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Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)
Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)

Airocide Air Purifier Review (APS-200 vs APS-200 PM 2.5)

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The Airocide air purifier was developed for one reason, to help you and your family feel better.

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Product Features:

• 5-Year Warranty
• Feel Better Guarantee
• Dark Wood Sleeve
• First Airocide Model designed to remove dust, dander, PM 2.5, and other particulates.
• 60-Day Risk Free Trial (easy, no-hassle return)

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Description

Introducing Airocide

Finally, An Air Purifier That Can Help You Feel Better. Guaranteed.

Get $100 OFF APS-200

The Airocide APS-200 is a true filterless air purifier. It uses a NASA developed catalyst to safely remove all organic material from the air. This includes dangerous VOCs, allergy triggering mold spores, and illness causing bacteria and viruses. It is efficacious, but also beautiful. As an Edison Award recipient for design, it is a complement to any modern home. Our original Airocide is the winner of the prestigious Edison award. This design features a high gloss okra “void” complimented by a rich dark outer wood sleeve. Small and compact, yet powerful it can fit into any room.

APS-200 PM 2.5

The APS-200 PM 2.5 is Airocide’s most advanced air purification technology yet. It is a four stage system that combines our storied NASA catalyst with additional air sanitizing media to cover the entire spectrum of indoor air quality issues. The state of the art carbon media is the most gas absorbent available on the market, and the MERV rated filter material is dense enough for hospital use. This product is an excellent VOC Air Purifier that is also proven to remove pernicious mold, bacteria, viruses, dust, dander, and cancer causing particulate matter. It maintains the sleek Airocide look we have been known for since 2013, and will be noticed anywhere it is placed in your home.

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Stage 1 is a Carbon/Permanganate Media that aids in creating a more rapid removal of gaseous material. Used by itself; activated carbon will saturate and reintroduce the gaseous component back into the environment. However, when used with PCO material that has 360 degree exposure to a UV light source it expands capacity to remove VOCs.

Stage 2 is MERV-12 media, which removes particulate matter from the air such as Inorganic Carbon. This is the same material that hospitals use.

Stage 3 is a fibrous material coated with our proprietary catalyst that has approximately 270 degrees of exposure to the UV light source. We found that given the reaction chamber geometry this maximized the surface area and created a more efficient removal of the gaseous component of P.M 2.5.

Stage 4 is the traditional NASA developed Airocide catalyst with approximately 90 degree exposure to the 254 nano meter UV light source. Approximately 15 – 20% of the composition of P.M 2.5 is organic material. This is primarily un-combusted hydrocarbons from cars, trucks, and from smoke stacks. Typically these molecules are very stable cyclic hydrocarbons that are both difficult to remove from the air and very dangerous to breathe (carcinogenic). The Airocide Catalyst has been proven effective in disturbing the stabilizing ring structure and achieving complete oxidation to Carbon Dioxide.

Airocide Air Purification That Works

All units utilize the same NASA developed technology and handle any size room in your home. For best results, Airocide recommends placing a single unit in your master bedroom in order to create a near ideal breathing environment while you sleep. Customers comment feeling better, waking up refreshed and breathing easier.

Feel Better. Guaranteed.

This revolutionary technology developed by NASA is FDA-listed as a Class II Medical Device and is the first filterless technology of its kind. Unlike traditional air filters, Airocide destroys airborne organic matter, instead of trapping them. Our air purifier even eliminates the smallest of gases that not even the best HEPA filters can tackle. We’re so sure that you’ll feel better using the Airocide air purifier that we offer a 60-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t feel the difference in 60 days, return it for a full refund. We’ll even pay for return shipping.

Get To Know The Revolutionary Airocide Air Purifier.

An Air Purifier That Is A Work Of Art

The beautiful architecture of the Airocide air purifier is a refined vision of high-design melding advanced technology with exceptional elegance. We strived to create a sleek and unobtrusive design that would be a seamless addition to any household décor.

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Refined Details

Our beautiful grill, made from anodized aluminum, is formed, punched and polished using an eleven-step process and nine tools, resulting in a lightweight, yet strong grill held in place by magnetic latches.

Stylish and decorative dark wood grain sleeve complements any décor and is presently offered free when you order your Airocide today.

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Simple Operation

Multi-setting, capacitive touch controls enable you to adjust the setting of your Airocide air purifier from low to high and automatic. The automatic setting has a built-in light sensor and will adjust to the low setting when the room darkens and back to high when the room brightens.

  • LOW – use Airocide on low for those environments where quieter operation is needed.
  • HIGH – Airocide is most effective in this mode and is the recommended setting for best results.
  • AUTO – This mode operates on a light sensor and automatically shifts to a quieter setting at night. It runs on high when the appropriate amount of ambient light in the room (usually during the day) is present and automatically adjusts to low when light is no longer present (usually at night).
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Filterless Air Purification Technology

Our unique design sets us apart from traditional air purifiers, not only in the way we look, but in the way we perform. With Airocide, there are never any dirty filters to change. Instead, simply replace the Reaction Chambers once a year. It’s easy.

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Airocide Cleans the Air 24/7

Air is constantly moving and constantly getting dirty. Airocide is built to run 24/7 and doing so means it’s always working to protect you. If you want to see a difference in the way you feel, you must constantly clean the air. So, start by putting Airocide in your bedroom, choose your mode and let Airocide do the rest.
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Welcome To The Clear Air Revolution

  1. Eliminate virtually 100% of your home’s Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  2. Reduce your exposure to top allergens like mold, bacteria, and dust mites.
  3. Protect your family from airborne pathogens that cause illness.
  4. Clear the air, so you can sleep better and feel better than ever.

How Airocide Measures Up

Powerful, Without A Lot Of Pull.

Electrical usage: 120V, .5 amps (same as a 60- watt light bulb)

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Size Truly Doesn’t Matter In This Case.

Airocide can be used in a room of any size, from the largest estate bedroom or family room, to a cozy den.

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Certifications

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  • This product has been tested and complies with UL 507, CSA C22.2 No. 113, FCC 47CFR Part 15 (Subpart B, Class B), ICES-003
  • This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • This air cleaner complies with the Federal Ozone Emissions limit and is ARB Certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resource Board.
  • These products fulfill the essential requirements of EMC Directive 2004/108/EC and Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC

Notice for Customers in Canada:This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

What Is No Credit Needed Financing?





  • Payoff within 90 days, and we will close your account as paid in full.
  • Payoff after 90 days and save 25% or more on all outstanding payments.
  • Payoff over 12 months and we’ll set up a flexible payment schedule tailored to coincide with your payroll dates.

Enhance Your Airocide Experience.

Reaction Chamber Replacement Kit.
Wall Mount
APS-200 PM2.5 Reaction Chamber Replacement Kit

Setting Up Your Airocide is As Easy As 1, 2, 3.

Where Should I Place It?

Before unpacking your new Airocide air purifier, find a place in your home where you will be using it. For first time users, we recommend installing it in the bedroom. End tables, dressers or nightstands do nicely. We also offer flexible options via our wall mount accessory or floor stand (for optimal height placement). Just be sure placement is convenient to an electrical outlet.

While Airocide can be placed just about anywhere between one (1) to eight (8) feet off the floor, ideally we recommend placing the unit between four (4) to six (6) feet, off the floor. You’ll also want to check to be sure there is plenty of room behind it (approximately two to six inches) to allow air to move freely in and around the unit. Your Airocide air purifier can be placed in a vertical or horizontal position – either way works fine.

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Time To Unpack It.

Open the package and remove the unit. The grill is wrapped separately.

Set it to one side, and turn your Airocide air purifier so that the plug is at the back of the unit.

Next, using both your left and right thumb, press down on each of the Reaction Chambers to ensure they are fully seated. The clips to the right and left of both the top and bottom chambers, should overlap, holding them in place.

Having assured that the chambers are secure, unwrap the grill and place it onto the front of the unit. The grill is magnetized and will seat itself securely without the need for screws or fasteners of any kind.

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Plug It In And Turn It On.

Your Airocide is almost ready to go. Place it in your determined location. Plug it in. On the back of the unit you’ll see a small circle with a line in it. This is the ON/OFF switch and is located directly across from the power cord. Press it. The unit should immediately power up* on the high setting.

*If it doesn’t start, one of two things is the probable cause; (1) one of the reaction chambers is not fully seated or (2) the grill is not fully seated. These are safety features. If either of the two conditions exists, Airocide will not start.

The quiet whirring of the internal fan and the illumination of the controls indicate that Airocide is at work clearing your air.

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Now Choose Your Setting.

  • LOW – use Airocide on low for those environments where quieter operation is needed.
  • HIGH – Airocide is most effective in this mode and is the recommended setting for best results.
  • AUTO – A special feature that is driven by a light sensor. When the ambient light in the room is sufficient, the sensor will tell Airocide to run on high speed for maximum purifying efficiency. Turn the lights out in this setting and your Airocide air purifier automatically drops into quiet mode, running at low speed. When brighter conditions return, Airocide returns to high speed. You don’t have to do anything – Airocide takes care of it by itself. Just select the mode you want and that’s all there is to it.
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60-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Try Airocide in your home and if you don’t feel better in six weeks, we’ll give you your money back (and we’ll even pay for return shipping). In fact, you may notice a difference sooner – typically Airocide users notice a difference between four and six weeks.

If you are not 100% satisfied, simply contact Customer Service within 60-days to return your products for a full refund.

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In The News

Look Who’s Talking About Us

newspic“The sweetest gear money can buy”

FOX NEWS | March 9, 2013

newspicTechnology licensed from NASA.”

GIZMODO | March 9, 2013

newspic“Super gadgets for your high tech home”

CNN | June 17, 2013

newspic“The Complete Air Cleaner”

MEN’S JOURNAL | August 2013

newspic“Best stuff of the year.”

GQ | December 2013

newspic“Looks more like a piece of modern art.”

JustLuxe | November 2013

newspic“Worth the investment.”

FAST COMPANY | March 9, 2013

newspic“A space-age air purifier? That’s fresh.”

SPIRIT MAGAZINE | August 2013

newspic“The Airocide had improved her breathing.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 2013

newspic“In addition to making our home cleaner and healthier, the Airocide is a no-maintenance machine and has a sleek design”

The Shopping Mama | May 13, 2013

newspic“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how helpful Airocide could be”

MAXIM | June 13, 2013

newspic“Optimize, simplify and beautify your home”

MASHABLE | June 10, 2013

newspic“I am waking up much less congested in the morning”

The Not So Blog | May 13, 2013

newspic“We definitely noticed a difference, especially in allowing Ethan to sleep through the night.”

Schuelovett | May 13, 2013

newspic“It is great to know that I can come into my home and breath easy.”

Shibley Smiles | May 13, 2013

newspic“The air just feels fresher and crisper”

Cool Mom Tech | May 14, 2013

newspic“Thumbs up!”

Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s Blog | May 14, 2013

newspic“I can breathe clearly now”

4 Tunate | May 14, 2013

newspic“As a mother there is nothing more important to me than what is going into my daughters body.”

Mom Dot | May 13, 2013

newspic“We can honestly say that we see a big improvement”

Jolly Mom | May 13, 2013

newspic“Since I set it up, it (eczema) has almost totally healed (with no fancy lotions or medicine)”

Love is Blonde | May 13, 2013

newspic“This device sticks out…in a good way”

Apartment Therapy | May 15, 2013

newspic“We feel healthier”

The Mommy Files | May 13, 2013

newspic“I feel like I’m doing something to help my daughter feel better”

Musings of a Housewife | May 12, 2013

newspic“I saw improvement in less than two weeks”

Mom’s Favorite Stuff | April 25, 2013

newspic“May 2013’s Hottest Gadgets”

POPSCI | April 24, 2013

newspic“Like many of our most revolutionary technologies, the Airocide was developed in response to a problem in space.”

ecosalon | April 24, 2013

newspic“CEO Michael Freedman stopped by The Daily Buzz to discuss the 2013 allergy season and offered great tips to allergy proof your home.”

The Daily Buzz | April 29, 2013

newspic“We all want to live in a safe environment, especially when it comes to your family.”

She Scribes | April 24, 2013

newspic“Gear up for the 2013 allergy season. Michael Freedman CEO of Airocide, on ways to help you this allergy season.”

Life. Love. Shopping. | April 30, 2013

newspic“An air purifier the pros have been relying on for years.”

ASKMEN | March 9, 2013

newspic“The key point is, yes, it’s new, yes, it’s different, but it works.”

The Florida Times Union | April 17, 2013

newspic“No chemicals or harmful gasses.”

TREE HUGGER | March 9, 2013

newspic“Airocide: NASA’s Answer To the Home Air Purifier”

sustainablog | April 17, 2013

newspic“NASA technology in a household product.”

GIZMAG | March 19, 2013

newspic“Arted-up air purifier.”

THRILLIST | March 9, 2013

newspic“Designed to annihilate VOCs and airborne household allergens and mold.”

MOTHER NATURE NETWORK

newspic“Clearer air with a sharp design.”

GEARPATROL | March 9, 2013

newspic“Serious air purifier.”

WERD | March 13, 2013

newspic“Neutralizes indoor air pollution.”

TECH INVESTOR NEWS | March 25, 2013

newspic“Celebrate air purification.”

NEW DEAL DESIGN | March 13, 2013

newspic“Near-rocket science technology.”

MIKE SHOUTS | March 13, 2013

newspic“This isn’t your typical “new and improved” – Airocide is a whole new technology.”

LA SPLASH

newspic“Fashionable.”

NECESSARY COOLNESS | March 13, 2013

newspic“Perfectly sanitized air.”

TREND HUNTER | March 19, 2013

newspic“Reasonably priced.”

STUPID DOPE | March 20, 2013

newspic“No filters. No cleaning.”

COOL THINGS | March 21, 2013

newspic“Unparalleled aesthetic experience.”

DESIRE THIS | March 20, 2013

newspic“Commit Airocide!”

BLACKLE MAG | March 26, 2013

newspic“Neutralizes biological pollutants.”

MORE INSPIRATION | March 21, 2013

newspic“Designed for the Space Station.”

WORDLESS TECH | March 21, 2013

newspic“Protects government employees form Anthrax.”

LUXURYLAUNCHES | March 20, 2013

newspic“Exceptionally effective.”

HOME CHUNK | March 19, 2013

newspic“Lethal for airborne nastiness.”

UNCRATE | March 9, 2013

It’s Not Only Quality of Air. It’s Quality of Life.

Life With Airocide Air Purifier.

Allergy Sufferer – Relief from airborne allergy, mold, and chemical sensitivity triggers.

Meet The Next Generation

Air Purifier For Allergy, Mold And Chemically Sensitive People.

At Airocide, We Simply Believe An Air Purifier Should Help Make You Feel Better.

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One in five people suffer from allergy or asthma symptoms.*

Are you sensitive to odors from air fresheners, candles and more? All of those “smell good” products emit VOCs that can trigger allergy-like symptoms especially in people who have chemical sensitivities.

 

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If you suffer from wheezing, stuffy head and runny nose, itchy-watery eyes and sleepless nights, airborne mold spores might be at the root of your problem.

Relief At Last For Allergy Sufferers.

If you suffer from allergies, or have mold or chemical sensitivity issues but have never found relief in a traditional filter-based air purification system, you’re not alone. Allergy sufferers see a dirty filter and assume their air is cleaner, healthier. And, to a certain degree, it is. So why don’t you feel better?

Our belief is that traditional filters are simply not engineered to destroy the things that might be making you sick.Things like the tiniest organic gases emitted from common household chemicals or mycotoxins from mold. Why? Because filters are size dependent. If a molecule is too small, a filter can’t stop it.

Airocide is the best air purifier for allergies because it doesn’t use filters, so it’s not size dependent. Instead, Airocide uses cutting edge NASA developed technology that has been proven to eradicate things big and small. From airborne asthmagens and allergens, like VOC gases and viruses to dust mites and pet dander. Just turn it on and let your Airocide air purifier take care of the rest.

Health Enthusiast – Clear the air. Feel and sleep better than ever before.

Better Air, Better Life.

It’s never too late to start taking better care of ourselves. A lot of us are trying to eat cleaner and exercise regularly. As active adults we work hard at it. But there’s one thing that’s often overlooked – the importance of breathing clean air in our quest for a “better life.”

Let’s Examine Indoor Air Quality.

