Pure Air

It’s a simple question? What is the air in your home worth? A simple but frequently overlooked question. We have told you several times that the air in your home is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. So have you taken the precautions to ensure that you and your household are breathing pure air? Or maybe you don’t have forced air and need a way to filter the air in your home. Either way take a look at Austin Air.

Austin Air is a company that has a large range of air purifiers. But they don’t stop with just having air purifiers. Their air purifiers are second to none. Made in Buffalo, NY, Austin Air Purifiers is the only manufacturer to have products designated as Medical Grade Air Purifiers.

It doesn’t stop there though. They are the first choice for the government when they need to clean the air. Like after 9/11 their air purifiers were chosen to clear the air for the rescue workers. In addition to the rescue workers the residents surrounding chose them as well to pull up 99.97 % of pollutants from the dust and debris.

In order to take a look at the models and see which is better for your home, find more information here. They have junior units starting at 375 and standard units starting at 539. They come with a 5 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee.

How much is clean air worth to you and your family? This is just one option when it comes to clean air. Stay tuned for more.

Do Plants Really Purify Our Air?

If you are on Pinterest as much as we are then you will have noticed lots of pretty graphics about how this plant can make you sleep better, these plants will purify your air and so on. But do they really? Or like so many other posts, is that fake?

We have even reported in the past that a certain few plants do purify your air as long as you have as many as are needed. But after some research and digging we have found some interesting information.

We are not scientist and can’t begin to agree or contradict any research done. But we can look at the facts.

Now I believe this all started from a 1989 NASA report that was intended for a space station. They were having problems with air pollution in their sealed crafts. So they researched how to fix the issue. They started with several different plants in potting soil and an activated carbon filter system in Plexiglas chambers. They then injected three different pollutants into these chambers. Some plants were successful and others were not. The three pollutants were benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. They not only tested these plants in the soil but also plants without leaves and then just the soil. There conclusion is this:

“Low-light-requiring houseplants, along with activated carbon plant filters, have demonstrated the potential for improving indoor air quality by removing trace organic pollutants from the air in energy-efficient buildings. This plant system is one of the most promising means of alleviating the sick building syndrome associated with many new, energy efficient buildings. The plant root-soil zone appears to be the most effective area for removing volatile organic chemicals. Therefore, maximizing air exposure to the plant root-soil area should be considered when placing plants in buildings for best air filtration. Activated carbon filters containing fans have the capacity for rapidly filtering large volumes of polluted air and should be considered an integral part of any plan using houseplants for solving indoor air pollution problems.”

A few years later in 2009, Kamal Meattle gave a Ted Talk about a few plants in a work space that cleared the air of pollutants. His stance is that only 3 varieties of plants will grow fresh air for all and keep us healthy. Per the 300 occupants in the office building they had to have 1200 of these plants. He states in the video that per person you need between 4 to 8 of each plant. So if you have a household of four people that is 48 of these specific plants. Do you have room for those 48 plants? We don’t unfortunately.

In 2014, Robert Pavlis wrote a very convincing article in the respect of gardening that plants don’t really purify our air. He talks in length about the false reports of those who pulled the highest percentage from the NASA report and said plants purify this amount without reading the report. Which unfortunately happens a lot in our society. He goes into the the different factors of the NASA report and how it doesn’t really prove anything. He reports even in their concluding statement which is in this blog that they said “potential” in how houseplants can filter our air. What I was most impressed with was the fact that he took the time to calmly and professionally answer all critics and questions at the bottom of the article.

These three reports have the most data and the most information surrounding this topic. Each is published and linked in this blog for you to come to your own conclusion. Each deserves to be read fully. And are actually very interesting. We have our own conclusion though. Keeping a quality air filter in your system and changing in regularly will keep your air fresh. We also love plants so we keep plants just because they make us happy. If they filter our air even just a little then all the better, if not then they are here to make our spirits happy!

Austin Air Purifiers Trusted by FEMA and the Red Cross

Austin Air FEMA

It’s something we do all day, every day with very little thought: breathing. And, too often too little thought is given to the quality of what we are bringing into our bodies daily through our breath, through our lungs.  But, as concerns over indoor pollution grow, air purifiers are becoming more popular and Austin Air home air purifier units are one choice that should not be overlooked.

Austin Air is a manufacturer of air purifiers and their units were chosen by the U.S Government to help address the crucial air quality issues in New York during the aftermath of 9/11.  They fulfilled an order for air cleaners that was the single largest deployment of air purification units ever in U.S. history, and were chosen under the careful guidelines of FEMA and the Red Cross.  The home air purifiers that are made by them are said to have been designed from the inside out, with their engineers focusing first on the most important element of the air cleaner, the filter.  Austin Air units have a unique air intake system that is able to pull air in from all sides, or a full 360 degrees. This particular design allows for maximum intake efficiency and allows for more purified air to be delivered faster into the home environment.  Every minute that an air cleaner of theirs is operating, 250 cubic feet of air is able to be processed through a four-stage filtering system that step-by-step progressively removes the contaminants from the air.

The manufacturers claim that this high level of processing the air enables their air cleaners to: reach the highest possible levels of performance; achieve superior air flow levels; offer a longer filter life (estimated at 5-years with basic residential use); and extend the life expectancy of the Medical Grade HEPA used (the most important aspect of the filtration process). In order for any home air cleaner to be truly effective in a given space, it must be capable of removing sub-micron particles, chemicals and noxious gases. It must also be able to achieve this without creating unwanted by products, such as ozone.  Their cleaner units, regardless of the size of the unit, included true Medical Grade HEPA filtration material, and activated carbon, which are claimed by the manufacturer to be the only trusted air filtration system technology that is widely used in operating rooms and throughout hospital settings.  True HEPA is a standard for filtration that was devised by the Atomic Energy Commission with the intent of safeguarding the respiratory system in humans, and is the most effective media for filtering particulate that is available on the market. This is the grade of air purifier filter material used in their systems. True Medical Grade HEPA filters can remove 99.97% of airborne particulates as small as 0.3 microns, and can catch 95% of the particulates of 0.1 microns and smaller.

Austin Air also employs specially manufactured Activated Carbon in its air cleaners. Activated Carbon is very porous and this gives the carbon more surface area in which to absorb the impurities in the air such as noxious gases and cigarette smoke. The manufacturers also say that their room air cleaner units do not generate any type of by-products.

If you are having allergic reactions, especially when in your home, or have developed asthma or other respiratory conditions, then you should investigate the benefits of using an Austin Air room air purifier in your home.

Nordic Pure is proud to carry Austin Air purifiers. Click here for available units.

This article is written by Austin Air. The original article is located here.at http://austinair.com/2011/10/austin-air-purifiers-trusted-by-fema/