Make Sure Your Bakery Smells Like a Bakery

The other day I went to purchase some doughnuts at a new Bakery that opened up in an old strip mall near our house. The other tenants in the building include a bar, fix it shop and automotive repair shop at the end.

Older buildings, especially small strip mall building often had very little barrier between business compartment and odors from one business could and often did migrate into the adjacent store or even businesses two stores away.

This Bakery had that problem. Walking in to the doughnut shop one would think the aroma would be of baked goods. Not this one. It had the odor of un-burned hydrocarbons, oil and something else I could not identify. Fortunately the baked goods did not share that odor but it did make it somewhat unappetizing when I purchased the baked goods.

Pure Air Systems has been making Hepa and Carbon based, fan powered, commercial grade air filtration systems since 1985. These units can move as little as 50 CFM or as much as 2,000 CFM and can operate either attached to an existing HVAC unit or as a stand-alone system.

A 2000 CFM unit could be placed in the odor infected business and both filter out the odors and particulate as well as pressurize the environment to minimize the infiltration of the airborne contaminants. This has been done hundreds of times with the 2000HS units with exceptional results.

The problems facing the doughnut shop are duplicated in strip malls across the U.S. It is especially challenging when your store is next to a Nail Salon or Hair Salon. Odors from the chemicals used in these facilities can actually destroy your business. And trying to get the management to allow you to move to another location may not be possible or not allowed in your contract.

For more information on the complete line of 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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Cigarette Smoke Removal

I have written over 100 articles and blogs on the subject of removing cigarette smoke and odor from any indoor environment and the resolutions we have today are the same as those proposed 30 years ago.

The best and most effective method of removing smoke from the indoor environment is to eliminate any smoking in indoor environments. It’s just that simple. Removing it using air filtration, air dilution, carbon filters and high volume fans is only a band-aid approach at best.

Once the cigarette smoke sticks to any surface it will re-release that odor for days. It requires a strong solvent based cleaner to remove the brown tar material that is present on the walls of a smoking environment.

Pure Air Systems has been around since 1985 producing high capacity, commercial grade, certified HEPA and Carbon based fan powered air filtration systems for the residential, commercial, institutional, medical and industrial market place. Many of these systems were sold for the exclusive purpose of removing cigarette and cigar smoke from indoor environments.

The degree of effectiveness of the systems was directly proportional to how much smoke we could remove at the source over time. And, the cigarette smoke will clog up a prefilter in two to three weeks and the HEPA filter in less than 3 months. The Carbon media in the units which is designed to remove much of the odor, would last perhaps 4 to 6 weeks at best. In essence, it is very expensive and difficult to remove the cigarette smoke and odor with any degree of effectiveness.

It is for this reason that smoking is prohibited from most buildings, hospitals, schools, airports, planes, trains and ships. Aside from the environmental issues smoking is also extremely harmful to your health.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA and Carbon based 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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Capturing Odors and Particulate From 3D Printers

3D Printers have been on the market now since 2010 and the use of the FDM or FFF style 3D printers that use filaments made from a wide variety of materials are the most commonly used in schools, libraries, small R&D labs, business and homes.

Some of the materials that are used in the printing process such as ABS and Carbon Fiber produce significant odors and in a small room this can be very noticeable and unpleasant. In addition, small, sub-micron particles are released into the air during the printing phase. These particulate are too small to see with the naked eye but can become an irritant to those individuals who have allergies or have some form of respiratory dysfunction.

In order to remedy this issue, should it present itself as a problem, one option is to enclose the 3D Printer to contain the odors and particulate and the second is to connect a filtration system to the enclosure to effectively remove the odors and remove the airborne particulate.

LiteWorld LLC makes a large plexiglass enclosure with aluminum frame and large access doors that will fit over the larger open 3D printers such as the LulzBot TAZ 3D Printers. These enclosures can be purchased directly from LiteWorld by going to their website at: http://www.liteworldllc.com or contacting them by phone at: 941-999-8200.

Pure Air Systems makes the HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems that can connect to one or multiple enclosures to both remove the odors using the Carbon filters that are included in the systems and remove the particulate by using the commercial grade HEPA filters. These high end systems, coupled with the LiteWorld enclosures will provide an almost clean room environment for your 3D Printer operation.