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Much of the indoor air we are inhaling contains things we can’t see:

Microorganisms
Chemical Gases
Viruses
Bacteria
Mold

 

 

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Breathing this air often times affects our ability to feel well:

  • Can affect our sleep.
  • May cause congestion.
  • Can give us itchy eyes.
  • May make us sneeze.
  • Possible respiratory issues.

What Is A Chemical Gas
And Why Do I Want To Get Rid Of It?

Larry Robertson, Founding President of the Indoor Air Quality Association

They’re called VOCs and are common asthma and allergy triggers such as the chemical gases coming from your carpet, the dry cleaned clothes you just brought home, the perfumed air, or the aerosol spray that is used to clean surfaces. Many common household products emit these gases and we live with them, day in and day out. Now we don’t have to.

Filter Technology vs. Airocide

Many have tried to clean the air with filter-based devices and found that they had little or no affect on how they felt. A lot of people share that experience.

Size Really Does Matter.Filter-based technology is effective at capturing the larger airborne matter, but has little to no affect on the things we can’t see.

Why Our Air Purifier Is Different.

The Airocide air purifier destroys organic matter both large and small, even viruses and VOCs (organic gases). This NASA developed technology, uses cutting edge science that has been proven to eradicate everything from airborne asthmagens and allergens, to dust mites and pet dander. It has even been clinically proven to destroy MRSA, and Anthrax spores.

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NASA Is All About Results… And We Are Too.

A little over a decade ago NASA developed an air purification device specifically designed to eliminate organic gases from the space station. Initially they went after the smallest kind – ethylene gas – given off by plants they were experimenting with in Earth’s orbit.

Today, this technology is known as Airocide and it’s in use in food processing centers like Del Monte to destroy airborne microbes and gases, in wine caves like Shafer to destroy mold and in food chains like Whole Foods. It’s found in doctor and dental offices, even schools, to prevent infection from airborne viruses and bacteria.  And now, it’s available for use in your home.

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Born In The Imaginings Of NASA Scientists.

Problem

The Airocide Story begins in space. Planning for a manned mission to Mars, the question arose as to how to feed the crew when there’s no way to resupply them. The answer? Grow gardens in space.

But There’s A Catch.

Nearly all plants, especially those that produce fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas. Ethylene, a typical volatile organic compound (VOC), is the natural occurring plant hormone that signals fruits and vegetables to ripen. On earth ethylene naturally dissipates into the atmosphere. But, in a sealed spacecraft like the shuttle or space station, concentrated exposure causes fruits and vegetables to ripen too rapidly and spoil before they can be consumed. In short, NASA had a VOC problem.


Solution

Their challenge was complicated by the fact that these VOC gas molecules are too small to be filtered. So small that they would pass through hospital HEPA grade filters essentially unimpeded. NASA not only needed a way to completely clean the air, but also needed their invention to consume very little power, be virtually maintenance free and produce no harmful byproducts like Ozone. Their solution was elegant and resulted in a way to purify the air at a level never before possible. It’s called Airocide.

Bringing NASA Technology Down To Earth.

Originally licensed for privatization by the agency, Airocide soon took root in commercial applications for the removal of ethylene gas. In 2001 during the tragic Anthrax threats in Washington, D.C., Airocide, in conjunction with NASA and one of its research facilities (the University of Wisconsin), tested Airocide technology and determined it to be effective in eliminating Anthrax spores.

In fact, Airocide eliminated over 99.9% of spores that entered its Reaction Chamber. This discovery spurred other research which determined the technology was effective in destroying bacteria, viruses, and virtually any VOC it came in contact with, as well as pollen, mold spores, mycotoxins, dust mites … you name it. In essence, anything organic that passed through its Reaction Chamber.

Technology Takes Off Across Commercial Industries.

Since 1998 the commercial uses for the technology have rapidly expanded. Food packers, wineries and grocery chains have been using Airocide to protect their products from mold, bacteria and to extend the shelf life of perishables by as much as two weeks.

Hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, dental offices, schools and daycare centers have been using Airocide since 2003 to curtail the spread of infectious airborne disease.

Airocide. Air Purification That Works.

For the first time this NASA developed technology is available for your home. An air purifier so scientifically advanced it doesn’t use filters. So radically different, it looks and works like no other air purifier before it.

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The Air In Your Nursery Could Put Your Child At Risk.

New Baby – Protect your newborn/children from harmful airborne toxins.

At Airocide we simply believe that families with kids deserve an extra measure of protection from airborne pathogens.

What’s Lurking In Your Nursery, Child’s Bedroom And Playroom?

Good Morning America recently detailed a serious problem in our homes that is starting to garner more attention: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

VOCs are harmful gases that are emitted from virtually everything you bring into your home – especially, a freshly decorated environment like a nursery. Things like paint, carpeting, furniture, draperies and even cleaning solutions all emit these potentially harmful gases.

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Airocide Air Purifer: A New Mom “Must Have” For The Nursery.

We conducted a test to measure the harmful VOCs in a new nursery. We built a nursery, painted the walls, installed new carpet and bought all the new “baby items” one might purchase. The first emissions reading in the room measured over 2420 VOCs. We then added the Airocide air purifier to the baby’s nursery and within the first seven days VOCs were reduced by 79% — A significant reduction.

If VOCs Are This Harmful, Why Haven’t I Heard Of Them Before?

Air purification companies are aware that traditional filters can’t destroy VOCs, so they conveniently avoid the topic. Airocide is different.The Airocide air purifier doesn’t use filters, instead, Airocide uses cutting edge NASA developed technology that was specifically designed to remove VOCs. Moreover, our technology has been proven to eradicate things big and small. From airborne asthmagens and allergens, like VOC gases and viruses to dust mites and pet dander. Just turn it on and let our Airocide air purifier take care of the rest. It’s simply the best air purifier for your baby’s nursery.

Airocide Air Purifier Eliminates Nursery Odors.

As parents we know that our tiny angels are capable of producing some remarkable odors. Airocide uses NASA developed technology to eradicate lingering organic odors from body odor (sweat), feet and other unmentionables so that your child’s room stays fresh and clean. More importantly it’s also highly effective at removing the really harmful pathogens like the molecules of an influenza virus, H1N1, even MRSA[1]. Protect your child with our Airocide air purifier and breathe easy.

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Make Your Pet Hypo Allergenic…
Well, Almost.

Pet Lover – Destroy pet dander and the odors that often come with it.

At Airocide, we simply believe people should be able to enjoy their pets free from odors and allergy triggers.

Love Your Pet, But Hate The Allergies? We Can Fix That.

Pet allergies are triggered by pet dander and odor causing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) given off by animals. These allergens can cause respiratory irritation; triggering allergic and asthmatic reactions. Our Airocide air purifier eliminates virtually all airborne VOCs like pet odors, while also eliminating pet dander.

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FACT: Percentage of all US Households with detectable levels of dog and cat dander is 100%.
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I Can’t Smell My Pet.

Have you ever known a filter based air purification device to remove odors? Probably not. If you are affected by pet allergy triggers and odors you need something that is designed to destroy them. Our Airocide air purifier uses NASA developed technology and is highly effective at destroying allergens caused by pets while removing their organic odors. Just turn it on and let our Airocide air purifier take care of the rest.

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Your First 60 Days With Airocide.

Getting Started.

If you can plug in an appliance, you can install the Airocide air purifier. It can sit on a chest of drawers or a bedside table with equal ease; vertically or horizontally — it makes no difference. A special kit is available if you would prefer to hang it on a wall and there’s even a stand that allows you to place it in just the right space.

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Something Is Happening To The Air.

Before you notice relief from your allergies, you’ll notice a difference in the way the air smells. It’s cleaner, somehow crisper. You won’t be able to put your finger on it, but you’ll know something is different.

Here’s What’s Happening.

Airocide is knocking down the bio-burden, the microscopic airborne particles like mold spores, bacteria, viruses and organic gases that are too small for filters to remove.

Experiencing Better Sleep With The Airocide Air Purifier. As you experience clean air over several days you begin to feel a difference, your body finds relief, often through improved and more restful sleep. Some may sneeze less or wake up less congested, others may have fewer colds and many will experience more energy; all because our bodies are no longer battling the same level of air contamination 24/7.

Lets face it. There is a certain level of airborne contaminant found in every room. And, it moves about every time something stirs the air. Airocide is designed to remove it. Airocide knocks down the bio-burden caused from organic odors from cats, dogs, birds and other household friends; it also destroys any naturally occurring pet dander and other common allergy triggers so your body can find relief. Experience clean air over several days and you begin to smell and feel a difference.

Finding Relief From Allergies.

Let’s face it, there is a certain level of airborne contaminant found in every room. And, it moves about every time something stirs the air. Airocide is designed to eliminate it. Airocide knocks down the bio-burden comprised of allergy triggers, mold spores and fumes from common household items; so you can experience allergy relief. Experience clean air over several days and you begin to feel a difference often through improved and more restful sleep.

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Little Lungs Love Airocide.

Let’s face it, there is a certain level of airborne contaminant found in every room. And, it moves about every time something stirs the air. The Airocide air purifier is designed to remove it. It knocks down the bio-burden that results from the off gassing from paint, carpets, new furniture and household cleaning supplies like decontaminants and air fresheners. Experience clean air over several days and you begin to see a difference in your child as their body finds relief.

 

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The Difference is Clear.

Airocide is so unobtrusive it seems to disappear. By now it has become part of your environment, safely and effectively removing harmful airborne particles to a level you never before thought possible. Living with Airocide you notice improved air quality, fewer allergy triggers, reduced stuffiness and itchy eyes. You truly smell and feel a difference. You truly smell a difference in the air and see a difference in your child.

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Now you can do more, be more and live more by adding the Airocide air purifier to your already healthy lifestyle. It’s easy. No filters to change, no ozone to worry about, just fresh, crisp air.
If you don’t feel better in 60-days, Airocide will give you a full refund and even pay for return shipping.

Create Your Sanctuary

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Airocide can be used in a room of any size from a large bedroom or family room, to a cozy den.

Simply turn the unit on, then relax. Now begin to enjoy a whole new level of air purification.

Free Shipping. Free Returns.

You Won’t Need A Guarantee.

But it’s there. We’re so confident that Airocide is the best air purifier for allergies that our guarantee is available to you for any reason within 60-days of your purchase.

The premise is simple: Airocide will scrub the air of allergy triggers, lingering mold spores, musty odors and harmful VOCs. If our air purifier doesn’t help you feel better, simply return it for a full refund. We will even pay for return shipping. No gotcha’s, no hassles, nothing to lose. It’s an honest proposition from a Company that believes it has a game-changing technology that you should experience for yourself.

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Air Purification – Reinvented, Redesigned.

How It Works

Airocide’s Revolutionary Filterless Technology. Airocide’s air purifier looks radically different, because it is radically different.

The technology is so scientifically advanced it doesn’t use a filter.

What Happens Inside Our Filterless Air Purifier?

Airocide’s fan draws in airborne organic pathogens like allergy triggers, mold spores and fumes from household chemicals (VOCs) and slows them down, dispersing them across a densely packed matrix of hollow glass tubes. As they contact this catalytic surface they are broken down at a molecular level – the catalyst strips away their carbon atoms until the organics are destroyed. The process, known as oxidation, is safe, highly effective and produces no ozone or other harmful byproducts.

NASA created it and used it on the Space Station to eliminate ethylene gas. Today it’s known as the Airocide Photo-catalytic Reaction Chamber and it’s what powers every Airocide air purifier. This is what makes Airocide the best filterless air purifier.

Why Airocide Air Purifier Works When Filters Don’t?Filters can’t eliminate all of the organic matter from the air. The small stuff still gets through. That’s the conclusion from some of the brightest minds in air quality science today. Our filterless air purifier technology represents a disruptive change of thinking; destroy airborne organic matter and molecules regardless of size.

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Why HEPA Air Purifiers Can’t Get The Small Stuff.Think about a screen door. Large particles are prevented from passing through it, while smaller things, like tiny particles, waft through unaffected. Filters work the same way. They’re ineffective against smaller particles. HEPA filters don’t destroy anything; they just trap what they can for later disposal. The result is that those smaller things, viruses and gases get past them.

Eliminates VOCs That HEPA Filters Can’t.Airocide believes an air purifier should eliminate harmful pathogens from the air, not just trap them. More importantly, it should eliminate the things you can’t see, things that not even the best HEPA filters can touch. Some of these things are gases called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The EPA says that 188 are hazardous air pollutants and that even slightly elevated levels of these emissions have the potential of producing health issues among allergy suffers, asthma suffers, young children, the elderly and women who are pregnant.

Think small, really small.

Destroys Common Allergy Triggers like:

  • Pollen
  • Mold Spores
  • Dust Mites
  • Pet Dander
  • Mycotoxins

Kills Germs like:

  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Airborne Microbes

Eliminates VOCs (Toxic Gasses Emitted From Items Like):

  • Household cleaners
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Disinfectants
  • Building materials
  • Paint
  • Carpeting
  • Furniture
  • Paint thinners and strippers
  • Pesticides
  • Hobby supplies
  • Dry-cleaned clothing
  • Air fresheners

Safe, Effective And Simple To Maintain.

Airocide is FDA listed as a Class II Medical Device and produces no ozone. Unlike filters, which typically consume a lot of energy, the Airocide air purifier uses very little power and takes up far less space than conventional filter systems. The only maintenance required is an annual replacement of our Reaction Chambers. The process takes about thirty-seconds and involves no mess. And, if you’ve ever changed your printer’s toner cartridge, consider yourself overqualified.

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Design

Airocide is Honored as a Gold Winner for Excellence in Design and Innovation

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Forward Design With Beauty And Purpose.

Airocide’s interior void is more than eye-catching. In addition to its obvious visual cue, no filter here, components are arranged around the void to provide the precise amount of air-movement for optimal performance from our catalyst.

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Using the Coanda-effect aerodynamics, air is drawn in the front of the vent, across two Catalytic Reaction Chambers and then amplified across a fine lip at the back center of the void. This ‘throws’ clean air into the room while using the least amount of power.

Make A Statement With Airocide.

At Airocide we thought it was important to make a product as striking as it was effective. Modern, yet refined lines, complement any home, and may even become the conversation piece of any room. The exquisitely milled decorative wood sleeve (an optional accessory) ads a touch of high-end finish. Or, go without the sleeve for a versatile clean and sleek face.

Competitive EdgeThe Difference is Clear

NASA Spent Years Developing The Air Purification Technology. We Spent Another Decade Perfecting It.

The most important factor in selecting an air purifier isn’t how much air it moves around, but rather how thoroughly it purifies that air.

Traditional Air Purifiers Capture Particles

High Efficiency Particulate Absorption (HEPA) air filters capture particulate down to .3-microns in size.

Electrostatic Precipitators High CFM (cubic feet per minute) particulate collection devices capture particles using the force of an induced electrostatic charge.

Airocide Eliminates Particles

Unlike filters that have lesser capacities to remove particles of different sizes, the Airocide reaction is effective in the degradation and complete oxidation of all particle sizes, including tobacco smoke, pollen and dust utilized in rating filtration systems. Additionally, Airocide reactors also remove gases, odors, volatile organic compounds as well as decompose living biological components such as mold spores, bacteria and viruses. Filtration and electrostatic based systems are incapable of doing this.

Traditional Dirty Air Filters
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Ionic Air Purifiers. Most ionizing purifiers work silently, releasing a steady stream of negatively charged ions to electrify bits of dust, dander and other matter in the air stream.

Activated Carbon Purifiers (Charcoal air filters) consist of charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. This medium is used to adsorb odorous substances from gases.

Safe. Effective. Simple. Airocide.

Airocide Pluses

  • Destroys virtually any sized organic particulate regardless of how small from viruses and VOC gases to pollen, dust mites and pet dander.
  • Among the lowest priced high-end VOC, chemical gas and virus elimination air purification systems available.
  • Effective in the degradation and complete oxidation of all particle sizes, including tobacco smoke, pollen and dust, gases, odors, volatile organic compounds as well as living biological components such as mold spores, bacteria and viruses.
  • Technology developed by NASA, proven effective in earth orbit, as well as in studies by leading universities, independent laboratories and government agencies.
  • FDA Approved Class II Medical Device approved for use in healthcare applications, schools and private homes.
  • Doctor recommended for the elimination of chemical gases, airborne asthmagens and allergens.
  • 60-day risk-free, Feel Better Guarantee – nothing to lose.
  • 93% satisfaction rate
  • Airocide technology is in use in commercial installations around the world
  • No ozone generated
  • No filters to change
  • Self-cleaning
  • Adjustable and automatic fan speeds.
  • Low operating cost.
  • Simple to maintain
  • Architect Praised Design- fits into any environment. Wall-mount accessory available. Movable stand available. Small footprint operates in vertical or horizontal orientation.
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    Moves air more slowly than filter or electrostatic based systems – Lower CFM makes Airocide a much more effective air cleaner.

