Better Heating/Cooling Systems Aid In Filtration

When it comes to heating or cooling the interior of their homes, most homeowners assume most heating/cooling systems are more than adequate to achieve comfortable room temperatures; be it summer or winter. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Most homes in the US use split system, forced air, ducted heating/cooling unit that consists of a compressor unit ( located outside) that is used for cooling the house but may also be a heat pump version that can provide cool or hot air. The other part of the system is the air handler (fan powered unit) normally located inside the home in the basement, attic, garage or crawl space.

HVAC systems are rated by using a SEER standard (most now minimum 12 SEER) with units now having efficiency ratings up to 21 SEER. And, many of the newer heating/cooling systems incorporate the variable speed, computer controlled digital motors for air flow. These newer units are not only much more energy efficient but can also significantly aid in air filtration and the removal of indoor airborne contaminants.

The new variable speed fan systems in the air handlers allow for the fan motor to run continuously using very little electricity. When the system calls for heat or cooling the fan motor ramps up to meet the air flow requirements and runs at that speed until the heating or cooling demand is met. Once the thermostat is satisfied the house is at the desired temperature the fan slows down to a very low running speed (around 30% of high speed).

Beyond the fact that using a constant running fan keeps the air temperature more even throughout the house, the constant movement of air also keeps the particulate in the house airborne and allows them to be continuously pulled back to the air handler ( and air filter) through the return air ducts.

This is important because unless the air in the home is constantly being moved and pulled through the HVAC duct system, the dust, dirt, dust mites, mold and bacteria will stay on the floors and other surfaces and unless they are disturbed and put back into the air, they will not be captured by the air filters in the air handler.

Pure Air Systems has been using the variable speed digitally controlled motors in their Hepa Shield systems since 1999. And, is the only HEPA filtration system manufacturer in North America that uses this technology. When coupling the HS series HEPA units to a variable speed heating/cooling system you have the best of both worlds. A commercial grade HEPA system that runs in conjunction with the variable speed HVAC unit, ramping up and ramping down and providing constant air filtration with minimal energy costs.

For more information on the variable speed heating/cooling systems and the line of variable speed HEPA systems go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com

 

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The Pros & Cons Of Using UV Lights In Your Heating/Cooling System

The use of Ultra Violet light for reduction and removal of bacteria ( germs) on surfaces has been used for years in the food industry. In the early years “black lights” were placed above the produce in the grocery stores to help maintain a bacterial free environment. While UV lights are no longer used in these food operations, they are used in the residential and light commercial HVAC markets.

We are all familiar with the term UV as we hear this term used when they describe the rays from the sun as being UV A or B or C. UV A is the most dangerous because the UV A wavelength can be harmful to human skin as well as various material. Long term exposure can damage the skin and increase the possibility for skin cancer.

The use of UV Lights for reduction and removal of bacteria in heating/cooling systems, ductwork and air handler cooling coils has been around for over 25 years. The UV Lights produce a specific wavelength; approximately 285 nanometers, designed to kill or destroy the nuclei of most molds and bacteria. UV has minimal effect on viruses.

For many years UV lights were placed in the return air side of the ductwork close to the air handler and were supposed to kill or destroy the mold and bacteria as it passed by the UV Lamps. There were a number of challenges with this installation configuration. First, the UV lights were often not shielded and the dirt, dust and particulate in the return air stream would coat the lamps and significantly reduce the effectiveness of the lamps. And, second, the speed at which the air passed  by the lamps did not allow enough residence time or light exposure time on the mold or bacteria to really kill or destroy the particle. Even adding shielding to minimize dust build up on the lamps didn’t solve this problem.

Since most mold and some bacteria require a source of moisture or water a more obvious place to locate the UV Lights was over or close to the cooling coils located in the air handler.  This made more sense as it allowed the UV Lights to irradiate the entire coil area constantly and minimize the ability for mold and bacteria to grow on the coils surface. It also didn’t rely on air flow speed and the lights could be shielded in such a way as to direct the UV light source onto the coils and reduce the build up of dust on the lamps.

While this approach is much more effective it still doesn’t answer the question about removing the airborne mold, bacteria and other allergens. Using a UV light alone is only a small part of the solution.

Pure Air Systems, offers a complete line of  both media air filters and HEPA based air filtration systems used in conjunction with HVAC systems. The line of BioPanel furnace filters includes a dual-layer, polyester ring panel filter that offers a  MERV 8 filter with a high dust holding capacity, tight fitting and low pressure drop. The HEPA filter systems offered by Pure Air Systems have been in use since 1985 and are the most well known HEPA systems in the world.