For more information on the complete line of Carbon and 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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Like Two Ships Passing In The Night

Taken from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the term two ships passing in the night references two people that meet for a brief but intense moment then go their separate ways never to see each other again. This may be familiar to many people that have experienced a brief meeting or opportunity to interact with someone for a short time where something significant happened but then never to see that individual again. But the memory lingers on.

You are looking for something specific on Google using every key word you can think of  that should get you to that site or page or photo that will connect you to your goal. Through a series of websites and re-directs you actually find what you are looking for. Forgetting to bookmark the page after you’ve retrieved some of the information, you tell yourself you can find it again. You attempt to   locate it again only to find out you can’t get back to it.

When trying to locate information on a particular company or product a great source of information often comes from a more active website, especially one that produces a weekly blog or update. Since this information is pushed throughout the internet world in a number of forms, even using an indirect search can often result in success.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, certified HEPA based air filtration systems since 1985. Their first website was developed in the early 1990’s and they have made it bigger and better ever since. Searching for HEPA filtration systems or directly for Pure Air Systems will take you to the very first page on every search engine. However, in today’s world, the search engines no longer keep sites up in a certain position unless they are active and producing value added content material on a regular basis. This is why new blogs, like this one, are written for the site every week.

Using Google analytics to track activity for Pure Air Systems shows a high number of visitors each month ( in excess of 2,000) with a fairly high number of new visitors. In addition, the average amount of time each visitor spent on the site is in excess of 2:00 minutes. The bounce rate is relatively low ( 40%) so this tells us a number of people are finding what they are looking for and some are coming back for more information.

The PAS site has a section called “Pure Air University” that consists of a number of individual sections dedicated to providing educational information on everything you wanted to know about air filtration, filter systems, heat exchangers, positive and negative pressure and how to apply the systems.  When looking  at the analytics this particular section has the greatest amount of viewership. This tells us that people are looking for information they can use and that will allow them to make a more objective evaluation of their next filter or air filtration purchase.

Searching for and finding Pure Air Systems on the internet the first time and subsequent times is easy. Even if you don’t bookmark the site, and we recommend you do, coming back to us is simple…unlike two ships passing in the night.

For more information on Pure Air Systems and its complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems please go to our  website at: www.pureairsystems.com or follow us on twitter @pureairsystems. You can also find us on Facebook and of course call us at anytime on our toll-free number at: 800-869-8025.

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Maid In Amerika

If you go to the comments section of any article published on-line that discusses the plight of the American manufacturing machine you find people complaining bitterly about the fact that nothing is made here anymore. In truth, the vast majority of major products are made here in the US. However, almost all of the consumer electronics and most of the general duty appliances are made outside the U.S., and therein lies the problem.

If you use a cell phone, computer of any style or type, tablet or other digital communication device, more than likely it is manufactured overseas. Yes, many of these companies, like Apple, are based right here in the U.S, but they have their devices made some place else. Small appliances also fit into the same category. Yet, it is interesting to note, consumers may complain about the perceived lack of American made products, but they will purchase the imported brands even if there is a similar product that is actually made right here. The main reason…price. Over time people have rationalized that one companies product is the same as another companies product and therefore price is the deciding factor.

Pure Air Systems has been manufacturing commercial grade, certified HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems since 1985. These units were and still are made right here in the USA. In 1989 PAS began putting “Made in the USA” stickers on each unit. It was our way of telling people this product was fabricated from all US made components. The intent was to assure the public that we were not importing the products from overseas.

Over the years a number of  U.S. based companies offered alternate air filtration technology based systems that in some case competed with our smaller units. The majority of these systems were fabricated overseas and they were usually of a lesser quality but also considerably less expensive than our systems. And even though PAS has repeatedly shown to meet or exceed the performance requirements of our customers, many individuals and some companies continue to purchase the imported products.

Today, Pure Air Systems continues to manufacture all of its systems here in the U.S. Some of the electrical components and a few mechanical components are fabricated overseas as these required parts are no longer made in the U.S. However, our products are still some of the most powerful, effective and sophisticated HEPA air filtration systems made today. Customers from around the world now use our filtration systems and our reputation for quality and performance is seldom challenged.

