Clean Air Intelligence Center
Can Houseplants Make Indoor Air Healthier?
Posted On January 10, 2017 | Posted By Mike Booth
Sure, houseplants can enliven an indoor environment, but can they actually alter it for the better? According to scientists and other lab coat types, certain ones can. That’s because some houseplants traffic in something called phytoremediation, which acts as a catalyst to remove pollution from either the air or soil. Farmers for years have used […]
What is a HEPA air filter, anyway?
Posted On August 5, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
To facility managers, HEPA is a common phrase, but to the rest of the world it’s just a buzzword. The hype surrounding high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filters is real, but how do these filters actually function? We have all the facts about air filtration for facility managers and indoor air quality enthusiasts alike.
Harvard Research into Indoor Air Quality and Workplace Productivity
Posted On May 25, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
Can indoor air quality make people more productive? Research from Harvard University’s Healthy Buildings Program says yes. In a study, researchers analyzed worker concentration and cognitive ability using various environmental scenarios, altering indoor air quality in a controlled lab setting. In one setting, the researchers lowered carbon dioxide levels, boosted ventilation , and removed toxic […]
Sometimes, Cutting Edge Isn’t So Great
Posted On May 3, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
So you walk into a public restroom, impressed with the contemporary décor. Gleaming surfaces. Ultra-modern fixtures. Chrome everywhere. Then you see the futuristic hand dryer, one unlike the typical nozzle-and-push-button machines from the industrial 1950s. There’s no button. No nozzle. You simply thrust your hands into an empty space in a sleek, wall-mounted box, where […]
Improving campus perception
Posted On March 16, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
For students and their families, a campus visit can be one of the most important factors in choosing a school. After all, there’s a reason universities spend so much on awesome athletic centers, top-of-the-line health facilities and cozy student unions.
Hypoallergenic hotels emphasize air purification
Posted On February 10, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
Air purification might seem like a luxury at first glance, but hotels around the world are making it part of their comprehensive strategies to ensure their facilities are asthma- and allergy-free. In fact, Delos, creators of Wellness Real Estate™, considers clean air to be an essential aspect of a healthy hotel environment.
Health Update: Flu Season 2016
Posted On February 3, 2016 | Posted By Mike Booth
Get ready: The peak of the flu season is coming.
It’s been a mild season so far, but don’t be surprised if the number of absent employees spikes in the coming weeks.
Why? As we’ve noted, cleanliness efforts such as handwashing and cleaning surfaces don’t fully protect facilities against the flu. Instead, experts have proven that the virus is most often spread through the air.
Air fresheners: Friend or foe?
Posted On October 21, 2015 | Posted By Mike Booth
Air fresheners have become more than a billion-dollar market in the U.S., capturing the American spirit of convenience and making odor easier to tackle in our busy daily grind. Coming in various forms such as aerosol sprays, scented candles and outlet plug-ins, these products are often used as a catch-all solution to every unpleasant smell, both in homes and shared building spaces. They’re a fast, easy-to-use option that seem like an obvious choice for homeowners, janitorial services and facility managers – at first.
AeraMax Professional earns asthma and allergy friendly Certification from AAFA
Posted On October 8, 2015 | Posted By Mike Booth
Allergy and asthma problems don’t end when you enter a workplace or school. In fact, outdoor air is a major component of what we breathe when we’re inside, which is compounded by triggers such as dust and invisible particles that are all around us.
To fight asthma and allergies indoors, you need an air purifier that’s up to the task.
Flu prevention: Why traditional methods aren’t enough
Posted On September 23, 2015 | Posted By Mike Booth
While experts have always advocated the flu shot as a means for flu prevention, especially for children and seniors, the 2014-15 vaccine was only 19 percent effective, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.