Indoor Air Quality

If you could put a mask on your whole house, would you?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, and even before there was global climate change concern, the EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health

 

Studies indicate that indoor levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally more than 100 times, higher than outdoor levels. In general, indoor air is four to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Now more than ever, we need to be talking about the indoor air quality in our homes.  There are two specific products we offer that we would like to educate our customers on.  The first one is the new Reme Halo in-duct air purifier, and the second one is the Trane CleanEffects.

The Reme Halo:

• Kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold and viruses

• REME® reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet.
• New zinc ions kill 99% of viruses on surfaces
• Unlike portable units that are limited to the room in which they are placed, the REME HALO® provides whole home and building purification.
• Easily integrated with the existing HVAC system. The unit doesn’t take away living space and operates silently.
• Two (2) quick release features for easy, no tool, cell replacement
• Incorporates an adjustable shroud around the REME® cell, which allows customization of the advanced oxidation plasma output.

• Approved by the USDA, FSIS, and FDA for use in food processing and manufacturing plants/facilities to reduce microbial contamination of food being processed.
• Cruise lines, restaurants and grocery stores use it as a safety measure against Norwalk Virus outbreaks.
• U.S. Military approved for mold reduction in field hospitals.
• U.S. and International Hospital approval for the fight against infectious disease: 99% reduction of Staph (MRSA)
• Major U.S. city school reports 20% reduction in absenteeism
• Tested and approved by the Chinese government for protection against the deadly SARS virus.

The TRANE CleanEffects is 100 times more effective than the standard 1-inch filter found in most home central systems, removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles from the filtered air. It would take eight typical room High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaners to match the the cleaning capacity of one TRANE CleanEffects .


SUMMARY OF INFLUENZA VIRUS TESTING FOR TRANE CLEANEFFECTS

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with scientists at Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) evaluated the ability of Trane CleanEffects, a whole-house air cleaning system that attaches to your home’s central system, to remove human influenza A virus, which is the common flu, from the air. These tests involved releasing the common flu virus into the air inside of a test duct. The removal efficiency was calculated from the amount of the common flu virus measured in air samples collected before and after passing through the air cleaner.

The conclusion of the testing was that Trane CleanEffects removed more than 99 percent of the common flu virus from the filtered air. The implications of the test results include:

Because of the similarities among types of influenza virus, the whole-house air cleaning system will remove greater than 99 percent of other forms of the virus including influenza B, influenza C, and avian influenza (also a strain of influenza A virus).

By removing the vast majority of the common flu virus from a home’s recirculated air, the average airborne concentration of virus in the air delivered to the home through the Trane CleanEffects system will be reduced by more than 99 percent, thereby reducing airborne exposure to the virus for household occupants.