be a planet so they unplaneted the planet and called it a moon. Now, Pluto is back in the spotlight after a billion mile journey from one of NASA’s probes took lots of pictures, including a selfie if I’m not mistaken, of this far away place that has, for all intent and purposes, absolutely no effect on the daily lives of us mere mortals.

Businesses are often like Pluto. One day they are the talk of the town and mentioned in conjunction with other elite company’s and then the next day they are gone from discussion. This doesn’t mean the company is out of business just that it’s name is not thrust into the public’s eye every day. Like Pluto they only matter when they do something relevant.

Pure Air Systems was formed in 1985 and was one of the first companies to offer true commercial grade, HEPA based air filtration systems with powerful blower/motors and digital controllers for residential, commercial and industrial applications. They hit the market at a time when HEPA filters were just becoming known to the general public and started to compete with the older filtration technologies like electronic air cleaners, UV Lights and electrostatic air filters.

Unlike these filters, HEPA filters are very restrictive and require a prefilter in front of them to take out the larger 20 plus micron sized particles. The HEPA will remove all the particles below 20 microns down to less than .012 microns. Because of the unique nature of HEPA filters they are the primary filtration device used in surgery rooms, clean rooms, micro-chip manufacturing, optical glass manufacturing, isolation rooms in hospitals and clinics, electronic manufacturing and most medical and chemical laboratories in the world.

 Over time HEPA filters became more common and the public became more comfortable with their use and application. HEPA systems are more expensive so when the economy turned down company’s and the public stopped buying these units and used the lesser expensive filter systems. Even though the challenges with “hard to treat” bacteria that are now a real challenge to our health system, HEPA systems were not really considered until just recently and, like Pluto, the market now has a  new reason to look at HEPA filtration systems.

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 anytime on our toll-free number at:  800-869-8025.

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