See How We Measure Up

Compare Airocide to traditional air purifiers to see if it’s right for you.

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Hepa (High Efficiency Particulate Absorption) Air Purifier

HEPA Air Filter Pluses

  • HEPA air filters capture particulate down to .3-microns in size. Dust mites, pollen, mold spores and bacteria fall within this size range.
  • HEPA air purification is often used with high-speed fans to accelerate the capture of airborne particulate – although often quite noisy, this provides rapid capture of airborne particulate sized .3-microns and larger. Speed is measured in terms of clear air delivery rate (CADR).

HEPA Air Filter Risks

  • Gases and many viruses are not stopped. Inhaled gases and viruses travel deepest into the gas exchange area of the lungs where gases enter the bloodstream.
  • Some of what is captured, living organisms like mold-spores and bacteria can continue to grow after capture on the filter itself. A few colony-forming microbes can quickly become many.
  • As the filter fills up the filter matrix gets plugged up. Airflow chokes. If the air-pressure behind it is high enough to push air past this barrier – some of the captured microbes can be forced through the filter and into the room.
  • Changing a HEPA filter often results in re-contamination of the air column being filtered as captured microbes become dislodged and re- enter the air-stream.
  • Effectiveness ratings – CADR (clean air delivery rate) are ratings designed to compare filter based air cleaners to each other in terms of how much air they push through a filter but do not apply to other, more advanced air cleaning technologies. NOTE: if the air has not been completely cleaned the device is simply moving around dirty air.

Ionic Air Purifier

Ionic Air Filter Pluses

  • Most ionizing (or ionic) air purifiers work silently, releasing a steady stream of negatively charged ions into the room air to electrify bits of dust, dander and other matter in the airstream.
  • Negatively charged particles become strongly attracted to positively charged collection places inside the machine.
  • Ionic air filters attract particulate including dust, cigarette smoke, pollen and pet dander.
  • As positively charged collection plates are used, there are no filters to replace.

Ionic Air Filter Risks

  • Ionic air purifiers are ineffective against odors, gases and biological agents.
  • To varying degrees, all ionic systems release ozone, a powerful oxidant that attacks anything organic … including our eyes and lungs. The California Air Resources board has banned all devices that create an ozone concentration of more than 50 parts per billion (ppb).
  • Without fans Ionizers don’t effectively collect particles from more than a few feet away.
  • Like filter based systems, ionizers lack the internal mechanisms to clean sub .3-micron particulate from the air.
  • Effectiveness ratings – CFM (cubic feet per minute) are ratings that measure the amount of air passing through the system not how much of it is actually cleaned.

Electrostatic Precipitators

Electrostatic Precipitator Pluses

  • A high CFM (cubic feet per minute) particulate collection device that removes particles from the air using the force of an induced electrostatic charge.
  • Moves a high volume of air through the device measured both by CFM and CADR methods.

Electrostatic Precipitator Risks

  • Electrostatic precipitators are ineffective against odors, gases and biological agents.
  • Precipitator performance is very sensitive to electrical resistivity and particle size distribution.
  • With high CFM performance, airflow may be so strong that particles pass completely through the device without contacting the collection plate.
  • An electrostatic precipitator is useless against a particle that cannot be charged.
  • Like filter based systems, electrostatic precipitators move a great deal of air but lack the internal mechanisms to clean gases, viruses and biological agents from the air.
  • Effectiveness ratings – CFM (cubic feet per minute) are ratings that measure the amount of air passing through the system not how much of it is actually cleaned.

Activated Carbon (Charcoal) Air Purifier

Activated Carbon Air Filter Pluses

  • An activated carbon or charcoal filter air purifier is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the carbon atoms. This medium is widely used to adsorb odorous substances from gases.
  • Often employed as a secondary capture mechanism behind conventional filtration systems to reduce odors and gases.
  • Activated charcoal air purification is good at trapping other carbon-based impurities (“organic” chemicals), as well as things like chlorine.

Activated Carbon Air Filter Risks

  • Once all of the bonding sites are filled, an activated charcoal air filter stops working.
  • Activated charcoal is not effective against larger organic particulate such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and other allergy triggers
  • May begin to degas captured impurities once all bonding sites are filled.

Trusted Commercial Grade Air Purifier Technology.

Used By Companies You Know For Over 12 Years.

Today a multitude of Fortune 500 companies including retailers, food processors, and food cold storage warehouses have used Airocide technology with great success. In addition, over 70 wineries around the country are now using Airocide to prevent the development of mold in their wine caves. Plus dentist and doctors offices, outpatient surgical centers, laboratories, schools and daycare centers all use the technology to reduce the threat of infection and the transmission of airborne bacteria and viruses.

In all, it’s an impressive history of excellence.

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Advanced Science for Air Purification.

Airocide Test Results from Government Institutions, Leading Universities and Independent Laboratories.

Results from 12 years of scientific testing in the United States, field use on the Space Station, lab studies and case studies are contained in detail below.

No Ozone – Airocide tested by the State of Wisconsin Hygiene Laboratory and Air Quality Sciences, Inc.

Mycotoxins – Toxic Portion of Mold Spores Decomposition by Airocide tested by Texas Tech University.

Bacillus Anthracis Spores – University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin Hygiene Laboratory tested Bacillus thuringiensis spores with a 99.9986% kill Rate in a Single Pass. NASA Published Results.

Self-Cleaning Airocide Catalyst – “Mineralization of E. Coli to Water Vapor and Carbon Dioxide,” tested and published by The National Energy Laboratory.

Peer Reviewed Published Paper – Texas A&M University “Airocide in a Hospital Operating Room.”

Get To Know Your New Airocide

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When is it time to order Reaction Chambers?

60-day Money Back Guarantee/Returns

Try Airocide in your home for at least six weeks, and if you don’t feel better, we’ll give you your money back (and we’ll even pay for return shipping). In fact, you may notice a difference sooner – typically Airocide users feel better between four and six weeks.

*Consumers have up to 60-days from purchase date to return the unit for a full refund and must provide proof of date of purchase. To receive money back, the unit must be functional, undamaged, and unaltered.

If you are not 100% satisfied, simply contact Customer Service within 60-days to return your products for a full refund.

How do I find out more about the NASA Airocide Technology connection?

Visit the www.NASA.gov website or click on one of these links for more info.
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What type of allergens can your air purifiers remove from the air?

Our patented bioconversion process grabs fungi, mold, viruses, bacteria and more and disassembles them at their molecular level. Airocide also clears the air of virtually 100% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – the harmful gases emitted by products like aerosol sprays, cleaning supplies, disinfectants, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, building materials, paints and paint thinner, strippers, pesticides and even air fresheners.

Does the Airocide emit ozone?

No.

How is Airocide different from other air purifiers?

Airocide is so scientifically advanced it doesn’t use filters. Airocide draws in harmful airborne pathogens and forces them into a densely packed matrix of highly reactive catalysts that are activated by a high intensity 254-nanometer light. The reaction destroys these harmful pathogens on contact. Nothing is captured so there is nothing to clean. All that exits is crisp, clear air, with zero ozone emissions.

What size area does the unit handle?

Airocide is intended for single room use and can handle any size room in your home.

What kind of maintenance is required?

The only maintenance needed is to replace the Reaction Chambers. The unit will prompt you with an indicator light when it is time to change (about once a year). The Reaction Chamber Replacement Kit can be ordered at here.

How can I register my Airocide air purifier?

You can go to www.www.airocide.com/register

Is there a warranty?

Yes, the Airocide Air Purifier features a five-year limited warranty. Any claims should be submitted in writing by mail or through the Internet: Akida Holdings, LLC 13500 Sutton Park Dr. South Suite 501 Jacksonville, FL 32224 Telephone: 1.800.687.3100 Email: info@www.airocide.com/

How can I check my order status?

You can easily check your order status here.

Do you ship outside of the US?

We currently offer shipping to all 50 U.S. States (Note: additional s/p will apply to Alaska and Hawaii). Shipping to Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam is unavailable at this time.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Checks and Money Orders are unavailable at this time.

What is the return policy?

The Airocide Air Purifier is backed by a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied, simply return the product within 60 days—we’ll even pay the return shipping.

What is a Risk Free Trial Offer?

Your purchase of the Airocide Air Purifier is a 60-day risk free trial. Try Airocide in your home with free shipping for 60 days. If you’re not completely satisfied, return it for a full refund. We’ll even pay the return shipping!

The unit emitted a smell when I initially turned it on. Is this normal? How long does this last?

For the first few days you might notice a smell from your unit, this is normal and caused by the UVC lamps heating up for the first time. It will dissipate in a few days.

What does the ‘auto’ button do?

The Automatic setting programs the unit to run on high at most times and then transitions to low for a slower, quieter speed. While most people find the fan sound helps them sleep better at night, the Automatic setting offers the option of a quieter setting at night. A light sensor is built within the unit, so as the room darkens then unit adjusts to low and when enough light is present in the room, it adjusts to high.

Will Airocide remove dog hair?

Airocide does not remove any type of hair from the environment, but it does remove the pet dander, which is the main cause of allergies to pets.

How many fans does the Airocide have?

Airocide has one internal fan. Using Coanda-effect aerodynamics, air is drawn in through the front vent, accelerated through two catalytic reaction chambers and then amplified across a fine lip at the back center of the void. This ‘throws’ air further into the room while using the least amount of power.

How much noise does the Airocide emit?

This is subjective, depending on if you are a heavy sleeper or a light sleeper, but generally most people find the noise to be on the same level as a fan on low speed. Many people enjoy the white noise and have mentioned it helps them sleep.

What’s the recommended placement of the Airocide for optimum results?

We recommend Airocide be placed in your bedroom, where you spend the most time. For optimal results, the unit should be placed four to six off of the floor. Place Airocide so it is exposed to air circulation. This means the top, front and two of the side panels needs to be exposed for proper airflow. Do not place Airocide in an enclosed space like a bookshelf, butted up against a bookshelf or directly next to any piece of furniture.

Where can I find the serial number on the Airocide to register it?

The serial number can be found on the side panel of the shipping carton, the bottom of the product carton and on the back of your unit next to the power cord.

Do you offer discounts for multiple units?

We do offer a rebate on the purchase of your second or subsequent units purchased. This information can be found here.

Does the grill require any special care/cleaning?

You should dust your unit just as you would any other item in your home. If you happen to spill something on the outside of your Airocide, use a damp, clean cloth to wipe it down.

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Things You May Need Or Like To Know About Your Order And Special Offers.

SPECIAL OFFERS

Multi-unit Rebate

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Just after launching Airocide, customers began to inquire about multiple-purchase discounts. We listened. Today, Airocide offers a $100 rebate on any subsequent unit purchased directly from the Company. All you need to do is fill out all sections in the form by clicking this link https://www.airocide.com/support/other-important-bits/ to receive the $100 credit. This rebate applies to each and every purchase made after the initial unit purchase. We will process your rebate by crediting your credit card within 45 days of submittal. Rebate is only good on additional units that were purchased at $799 or $899 (once the 60-day return period has expired). The rebate may not be combined with any other offers. By submitting this form, you automatically opt in to receive emails, offers, and other communications from Airocide.

Don’t Let Bad Air Ruin Your Summer

Summer is a time for making memories. It is when the kids leave school, bathing suits come out of the drawer, burgers and hot dogs go on the grill, and the cameras on our phones memorialize every last minute. There is nothing more quintessentially American than summertime. Regrettably, we now face something more consequential than a painful sunburn following a day at the beach: Bad Air Quality. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that warmer weather makes all the problems in our air worse. While this is a seasonal phenomenon, it can have long-lasting consequences. Poor air quality has been linked to a number of respiratory, cardiac, and psychological ailments. Something to keep in mind while compiling your summer fun checklist.

 

Ground Level Ozone

Ozone is probably a term most of us are familiar with. It’s best-known function is protecting us from the sun’s UV rays in the earth’s stratosphere. Some will probably recall learning about the manmade “hole” in the Ozone layer, and all the consequences that came of it. Fortunately, that situation is getting better. However, the issue of ground-level Ozone certainly isn’t. Ground-level ozone is created by reactions between nitrogen-containing compounds (called NOX) and Volatile Organic Compounds (called VOCs). Both of these chemical categories are emitted as pollution from vehicles and industrial activity. The problem is particularly acute on warm sunny days. In nature, heat makes chemical reactions happen faster. So, during the summer more ground-level ozone will be created than at other times of the year. While Ozone is wonderful high up in the stratosphere, it is really, really bad down here where we live. Ozone can cause serious issues for the lungs. Ozone is an oxidative molecule. This means that it likes to steal electrons from other chemicals. So, if you inhale Ozone it will be oxidizing the tissue in your lungs. That is obviously a bad thing. The EPA has linked Ozone exposure to chest pains, coughing, throat irritation, airway obstruction, and reduced lung function. Over time, this can turn into bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. So, it pays to be up to date on the ground level ozone situation in your area. It is usually most heavily concentrated in large urban areas because of the population density and concentration of economic activity. If you live somewhere like Southern California and your summer plans call for long days at the beach. This could be a big problem.

VOCs

VOCs are another problem that gets worse during the summer months. These are organic (carbon-based) compounds that exist as a gas under normal conditions. They are varied and ubiquitous. Some of them originate from manmade sources such as paints, while others are natural. Regardless of the source, VOCs are unhealthy. They have been linked to all of the same maladies that Ozone is responsible for. What gives VOCs the edge in notoriety is their tendency to concentrate inside of homes. Indoor concentrations of VOCs have been proven to be ten times the outdoor concentration. It makes sense because the air conditioning units we use to keep cool in the warmer months only replace thirty percent of the air in our home on a regular schedule. So, if something is outside it gets in and stays in. There are a lot of indoor sources of VOCs too. They are emitted by just about everything. The finish on the wood floor, the new coat of paint, the cleaning supplies, the carpet, the fabrics on furniture all emit VOCs. If you have electronics built from plastics, or cook on an electric stove that will emit VOCs as well. Of course, it’s hot in the summer months, and to keep our indoor spaces cool we blast the air conditioner. This enhances the problem. The hot weather makes it easier for VOCs to form, and the accelerated movement of air pushes more of them into your home. It’s a vicious cycle, and one you should be aware of. Most people aren’t, and you shouldn’t be shocked if this is the first you have heard of the issue. It’s not that it isn’t in the news, you can enter “Air Quality” into your search bar and have a fortnight’s reading with two day’s reporting on the subject. Either the public is apathetic about it, or it is simply squeezed out by more sensational news topics. Those aren’t in short supply in 2019.

Everyone can acquire a NASA Air Purifier. It can save your summer.

How To Stay Safe This Summer

So, there is the problem: Ground Level Ozone and VOCs are more plentiful when the temperature rises. They are both bad for you in the short term and can have really terrible long term health effects. How does one avoid these things without spending their summer months in some kind of bubble or remove Arctic outpost? Well, probably the first thing to do is remember what you have read here next time you vote. Who takes a position on these things? As we have noted, this information is locked away in a vault somewhere. But, expecting dramatic change from the top is probably wishful thinking if the last few years count for anything. So, probably the best thing to do is get an air purifier. At the very least your home (and possibly office) will be free of these air pollutants. And, whether you realize it or not it is still where you spend most of your time. Even if you have hardcore “outdoor” kids who have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the dinner table, they still spend at least seven hours sleeping. Limiting exposure limits effects. True, an air purifier isn’t going to fix the situation outside. You need to spend more time on that air quality search to keep abreast of that. But, it does keep you and your family safe for most of the day. And, that helps. Let’s clear up one thing here though when we say air purifier we explicitly do not mean filter. The fact that these two terms have become convoluted is surely one of the great failings of public science in the last millennia. Filters are good. They get all the dog hair, dust, and cigar smoke out of the air. But, here is the thing: You already have one. If you are like most Americans, then you have an air conditioner. Every month you go to the grocery store, buy a white boxy looking thing crossed with wire. That is a filter. And, it is all the filter you need. Every bit of air in your home passes through that filter probably once per hour. Yet, when you go to Amazon and look for an air purifier the first four pages are filled with filters. What gives? Well, those devices you are looking at do no more or less than what is already in your house. And, at best they are going to filter the air in a single room. So, you would be spending a lot of money (usually between $250 and $1000) to do what you are already doing consciously or not. When we say to get an air purifier, we mean the really high tech kind. The stuff developed by scientists and engineers at places like NASA. Something with a catalyst, that can do the Chemistry that permanently removes VOCs and Ozone from your indoor air. That is what we mean by air purifier, and you should have one in your home. Stay safe, and have a wonderful summer.

