Air Filtration For Pot Growers

The use of Marijuana for both medical purposes and recreational use is growing across the U.S. There are now only 15 states where it is fully illegal.  In 12 states you can legally smoke pot and many other states allow it for medical use. Not to be punish, but the growth of pot as a sustainable business is exploding and the states that have made it legal are reaping the rewards in the form on increase tax dollars going into their coffers. 

Back in the early 1990’s Pure Air Systems, a company that makes high end HEPA  and Carbon based, fan powered air filtration systems, was asked to provide an all carbon filled 2000 CFM unit to a Florida police station to help remove the odor from the Marijuana stored in their evidence room. The odor was very strong and filled the entire police station. The system worked very well and to this day that Police station continues to order replacement carbon media for that unit.

Massachusettes, one of the states that has made pot legal, has a number of new pot growing operations now being built in that state with some at large as 1 million square feet. The goal of these operations is to produce a very high grade marijuana product so that their yield per acre is better than their competition. The better the grade the less weed you need to obtain the desired effect.

In order to accomplish this goal, these pot growers are ordering a large number of Pure Air Systems largest model ( 2000 HS ) to both filter the air coming into the building and the air exiting the building. On the inlet side, they are using the 2000 HS units with HEPA filters to significantly reduce the amount of airborne contaminants from entering the grow space that could inhibit the growth and purity of the pot strain. On the exit side, they are using the 2000 HS but without any HEPA filter. These units are usually desingated as 2000 OA units as they contain only Carbon media. These significantly reduce the odor being produced by the grow house operation. Almost identical to the application of these systems in the early 90’s at the Florida Police station.

For more information on 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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Air Filters For Residential HVAC Systems

In today’s fast paced society we often don’t think about common products or processes. We assume that anything we buy or use will operate as indicated and that we should be able to utilize the product with a minimum of effort and retraining. Our home heating/cooling system fits into that category. We turn on the heating or cooling cycle from our thermostat and expect the temperature in the home to match the temperature setting. We do this without much thought. 

When the heating or cooling doesn’t cool or heat adequately we automatically contact our local HVAC contractor rather than even attempt to diagnose the problem by ourselves. While the problem maybe a major malfunction of a component, often times the reason for the lack of cooling or heat is a plugged air filter. 

The blower/motor assembly on your HVAC system is rated at a certain motor horsepower and air flow, as measured in CFM. These are matched systems for the cooling coil and heating system based upon the size of the home. This includes the static pressure the fan sees to pull and push the air throughout the duct system. If the filter is plugged it will take more energy to pull the air through the filter and since the motor/blower assembly is designed to handle a limited amount of static pressure for the CFM it moves. 

If the static pressure capability for the blower/motor is 1.5 ” at rated CFM capacity and the plugged filter adds another .5 to 1.0″ of static load ( which it can do ) it will significantly reduce the air flow through the system as much as 50%. That means it takes much longer to heat or cool your home and it also puts a strain on your system in total. And, it will significantly reduce the ability to remove humidity from the home. Checking the condition of your air filter on a regular basis should be part of your routine.

Pure Air Systems makes a complete line of fan powered HEPA based air filtration systems. We can help you choose the right filter or filtration system for your home to ensure you always have your HVAC system working at its full capacity and that the air in your home is always well filtered.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems 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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Pure Air Systems Moves Into 34th Year Of Selling HEPA Air Filtration Systems

In 1985, Don Musilli founded a company to sell high end HEPA air filtration systems to the residential market. HEPA filtration at that time was somewhat limited to the micro-chip manufacturing industry, asbestos abatement companies, medical operations and some industrial applications. The residential market was using standard pleated, card board box framed general duty filtration media filters or electronic air cleaners. These air filters were located either in the main return air grills or at the point where all the return air entered the main air handler ( HVAC unit ) and were designed primarily to remove very large airborne particles and to keep the cooling coils and fan blades clean.They did little to remove the smaller, respirable sized particulate that could create health issues for many homeowners.

Whether we are indoors or outside, we are breathing air that contains various sizes of particulate. The larger particles. those that you can see with the naked eye, are usually 20 microns in size of larger. ( for comparison, your hair is 100 microns in diameter ). These larger particles are aspirated into our lungs and the majority of them are exhaled out. The smaller, sub-micron particles however, ( those less than 20 microns in size ) tend to stay logged in the lung linings and mucus membranes. These smaller particles may represent a wide range of organic and inorganic materials including pollen, pet dander, ragweed, bacteria, viruses and industrial pollution. For those individuals that suffer from allergies many of these airborne particulate are the primary cause of their respiratory dysfunctions.