There is no doubt, that companies around the world have access to the same technologies and components and the need to continue improving our products has never been greater. However, we will never sacrifice quality and performance for price. We know what is required to provide our customers with the best available air filtration technology and they rely on us to maintain that premise.

For more information on our complete line of HEPA and Carbon based air filtration products please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com or follow us on Twitter @pureairsystems or go to our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pureairsystems.

 

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See Water

If at first glance you think I misspelled the title of this blog and it should read “Sea Water” you are incorrect. This is about water in the form of water vapor or condensation that you often see on windows and where ever damp cold air comes in contact with a warm surface. When you “see” water condensing or water dripping from someplace it shouldn’t be you need to find out why.

One of the most common places in a home to find water in the form of condensation in on single pane windows or on walls or surfaces that are inside barriers for outside walls. Condensation forms when the dew point is relatively high…say 60 to 70 degrees and there is a lot of humidity in the air. Since warm air holds moisture better than cold air the condensation issue is usually found in the summer months. Although it can also be an issue in the fall or spring of the year.

One of the challenges with tight homes and office buildings is the limited amount of fresh, outside air that is introduced into the indoor environment. While constantly circulating the air with the HVAC  fan systems does keep the air moving,  it does little to keep the air from getting stagnant or reduce the indoor levels of  CO2. Introducing outside air, even small amounts over time, can be significantly help the occupied areas. However, if the outside air is hot or cool and humid, then the condensation issue can be a problem again.

Some of the newer variable speed drive, high efficiency HVAC systems incorporate a de-humidification function that allows the cooling coils in the air handler to get really cold during the AC cycle prior to turning on the air handler fan. This allows for more removal of the moisture that may be introduced as outside, fresh air through the HVAC unit.

One of the main reasons for minimizing the amount of “indoor” moisture is to reduce or eliminate the potential for mold growth. There are two main “needs” for mold to grow. Water and a food source. Take away either one and you will significantly reduce the chances of mold growing in the indoor environment. So when  you see water in the form of condensation on the windows in your home or office you can be fairly sure that there is moisture forming in other parts of the indoor structure. And….where there is water there is mold.

Pure Air Systems has been making HEPA and Carbon based fan powered air filtration systems since 1985. These units can be attached to  and HVAC system or used as stand-alone units in residential, commercial, institutional or industrial applications. For over 25 years PAS has used their units to introduce small amounts of outside air that is first past through the HEPA units then into the HVAC units. Since the PAS units are mixing small amounts of outside air (usually 50 to 80 CFM ) with large amounts of warm, unfiltered return air ( usually 300 to 800 CFM) there is little chance for moisture to occur.

This process has been used thousands of times since we first introduced the systems and has been very effective at not only cleaning all the air in the homes up to 48 times a day, but provide for some fresh air without the potential for adding moisture or inviting mold growth indoors.

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

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Live With A Smoker – Die With A Smoker

There is no end to the amount of discussion on the health issues related to smoking.  Everyone either knows someone who smokes or is a smoker. Today most public buildings don’t allow smoking as do offices, hospitals, schools and churches. In fact the only places you can smoke is outside, in your own home (maybe) and in bars that still allow smoking.

If you live with a smoker or work in an environment where smoking is allowed you know the challenges of getting smokers to quit or smoke less. Smoking is more addictive than the majority of illegal drugs. And the cost of smoking in dollars for health care is enormous. In addition, smoke from cigarettes and cigars will coat the walls, ceilings and HVAC duct work with a nicotine substance in any home or office building over time.

If you are around a smoker in your home or office and you inhale the smoke for a continued period of time you will in essence have the same lung damage as the smoker himself. It is for this reason that smoking is prohibited in so many places.

Cigarette and cigar smoke contain hundreds of chemicals many of which are considered carcinogens. Breathing in these chemicals over time can create significant health problems. In addition you have a constant odor problem with smoke which tends to cling to everything, including your hair and clothing.

Some of the health issues include OCPD, respiratory dysfunction, eye infections, lung cancer to name a few. It is important therefore to minimize your contact with cigarette smoke. If you live with a smoker they need to smoke outside. If you work with a smoker and he or she won’t quit, you need to find another position in the company or find another job.