How Intensive Farming Is Affecting Our Air Quality

Air quality in the countryside is increasingly becoming problematic. Contrary to what many think or perceive.

Presently the global population stands at approximately seven billion people. And, some estimates have this number expanding to nine billion by the end of the century. Obviously, every one of these people will need to eat, so the demand for food products has nowhere to go but up. One of the means to meet this ever-increasing demand is called intensive farming. Basically, these are agricultural techniques that maximize the crop or livestock yield per acre of the farm and produce as much food product as possible. The ability to do this depends heavily on modern technology, and thus intensive farming is dramatically different from traditional forms of agriculture practiced for generations all over the world. While there is very little debate about the need to maximize food production, there is equally little attention given to the potential harm that intensive farming causes. Specifically, its impact on air quality and the subsequent decline in public health resulting from that impact. Authorities in the United Kingdom have sought to bring the environmental costs of intensive agriculture into the public sphere, and have raised some startling conclusions.

The Problems In The Air

Intensive agriculture affects air quality in several ways. Ammonia fertilizer is used to deliver nitrogen to plants. Nitrogen is critical for the plant’s growth and development and is, therefore, an important input for farmers. Ammonia, however, can volatilize and end up in the air surrounding the farm. The United Kingdom has been tracking Ammonia emissions since the nineteen-eighties and has largely noted a decrease over the time period. This was due to things like more stringent environmental regulations and urbanization creeping into the countryside. However, the problem persists. And, it can be argued that greater population density close to agricultural activity makes the problem all the more serious. The same UK public health officials have gone so far as to say that further reductions of Ammonia pollution could cut premature deaths by fifty thousand in Europe and three thousand in the UK alone. Regrettably, this is where we have to circle back to our original point and note that people have to eat. So, although agriculture makes up a very small proportion of the overall economy in the developed world, it is a critical one. The intensive farming methods used to make this possible, have been blamed for the sudden flattening of the ammonia emissions reductions cheerily observed over the last four decades. How societies and the regulators who keep a careful watch over the well-being of those societies meet this challenge is presently anyone’s guess.

Farm animals are responsible for the emission of Ammonia and Bioaerosols.

Another air quality problem coming from agriculture is the emission of bioaerosols. These are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter emitted from livestock production. The problem exists across the entire spectrum of the meat production industry. Cows flatulate, releasing methane gas into the air. Chickens are kept in dense coups, where droppings and down shedding collect. The chemicals and particulates are likewise released into the local environment. The filth associated with Hogs is certainly well known, and the odor it is responsible for is not soon forgotten by anyone who has ever spent time close to a Hog farm. Animals do animal things, and when lots of them are kept in close quarters (as intensive farming requires) it creates an environmental hazard. A recent review by Imperial College in London has noted a dramatic increase in respiratory problems for farm workers, and asthma/allergy issues in the local populations living near animal farms. Once again, the concerned observer can narrow their eyes at data like this, and try to rationalize the problem away. But, in 2019 Beef, Chicken, and Pork remain a considerable proportion of a human being’s protein intake. So, we must tread lightly in how we solve this one. Meat is notoriously difficult to preserve. The primary driver of spoilage is bacterial. And, the mesophiles, psychrophiles, and psychotrophs that feast on meat in storage is very persistent. They can survive at temperatures as low as one degree Celsius. So, even meat stored in an industrial refrigerator faces rapid spoilage. So, long-distance shipping of meat products must be rapid and clean. This naturally raises the price to the consumer. The only alternative is freezing, which can destroy the flavors and textures so cherished by carnivorous humans. It is human nature to want value for money, and politically sensitive to raise the price of food generally. So, offshoring meat production completely is an unlikely answer to the issue of bioaerosol production. And, once more we left to wonder what can be done.

Everyone can acquire a NASA Air Purifier to solve the air quality issues in the country.

An Immediate Solution

Perhaps the root issue is the nature of society and the government itself. We depend on collective action to fix things, and building consensus on anything is slow. So, is there something an individual can do to shield themselves from the detrimental effects of intensive farming? Here there is good news. Air purifier technology has improved to the point where the right device can eliminate the presence of Ammonia and particulate in your home. Given that the modern resident of a developed nation spends upwards of ninety percent of their day indoors, this should bring some welcome relief. The market for air purifiers is very fragmented at the moment. There is not a clear market leader, and technology standards often fall short of the mark in this industry. For example, most people associate the term air purifier with the word filter and gravitate toward whatever has the highest “HEPA” rating. This is a mistake in general, and particularly in the case of the air quality issues, we have raised here. The reason for this is twofold. First, even the best filters will only catch things down to about .3 microns in diameter. While that is very small, it is not nearly small enough for VOCs and even most particulate issues. True, it is great for pet dander or dust. But, that brings us to the second point here, everyone already has a filter in their home. If you have an air conditioner, you have a filter. You should be replacing this filter once per month, and that is far less expensive than buying an air purifier that essentially does the same thing (and maintaining it). The kind of technology needed to solve the Ammonia and Bioaerosol issue is much more advanced. Such technologies are called catalytic and rely on complex Chemistry rather than filter media. They perform reactions that make it possible to solve air quality issues at the molecular level, eliminating them completely from the air of your home. Such devices are probably not what the average person considers inexpensive, but they are well worth it. As was previously stated, the UK watchdogs have observed that reduced exposure to agricultural related air quality issues will save lives, a lot of them. Further deploying air purification technology in homes makes this possible. And, it can happen without your local congressperson, MP, MEP, president, or monarch lifting a finger.

Dangerous Air In The Heartland

When dangerous air quality makes the news it usually showing up in places with large urban population centers or prevalence of heavy industry. For example, the wildfires that raged in California generated a lot of press when smoke from those fires blanketed Los Angeles and San Francisco. And, the resulting public attention could then be focused on pollution caused by cars or improperly regulated factories. But, heartland cities often cited as having very good air quality rarely make the headlines. It was surprising to many to find out this week that poor air quality was responsible for between two thousand and five thousand deaths in Minnesota between 2013 and 2019. With around five million residents, it is the 22nd most populous of the fifty states. And, it does not have an economy dependent on dirty industries. In fact, Minnesota has some of the nation’s strictest environmental standards. All diesel fuel dispensed in the state must contain 2% bio sources, and it is a leader in both wind and solar energy production. Air quality statewide meets all federal clean air standards So, what is going on?

Minnesota’s Air Quality Problem

This month the Minnesota Department of Public Health partnered with the Pollution Control Agency to release a report titledLife and Breath, which hoped to address the underlying issues of the air quality problem. It discovered that while pollution levels across the state were fairly uniform, particulate matter (PM 2.5) were most prevalent in the Twin Cities metro area, which is the largest city in the state and home to approximately fifty-five percent of the population. The problem disproportionately affects seniors, children, and people living without health insurance or regular contact with health care providers. Nevertheless, air quality is a problem for all Minnesotans regardless of whether they live in an urban or rural environment.

The primary air quality issue in Minnesota is the fine particulate matter or PM 2.5. This is a mix of fine dust and gas with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (millionth of a meter) or less. PM 2.5 sources are abundant in the state and include vehicles, tractors, construction equipment, power plants, and fossil fuel burning. Particulate matter can travel very large distances in the air. So, while the levels may be most prevalent near roadways or areas with greater population density, it becomes problematic over a wider geographic region.

PM 2.5 can cause immediate problems like shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing. However, prolonged exposure leads to more serious conditions like COPD and heart disease. Children exposed to PM 2.5 can develop Asthma and Allergies. Elderly people are at a heightened risk of stroke and heart attack. Even minute changes to PM 2.5 levels can have a dramatic impact on these health outcomes. The map to the right shows the concentration of PM 2.5 in the air recorded for each county in the state. The darker the shade of blue, the more concentrated the PM 2.5.

The state of Minnesota has achieved great things where environmental justice is concerned. It has air quality consistently below federally mandated thresholds, has been very successful in the utilization of alternative energy sources, and has sustainable forestry practices. But, the state is not content to rest on its laurels. It has set a ten percent statewide air pollution reduction target, and has ambitious goals for improving health equity for the most vulnerable among the population. In our view, that is a noble goal. However, air pollution targets are often difficult to achieve. The reason for this is that there is only so much the state can control. Regulation can be used to limit things like vehicle emissions, or the use of fossil fuels in generating electricity. However, PM 2.5 can originate from natural sources as well. Last year, wildfires in Canada dramatically increased PM 2.5 levels. Minnesota also borders four states, which do not have the same strict environmental standards. And, it is not unusual for PM 2.5 to travel via air currents from nearby pollution sources. Industrial centers like Chicago and Milwaukee are not far. And, plains states like Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas are hot spots for large agricultural enterprises. Both of these sources are considered reasons for the higher concentrations in the central and southern regions of Minnesota. In fact, the rural southwest had the highest number of air pollution attributable deaths in the period under study. Thus, the statewide scope of the ten percent air pollution reduction goal. The report concluded that this reduction would have a meaningful impact on public health. It would lead to five hundred fewer deaths, seventy fewer hospitalizations, and one hundred fifty fewer emergency room visits all in a single year. Certainly a laudable goal, and hopefully achievable.

Thinking About Indoor Air

As the saying goes, we must hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In spite of what Minnesota hopes to achieve there are many factors working against them. A warming climate, a growing population, and neighboring state reluctance are all headwinds. There is also a considerable air quality problem the state has yet to address: indoor air quality. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that indoor air quality is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. This is due to low air exchange rates with the outside combining with indoor air pollution sources to aggregate PM 2.5 and VOCs within the home. In colder states like Minnesota, this is even more of an issue because of the use of heating oil or fireplaces. Anyone who has ever experienced Minnesota in January, when temperatures frequently drop well below zero, or heard about it probably understands the tendency to spend most time indoors. And, this of course leads to higher air pollution risk. Hopefully, the state of Minnesota will embrace indoor air quality issues in their statewide plans, and include air sanitizers in their health equity goals. This would go a long way in helping them achieve better health for all residents of the state. Even, if they fail to achieve their progressive outdoor standards, they can at the very least ensure that time spent indoors is healthy.

Air Quality: The Traveler’s Dilemma

 

Whenever we travel, whether for business or pleasure, there is a lot to think about. Is the destination safe? What is the weather going to be like, and what should I wear? Will they speak my language? Some say that planning a trip is the most interesting part of it, and others find it incredibly stressful. One thing that often gets overlooked is air quality at the destination. Poor air quality is the cause of many short and long term health problems, and it should be a prominent consideration in your travel plans.

 

 Not Always Where You Would Expect

Most people associate poor air quality with China. That is true, Chinese cities have some of the worst air quality in the world. However, the problem is equally pernicious in other East Asian locales as well as Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. Wherever your plans take you, your first stop should be the Air Quality Index. It is operated by the US Government and provides the local AQI. This is usually an assessment of the concentration of particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10) in the local air. The site provides a comprehensive explanation of how these results were obtained, and what they mean for you. For Americans, AQI will show up on news programs or other media during allergy season or extreme events such as wildfires. But, regrettably, they are rarely cited outside of these specific instances. In Asia, however, it is something looked at as commonly as the weather.

If you are traveling somewhere with a low AQI, then you may want to consider a face mask. Again, they are common in Asia. If you travel there during winter that is when particulate levels are highest. Industrial activity combined with vehicles transporting workers and goods makes the AQI situation difficult. Regrettably, this is followed in the spring with what is called “Asian dust”. These are yellow particles carried by the wind from the Gobi desert. So, if you find yourself in Asia during this time period, you will see a lot of people with facemasks. Make sure to obtain them in advance of your trip. They are easy to obtain on sites like Amazon and can be in your hands well before take-off. This is certainly easier than running around an unfamiliar city trying to find them a drugstore. Also, take care to get a good one. Dr.Miranda Loh at the Institute for Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh recommends masks rated at least N95. This means the mask will remove 95% of all particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameter or larger. That is effective protection against the fine dust of particulate matter. Of all the masks that appeared in her study, Dr.Loh was most favorable to the 3M Aura Disposable Respirator 9322+ as it was the most effective at consistently reducing exposure in the study volunteers. Dr.Loh is also very firm that the masks should be used as recommended. The Chinese government recommends wearing a mask when the AQI is over 200. However, you will notice that many choose to do so whenever the AQI is above 150. Certainly, if you suffer from asthma or other respiratory illness you will want to consider a mask even below this threshold. Ultimately, it is up to you. But, be judicious and aware of the local situation.

A Skin Problem Too

Most are probably also not aware that air quality is as much a problem for the health of one’s skin as it is for the lungs. Dr. Steven Wang, the director of Dermatology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of Basking Ridge has published a study The Effects of Ambient Air Pollution On Skin. He recommends applying sunscreen in the morning, using gentle skin cleansers, and taking a shower after daily activity. This will prevent particulate matter from entering your bloodstream through pores in the skin.

Part of using good air quality judgment is deciding when to just stay indoors. Some days are bad enough, that it isn’t advisable to be outside at all. Perhaps have some museums or other indoor activities planned as contingencies just in case things take a turn for the worse. If you find yourself traveling for business, it may be advisable to stay flexible with regard to meeting schedules. A day around a conference table is far preferable to a day outside a factory on a poor air quality day.

 The Indoor Air Quality

It is important to keep in mind, however, that the EPA has cited that indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoor air quality. This is due to how air handling systems work. They have a fresh air replacement rate of only thirty percent. So, at any time of the day, only about one-third of the air is being cycled in and out. This means that indoor pollution sources are very persistent. Also, whatever is outside will end up inside. While most air system manufacturers recommend monthly filter changes, this is commonly overlooked. If you are in a hotel or rental home you will have no control over this. So, take some time to look into hotels that offer air purifiers as an amenity. If there aren’t anywhere you are going, consider taking your own. There are good air purifier options that travel fairly easily. Particularly, if you are taking your own vehicle.

Most people don’t even think about air quality when planning a trip. But, many people find out quickly how detrimental it can be when they reach their destination. So, let’s change this. Start thinking about the local air quality when you are booking tickets, cars, and events. Consider bringing face masks and an air purifier. Make sure to have skin care products. Even short term exposure to poor air quality can have long term effects. Plan ahead, and stay safe!

The Inside Story: Air Pollution Can Cause Alzheimer’s Dementia

 One of the defining moments of adulthood is when it comes time to take care of a sick or aging parent. It is truly a difficult moment. There is often conflict between loved ones, a constant questioning of one’s actions, and no shortage of stress over the cost of long term care. It is important to remember though that many (if not most) long term care facilities are committed to a good quality of life for your mom or dad. They look more like high-end resorts than the “old folks homes” of years past. It is in this context we want to present the potential benefit of air purification. As you will learn in this piece, poor air quality has been strongly correlated with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Improving that air quality has been shown to dramatically reduce it. So, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to move an elderly parent to a long term care facility please consider the potential benefit clear indoor air can have on their quality of life.

