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Diapers. Lots and lots of diapers.

Because the Jean Steckle Childcare Centre in Kitchener, Ontario caters to infants and toddlers, staff at the YWCA center were either changing diapers, disposing of them, or checking the children to see if a change was needed. And a change was needed.

That’s because diaper stations were placed in an open area—an area that was, well, ripe for lingering odors. But, Elaine Bridgewater, manager at the centre, didn’t just want to mask these odors. Instead, she wanted to eliminate them outright. And that’s where the change came in.


So, she installed an AeraMax Professional AM III in the common area. Because it features a four-stage filtration system that removes both odors and 99.97% of airborne contaminants like viruses, germs and allergens from indoor air, Bridgewater was assured that the solution would address both smells and infection control. “Young children have quite immature immune systems, so we were looking for something to help in our fight against infections and viruses, (because) infection control is always very difficult,” she said.


The AeraMax Professional AM III fit the bill. “We have definitely seen a reduction in odors,” Bridgewater said. “We found that when you walk into the room, you can’t actually say ‘oh, someone needs a diaper change.’ We know that all the children have been changed and the smell is quite good.”

Best yet, teachers immediately noticed a change in the indoor environment—an absence of odors as well as a fresher atmosphere. Bridgewater also mentioned a positive contribution to morale. “(The teachers) feel a better sense of security, knowing that we are doing something above and beyond what’s required by having this unit—to keep them safe and healthy,” she said.

“I’d recommend (Aeramax Professional) to anyone who would like to improve the quality of their air—and to anyone who wants that extra edge in infection control.”

When Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School principal Scarlett Dunne, Ph.D., noticed that students were frequently sick, she knew she had to do something to reverse absenteeism.

“We’ve had concerns with allergens in our building, as well as mold and mildew,” she said. We also have quite a few children in our building who have asthma—that’s what prompted us to look at air quality and begin to have a conversation with our plant services department.”

Ted Gilbert, associate superintendent for district services for the Clarke County School District, where Oglethorpe resides, understood there was a correlation between student illness and indoor air quality.


“How do we help and not hinder what’s going on in the classroom?” he said. “(Air quality) is one serious component. How do we bring a really fine environment to students in the classroom? When we do that, we know we enhance attendance, student achievement and the overall classroom experience. Indoor air quality is very, very important…I think anything we can do to remove particulates from the air and give our students and staff cleaner, fresher air is the best.”

To that end, Kimberly Thomas, executive director for plant services and custodial operations for the Clarke County School District spearheaded a pilot program with AeraMax Professional after completing a comprehensive air quality assessment.


In a pilot program, the school district installed AeraMax® Professional commercial air purifiers in selected classrooms at Oglethorpe. Since AeraMax Professional air purifiers remove up to 99.97 percent of airborne contaminants like germs, allergens, odors and viruses from indoor air, the facility team was confident that air quality would be quickly improved…and it did.

“Within the first week of installation, we could tell a difference in the rooms,” Dunne said. “There was a noticeable change. It smelled much fresher and we could see a difference in (the amount of) coughing and sneezing.”Teachers also noticed a difference, saying that students seemed more energized throughout the day.

An added benefit: “Not only did the parents and teachers recognize an immediate difference in fresher smelling air, but it also made it easier for our staff to clean those areas,” Thomas said. “We didn’t see the same level of dust.”

The installation of the AeraMax Professional units was part of a larger green cleaning initiative undertaken by the school district. And, the facility management industry took notice, resulting in the Grand Award in the Healthy Schools Campaign’s 2015 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities.casestudy_clarkeschools


There’s innovation. And then there is AeraMax Professional.

AeraMax Professional has won top honors in the North American Office Product Awards for 2016, presented during the SP Richards ABC show in Washington DC in June. The AeraMax Pro III was recognized as Innovation of the Year, and was cited for its exceptional functionality and design.

The office product awards were launched in 2010 by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SP Richards. Now in their seventh year, these awards set the industry standard and seek to showcase the best business products in North America.

“Absence at work because of sickness costs the US economy half a trillion dollars every year and much of that is caused by unhygienic workplaces,” said Steve Hilleard, CEO of Office OPI. “While much emphasis has been placed on surface cleaning, little has been to done tackle the problem of illness caused by airborne contaminants. At least until now. The [AeraMax Professional] is an essential health as well as a budgetary innovation for companies.”

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