Cigarette and cigar smoke is very small. The amount you see with the naked eye represents only 35% to40% of the smoke coming off the cigarette. The rest is less than 10 microns and much is it is less than 1 micron in size. It is this smaller size particle that remains in the lung linings and mucus membranes and is not expelled when you breathe out.

Due to the nature of cigarette and cigar smoke it is not easy to remove this contaminant with general duty air filters or even ventilation. Pure Air Systems has been selling its HEPA and Carbon based filtration systems for smoke removal since 1985. HEPA filters will capture over 99.99% of the smoke that it sees. The carbon media will adsorb much of the nicotine odor.

While the majority of our HEPA systems for smoke removal were installed in restaurants, bars, and bingo halls, a large number have been sold to homeowners. These systems are attached to the return air side of the HVAC system and will capture all the cigarette smoke and odor that is pulled into the system through the return air grills in the home.

If you are really serious about the air you breathe in your environment then you need to get some serious filtration systems that will actually remove the harmful smoke particles and odor.

For more information on the complete line of HEPA an Carbon based filtration systems offered by Pure Air Systems, go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com

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Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

When The Platters released this song in the fifties  the lyrics were more about the hearts desire and flames from the heart causing smoke to get in your eyes. Today, these words are used most often when describing smoke from a cigarette getting into your eyes.

While more and more bars, restaurants, public buildings, hospitals, office buildings, schools, etc, etc, etc, no longer allow smoking of any kind, there are still thousands of places where people are subjected to cigarette and cigar smoke. Some people ( and I am included in this group) can even detect cigarette smoke when standing outside 15 to 20 feet away from a smoker.

With all of the airborne contaminants that we are subjected to, cigarette smoke ranks as one of the most difficult to deal with. It is comprised of about 100 different chemicals including nicotine, the major component of cigarettes, and one of the most addictive chemicals used legally. Which is why almost 40 million Americans still smoke.

There are a number of challenges when dealing with cigarette smoke but two of them are the most difficult. First, the small smoke particles that come off the cigarette are easily aspirated into the lungs of anyone within 5 to 10 feet of the smoker. The smoke you see coming from the cigarette is really fairly large, 20 to 100 microns in size. However, the majority of the smoke coming off the cigarette is very small and invisible to the naked eye, it is sub-micron in size (less than 1 micron) and is easily trapped in the lungs.

The second most difficult component of cigarette smoke is a substance called “cotinine” which is a component of nicotine. This material is transported by the cigarette smoke and is somewhat tacky and will adhere to any surface. This chemical has a strong odor lifetime; meaning it will continue to release an odor for days after it is released from the cigarette and attaches to a surface. It is this chemical that sticks to your clothes and carries the odor from the bar or restaurant back to your home. It really does stink.

One of the real challenges in dealing with cigarette smoke and all of its components is the removal or reduction of this smoke from the air. Ventilation and air dilution were used years ago as one way of removing some of the smoke from occupied areas, but the cost of heating and cooling all that air made the process prohibitive. Using air filters in the HVAC system removed some of the larger airborne particles but did nothing for the smoke odor.

Pure Air Systems has been installing its HEPA based air filtration systems in bars and restaurants to remove smoke and odors since 1985. Although today there are few bars that allow smoking, there are still many that do along with many of the private clubs. Using HEPA filters is necessary to remove the sub-micron particles and to remove the odor component the PAS systems include carbon to adsorb the cotinine other odor causing chemicals.

It is interesting to note, that even with the use of the PAS commercial grade HEPA and Carbon based air filtration systems, it is very difficult to maintain a clean, healthy environment in a smoking area when you have a large number of the customers smoking.  And, with the amount of smoke that is generated by a large group of smokers the PAS filter systems require the HEPA filter to be changed once every 4 to 6 months ( normal life is 3 years) and the carbon to be replaced 4 to 6 times a year or more often ( normal life 3 to 6 months).

It is for these reasons, along with the obvious health issues, that entire communities, cities, towns and municipalities are banning smoking from any indoor public facility; even from parks, outdoor stadiums and other recreational facilities.