 The research behind the claim

In 2017 three researchers at Arizona State University read the work of Aaron Reuben at Mother Jones. Aaron was exploring the connection between air pollution and dementia. Inspired by this narrative, Kelly Bishop, Nicolai Kuminoff, and Jonathan Ketcham decided to dig a little deeper. Their study connected EPA air quality data with fifteen years of Medicare records for 6.9 million Americans over the age of sixty-five. They attempted to separate this population into those exposed to bad air quality and those who are not. What made the study so successful was that in 2005 the EPA cited 132 counties across the country for air quality that fell below nationally mandated thresholds. These counties, therefore, worked to dramatically improve the situation. In doing so, they created lots of new data points to compare with other regions who were not having to make the same efforts. So, the question became: Would deliberate attempts to manipulate air quality for the better reduce the incidence of Dementia? Previous studies had failed in this regard. They were limited to examining what occurred naturally. For example, heavy rain can dramatically reduce the presence of particulate matter outdoors. Conditions can also be altered by wind patterns and proximity to economic activity. These variables are difficult to control for and can create misleading results. Bishop, Kuminoff, and Ketcham’s study did indeed verify the connection between poor air quality and Dementia. They found that in the 132 counties with rapidly increasing air quality, seniors developed Dementia at substantially lower rates than those who lived in places without air quality improvements. They also noted that exposure to one more microgram of particulate matter was the equivalent of nearly three years of natural aging. To put this in context, one microgram is a sufficiently small amount of pollution to be the difference from one neighborhood to the next. The authors further noted that this put poor air quality on par with hypertension and heart disease as drivers of Dementia. The change in air quality standards in these 132 counties likely resulted in 140,000 fewer cases of Dementia, with an economic benefit of over $160 billion.

Researchers across many disciplines continue the work and look to further establish the connection between poor air quality and Dementia. The proxy for air quality used in most of these studies is particulate matter. Often this is described as PM 2.5 or PM 10. This means fine dust and other air pollution inputs (nitrogenous compounds, VOCs, etc) that are less than 2.5 microns and 10 microns respectively in diameter. This is too small to see, and the presence of particulate matter must be verified using very sensitive, very costly meters. While there are inexpensive alternative meters now being sold on the internet, the sensitivity of such meters is questionable. As previously noted, a single microgram (one-millionth of a gram) can make a substantial difference with regard to health outcomes.

Where the pollution comes from, and how it harms seniors

There are many sources of particulate matter. Some of them are natural or quasi-natural like Volcanoes or forest fires. Others are manmade. Common causes of particulate matter in populated areas are vehicles, power plants, and industrial activities. When the particulate matter is inhaled it becomes embedded within the lungs, and then enters the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the body reacts to the particulate matter as it would any hostile invader, and initiates an immune response. The objective is to trap, contain, and remove the invading particle. However, with constant exposure, there is a predictable hyperimmune response. This can further induce other immune responses throughout the body and has been connected to neurodegeneration. This hyperimmune response was demonstrated to create Alzheimer’s plaques in mice in a 2017 study conducted by Dr. Caleb Finch a gerontologist with The University of Southern California’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network. While the specific mechanism of causation remains unclear, Dr. Finch was quoted in a follow-up Mother Jones article as saying “I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia.”

The unfortunate drawback to these and other studies relating air pollution to brain disease is that the focus is on the outdoors. This is also the focus on any legislative or regulatory attempt to control air pollution. What gets left out in these efforts is the indoors. And, this is no small thing. The EPA has noted that indoor air pollution is two to five times worse indoors than out. The reason for this is the way an HVAC system works. The typical air handler in a home, office, or public space has a fresh air replacement rate of only thirty percent. This makes it easy for particulate from the outdoors to accumulate indoors and limits the exhaustion of indoor sources of air pollution (stoves, fireplaces, carpets, finishes, etc). Given the significance a single microgram of particulate has, this is very troublesome. While it is clearly a threat to anyone, seniors are a higher risk group. They spend more time in indoor settings, are less active, and closer to the onset of Dementia.

Again, no one loves being in the position of having to tell a respected parent they are no longer able to live on their own. It is probably one of the most stressful moments of anyone’s life. However, it is something that most of us will have to face with courage. When the time comes, we have a special responsibility to make sure that their time in a long term care facility is as pleasant and meaningful as possible. Credible research has linked air pollution to Alzheimer’s Dementia. Air pollution is more prevalent inside than out. And, seniors spend more time indoors. So, it is our responsibility to look for proven indoor air sanitization methods that will diminish the likelihood of a parent developing Dementia.

The Right Start Means The Right Spec

We introduced our official spec process over a year ago, and we have been pleased with the outcome. Results have been normalized across the globe, and we feel that we have arrived at a more methodical process for determining the appropriate number and type of units for your clients. Industrial sales have increased, and customers satisfied; we take that as a win.

However, it has come to my attention that in some circumstances the spec process we used created a recommended number of units that was simply uneconomical, and was, perhaps, more than what some clients really needed. I took this concern to heart, and worked with a few individuals to develop a standard that we feel meets everyone’s needs. The new approach uses three tiers which correspond to the unique conditions all of you encounter. It employs the scientific rigor which Airocide used to build its reputation over the last fifteen years, but gives you more flexibility to get the sale.

The new process is available for download by clicking the orange button above. I would like for each of you to read it, and make absolutely certain you understand it. This is the format which will be used for all corporate deployment recommendations going forward, and how I would like you to present to your clients. You can copy and paste what is in the document onto your own letterhead, and translate as needed. We think this will take us even further in 2017, and reach customers who may have not been previously accessible. Should you have any questions; please let us know.

David A. Ghelerter Chief Science and Technology Officer, Airocide

Cleaner Air Even on Vacation

This week I took my family for a winter getaway in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. We rented a well appointed three bedroom cabin, and showed up expecting perfection for the price I paid. While the place was immaculately clean, the serenity intoxicating, and views worth a million dollars; we were greeted by the unpleasant odor of pesticide. People come here for the reasons I described above; being miles away from town at nature’s doorstep. Of course, this means bugs. And, bugs require chemicals to remove. As you can imagine; this isn’t what the rental agency wanted to greet its guests with.

I was in luck, however, the new Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 unit I meant to return to the office last week; was still in the back of the SUV! My eldest stepson had the good sense to bring it into our kitchen and turn it on. It worked perfectly; the smell of pesticide was completely gone within twenty minutes. Were it not for this turn of events; Wyndham Vacation Rentals would have received an irate phone call from me.

This struck me as interesting; if the new PM 2.5 unit worked for me it could work for anyone in a similar circumstance. Further to the point; I recollected another experience I had at a rental villa in Bali, Indonesia last year. Our villa sat right in the middle of the rice paddies. While it was beautiful to look at from the pool deck, when the tenders came to burn the residual from the days pruning, and smoke poured into our home; it wasn’t pleasant. I did not have an APS-200 PM 2.5 unit in that circumstance, and I wish I did.

So, I think the experience I had in these two rental homes is valuable to us as an organization. Certainly less intrepid travelers than my wife and I would demanding money back from the rental agency. So, they clearly have an incentive to provide decent indoor air quality. That is air free of odor causing VOCs, smoke, cigarette residual, allergy inducing mold, and disease causing bacteria. Our new Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 unit performs all of these functions, and could be incredibly valuable to companies or individuals who rent real property for profit.

I would suggest placing a unit in a bedroom, as that is where a guest spends most of their time. In spite of all of the fun events available at their chosen destination; they are still going to get their eight hours sleep. This is what we recommend for our valued consumer customers in the United States. Because the client is spending most of their time in an Airocide environment; they will notice the difference.

I would also suggest having a unit in the kitchen; it worked for us on this trip and I think has enormous value. The Kitchen is one of the primary sources of PM 2.5 because of cooking activities. Having an Airocide there will help keep odors at bay, and air clear.

Lastly, many rental units, such as the one we presently occupy, allow pets. This is, of course, restricted to cats and dogs, but even one of these animals can create issues for the next guest. Dogs shed, and manage to spread odor and mess wherever they go (Note: I am a dog lover, and grew up with Springer Spaniels). Cat litter boxes leave odor that lingers for days. The Airocide APS-200 PM 2.5 alleviates issues associated with both of these creatures, and helps create the environment discerning guests expect.

So, how to tap this potentially lucrative market? I would start by spending some time on www.vrbo.com and www.homeaway.com. These are the two sources for all of the homes we have ever rented, and we do this twice a year. You will find both individuals and organizations making homes, boats, cabins, and even tiny houses available to guests for rent. Make some new contacts, and see where it goes.

We concluded a new Residential Study on our PM 2.5 unit, and I would encourage all of you to read it here.

Sincerely,

David A. Ghelerter Chief Science and Technology Officer, Airocide

baby air purifier

Ushering In The Next Generation With Airocide

One of the noblest responsibilities each generation has is to create the next. Raising children, though, is more than just an evolutionary necessity; it is the central event that defines the lives of women across the globe. However, many are unable to carry new life to term. This has been the source of much anguish and regrettable social stigmas since time immemorial. Fortunately, modern innovation in medical science has given hope to millions of women that in the not too distant past would have had none.

In vitro fertilization is the fertilization of eggs in a test tube or other location outside the body. An egg is removed the patient’s ovaries, fertilized in a lab, and then retuned to the patient’s uterus. The entire cycle takes about two weeks. This allows women with certain genetic and acquired conditions that prevent pregnancy to come to potentially bring a fetus term.

 

Naturally environmental factors come into play, and air quality specifically is important for ensuring embryo viability. VOCs have been shown to be particularly harmful. They attach directly to DNA strands, and inhibit growth (Better IVF Outcomes Following Improvements in Laboratory Air Quality, Khoudja et al). This has been demonstrated in recent published work to dramatically reduce the success of pregnancies (Control of air quality in an assisted reproductive technology laboratory, Boone et al). Specific VOCs identified as problematic are: styrenes, formaldehydes, glutealdehydes, and toluene.

The connection between pregnancy success and presence of VOCs was firmly established in the published study Better IVF Outcomes Following Improvements in Laboratory Air Quality, Khoudja et al. In this work; success rates were compared before and after installation of a Honeycomb Carbon air filtration system (other factors held equal). Fertilization rates rose from 70.1% to 83.7% in a sample size of 1,403 individuals. To put these numbers in perspective; that is nearly 200 more women who carried to term. Air quality matters.

The difference between a honeycomb carbon air filter and Airocide is significant. The carbon filter has a fixed number of sites which can absorb VOCs, and once all of those sites are filled the filter becomes ineffective. In my own work; I have discovered that honeycomb carbon filters will saturate rather quickly. So, the results you get in a study such as this are likely to be unsustainable over time; particularly given the high concentrations of VOCs discovered. The Airocide NASA PCO Catalyst, however, never degrades and never saturates. It remains efficacious over it’s lifetime, and does not necessitate the constant changing required by a filter. Thus, it is my assertion that we have the opportunity to significantly improve fertilization rates in IVF clinics with our technology, even in excess of the excellent results obtained with the carbon filter.

We have made a great video which compares Airocide to Blue Air, which uses a carbon honeycomb filter. The difference in results is dramatic, and highly favorable to Airocide. I would encourage watching it here.

The graph above documents the reduction of Toluene in an Airocide environment (chamber testing on a GCS-25 conducted at UL Labs, Atlanta, GA in 2012), one of the VOCs specifically mentioned as problematic in the study. This is an 80% reduction over a 3.5 hour period. Compare this with the reduction in Benzene noted in the results section of the study. Benzene is a close analog of Toluene (Toluene is Benzene with a methyl group). It took the carbon honeycomb material 16 hours to achieve a 54% reduction. This is a clear Airocide advantage, and one that can do profound good in an IVF clinic.

When selecting locations for Airocide units; let the study be your guide. It focuses on the laboratory, incubation room, and adjacent hallway. Focus on these areas for recommended deployments as well as setting up case studies. VOC reductions can be quantified using sorbent tube/Gas Chromatograph analysis, portable Gas Chromatograph analysis, or PID meters. I could not locate a firm standard for sizes for these spaces, so I would encourage you to determine dimensions and other factors locally; then let’s work together to come up with a proper spec. This is a potentially game changing application for the Airocide NASA PCO technology; please see what you can do for IVF clinics in your territory.

David A. Ghelerter Chief Science and Technology Officer, Airocide

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Better Air Means Safer Food

Most of the dialogue with produce growers, packers, and distributors revolves around the risk ethylene and fungus present to their product. With good reason, these two indoor air quality issues are well known to cause expensive consequences. However, the less well known threat that comes from Bacteria may well be the biggest problem they have. Strains such as Escherichia Coli (E.Coli), are abundantly present in manure used in the fields to fertilize developing food crops. It has been conclusively demonstrated that the pathogenic bacteria present in the manure spreads to the fruit through the air. If this is true, then there is likelihood of the same happening in a cold storage environment. One infected fruit could lead to many infected fruits. This can have horrific effects later in the supply chain. Staying with the E.Coli example, it causes symptoms such as diarrhea, anemia, and even kidney failure. Furthermore, outbreaks receive eager press coverage. Airocide NASA PCO technology has the ability to minimize this risk, and protect brands from unexpected and catastrophic circumstances downstream.

The foundation of this problem is presented in Airborne Transport of Foodborne Pathogens from Bovine Manure to Vegetable Surfaces(DeNiro et al). The work was published through the Environmental Sciences department at the Ohio State University in 2013. It is no surprise that produce consumption has risen dramatically over the last twenty years. The perceived health benefits, and nutritional content are the drivers. However, due to the way produce is marketed it remains relatively uncommon for it to be properly washed prior to consumption. Keywords like “fresh” and the general trust society has in consumer goods make food borne illness an afterthought. The result is that twenty percent of all food borne illness outbreaks in the United States from 1990 to 2004 came from produce products. Furthermore, it is estimated that seventeen percent of the entire US population contracts a food borne illness every year from produce consumption. DeNiro et al. recognizes lettuce, spinach, other leafy greens, and tomatoes as the primary vectors of food borne illness. E.Coli and Salmonella javiana (S.Javiana) are the primary pathogens. E.Coli is most commonly associated with leafy greens, and S.Javiana with tomatoes.

Produce products are commonly fertilized with manure from dairy cows. And, this is becoming increasingly common as organic products gain marketshare on grocery shelves. Cows shed very large lodes of pathogenic bacteria in their waste. When the waste is untreated, the pathogenic bacteria are transferred to fields where produce is in production. The bacteria are very persistent, and have been demonstrated viable for as long as 154 days after the manure was applied. This extends the timeline in which produce products can be infected to the entire growing cycle. E.Coli has even proven resistant to low temperatures and acidic soil conditions. Bacteria are transferred to produce surfaces by aerosol, which occurs when droplets dry quickly and become solid particles referred to as bioaerosols. Once the bacteria is established on the surface of the produce product, it becomes embedded in the stomata which are tiny pores used in respiration. This makes invalidation during standard post harvest washing nearly impossible.

Once produce products are harvested they are sent to packing houses to be sorted and distributed to the end user. During this process it will spend anywhere from 12 hours to two weeks in cold storage. If any of the fruit is infected with bacteria, it can spread in cold storage by the same mechanism. DeNiro et al. established the correlation between residual humidity and viability. Cold storage rooms are maintained at RH levels of 50% to 100% making aerosolization more likely. This converts non infected produce into substrates for future bacterial colonization. QA and quarantine procedures are rarely advanced enough to monitor bacterial content in incoming produce, which increases the risk of introducing pathogenic bacteria into storage environments.

If the future destination of the stored produce is a food processing facility, then the end user usually has a chlorine wash procedure or irradiation process for bacterial invalidation. However, if the recipient of the produce is selling it, as is, to the general public, pathogenic bacteria can very easily cause illness due to improper washing. Airocide can significantly lower the probability of the spread of pathogenic bacteria in a cold storage environment, and reduce the risk of human infection.

The image above is a diagram of the plasma membrane of a bacteria. The plasma membrane separates the internal anatomy of the bacterial cell from the outside environment. Imbedded within it are Integral proteins, which regulate certain life functions like the intake of water or molecules used to construct complex internal structures. When a bacterial cell passes through the Airocide NASA PCO reactor it oxidizes (removes electron density) from these Integral proteins. This prevents the bacteria from performing the necessary life functions described above, and invalidates the bacteria. Airocide has been conclusively demonstrated to reduce bacterial colony forming units in real world applications. This was demonstrated in Reducing Airborne Microbes in the Surgical Operating Theater and Other Clinical Settings (Cram et.al), where all classes of bacteria were either significantly reduced or eliminated completely. A substantial decrease in the number of bacterial colony forming units in a cold storage room will reduce the likelihood of bacteria spreading to other fruit products. This, in turn, reduces the risk of future consumers becoming sick.

David A. Ghelerter Chief Science and Technology Officer, Airocide

The Air And The Food We Eat

While it is not a commonly known fact, air quality can dramatically impact the safety of the food we eat. What we buy in the grocery store or eat in a restaurant has often travelled a great distance to reach us. Unless something is locally sourced, it can come from distant parts of the country or even other parts of the world. This means days or even months in storage or transit. The air which your food is exposed to along the way will play a big role in how it looks, smells, and tastes when you eat it. The Airocide NASA PCO technology plays a critical role in this supply chain, eliminating harmful VOCs and pathogenic microbes in the air. This ensures that you and your family get the tastiest and safest food possible.

