Month: September 2016

COPD Awareness

COPD Awareness

Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death and some 30 million people are living with COPD in North America? More people die annually of COPD than breast cancer and diabetes combined and furthermore, there are an estimated 14 million people living with COPD who have never been diagnosed.

Indoor Air Quality is obviously a major focus for our industry for all the right reasons. Over the years, home comfort systems have evolved dramatically to improve the air people breathe. But until recently, IAQ has not been as important as it is today, which has contributed to health issues for millions.

We understand we can’t change the past, but we can react to this epidemic and help educate our friends and clients about COPD and lung health. We can encourage people to be screened and tested. If diagnosed early enough and treated, people can live long and productive lives even with COPD.

As a national partner of the COPD Foundation we are committed to helping to reach people that are already affected by COPD. We want to help put COPD on the map and rally support to help people living with COPD.

With over 30 million people in North America living with COPD, it is likely that we all know someone that has COPD, and probably someone that could have the disease who has never been screened or tested.

COPD is an umbrella term to describe progressive lung diseases characterized by increasing breathlessness. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma and bronchiectasis are all forms of COPD. People should be screened if they experience:

  • a chronic cough
  • chest phlegm
  • feeling of a tight chest
  • breathlessness after walking up a flight of stairs or a hill
  • limitations of doing activities at home
  • sleeplessness due to breathing issues
  • lack of energy

Dynamic Air Quality Solutions is proud to have adopted the mission of the COPD Foundation as part of our corporate identity and culture. You’ll see information about COPD on our websites, in our newsletters and as a part of our messaging during training events, industry gatherings and tradeshows.

We’ll be helping to rally support from our industry friends through a very special event in December at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City – the Air Affair which promises to be an amazing evening. More details about this exciting event will be available in the future.

Let’s all help to make a difference by taking a proactive stance to help the COPD Foundation provide help and hope to families living with COPD. Please consider joining forces with the COPD Foundation and adopting our mission. Together we can take action today so more people will be able to breathe better tomorrow.

Retail

Retail



Of the almost 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S., retail buildings account for the largest energy bills and are responsible for the second largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.  There are a growing number of retail companies that are embracing the principles of sustainability, taking actions that are tangible, measurable and meaningful in reducing the use of scarce resources and improving the efficiency of their businesses.  For a large company, this can add up to millions of dollars in annual savings.

Energy Solutions

The conventional approach to air quality in public spaces, as specified in ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62, is to introduce fresh, outside air, to dilute contaminants. The amount of outside air depends on the number of building occupants.  Most HVAC systems in retail environments are designed for 7.5 CFM per person plus .12 CFM per square foot.  Shopping mall’s are usually designed for 7.5 CFM per person plus .06 CFM per square foot.  This can be costly, in terms of conditioning outside air, and sometimes ineffective, when the outside air is polluted. Cleaning the air, rather than diluting it, can save energy…and money. With Dynamic Air Cleaners, outside air requirements can be cut in half…or even to a third – under the guidelines of ASHRAE Standard 62 IAQ Procedures. And Dynamic Air Cleaners have lower static pressures than other high efficiency air cleaners.

IAQ Solutions

Retail spaces can contain a myriad of air quality issues.  Odors and VOCs are present in most retail environments but they are definitely more noticeable in some such as restaurants, pet stores, hair and beauty salons, cigar stores, etc.

Dynamic Air Cleaners are used to clean indoor air but can also be used to clean incoming outdoor ventilation air to remove odors and dangerous ultrafine particles (UFPs) such as those contained in vehicle exhaust in urban areas.

Maintenance Solutions

Dynamic Air Cleaner media pads last longer than conventional passive filtration; extending change-out intervals, and saving labor costs. Maintenance personnel like Dynamic media pads because they are lighter and less bulky than bag or cartridge filters, and are easier to handle. And Dynamic V8 media pads have a maintenance interval measured in years instead of months.

When sustainability increases profit margins and reduces waste in a retailer’s business, everyone wins…the consumer, the retailer, the community in which the retailer operates…and the environment.