For complete removal of harmful airborne pathogens and allergens in your home, office, laboratory or medical facility, Pure Air Systems has the solution. For more information go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com.

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HEPA Filter Systems For New Breed Of In-Store Medical Clinics

For most of our lives doing certain things at select facilities was a given. We shopped for drugs at the drugstore; shopped for food at the grocery store and went to the Doctor’s office, clinic or hospital for medical treatment.

Today, all these services are offered, in part, in a number of  retail operations. The ability to be able to purchase food, drugs, and obtain general medical treatment is now possible in stores such as Kroger, CVS and Walgreens.

Krogers has “The Little Clinc”; CVS has ” Minute Clinic” and Walgreens has “Take Care Health”. These facilities provide a quasi-medical triage approach to treat and diagnose a number of medical problems. While there is no Doctor in these facilities they do have EMT’s, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants on staff. These facilities are often open during store hours and are relatively inexpensive; charging $35.00 to $50.00 for an exam.

These “mini-clincs” see a lot of infants, young children and individuals who have no health care or are moderate to low income individuals.  Often these patients have small aches and pains, colds, flu, infections and other maladies. In many cases these patients are also carrying a communicable disease and may have waited a while to get any treatment. As a result, the medical staff in these clinics are at risk of getting sick.

Pure Air Systems has been providing commercially made, certified HEPA filtration systems for clinics, hospitals, laboratories and surgery rooms for over 20 years. These systems offer a wide range of sizes and air flow designs. From our smallest new HPS series portable HEPA units to our largest 2000HS series systems, the HEPA systems by Pure Air Systems offer HEPA filtered air flow capabilities from 100 CFM to 2000 CFM with variable speed capability.

The HEPA systems are often used to filter all the air in exam room or treatment area to remove the airborne pathogens and allergens from the air and maintain a more sterile environment for the  medical staff as well as the other patients. The HEPA systems can be placed strategically in the clinic to either wash the air, pressurize the room or make the room negative depending upon the environmental requirements.

The new HPS portable HEPA unit is only  13″ square and 21″ long and can produce up to 500 CFM of HEPA filtered air. This new four speed HEPA unit can be taken from room to room if necessary.

For more information on the entire line of HEPA filtration systems please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com

 

 

 

 

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The Truth About HEPA Filters

Hepa filters have been around since the development of the atomic bomb. In fact, HEPA paper or HEPA media was created in 1941 specifically to remove the Alpha particles in the air to protect the scientists during the actual creation of the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

The development of the HEPA filter allowed for the complete capture of sub-micron particles. HEPA actually stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air or Absolute. Meaning it will absolutely remove particles of a certain size.

To be called a true HEPA filter, it has to meet a minimum capture filtration efficiency of 99.97% at 0.3 microns. To give you an idea of how small this is, a strand of your hair is approximately 100 microns in diameter. You can see particles only down to about 20 microns in diameter with the naked eye. The capture efficiency means that for every 10,000 particles in the air at 0.3 microns or larger that pass through the HEPA filter, only 3 particles may get through.

Of all the air filters available on the market today, including all the furnace and commercial HVAC filters, only HEPA filters are actually rated on their particulate removal performance. All other filters are now based on a MERV rating scale which gives a general capability based on a particle size range.

HEPA filters are the ONLY type of filter used in the following applications; hospital surgery  rooms, micro-chip manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, food processing, optics manufacturing, isolation rooms for pathogen contamination control, the CDC, Clean Rooms and Biological Laboratories to mention a few.

Over the years a large number of medical product manufacturing companies have latched on to the acceptance of HEPA as the best method for removal of bacteria and viruses and incorporated these filters into their systems. Today, HEPA filters are used in hundreds of commercial applications where the removal of small, sub-micron particles are required.

Unfortunately because of the acceptance of HEPA as THE filter media to use, many air filter companies and vacuum cleaner companies have incorporated the HEPA name into their filtering devices. In most cases these are HEPA type or HEPA like filters and not true, certified HEPA filters.

HEPA filters are extremely expensive when compared to a standard duty media filter; in many cases 15 to 20 times more expensive. In addition, in order for a true HEPA filter to be effective, it must be sealed tightly in the filter frame or holding frame.  To ensure this complete seal, HEPA filters use neoprene gaskets on the downstream side and are compressed into the frame to ensure a tight seal. In some cases a gel seal material is used to ensure no leakage around the filter itself.

Compared to general duty media filters and furnace filters, HEPA filters have an extremely high resistance or pressure drop. This means the HEPA filter has to be mated with a more powerful motor/blower system to overcome the additional static load.