 

The Ethylene Problem

Fruits and vegetables are a critical part of a healthy diet. They contain many vital vitamins and minerals and are also an important source of fibre. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) assembles a list of America’s top 20 favourite fruits and vegetables every year. The one thing you will probably notice is that none of these products is grown in your neighbourhood or even in your state. Take, for example, Bananas which are America’s reigning most popular fruit. The top 20 countries for banana production are all in either Central or South America. Even the closest banana producing countries like Mexico and Guatemala are minimum two trucking days away from the US border. More distant places like Ecuador can be as much as three weeks by ship. The same is true for many other fruit and vegetable products on this list.And, this is just to a port of entry. Once the fruit enters the United States, it is loaded onto another truck or train to be sent to a distribution centre in your area. The US is a big country, so that can take some time. All along the route, the fruit is confined in refrigerated storage. Either a packing house or back of a truck. It will ripen during this time period because of a VOC called Ethylene. This VOC is used as a ripening hormone and is why bananas in your kitchen progress from green to yellow to black with time. As a VOC, Ethylene is present in the air. In small quantities, it is a good thing, because fruit tastes better when it is ripe. However, too much Ethylene is definitely a bad thing. It can cause premature ripening and rot. For fruit packers and transporters it is a constant concern. If Ethylene concentrations grow too high in the cold storage rooms or trucks they have a product they can’t sell and a financial loss. This is, of course, bad for consumers as well. It leads to price increases which stretch family food budgets. Another problem for consumers is that they usually buy fruit to last for several days after purchase. If the fruit is already in an advanced stage of maturity, it won’t last long. This is likewise wasteful.

Airocide’s NASA PCO technology eliminates Ethylene (and other VOCs) that threaten fruits and vegetables during storage and transport. This can mean up to three extra weeks of healthy, safe product! In fact, Airocide was conceived specifically to combat the problem of too much Ethylene. In the 1990s NASA wanted to plan a manned trip to Mars. The major logistical problem they faced was feeding the Astronauts along the way. Their scientists and engineers reasoned that actually growing the green products human’s need along the way was the best method of accomplishing this. However, they also ran into the Ethylene problem. Airocide was their elegant solution, and it worked! While we never made it to Mars, the Airocide units were used aboard both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Columbia shuttle. The technology was proven effective enough to remove the Ethylene, and safe enough to use aboard a spacecraft. One could not ask for a more powerful endorsement.

Over the last twenty years, Airocide has become the world’s largest supplier of air purification technology to the perishables industry. Airocide is the only air purification technology endorsed by APEAM, which is the trade association representing Avocado growers in Mexico. You may know them from their “Avocados From Mexico” ads during the Superbowl. Mexico supplies about one-quarter of all Avocados consumed in the United States. So, if you eat Avocados with the “Avocados From Mexico” sticker you are enjoying the benefit of Airocide’s NASA PCO technology.

Meat and Seafood

Of course, the problem of airborne food spoilage and the power of Airocide to solve it doesn’t stop with fruits and vegetables. Meat and Fresh Seafood, our major sources of protein, also have threats in the air! The major cause of spoilage for these products is bacteria. Bacteria will spread even in refrigerated conditions. This can lead to both product waste and illness. You have probably heard of E.Coli. That is a bacteria, which has led to severe illness and even deaths. Airocide’s NASA PCO technology will eliminate anything organic without discriminating. So, it is just as good at removing the bacteria as it is in removing the Ethylene. This is making the technology as popular with Meat producers as it is with the fruit and vegetable folks. If you live in the United States you have probably eaten a fruit, vegetable, meat, or seafood product kept in an Airocide environment. For example, both Whole Foods and Del Monte have adopted the technology to keep the products they deliver to you fresh and safe. If the Airocide NASA PCO technology can do so much to keep your meals safe and healthy, just imagine what it can do in your home!

Better Air. Better Wine

  Winemaking has been a part of cultures all over the world for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered it foundational to civilization. The Chinese employed local wines in both ritual and medicine. And ancient Persians considered wine to be a necessity in composing great poetry. It could be said that wine has played a more significant role in global culture than any other drink. And, demand for the drink has not slowed with time. A Booming Industry Recently Silicon Valley Bank wrote a report on the state of the Wine Industry. One of the boldest claims made was that the US wine industry is in the largest growth period in history. In 2016 790 million gallons of wine was consumed in the United States alone! And, the fastest growing markets globally are actually in East Asia. So, the industry continues to grow. What differentiates wine consumption in antiquity from today is the level of sophistication. Winemaking is both an art and a science. A good winemaker can pick the best grapes by taste. But, modernity has provided technology to supplement this time-honoured craft. One of the biggest roles that this technology plays is in preservation. Wine is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Constructing wine caves on choice real estate in Napa Valley, Sonoma, or Santa Barbara has astronomical costs. And when the wine you produce sells for hundreds of dollars per bottle, the value of a barrel is equally staggering. So, protecting these assets from environmental damage is critical.

The Need For A Mold Air Purifier Wine caves are naturally cool and moist environments. Much like your basement at home. So, one of the most serious threats to barrels in storage is black mould. Mould thrives in moist environments, and the risk increases as the residual humidity (RH) does. Controlling the spread of black mould in a wine cave is a tricky business. If the mould establishes itself, it can spread to the valuable wine barrels in storage. Obviously, it won’t do to have black mould developing alongside your prized vintage! So, the winemaker is forced to devote many labour hours to cleaning the barrels. And, even this is difficult. Wine is a product of its environment. It absorbs the aromas and notes of what is around it. This makes using traditional fungicides such as Chlorine impossible. So, a winemaker has to employ a sulfur dioxide solution to clean the barrels. Mould is one of the ways that the Airocide NASA PCO technology benefits the wine industry. It eliminates mould spores in the air, arresting their spread. Airocide has been proven to reduce barrel cleaning time by seventy-five per cent or more. This is roughly forty to fifty labour hours! Not only does this free up the winemaker to spend time on the wine itself, but it also helps the bottom line. Most of the world’s best places for wine production have very high labour costs. One could counter the previous paragraph by asking: Why store the wine barrels somewhere with such a high RH? Why not store them somewhere dryer? The reason is the evaporative loss. Physics dictates that any substance will move from a region of higher concentration to a region of lower concentration. This gives individual molecules more room to move around. And, nature favours that. Therefore, if RH in a barrel room is not high then the liquid content of the wine will evaporate into the surrounding environment. RH levels of seventy per cent or more must be maintained to avoid this. Which is what generates the mould problem. Again, we are talking about a valuable product here. Even minor evaporative loss can mean a huge hit to the winemaker’s profitability. The Airocide NASA PCO technology allows barrel rooms to be kept at an appropriate RH level and prevent the spread of mould. This prevents evaporative loss. The Need For A VOC Air Purifier Mould is not the only airborne threat to producing beautiful wines. There is another risk from VOCs and yeasts that occurs later. The VOCs Trichloroanisole (TCA) is a molecule present in cork and other packaging materials. If it accumulates in high concentrations it can change the flavour and aroma of the wine, two attributes most commonly associated with a value. The presence of TCA in wine is commonly referred to as “corkiness” or “must”. In this case, Airocide functions as a VOC air purifier and eliminates the TCA in the air. This is important to do because even a few parts per trillion of TCA can spoil an otherwise wonderful bottle of wine. Brettanomyces or “Brett” is a yeast that is present in small quantities in most red wines. Many wine enthusiasts like it because it is an easy flavour to pick up. Some describe it as pungent, and others metallic. Obviously, individual tastes will vary, but too much Brett is usually a bad thing. At higher concentrations, it can overpower other notes of flavour and aroma. And, this can spoil the experience of a particular wine. Yeasts, like their mold cousins, are fungi that can spread through the air. The Airocide NASA PCO technology eliminates them as well.

The Need For A Home PCO Air Purifier Preserving good wine does not stop with the winemaker. It is a continuous process that the serious enthusiast or collector must maintain. Home wine cellars are growing in popularity all over the world. And, the same care taken by the winemaker must be taken by the end user. Wine should be stored at a temperature between forty-five degrees and sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Fifty-five degrees is often described as perfect. And RH should be maintained at fifty to eighty per cent. Again, this promotes the spread of mould. While the mould will not penetrate a properly sealed bottle of wine, it can ruin labels. This, in turn, lowers the value of the wine. Airocide NASA PCO technology offers a perfect solution. Airocide has a line of consumer products perfect for the wine collector. The units are compact, have low maintenance, and a design ideal for display. It performs the same function as the industrial PCO air purifiers, just on a smaller scale. Airocide NASA PCO technology has been a longtime partner to the world’s finest winemakers and wine enthusiasts for over a decade. Our products are present in over seventy wineries worldwide. We are the only air purification technology that has reached this level of success in the wine industry. Our products work and assist the world’s finest winemakers to achieve their best.

For The Mothers

  Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day, and takes a moment to celebrate the many accomplishments of women all over the globe. One of the many incredible things women can do, for which it is certain everyone is grateful, is bear children. Having children is a big responsibility, and one that lasts a lifetime. So, Airocide wanted to devote this week’s post to something important to all of the moms out there: protecting your kids. Air Quality and Your Children When children are young, there are all kind of things to watch out for. Preventing your young one from taking off the minute your back is turned, feeding them a healthy diet, making sure they have positive influences in their life, and many other things. However, one important thing seems to be overlooked: Air Quality. Having good air quality is critical for children, and something to be thinking about from birth. Children face extraordinary risk from air pollution. Their lungs are still developing and they are very active, which leads to heavy breathing. Eighty percent of a child’s alveoli (air sacs which in aggregate form the lung) will develop after they are born. Meaning a mere twenty percent develop in utero.Alveoli are very important. This where oxygen is transferred to the bloodstream. Oxygen, of course, is critical to sustaining life. The Alveoli will continue to develop until adulthood, and critical to protect during childhood.

The Evidence The Southern California Children’s Health Study examined the long term effects of exposure to air pollution very closely. It tracked about 1,800 children between the ages of 10 and 18 from 1993 to 2001. The most dramatic conclusion of the study was that children exposed to air pollution had diminished lung development, which was never overcome. A follow up to this study was conducted from 2007 to 2011, when the air in Southern California was much cleaner. There were far fewer incidences of reduced lung development, and far fewer bronchial symptoms (coughing, congestion, and phlegm). It is true that in 2019 children spend less time outdoors than in the nineties or early two thousands. Video games and homework seem to have replaced outdoor activities. So, undoubtedly many readers will gloss over the last paragraph thinking it doesn’t apply to their family. That would be wrong. Even if you children are like the great majority of the American public who spend over ninety percent of their day in doors they are still exposed to air pollution. The reason is that most homes have air conditioning/heating units. The standard air system has a fresh air replacement rate of 30%. So, every hour nearly one third of the air in your home is being replaced by what is outside. If the air is polluted, that pollution will find its way inside. There are also many indoor sources of air pollution. All carpets, treated wood, and plastics emit pollutants called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Other common indoor activities are linked to indoor air quality issues as well such as cooking or a fire in the fireplace. So, there is a good chance that the air in your home is worse than what is outside. All of these pollutants tend to build up in an insulated environment. The Solution For Poor Indoor Air Quality So, how do you protect your children’s lungs from pollution in your home’s air? There are several important steps to take. First, make sure that your air conditioning air filter is changed once per month. Dust, dander, and other large scale pollutants can be largely removed by doing this. All of the air in your home will pass through this filter at some point. So, it is important to make sure the filter is fresh. This will help with the energy bill as well. If the filter is clogged, the air conditioner is going to have to work harder to pull air through it. The harder it works, the more it costs to run. Also, make sure to vacuum the carpeting with a decent vacuum cleaner. Your vacuum should have a HEPA filter. This will eliminate dust in the carpet, which can build up over time, and things like dust mites and other allergens found in such environments. Try to keep any VOC emitting substance in the garage or other external storage place. Things like pesticides, paints, epoxies, and cleaning solutions. And finally, get an air purifier! Air purifiers pick up where these other things leave off. They are meant to act as a complement to your air conditioning air filter. The AC filter takes care of the big stuff (dust, dander, etc) while the air purifier works on the things too small for the filter to catch. These include VOCs, PM 2.5, PM 10, mold spores, and bacteria. And, this is where Airocide can help.

Why Airocide? Airocide uses a technology based on a phenomenon called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). PCO has been around a while. It was discovered by two Japanese scientists, and then refined by NASA for use aboard spacecraft. So, the legacy of the PCO used in Airocidedevices is well documented. It is completely safe, and verified to work. It has even been designated as a Class 2 medical device by the FDA! Other air purification devices lack this kind of history and validation. Our story, our proof, and our longevity in the air purification space truly set us apart. On this International Woman’s Day let’s take a moment to consider the next generation of women and girls. Are they healthy? Are they getting the good air quality they need to thrive as they begin their lives? As you think about this, consider an Airocide Air Purifier. Think about how the decades of science and engineering in our air purifier can impact the life of a young lady close to you. Better air really does mean better life.

Do You Really Need An Air Purifier?At Airocide, air purification is our business. We produce two consumer and four industrial air purification products. Our company opened its doors in 2001, so we have been at this for a very long time. We think our products are the best on the market, and we happy to prove that in any way we can. Be it with a rigorous third party study, or answering every question you have on our cell phones after hours. Whatever it takes to meet your air purification needs, we will happily do. But, the reality is that air purification is not something everyone needs. And, the great products that we make are just not for everyone. We have built a reputation for transparency over the last eighteen years, so we invite to find out if what we do is for you.

What A Filter Is For Most people associate air purification with filters. That is a reasonable connection. And, it is probably based on a lifetime of observation. While our products do not contain conventional filters, such filters certainly have a role to play in your home. Filters catch things in a dense fiber matrix. And, for some circumstances this all that you need. For example, if you have dust in your home’s air and it is a nuisance or provokes an allergic response. A filter is without question what you need to solve your problem. But, you don’t need an air purifier. To be perfectly candid there is absolutely no reason to spend $500, $800, or $1,000 on a device which is nothing more than a box filter and powerful fan. None at all. The reason for this is that most of the people reading this have an air handler in their home. That air handler has a filter. And, all of your home’s air will be pushed through it at regular intervals. What you should do is invest in a good HVAC filter each month, and replace the old one with it. You can get a really good one at just about any grocery store for around $20. Make this a habit, and put it on your calendar for the first of each month. If you have a service to manage this for you, it is even easier. Doing this will contribute mightily to keeping the air in your home free of dust. Moreover, it will be far more effective than any filter based air purifier ever could be. Again, every bit of air in your home will pass through your HVAC filter. There is absolutely no need to invest a substantial sum of money in a single room device which will probably require $200 or more in annual filter replacements. If you are properly maintaining your air hander there is just no need for this. The other thing to do is get a really good vacuum which contains a HEPA filter, and regularly clean your floors. Pay special attention to the carpet. Years of dust can accumulate in the fibers, and it is forced into the surrounding air when disturbed. Regular cleaning will eliminate this problem. Again, a vacuum is something everyone needs and likely already owns. Proper floor cleaning and air handler maintenance will solve air quality problems for most people.

  Who Needs An Air Purifier? So, who needs air purification? Anyone whose problems extend beyond household dust, dander, or pet hair. Common issues are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold, odor, allergen, and particulate matter. All of these can be seriously detrimental to your health, and certainly merit the purchase of an air purifier. But, a conventional filter will not solve them. You need something more, and Airocide is very unique in being something more. Both of our products use a technology called PCO. It was discovered by a couple of Japanese scientists, studied academically for thirty years, refined by NASA, and tailored by us for everyday use. PCO is not easy. There are many ways to get it wrong, and only one way to get it right. If you move air too rapidly through a PCO device, you will get harmful by products. If you don’t have a sufficient amount of reaction space you will get harmful by products. If you don’t use the right kind of activating light you will get harmful by products. That is why Airocide has dedicated so much time to perfecting PCO. Our products get all of these variables right. That is why we were cleared by the FDA and the California Air Resources Board. Furthermore, all of our testing was done by a group called AQS in Atlanta, GA. They are the premier air purification testing lab in the world. We can say with total confidence our products work as advertised, and are completely safe.