Pure Air Systems pioneered the use of HEPA filtration systems with their first model 600H unit.that included a true, scanned HEPA filter rated at 99.99% removal of all particles 0.3 microns and larger, a wire framed ring panel prefilter ( to keep the HEPA clean ) and a true carbon filter to remove odors and gases. These systems were designed to attach to the return air side of a ducted HVAC system using the partial by-pass concept. This unique concept allowed homeowners, for the first time, to use a true HEPA filter system on a residential HVAC unit. These HEPA systems cleane all the air in the house up to 24 times a day and remove a very large percentage of the sub-micron, airborne particulate. 

Thirty Four years later, PAS has added 6 more HEPA, fan powered, air filtration systems to its stable and over 10,000 of these units have been installed in homes and offices across the U.S. and Canada. For more information on 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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How To Identify True HEPA Filters

The term HEPA means High Performance Particulate Absolute or Air. This type of filter is used in many applications where the reduction and/or removal of fine, sub-micron airborne particles is required at a much higher efficiency than standard media filters like the ones used in air handling systems or HVAC systems. In order to qualify as a true, certified HEPA filter it must pass be able to have a rating equivalent to a MERV 17 or higher. This means the filter can capture 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. Compare this to a MERV 5 or 6 filter which has an efficiency of less than 20% on particles larger than 10 microns in size.

A true HEPA filter is normally a pleated media filter with large pleats with separators or a mini-pleat with glue type separators and is enclosed in a metal housing.and is sealed with an industrial sealant. The metal housing has a gasket on one end of the housing which is normally placed on knife edge seal to eliminate any air bypassing the HEPA filter. The HEPA paper or filter media is fairly fragile and it also enclosed in a housing to protect the HEPA. 

Because HEPA filter paper is very dense, the ability to pull air through the HEPA requires a larger motor/blower assembly as the pressure drop or resistance as measured in inches of water is much higher than the resistance through a standard throw-away furnace filter.Usually HEPA filters are mated with a blower/motor that is designed for this type of media, or they are enclosed is a housing like the ones Pure Air Systems makes that are stand-alone units with their own blower/motor and prefilters.

Pure Air Systems, located in Indianapolis, Indiana is one of a few companies in the U.S. that makes a high performance, certified HEPA, fan powered air filtration system that can be use in the residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and medical markets. These systems are designed to either be attached to any HVAC system in a partial by-pass configuration or as stand-alone units. They range in air flow from 50 CFM to 2,000 CFM.

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

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Installing Pure Air Systems Filtration Systems On Horizontal HVAC Units

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing fan powered, HEPA based, commercial grade air filtration systems since 1985. With seven models to choose from PAS offers a system for any application in the residential, commercial, institutional, medical or industrial markets. Their systems can be attached to any type of ducted HVAC system or used in a stand-alone configuration.

Traditionally, the 600HS Plus L version was used on only up-flow HVAC systems located in a garage or basement. In some parts of the country, specifically areas of the South where there are no basements ( i.e. Florida ) a horizontal air handler is utilized. This makes is somewhat challenging to install the 600 HS L version as it can not connect to the return air side of the air handler due to the configuration. The PAS “S” version is a straight thru unit that could be mounted above the or to the side of the horizontal air handler or even in the attic area where space is available. 

Like the L version of the 600HS, the “S” version is split into two symmetrical sections so you can rotate the discharge and inlet access doors to one of four positions thus allowing for installation anywhere so you always have access to the blower/motor and filter sections. The 600HS model produces 600 CFM of HEPA filtered air using a 1/3 HP variable speed drive motor. There is also a 1200HS Plus version, producing 1200 CFM of air and a 2000HS Plus version, producing 2,000 CFM of air. All of these units come in either the L or S versions. And, they can be wired to either connect to the HVAC system or use a digital speed controller to run the units manually from 1% to 100% in 1% increments for specific air flow requirements.

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

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Getting The Lead Out

In the industrial market there are a number of companies that produce batteries that contain components manufactured from lead. While the technology of producing batteries is changing rapidly there are still many operations that use lead.

Lead is still widely used for car batteries, pigments, ammunition, cable sheathing, weights for lifting, weight belts for diving, lead crystal glass, radiation protection and in some solders. It is often used to store corrosive liquids.

To produce the lead or when shaping or casting the lead, the particulates that are emitted are extremely dangerous when ingested into the body either through contact with the skin or inhaled.

Plants that make or use lead have their employees wear special clothing and wear respirators whenever they are in areas of lead production. These precautions are necessary as lead dust is very fine and will find its way to any part of the building or structure.

Pure Air Systems, a manufacturer of commercial grade HEPA filtration systems since 1985, has installed many of their 2000HS Plus units in plants where lead is made or utilized in production. In many cases the fan powered HEPA units are located in employee changing rooms or offices within the manufacturing complex.

