Morgan Tanacea 2017-04-24 17:36:40
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) or Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is extremely important to our health and wellbeing. The Environmental Protection Agency named IAQ as one of the top five environmental health risks because improvements in energy efficient construction materials have led to reduced air circulation indoors—and that can cause a dangerous accumulation of disease-causing particles in the air. The EPA notes that indoor air pollution rates are two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution rates. Indoor air pollution contributes to significant health problems, such as lung disease, respiratory tract infections, asthma, and lung cancer. With the general population spending more than 90% of their time indoors, the correlation between indoor air quality and long-term health is more important than ever before. Air purification company, AtmosAir, has recently improved air quality at major sporting arenas such as the Staples Center, Dallas Cowboys Headquarters and Training Facility, University of Southern California’s John McKay Center, and more. Utilizing groundbreaking bi-polar ionization technology, AtmosAir makes it possible for athletes to refresh their lungs and keep within sanitary code with clean, pure air. The system features sustainable tubes that, upon interacting with airflow, distribute negative and positive energized ions that travel into the player’s breathing space to break down allergens, bacteria, and cancer-causing gaseous elements. Once these harmful particles drop out of the breathing range, the athlete’s breathing environment is essentially left pollution-free. Staples Center In efforts to become more sustainable, AEG Facilities set a goal to reduce energy usage by 20% by the year 2020—aggressive missions regarding energy efficiency. AtmosAir and independent laboratory EMSL tested the air quality in the Staples Center Lexus Club, a private dining room located inside the Staples Center. The baseline testing was done with the systems as they had been designed and operating and the post—installation testing was done with three AtmosAir model 500’s installed and operating. The outside air was reduced by 50% and MERV 14 (90% efficient) final media filter was removed. After a successful test in the Lexus Club, the Staples Center engineering team wanted to determine if the AtmosAir systems generated an electrical energy savings when installed in a large arena. Testing proved that air quality, especially gaseous elements and VOCs were 90% improved from baseline measurements to measurements taken with AtmosAir systems installed and outside air reduced. Air samples showed Ammonia levels were reduced by 50%, Ethanol was reduced by 99%, Acetone was reduced by 99%, and Toluene was reduced by 99%. These are indoor gaseous contaminants that can cause odors and airborne irritants. With results showing energy savings improved up to 21%, AtmosAir is currently installed throughout the entire arena providing clearer air and drastic savings in electrical energy. Also based on the performance of the AtmosAir systems, Staples Center replaced the airflow restrictive MERV 14 filters with MERV 11 filters and are getting savings in filter costs and longer filter life. Dallas Cowboys Stadium Another large venue sports arena application is at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, where AtmosAir installed bi-polar ionization technology throughout the entire training facility. Dallas wanted a reduction in airborne allergens and dangerous bacteria such as Staph and MRSA, and shortly found AtmosAir to be a highly-effective solution. Since the installation, trainers have distributed fewer medicines for hay fever and allergy symptoms, and no MRSA or H1N1 Flu has been reported. University of Southern California In addition, AtmosAir systems were installed at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) 125,000-square-foot John McKay Center. USC chose five areas within the training facility, including the football training center, the weight room, the locker room, and two open spaces on the first and second floors, to test the effects of AtmosAir’s technology. Testing showed that AtmosAir improved indoor air quality significantly, and the reduction of particulate matter and VOC was a substantial 90%. Assistant athletic director, Russ Romano, states “At USC we believe performance both on and off the field is tied to IAQ and keeping our student-athletes healthy. AtmosAir has helped our facilities in many ways.” USC has since tested the system by closing their outside air dampers by 75% and showed indoor air quality as good or better with AtmosAir systems operating. USC’s energy center in analyzing this data to see how much energy will be saved by this outside air reduction. AtmosAir is also monitoring their indoor air quality in real time using the AtmosAware indoor air monitoring system. “Bi-polar ionization, which the AtmosAir system uses to proactively purify the air inside a building, enables people to breathe air such as you’ll find on a mountaintop,” says CEO Steve Levine. AtmosAir is making it easier to control the air athletes breathe, allowing the focus to be shifted to overall game time performance and health. DE Morgan Tanacea works on the marketing team at AtmosAir.
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