For more information on this topic and to learn more about the HEPA and Carbon based product line from Pure Air Systems, please go to our website at; www.pureairsystems.com.

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Absorb or Adsorb…You Need To Know The Difference

Remember when you first started to learn to write in cursive ( okay this is before texting) and you sometimes transposed a d for a b? When you did this it would sometimes look correct especially when combined with other words in the same sentence. Eventually you learned which letter format was correct and the d & b letters found their way into the correct word locations and you now know that each letter expressed a different meaning.

This difference between these two letters is no better misunderstood than in the different meaning of the words Adsorb and Absorb. For most people the word Absorb is used in common language as in “this paper towel will absorb a lot of water before I need another one”. Or, ” this new Sham-Wow will absorb 10 times its’ weight in water”.

So when we are using something that has the ability to pick up moisture (of any kind)  like a sponge we use the word absorb or absorption (in this case the second b is replaced by a p….don’t ask me why…ask Daniel Webster).

When we change the second letter in Absorb to a d… and make it Adsorb it modifies the meaning of the word but interestingly does not really change the process the word describes. Adsorb means the removal of odors and gases by the use of medium such as carbon or charcoal. Carbon, for example, will adsorb common gases such as formaldehyde or acetone.

Much like a sponge absorbs water, carbon and other adsorptive media use a very porous surface area to attract and retain gaseous molecules until it is saturated and then release some of those molecules like a sponge releases some water once it is saturated.

Carbon, and the other adsorptive medias such as potassium permangenate and specially treated carbon mediums, have been used for many years to aid in the removal or reduction of harmful gases and many household and industrial odors.

Pure Air Systems has been using carbon as a standard component of their HEPA based air filtration systems since 1985 and today offers a complete line of Carbon based adsorption systems for the commercial, institutional, industrial and residential markets. For more information on this line of Adsorption systems please go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com

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Getting Rid Of Household Odors

The colder weather is here and your home is now closed up all the time. You come home after work or after being out of the house for a while and you notice an odor that wasn’t there before or you didn’t notice until now.

Some odors come and go and often they are related to issues such as cooking,  paint or new carpet odors. These often dissipate within a few hours or sometimes days in the case of new carpeting.  But some odors linger and some stay around all the time.

Some of the most common, constant odors are generated by pets, musty basements, and odors generated from outside the home.

Pet odors are probably the most common and the most difficult to remove, reduce or cover up. Cats, for example, tend to spray and the odors are very difficult to remove. Dogs typically have a general doggy smell and this can get worse as the dog gets older.

Musty basements, especially in older homes, can be a significant problem and often this odor carries up into the first floor of the home. The musty odor is actually caused by mold in the basement ( often associated with damp basements) and when the mold spores it generates an odor, this odor is the musty smell.

Outside odors are often generated from farming processes or industrial manufacturing. Close proximity to major highways and heavily traveled roads can also be an issue. Wood burning fireplaces can be a significant problem especially in the winter months.

Removing or reducing any of these odors in the home is very challenging. Burning candles or spraying air fresheners is only slightly effective and is short lived. These remedies only mask the problem. The real issue is that these odors are constantly being generated and distributed throughout the house by the heating/cooling system. So an odor in the basement becomes an odor on the second floor.

Pure Air Systems has been providing a wide range of Carbon adsorption products since 1985. Carbon is the most affective and commonly used material for the removal and reduction of both organic and inorganic odors for the residential, commercial and institutional markets.

Pure Air Systems has a number of large carbon capacity filtration systems that are fan powered and can be attached to the existing HVAC system to remove the odor from the air as it passes through the HVAC unit. These units are also capable of introducing small amounts of outside air to help pressurize the home to minimize the entry of odors produced by outside sources.

For a very effective but less expensive remedy, Pure Air Systems has recently introduced a line of Odor Guard filters that replace that are used in place of the furnace filter. These polyester ring panel filters have a Merv 8 filter media on one side and commercial grade carbon media on the other side. They fit tightly and will last up to three months before they have to be replaced.

The use of carbon at the HVAC unit has proven to be the most effective method of removing odors and gases that are present in the home. For  more information on the carbon products available from Pure Air Systems go to our website at: www.pureairsystems.com.

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