Pure Air Systems has been using true, commercial grade, certified HEPA filters since 1985. It has more HEPA systems in the residential and commercial markets as packaged HEPA systems than any other filter company in the US. Today, Pure Air Systems uses a metal framed, high capacity, certified 99.99% at 0.3 micron filter in all of its units.

For more information on Pure Air Systems, HEPA filters and the applications that use HEPA go to our website at: www.pureairsystems. com

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Negative or Positive – Choose The Pressure That Works For Your Filter Application

In the health care, micro-electronics, micro-chip manufacturing, optics, food processing and other environmentally sensitive applications, the need for high end air filtration or HEPA filtration is high.For example, all hospital and out-patient surgery suites require 100% HEPA filtered air all the time whenever a patient is in surgery.

However, did you know that not only does the surgery room require HEPA filtration but it must operated under a negative pressure system?

The concept of negative and positive air pressure as a means to control an enclosed environment has been around for a long time. While we don’t always notice it, we all see this working on a day-to-day basis in the everyday world.

Remember the last time you opened the door to an office building and you had to pull real hard to get the door to open. Or, just the opposite. You opened the door to a building and when it opened up it blew your hair back. The first example is negative pressure, the second positive pressure.

A building or any enclosed room or structure can become negative when the air handling (heating/cooling) system has a design flaw where more return air is being pulled to the air handler than supply air.

This can happen mechanically for a number of reasons but suffice it to say that when this in-balance of air occurs any opening, crack, or communication point in the structure will draw in air, dust, dirt and any small airborne particulate from the outside or an adjoining space.

The opposite in-balance can also occur where there is more supply air than return air creating a positive pressure environment. In this case the room or enclosure maintains a much cleaner environment since the positive pressure prevents any outside contaminants from entering the room.

For applications such as surgery rooms and micro-chip manufacturing, the rooms must not only be HEPA filtered but be under constant positive pressure.

When a patient is in surgery and the body cavity is open the possibility for infection from any airborne pathogen is extreme. Even with all the air being HEPA filtered, if the room itself was not under positive pressure the ability for small, sub-micron contaminants to enter the room is great.

Micro-chip manufacturing has a similar problem. The micro-chips are actually layers upon layers of silica and if even a tiny, sub-micron particle falls in between the layers, the chip is ruined. Again, positive pressure is required in this application.

In applications where a harmful contaminants, highly infectious bacteria and viruses or harmful gases are present, negative pressure systems are applied to keep the contaminants from leaving the room or enclosed area.

Pure Air Systems HEPA filtration units are powerful and can be used to make a room negative or positive by themselves. They can also be used in conjunction with any HVAC system to accomplish this goal. The ability to both provide HEPA filtered air and produce the desired pressure in the room for the specific application make these systems unique in the market place today.

For more information on positive and negative pressure and the overall capabilities of the HEPA systems go to: www.pureairsystems.com

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How A&E Firms Utilize The Unique Capabilities Of PAS HEPA Filtration Systems

Architectural and Engineering firms offer engineering and design services primarily for the commercial, industrial and institutional markets.  They may design, engineer and/or specify the types of equipment, controls and materials required to bring a project to completion.

For projects that require some form of HEPA based air filtration for sanitary processes, drug manufacturing, food processing, clean room applications and medical product and health care facilities, A&E firms often work with and incorporate Pure Air Systems HEPA based air filtration systems.

The HEPA based filtration systems offered by Pure Air Systems ( PAS), offer some of the more unique capabilities and features of any HEPA based air filtration system on the market today. First, PAS makes some of the largest and most powerful stand-alone units incorporating both a three-stage filtration system along with the Genteq (GE) ECM variable speed 120/240 volt 50/60 Hz motors.

The three main units, 600HS, 1200HS and 2000HS systems are capable of moving from 100 to 600; 100 to 1200 and 100 to 2000 cfm respectively. Because they incorporate the ECM variable speed motor they can be applied to a wide variety of applications requiring HEPA filtration where specific volumes of air are required and the electrical requirements demand 240 volt motors.

The PAS units are also relatively small and light compared to their overall capabilities. The 600HS is only 97 lbs and the 1200 and 2000HS units weigh just over 200lbs. These units are configured in two different housing styles. One version is configured like an L with the inlet at the top and the discharge at the bottom side. The L versions are comprised of two separate sections that are symmetrical so the top and bottom section can be rotated for any inlet-discharge design requirement.

The S versions, or straight through versions, have the inlet and discharge openings at the ends. These horizontal units can be mounted vertically as well as horizontally and the 1200HS and 20ooHS units each have weld nuts located on the top four corners for ease of mounting.