Government Buildings

Government Buildings



Dynamic Air Quality Solutions has been part of many high profile Government projects including the Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters and the anthrax clean-up effort at the Brentwood Post Office in Washington D.C. Since 2005, Dynamic Air Cleaners have been installed in over 200 government projects in the U.S. and Canada, including state & local and military sectors:

Issues such as air quality and sustainability are important with government projects just as they are in the private sector.  In addition, though, Dynamic Air Cleaners have been chosen for applications within the U.S. military and sensitive government office buildings because of their effectiveness with airborne chemical threats such as Anthrax.

High Efficiency Air Cleaning – Dynamic Air Cleaners remove dangerous airborne particles that other air cleaning systems miss…including odors, VOCs, smoke, bacteria, allergens, fine dust, molds and pollen…without producing any harmful ozone. When properly applied Dynamic Air Cleaners can have a significant impact on removing odors from outside air as the air comes through the ventilation system.

Lower Operational Costs – Studies show that 92% of the cost of filtration is something other than the media, including energy (fan horsepower to push the air through the filter), labor to change the media and costs of disposal. Dynamic Air Cleaners can have a significant impact on reducing these costs as compared to bag and cartridge filters. Dynamic V-bank air cleaners can last up to 7 times longer than comparable cartridge filters and can cut down the mid-life static pressure by as much as 1.5” which saves significantly on the horsepower required for specific air handler.

Reduced Ventilation Air Costs – The conventional approach to ventilation air, as specified in ASHRAE Ventilation Standard 62, is to introduce fresh, outside air, to dilute contaminants. The amount of outside air depends on the number building occupants. Most school HVAC systems are designed for 15 CFM per person. This can be costly, in terms of conditioning outside air, and sometimes ineffective, when the outside air is polluted. Cleaning the air, rather than diluting it, can save energy…and money. With Dynamic Air Cleaners, outside air requirements can be cut in half…or even to a third – under the guidelines of ASHRAE Standard 62 IAQ Procedures. And Dynamic Air Cleaners have lower static pressures than other high efficiency air cleaners.

Healthcare Case Study

Healthcare Case Study


Healthcare

 

Indoor Air Quality and advanced environmental control strategies are playing a growing role in patient safety as hospitals and medical care facilities strive to improve wellness metrics and provide the best in healing environments.  Three key factors make attention to indoor air quality particularly important in health care settings.

1. Patients at risk: Healthcare facilities house many persons with heightened susceptibility to infections, respiratory distress, and other problems associated with air contaminants.

2. Occupant density: Because the density of people in health care settings is relatively high, at risk patients are likely to be in close proximity to infectious individuals.

3. Aging systems: Many hospitals are aging and their ventilation systems are outdated and are in need of maintenance and repair.

High Efficiency Air Cleaning

Dynamic Air Cleaners remove dangerous airborne particles that other filters and air cleaning systems miss…including odors, VOCs, allergens, pathogens, molds and bacteria…without producing Ozone.

  • The Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning System exceeds the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services minimum MERV rating for final filtration in patient areas.  Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning Systems achieve MERV 13-15+ performance.
  • Dynamic V-bank air cleaners have been used to replace 85% and 95% bag and cartridge filters in patient areas and have been used as pre-filters to HEPA filtration in surgical areas.
  • Dynamic Sterile Sweep™ Germicidal Systems can be mounted in front of 1″ or 2″ Dynamic V-bank air cleaners.
  • Dynamic wall-mounted germicidal units help reduce the risk of disease being spread in infectious disease wards.

Remove Odors from Ventilation Air

  • Addresses noticeable odors and harmful combustion particulates introduced as ventilation air from ambient sources including local traffic, helicopter fumes and idling ambulances.

Lower Maintenance Costs

  • Extends media life and minimizes having to order, handle, store, and replace media.  Dynamic V8 maintenance intervals are measured in years instead of months.
  • Reduce operating costs.  In addition to the cost savings from the reduction in maintenance, Dynamic V8 Air Cleaning Systems deliver substantial fan energy savings compared to the norm of passive filtration.

Studies have shown that over 90% of the cost of filtration is something other than the media, including energy (fan horsepower to push the air through the filter), labor to change the media, and costs of disposal. Dynamic air cleaners can last up to 7 times longer than comparable bag and cartridge filters and can cut down the mid-life static pressure by as much as 1.5” which can mean a reduction in horsepower requirements.