The Airocide Difference We understand that an air purifier is a significant investment.And if you are considering an Airocide device, you are probably looking at other air purification solutions as well. That is perfectly reasonable. We would just say that you should look very closely at how any technology is developed, and how it is validated. The world of air purification is full of fly by night players. And, the internet is full of misinformation.Don’t end up making a very expensive mistake. Our company believes that performance should be our best advertisement. So, we do not attempt to malign the efforts of other companies in the air purifier space. However, some of these other companies do not return the favor. In the last week, we have been made aware of several outright lies told about our product. We are always happy to set the record straight, and will gladly supply hard data to back up anything we say. You can always expect transparency from Airocide. If our products are not right for you we will tell you that. If it is, we will always tell you why. We are so confident in this claim, we have listed the email address for our CTO, Mr.David Ghelerter below. Contact him anytime with any question. David Ghelerter – dghelerter@airocide.com

 

What Makes Airocide Different? Let’s face it, if you are in the market for an air purifier you have a lot of options. So many different brands, and so many different types of technology fueling those brands. Why should you pick Airocide? It isn’t the most well-known. And, it certainly isn’t the least expensive. Let’s get these questions answered, and get you up to speed on why our air purifier is the best choice you can make. Developed By NASA Probably the most interesting thing about our product is its history. The technology was after-all developed by NASA. No other air purifier on the market can legitimately make this claim. You can explore our legacy in detail on our website, or you can get it right from the source at www.nasa.gov. Type “AIROCIDE” into the search bar on the top right corner, grab a cup of coffee, and do some reading. We think it is quite interesting, and hope you will too.

The Airocide technology is based on a concept called Photocatalytic Oxidation or PCO for short. PCO was discovered by a couple of Japanese scientists, and later put into practice by NASA for a couple of its space missions. PCO relies on something called a catalyst, which in Chemistry is what gets a reaction going. That is the secret sauce you might say. Figuring out how to make the catalyst was NASA’s great contribution to the history of PCO. And, it is no small feat. PCO is very easy to get wrong. And, if you do get it wrong, you end up with harmful by-products. This was confirmed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (smart guys) back in 2006. They used a really high air flow, and comparatively little catalyst. They ended up with VOC emissions. Not a lot, but it is kind of hard to call yourself an air purifier if you sell something that emits pollutants. Certainly not a risk that NASA could take with human lives aboard a sealed space craft. The trick to getting PCO right it turns out, was combining low air flow with lots of catalyst. That’s how they got PCO right, and so many others got it wrong. How It Works So, at this point you are probably wondering how PCO actually works. Well, we will take a step back and explain. The catalyst we mentioned is activated by a specific type of light. Light is a wave. Much like the ones you see at the shore. One of the attributes of any wave is its length, predictably called its wavelength. The light that an Airocide device uses is exactly 254 nanometers (one billionth of a meter). Producing this type of light requires custom light bulbs. This is as you can imagine difficult to do, and this is one of Airocide’s unique qualities. Using a lamp that produces any other type of light, even wavelengths which are very close can be hazardous. Light that is 180 nanometers, for example, will lead to the production of Ozone. Ozone is terrible for you to breathe, and banned in many places. So, we have to take care to get this exactly right. Once the catalyst is illuminated with this light, chemistry starts to happen. Water vapor present in the air is split in a very specific way. And, what you end up with is really unique. It is called a Hydroxyl Radical. This radical will never leave the surface of the catalyst, but is very powerful. When air pollutants (like VOCs, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, etc) collide with it, it will change the chemical structure of the air pollutants. So, you start with something harmful in the air, and using chemistry, convert it to something benign. Of course, this is a lot to digest so we have a short video to clear up any confusion. If you were paying close attention reading the previous paragraph, you probably noticed that there are no filters involved in Airocide’s PCO process. This is a true filterless air purifier. Don’t misunderstand, filters are great. You need them, and Airocide in no way replaces them. If you have an air conditioner in your home, then make sure you are changing the filters monthly. The filter is great for removing dust, pet dander, and other large things in your air. However, the types of air pollutants we are talking about – VOC’s, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and other allergy triggers – are simply too small to trapped in a filter media. They have to be handled in other ways. Airocide uses its patented NASA PCO catalyst to chemically eliminate them.

Another Airocide advantage is that it is completely safe. It emits no harmful by-products. You don’t even have to take our word for it either. The FDA has classified Airocide as a class 2 medical device. This means that it can be used in operating rooms during surgical procedures. So, there is no deadly ozone or noxious VOCs coming from our device. Great Deal The Airocide catalyst is also self-cleaning. The Hydroxyl Radical is constantly busy eliminating air quality issues. And, because Airocide is an elimination solution there is nothing to collect on the catalyst surface. Other air purification methods such as activated carbon or PECO, become saturated and literally start losing air purifiying power as soon as it is turned on. The only maintenance an Airocide requires is one annual bulb change. Light bulbs don’t last forever, even very good ones. So, that does require regular replacement. Airocide is a truly unique air purifier. It comes from NASA. It is filterless. And, it is powerful enough to remove even the smallest air pollutants in your home. It is also proven by the FDA to be completely safe for your home. It is self-cleaning, andrequires very little maintenance. We hope this is enough to convince you to give us a try. You can do so without risk. We offer an unconditional money back guarantee for sixty days. Of course, if you still have any lingering questions you can always send us an email or message us on Facebook.

 

Improving Your Health At Home: A Guide – It’s no secret that you’ll begin to feel much glummer if your house is cluttered, dusty and not maintained. However, there are ways of cleaning and improving your home that not only make you feel perkier, but could have beneficial effects on your overall health. Remove hidden dust You might actually need to put the feather duster away for this one – a wet flannel might be best for those with severe allergies. Swirling dust and grit up in the air isn’t exactly ideal for sinuses. Another big-hitter for those who are susceptible to sneezing fits is your humble carpet. Carpets are naturally big magnets for allergens, as they trap tiny particles between the fibers that you walk over on a daily basis. Giving the carpet not only a vacuum clean but a wash ensures that dust and dust mites are swilled away, giving you an allergy-free carpet. Hiring a company to undergo a deep clean, which can be found at www.mytechnicare.com, is one way of solving your sniffles. Once you have cleaned your house, though, you need to ensure that you keep your house as healthy as possible. Invest in an air purifier, for instance, that can help remove dust and pet odor, as well as remove triggers for Asthma Attacks. There are many health benefits of an air purifier, as mentioned above, but they can also trap tobacco and cigarette smoke, as well as remove outside fumes and pollutants.

  Have plenty of little bins As much as we put effort into improving our health, it’s impossible to prevent bugs like the cold and flu from spreading around the whole family. Viruses and illnesses are spread by passing germs from person to person, and a way to avoid that is to make sure tissues and anything we’ve touched or unwrapped go safely in the bin. Dotting peddle bins around the house avoids bundles of tissues from piling up when we or a loved one comes down with a bug. Invest in some air-cleaning plants The addition of houseplants to a room has been shown to reduce the amount of air particulates. Although, if you suffer from hay fever, it’s advised that you’re careful about the plants you select and how regularly they flower. Here’s a list of some of the biggest air cleaners:

  • Spider plants
  • Dracaena
  • Peace lily
  • Boston fern

Keep the fruit bowl in sight Bad at getting your five-a-day? Does your fruit usually go off before you get round to eating it? Putting your fruit bowl in an area you spend a lot of time in, such as the living room, is the best way to remind you to eat it. Placing it on your coffee table or computer desk means you’re less likely to keep diving into the kitchen for less healthy snacks.

  Invest in a standing desk If you work from home and want to keep the circulation going, then investing in a standing desk might be a good place to start. Research has found that standing for just three minutes after sitting for 60 minutes can help reduce the effects of prolonged sitting, which has been found to be detrimental to most people’s health. You might even want to throw in some stretches and yoga poses if you’re keen on staying active while working. Building your own personal sanctuary in your house is the first step to cultivating a rested and peaceful mind, before anything else. A clean house often equals a clean mind, and you might begin to find other health benefits if you decide to add some healthy snacks and greenery, too. At the very least, doing some housework might count as a bit of daily exercise.

 

Make A New Airs Resolution This Year. I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and I hope that many of you got some air purifiers under the tree this year because we all need healthier and cleaner air. With the new year having just begun, everyone is making new year’s resolutions. I have a better idea. let’s make some New Airs resolutions instead. We need to clean the air in our homes and be healthier. So I challenge you to commit to cleaner air by using an air purifier in your home. There are lots of benefits to using an air purifier. Here are just a few:

They remove asthma attack triggers

Did you know that most asthma triggers are found in the home? These triggers can include dry skin cells, dirt, dust, carbon monoxide, household cleaners, air-freshening sprays, smoke from cooking, paint products, cosmetics, mold, perfumes, and much more. Even new carpets that are off-gassing can be triggers.   If not removed from the air, these harmful particles can get in your lungs and cause all sorts of problems. They are everywhere in your home and you need to remove them.

They get rid of pet dander, dust and other allergens

Allergies are no fun at all. Whether it is just itchy eyes or full blown wheezing and a runny nose, allergies stink. You can dramatically reduce your allergy problems with the simple addition of an air purifier or two in your home. It’s pretty simple really. You get the bad stuff out of your air and that means you get good stuff in your lungs. We are all much happier without allergy symptoms.

They can trap asbestos particles

Asbestos is a big problem in some environments. It’s a mineral that is made up of durable fibers and is heat and chemical resistant. It was used for many products like building materials, but since then it has been proven that asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lungs, as well as other illnesses. An air purifier can help to get rid of some of the particles.

Removing pollutants from the air can reduce stress

Did you know that people who breathe unpolluted air are less stressed than those who breathe polluted air? It’s true. And it’s another good reason for us to clean up the air in our homes. When you breath in clean air, your cortisol levels decrease, which lessens your stress and allows you to relax more.

They increase air circulation, which means that they do an amazing job cleaning the air.

Think about it. Our homes are sealed. We caulk the windows, sealed the door jams and more in an effort to keep drafts out. However, these things trap the pollutants inside as well. Air purifiers can help circulate the oxygen in your home up to several times an hour. You are not only cleaning your air, but you are also circulating it and getting more oxygen.

Air Purifiers eliminate Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

VOCs are chemicals that can reach high vapor pressure at regular room temperatures. They can damage your health and can lead to many illnesses. These chemicals are in paint, and other home furnishings, even clothes from the dry cleaners. These VOCs can be reduced simply by using an air purifier.   These are just a few of the benefits of having an air purifier in your home. There are many more. It just makes sense to keep your air clean since it directly affects our health. Wouldn’t you rather be healthy and breath easy? Of course, we all want to be happy and healthy.

Why a VOC Air Purifier? It’s Allergy Season.

  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon based chemicals that exist as a gas at room temperature. They have a much deserved reputation as both a nuisance and a health risk. But, if you are hearing the term for the first time let’s get you up to speed. Chemicals have three forms. They can be solids, liquids, or gasses. The form in which they exist at any particular moment in time will depend on the temperature. You are probably familiar with how this applies to water. There is ice when it freezes, liquid water, and water vapor when it boils. VOCs, in contrast, exist as a gas at normal temperature. VOCs come from material in your home. Things like glues used in carpeting, or finishes for wood products are a mixture of many different chemicals. Many of these chemicals such as Formaldehyde or Benzene are VOCs. So, they will evaporate and enter the air of your home. Because, VOC emission sources are more commonly found inside, VOCs are largely an indoor air issue.

EPA Identified Sources of VOCs

Household products, including:
Paints, paint strippers and other solvents
Wood preservatives
Aerosol sprays
Cleansers and disinfectants
Moth repellents and air fresheners
Stored fuels and automotive products
Hobby supplies
Dry-cleaned clothing
Pesticide
Other products, including:
Building materials and furnishings
Office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
Graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions.Indoor VOCs should be a concern for everyone. The EPA has linked VOC exposure to a number of respiratory and cardiac issues. However, allergy and asthma sufferers are likely at an even higher risk. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been compiling evidence for the connection between VOC exposure and increased allergy and asthma symptoms.They have concluded that connection between the two is becoming clearer, and further study is urgent. They strongly recommend that allergy and asthma sufferers reduce their exposure to VOCs as much as possible. Allergy season is right around the corner. In some parts of the country it will be in full swing by the end of the month. So, what can someone do to reduce their exposure to VOCs in their home before the riskiest time of the year for allergy and asthma symptoms? You can’t just move into a hypoallergenic bubble after all. The answer is a VOC air purifier.
VOC Air Purifiers A VOC air purifier is a device capable of removing ninety percent or more of the VOCs in your indoor air. However, not all air purifiers are VOC air purifiers. You can forget about anything that uses a filter. Even the highest grade HEPA filters (which will not be in your home) are too permeable to trap VOCs. The VOCs are just too small, having a size measured in millionths of a meter. Some filtration systems contain charcoal or activated carbon. However, most of these have what is called a honeycomb structure – it is shaped like a diamond. This construct does not create a large VOC absorbent surface area. There are engineering work arounds, but few carbon air purifiers adequately maximize for VOC absorbent surface area. The consequence is rapid saturation. And, with high CFM (cubic feet per minute) fans this problem is only enhanced. Filtration systems are not VOC air purifiers. Ozone will react with VOCs in the air, and remove them. However, Ozone Generators (also referred to as “Ionizers”) do not have any mechanism to control what the Ozone reacts with. It is just released into the air of your home. Ozone damages furniture and fabrics, and has been linked to many health problems itself. In fact, it is outright banned in many legal jurisdictions. Responsible public regulators like the EPA and California Air Resources Board agree that Ozone Generators do not make good VOC air purifiers. There is one promising technology however that is both safe and effective as a VOC air purifier. It is called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). The PCO phenomenon was discovered by Japanese researchers, and later used by NASA to act as a VOC air purifier for spacecraft. Air is passed through a reaction chamber, where an activated catalyst produces a chemical species called a hydroxyl radical. The radical never leaves the surface of the catalyst, so it will not create another indoor air quality issue the way Ozone does. However, it completely eliminates VOCs when the radical collides with a VOC. The products of the chemical reaction occurring between a hydroxyl radical and a VOC are harmless carbon dioxide and water vapor. Of course, the trick to making this type of VOC air purifier as effective as NASA did, is to maximize the surface area where hydroxyl radicals can form. And, fortunately this has been accomplished for home VOC air purifiers.  The results of a good PCO air purifier are very promising, and have the potential to lessen the asthma and allergy effects VOCs are responsible for. Please note that not all PCO air purifiers are created equal. There is a lot of science and engineering that goes into the manufacture of a proper PCO air purifier. If hydroxyl radical producing surface area is not maximized, catalyst chemistry not perfect, or air flow too rapid, the system can actually produce the VOCs formaldehyde and acetylaldehyde. Both are linked to increased allergy and asthma symptoms. This effect observed in a 2006 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study with a PCO air purifier pushing air at 300 CFM (cubic feet per minute). Fortunately, there are PCO air purifiers that avoid these inhibitory problems, and are outstanding VOC air purifiers.  Allergy season is a rough time of year if you suffer with allergies or asthma. Likely your symptoms are being made worse by VOCs in the air of your home. Well thought out studies from very reputable institutions suggest this. But, there is an answer to this problem: A VOC air purifier. After assessing several of the prominent air purification technologies, it was concluded that a PCO air purifier makes the best VOC air purifier. Obtain one today for an easier, less symptomatic allergy season.

Tree Pollen Allergies: Everything You Need To Know

  Allergy season is on the way. In the southern regions of the United States it can be expected to arrive in the next week or so. Cooler climate zones may be spared for a bit longer. If you suffer with allergies, or think you may, now is the time to do your due diligence. For most of you, your allergy will result from tree pollen. However, we encourage you to seek the council of a board certified Allergist to confirm this. We will take you through everything you need to know about tree pollen, and how it provokes an immune response. Each spring, trees release tiny pollen grains to fertilize other trees of the same species. These pollen grains are carried through the air. As you can imagine, the chance that a pollen grain from one tree will successfully land on another of the exact same species is quite small. So, the plant has developed some strategies to overcome this. First, they release a lot of pollen. The more pollen grains the greater the chance one will fulfill its purpose. Second, the pollen grain is very durable. It is coated with a layer of a substance called cellulose. Cellulose is very strong, and permits the grain to persist for long periods of time. So, there is a lot of pollen in the air and it is built to last. Pollen will be most abundant on warm, windy days. When it is picked up by the wind and carried forth on air currents, you can inhale it as you breathe. Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis is the name for the response it provokes in your body. Rhinitis means inflammation of the nose. When the pollen enters the nasal passage it induces an immune response from your body to fight the invading substance. This immune response leads to the creation of mucus, which is intended to trap the pollen before it enters the lungs. However, this leads to runny nose, coughing, congestion, sneezing, sinus pressure headaches, and itchy eyes. All of which are very unpleasant to experience, and can be very problematic.

Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate a seasonal allergy from the common cold. There are hundreds of cold viruses. Different viruses can be spread in different times and different places. However, seasonal allergies (tree pollen allergies) will appear at the same time each year. A cold may last two or three weeks, but an allergy will persist as long as the pollen in the air does. Treating allergies is difficult, but there are a number of common approaches.

Antihistamines are taken by mouth or as a nasal spray. They can relieve sneezing and itching in the nose and eyes. They also soothe a runny nose and, to some extent, congestion.

  • Decongestants are taken orally, as a nasal spray, or nasal drops. They help shrink the lining of the nasal passages which relieves congestion. They are meant to be taken short-term.
  • Nasal corticosteroids are taken in nasal spray form. They reduce inflammation in the nose and block allergic reactions. They are the most effective medicine type for allergic rhinitis because they can reduce all symptoms, including nasal congestion. Nasal corticosteroids have a few side effects. They may also require a prescription.
  • Leukotriene receptor antagonists block the action of important chemical messengers other than histamine that are involved in the allergic reactions.
  • Cromolyn sodium is a nasal spray that blocks the release of chemicals that cause allergy symptoms, including histamine and leukotrienes. This medicine has few side effects, but must be taken four times a day.

Managing tree pollen allergies is not easy. As you can see it requires constant action, visits to a doctor, and trips to a pharmacy. There may even be undesirable side effects involved. So, how can exposure to pollen be avoided or at least minimized? In the twenty first century people are spending most of their time indoors. Up to 95% of their day in fact. You may think that would take care of the tree pollen allergies, but you would be incorrect. Most people want their indoor spaces to be as comfortable as possible, and this means they have a heating/air conditioning system in their home or workplace. Heating and air systems have a thirty percent fresh air replacement rate. This means that each hour of the day, nearly one third of the air in your indoor space is being replaced with air from outside. If the air outside is laden with pollen, then the pollen will make it inside. Again, pollen grains are both numerous and durable. So, allergy avoidance takes more than just staying indoors. To remove tree pollen from the indoor air requires air purification. However, there a lot of options out there in the way of air purifiers. How does one make the right choice? First, an air purifier is a long term investment in a home. It will be there long after the pollen has disappeared from the air. So, it is best to select an air purifier has other benefits as well. There are all kinds of indoor air quality issues that will persist throughout the year which are equally unpleasant as tree pollen allergies. These may be mold spores, VOCs, SVOCs, bacteria, viruses, or fine particulate dust (PM 2.5). For your money you want something that can handle the entire spectrum of indoor air problems. It is also important that the product be safe. Ozone generators and Ionizers distribute dangerous chemicals into your living space. If inhaled, they can created serious health issues. Lastly, you want something durable that will stand the test of time.

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One of the more interesting options are the Airocide Air Purifiers. They use an air sanitizing technology developed by NASA and used on the International Space Station. The technology is called Photocatalytic Oxidation or PCO for short. It relies on a light activated catalyst to take unhealthy air problems and uses the power of chemistry to render them inert. It is completely safe as the pollutant eliminating process takes place entirely within the product itself. And, they guarantee their products with a five year warranty. Airocide products are great for allergy season, and all of the air issues that last beyond it. Many of you are no doubt dreading the onset of allergy season. In a matter of days the wind will be carrying tons of pollen particles into the air for you to inhale. This means several months of devouring tissue by the box, visits to the doctor, and waiting in line for prescription products. No fun at all. This year consider avoiding the problem. Consider air purification for your home. And, when you do, take a look at the cutting edge Airocide products. It might just save your year!

 

SVOCs: Allergy Season’s Least Understood Contributor May Be Its Most Dangerous

  You have probably heard the term VOC in the past. It is an acronym for Volatile Organic Compound. They are chemicals that exist as gasses at room temperature, and are considered a very serious air quality issue. The EPA and others in the know have linked them to a number of respiratory and cardiac diseases. Today, you will be able to expand your chemistry vocabulary even further, and we are going to introduce you to the SVOC. This stands for Semi-Volatile Organic Compound. A mouthful to be sure, but something you need to be aware of 2019. More Dangerous To Your Health Than Common VOCs. SVOCs are not like traditional VOCs in that they don’t always exist as a gas you can inhale. Usually you have to get up to temperatures over 200 degrees to get these things into the air. Most people like their home a bit cooler than that, so no one can blame you for not having SVOCs at the top of your mind. However, many plastic products are formed using these chemicals. Because they are not bound to the surface of the plastic during the manufacturing, the SVOCs are free to vaporize into the air. Take a look around your living room or kitchen or bedroom. How many plastic items do you see? Maybe it is your television set, or window frame, or the garbage bag protruding from beneath a lid. You can be sure that most of them are pumping SVOCs into your living space.  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the nation’s most prestigious producers of scientific knowledge have done a whole study on SVOCs. The news isn’t good. The risk is not simply an SVOCreleased from the edge of your television set andyou breathe it in, and that’s that. Not at all. These gasses are persistent. They become attached to dust, which can lie dormant in a carpet until a vacuum or stampede of kids comes through. They can also be absorbed through the skin. SVOCs are long lasting. Berkeley claims that even if the emission source is removed, they can last for years.  As allergy season gets going, the topic of SVOCs becomes very important. While VOCs are certainly malignant, they have been around humans for a long time. Many VOC sources are completely natural, like trees and plants. We have evolved for tens of thousands of years with these VOCs, and have had a chance to develop immunity. Not so with SVOCs. Human exposure to them can be measured in decades not millennia. So, there is no built up immunity to them. That makes them more dangerous to us than VOCs are.    aps 2.5

A VOC Air Purifier For The SVOC Problem A VOC air purifier is a device capable of removing both VOCs and SVOCs from indoor air in excess of ninety percent of the baseline concentration. However, not all air purifiers are VOC air purifiers. Forget about anything that uses a filter. Even the highest grade HEPA filters (which will not be in your home) are too permeable to trap individual SVOC molecules. They are just too small, having a diameter measured in millionths of a meter. Some filtration systems contain charcoal or activated carbon. However, most of these have what is called a honeycomb geometry – it is shaped like a diamond. This construct does not provide a large absorbent surface area. The consequence is rapid saturation. And, with high CFM fanthis problem is only enhanced. Ozone will react with VOCs in the air, and remove them. However, Ozone Generators (also referred to as “Ionizers”) do not have any mechanism to control what the Ozone reacts with. It is just released into the environment. Ozone damages furniture and fabrics, and has been linked to many health problems itself. In fact, it is outright banned in many legal jurisdictions. There is one promising technology however that is both safe and effective in removing VOCs. It is called Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO). The phenomenon was discovered by Japanese researchers, and later used by NASA to remove VOCs from spacecraft. Air is passed through a reaction chamber, where an activated catalyst produces a chemical species called a hydroxyl radical. The radical never leaves the surface, so it will not create another indoor air quality issue the way Ozone does. It works by chemically reacting with the SVOC. The products are harmless carbon dioxide and water. Of course, the trick to making this process as effective as NASA did, is to maximize the surface area where radicals can form. The results of a good PCO system are very promising, and have the potential to reverse the public health controversy SVOCs are responsible for. Note that not all PCO air purifiers are created equal. There is a lot of science and engineering that goes into the manufacture of a proper PCO reactor. If radical producing surface area is not maximized, chemistry not perfect, or air flow too rapid, the system can actually produce the VOCs formaldehyde and acetylaldehyde. Both are carcinogens. This was observed in a 2006 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study with a PCO reactor transiting air at 300 CFM. Fortunately, there are PCO systems that avoid these problems, and are outstanding.  PCO technology has a great history. It has been around. It has been vetted. And, it has been associated with some of the greatest institutions science and technology has to offer. It is the solution to the SVOC problem. Allergy season is just around the corner. As you begin to make preparations to keep you and your loved one’s safe and symptom free, consider a PCO air purifier for your home to keep it SVOC free.

Your Guide To Allergy Season 2019

  Today is the start of 2019. The Holidays have passed, and you have likely enjoyed a few easy going weeks surrounded by family and friends. Now is the time for rejuvenation and renewal. For resolutions to be made, and plans laid out to meet them. In short, busy is back. And, there is one huge obstacle standing between who you were in 2018, and who you want to be in 2019: Allergy Season.  What Do You Mean Obstacle?According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. More than fifty million people suffer with allergies every year. An allergy is defined as an overreaction of the immune system to something in the environment. This something is referred to as an “allergen” and can be any number of things. But, it is unique. It is causing problems for you, but not necessarily anyone else in the room. Symptoms can be coughing, wheezing, sneezing, sinusitis, or itching. And, the reactions can range from merely annoying to life threatening. They may be seasonal or persist throughout the year.

  What Exactly Am I Allergic To?  Different people are allergic to different things, and will have different levels of reaction. Most common seasonal allergies are associated with pollen, dust, bacteria, molds, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The only way to know for certain what you are allergic to is to get a skin test from your Allergist. It is strongly suspected that there are both genetic and environmental causes to allergies. If you have a parent who is allergic to something there is a good chance you are allergic to it as well. There is also research to support that the earlier an exposure to something environmental (dust, pollen, VOCs, etc) the more likely someone will become allergic to it. So, before allergy season gets into full bloom it may be a good idea to get an appointment with an allergist set up to find out what you are allergic to. When Is Allergy Season? The start of allergy season will differ from place to place, but gets going in January in warmer parts of the country. Even if where you live typically has cooler temperatures this month, there can be cause for concern. Warmer years can lead trees to thinking spring has begun and lead to earlier pollination. This will continue throughout the spring, and therefore means more pollen in the air. But, there are other factors to consider as well. Most people stay inside during this time of year, and run the heater to keep the home comfortable. This can kick up a lot of dust, dust mites, bacteria, and mold spores. It can also increase the likelihood of VOC emissions from carpet and wood products in the home. Now is definitely the time to start preparing. Have what you need to combat allergy season as soon as possible this month.  What Should I Do About It? You should be prepared for Allergy Season both at home and away. It is always a good idea to carry a combination of over the counter nasal steroids (sprays) and a prescription anti-histamine to manage the worst of the symptoms. There are also allergy shots. However, this is a long term solution. They are administered for a period of four years, and are not pleasant. Your allergy season strategy should also involve avoiding the allergen. Since it is winter time, you are likely to be spending most of your time indoors. Avoiding allergen means keeping a strict cleaning regimen. Make sure to sanitize surfaces with anti-bacterial products, and vacuum using a HEPAVacuum cleaner. Most importantly though is to have an air purifier running continuously. Even if you don’t feel symptoms at the moment the air purifier should be running.

aps 2.5Which Air Purifier Should I Choose? Ozone generating air purifiers have been around for a long time. Most people are probably familiar with them, or at least know what Ozone is. It is a very reactive form Oxygen which is exhausted into a room. When it contacts bacteria or viruses it eliminates them in a chemical reaction that robs the target of electrons. This is formally called Oxidation. However, Ozone doesn’t discriminate between the good and bad. It will react with anything. This includes upholstery, paint, fixtures, and lung tissue! So, using Ozone will fade prized décor, and has been linked to very serious health problems by the EPA. So, this is not a good solution for use in a residence hall. Ozone is also illegal to use around people in many locations.  PECO is a new technology. It combines the principle of Oxidation, encountered in the description of Ozone with filtration. Instead of exhausting the agent of oxidation into a room as an Ozone generator does, it embeds it into a filter. A metal oxide catalyst is placed within a filter matrix, and activated by an LED light. The chemistry that takes place has been shown to remove dangerous air quality issues. The problem is that as the filter matrix absorbs dust, those metal oxide sites become coated. So, the PECO reactor will lose air purifying efficiency the minute it is turned on. We lack reliable data on how long it takes to become completely ineffective. But, to keep this operating at peak efficiency it would require very frequent changes of both the PECO reactor and anything acting as a pre-filter. This becomes very expensive.. Also, the LEDs in a PECO reactor can’t be changed. The observed life span of an LED is at best two years. So, the entire PECO device would need to be replaced in that time period. This makes it a very expensive choice indeed. PCO was discovered by two Japanese researchers, and subsequently used by NASA to control VOC emissions aboard the International Space Station.

pastedGraphic.png Tiny glass tubes are coated with a compound called Titanium Dioxide, and then exposed to UV-C light. When this happens, the chemistry of the Titanium Dioxide is changed in a way that attracts water vapor to the glass surface. The water molecule is then cleaved in a very specific way, and something called a Hydroxyl Radical is formed. This radical will remove electrons from VOCs as well as other organic (carbon based) species in the air such as bacteria and viruses. In fact, published research has proven it very effective in eliminating both.It is a complex chemical process, but the end result is harmless carbon dioxide. It is also a passive process, and nothing is exhausted into the surroundings. The Hydroxyl Radical is stationary, and never leaves the surface of the glass. Air is pulled across this surface using a fan where it is exposed to the radical. Thus, it is completely safe. It has in fact been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in surgical theatres. The technology has now been developed into commercial and consumer forms, which are available for purchase. The only annual maintenance to change the lamps that activate the Titanium Dioxide, which is infrequent. The safety of PCO combined with its long lasting efficacy and low maintenance make it a perfect choice peace of mind this allergy season. Reach Those 2019 Goals  Whether you aspire to be in better shape this year, go back to school, get that promotion, or pursue a new hobby what you need is focus. Allergies are a major obstacle to that. To overcome the problem of allergy season, which you will face for the next three to six months you need to have a plan. If you think you suffer from allergies the following steps should be part of that grand New Year’s resolution.

  1. Make an appointment to see an Allergist.
  2. Stock up on recommended preventative medication.
  3. Clean you house.
  4. Get an Air Purifier.

Doing these things will minimize your risk of allergic reaction, and keep your focus where it needs to be on taking that next step forward in life.

Deadly Air In America’s Heartland

After California The two fires scorching the state of California earlier this month were devastating. They left in their path economic disruption, incalculable property damage, and loss of life. It will take communities years to rebuild from this. If there is any silver lining to be found in misery hanging over the state, it is the new public consciousness of the danger coming from particulate air pollution. The daily air quality index in San Francisco was besting Beijing, China for the worst in the world. That got people’s attention, and they started asking questions. What is PM 2.5, and what kind of a risk does it pose to me and my family? Hopefully this dialogue will continue after the fires have been extinguished. The problem of poor air quality isn’t going to pass with the fires, and isn’t limited to large urban areas in California. In fact, under normal circumstances the problem of particulate air pollution (PM 2.5) is worst in the Midwest, Upper South, and Northeastern United States.

pastedGraphic.pngWhy The Air In The Heartland is Unhealthy The grey triangles on the map represent coal fired power plants. Most of them are located in the area of the United States between the Atlantic seaboard and the Missouri River. Coal is a fossil fuel that forms when dead plant matter is converted into rock by exposure to high temperature and pressure over millions of years. When it is burned it produces energy. So, it is used a source of electricity generation. In a coal fired power plant, the coal is first pulverized, and then burned in a furnace. When the coal is burned it releases its contents into the air as pollution. This includes fine dust, nitrogen and sulfur compounds, as well as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). All of these components aggregated together are measured as PM 2.5. Thus coal air pollution is concentrated in a specific area of the country. The Union of Concerned Scientists attributes the following to coal air pollution:

  • 41.2 tons of lead, 9,332 pounds of cadmium, and other toxic heavy metals.
  • 576,185 tons of carbon monoxide, which causes headaches and places additional stress on people with heart disease.
  • 22,124 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which form ozone.
  • 77,108 pounds of arsenic. For scale, arsenic causes cancer in one out of 100 people who drink water containing 50 parts per billion.

The Contributions of Industry However, coal burning is not the only reason for heightened air pollution in the northeastern quartile of the United States. This is the epicenter of American manufacturing.