These filters remove 99.99% of all particles .3 microns and larger and the use of variable speed drive motors allows for finite control of air volume from 50 CFM to 2000 CFM in one percent increments. This provides the correct movement of air for the application.

For example, when the changing rooms or offices are unoccupied the units can run at 30% of volume. When the employees are in the rooms changing out of their protective garments the fans will run up to 100% of volume so that any dust that is thrown into the air during changing is quickly removed.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon filtration systems please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com or call us on our toll-free number at: 800.869.8025.

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Positive About Negative Pressure

The word negative is always associated with something bad or the lack of something good. It is the opposite of the word positive.

In the world of minimizing contact with harmful airborne contaminants the word negative is often used in conjunction with negative air pressure, or making a specific room or area negative.

Hospitals have rooms where they isolate a patient that has a highly communicable disease where the air in the room is constantly being filtered through a HEPA based air filtration system and air handler. The pressure in the room is slightly lower than the air outside the room so when the door to the room is opened all the air moves into the room thus keeping any airborne pathogens from escaping the room.

Negative pressure rooms are common at the CDC in Atlanta and in R&D labs around the world where highly toxic or corrosive chemicals and materials are used for product development. These rooms use both HEPA and Carbon or other adsorptive materials to remove airborne particulate as well as gaseous pollutants.

Pure Air Systems, based in Indianapolis, Indiana manufactures high end, commercial grade HEPA and Carbon based, fan-powered air filtration systems which are used in many of these negative room applications. Their systems can move from 50 CFM up to 2,000 CFM of air through the scanned HEPA filters where in many cases the units themselves are the only air moving device creating the negative pressure.

These systems can also be attached to or be part of the air handling units working in conjunction with cooling and heating systems.

In many instances homes can be under negative pressure when the HVAC system is not properly balanced making the home slightly negative which in this case is bad. That means every time the air handler fan comes on the house tends to draw some air in from the outside which means you are bringing in warm, moist or cold air all the time. Getting your HVAC systems balanced is recommended.

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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Pure Air Systems Moving Into 2018

Our company has been around since 1985 and over the past 32 years we have seen some interesting changes in technology and the way we communicate with each other and the world. It is in the communication department that we see major changes.

PAS first had a URL in 1995. There were few ways to promote  yourself in those days and we thought being part of the Internet would be a great way to promote our products and company. Turns our we were correct.

Today, almost 80% of all our new customer leads come through our website. People can view our equipment and learn more about our products and systems and the applications for all of them and how they can be installed. But we need to go further.

Our current site is now over 6 years old and needs some fine tuning . It is not responsive so it is somewhat difficult to view on a mobile device. And since over 60% of our new views are from phones or tablets we need to change that. Also we will make the site more user friendly and eliminate some of the confusion about the differences between commercial systems and residential systems ( clue…there are none ).

We would also like to add a Chat app and be more progressive in using Facebook and Twitter. These social media platforms have become the best way to connect to everyone anywhere at anytime.

Look for a major face-lift on our site coming in February of 2018. We think you will like it a lot. If you would like more information on the complete line of HEPA 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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Particulate Removal With HEPA Filters

The process of removing airborne contaminants that are small enough to potentially cause respiratory dysfunctions is somewhat challenging. For the most part particulate removal with standard air furnace type filters is effective on larger, visible particles many of which are aspirated in and then expelled out of the lung systems.

Sub-micron sized particles, those that are less than 1 micron in size, are easily aspirated into the lungs and much of this particulate will stay logged in the lung linings or mucus membranes. This is why particulate removal with HEPA filters is so necessary especially in where airborne allergens and harmful bacteria and viruses are present.

Originally designed during the development of the Atomic Bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, HEPA filters have progressed to include filter medias that are more effective than the 99.97% at 0.3 microns. Today there are SULPA filters that have an efficiency of 99.99995% at 0.12 microns. These are the types of filters used in Class 10 clean rooms where micro-chips are manufactured.

Pure Air Systems began using HEPA filters for particulate removal in 1985 in their first system, the Model 600H. This fan powered HEPA based air filtration system could move up to 600 CFM of HEPA filtered air. Today, PAS makes 6 other HEPA based models including a portable HEPA unit capable of moving from 10 CFM to 250 CFM using the newer ECM motors. The largest system, Model 2000HS Plus moves up to 2,000 CFM of HEPA filtered air.

Over 70 years ago the HEPA filter was born to protect the technicians from beta particles produced during the design of the bomb. Today, particulate removal with HEPA filters is considered the best method for protecting us from harmful airborne contaminants.

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

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