From an Engineers point of view, the PAS units provide a unique blend of  performance, power, control and durability not found in any other HEPA filtration system today. The fact that the PAS units come standard with a scanned 99.99% at 0.3 micron HEPA filter, carbon media filter and ring panel prefilter means that these units can be applied to almost any application where true, certified HEPA filtration is required.

PAS has been making commercial grade HEPA filtration systems since 1985 and has more HEPA systems installed in commercial applications in North America, Europe and Asia than any other HEPA filtration company. For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based systems offered by PAS go to our website: www.pureairsystems.com

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Home Health Care

You can’t pick up a newspaper or magazine or go on-line today without reading about health care. While much of the commentary is on changes to the health care system, a lot is also pointed toward the ways we can reduce health care costs by taking better care of our bodies.

While knowing more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle is important, it is just as critical to become better educated on how to maintain a healthy home.

Since we spend the majority of our lives inside our homes breathing the air in this enclosed, controlled environment, shouldn’t we know more about how this environment can affect us? I think we should. After all, breathing in even small quantities of airborne allergens, pathogens and gases over time can significantly affect you health.

New home construction techniques have made homes tighter and more energy efficient, they have also significantly reduced the amount of fresh air exchange while significantly increasing the concentration levels of all types of airborne contaminants. Yes, your furnace filter does remove some of the larger dust particles and yes some of the more sophisticated hybrid type electronic cleaners are more effective on smaller particles. However, both of these systems require you to run your furnace fan constantly to keep the airborne contaminants coming to the filters, and, neither of these filter systems allows for any fresh, filtered outside air.

Airborne contaminants, allergens, pathogens and gases are generated on a daily basis in all homes. Carpeting, cleaning chemicals, pets, hair spray, dust from clothing, books and outside the house and our own bodies, all contribute to this indoor air pollution.

Because the majority of these harmful particles are tiny, less than 20 microns in size ( the human eye can only detect particles about 100 microns in size) they are not visible therefore not noticed. Yet a large majority of these small particles are inhaled into our lungs and stay there. Our bodies naturally remove most of these but some can be harmful and some of the airborne allergens and pathogens can cause significant respiratory problems or severe allergic reactions that can become chronic.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing true, commercial and hospital grade HEPA based air filtration systems since 1985. These systems are designed to be installed as part of the HVAC system (heating/cooling unit) and filter all the air in the house up to 48  to 60 times per day. In addition, these units have the ability to introduce fresh, filtered outside air into to house.  The HEPA filter is designed to remove 99.99% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger and approaches this same level of efficiency on particles as small as .012 microns.

This unit can be used in conjunction with any type of forced air heating/cooling unit and the PAS units use the energy efficient ECM motor that can run continuously removing airborne contaminants 24/7  and operating for only pennies a day.

The cost of health care is one of the most critical issues we face today. Pure Air Systems has one solution to help you keep you home healthy and you healthy at the same time.

For  more information on the PAS HEPA systems go to. www.pureairsystems.com.

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HEPA Filtration For Your Laboratory

With the increasing number of medical, chemical and biological laboratories now operating in the US, it is more critical than ever to ensure both the safety of the lab personnel and the quality of the tests being performed.

With the drive to develop more and better drugs, chemicals and biological agents to compete in this global market, laboratories in the Pharmaceutical, governmental, educational and military sectors are using more sophisticated equipment along with more virulent, toxic and extremely dangerous pathogens for testing and product development.

While many of the more sophisticated and well funded operations use high end HEPA and ULPA filters to protect the technicians, many of the smaller laboratory operations use minimal ventilation and often no filtration systems or filters of any kind. This can and does lead to worker health problems as well as cross-contamination and expensive loss of product .

In the past, the cost of installing HEPA filter systems or HEPA ventilation systems was costly and took up valuable space. Today, Pure Air Systems offers a complete line of self-contained, fan-powered, commercial/hospital grade certified 99.99% at 0.3 micron systems ranging from small portables that produce as little as 150 CFM to large units with capacities up to 2000 CFM.

The new HPS series portable units have a four speed motor and can move from 150 to 500 CFM in a unit that is only 13″ square and 21″ long. These new high end portables  are engineered to be used in laboratory operations and in small, confined areas. The size, weight and variable volume controls allow this unit to be used in a wide variety of applications and the cost is less than $1,200.00.

For larger areas the 600, 1200 or 2000 series Pure Air Systems units can be applied. Each of these units comes with a Genteq ECM variable speed 120/240 volt 50/60 Hz motor with digital controller for volume control from 50 CFM to 2000 CFM in 1% increments. This fine tuning of HEPA filtered air is not available from any other HEPA filter manufacturer.

For more information go to www.pureairsysetms.com or contact Pure Air Systems directly at: 800-869-8025

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