Sunday, October 31, 2004

Ground-level Ozone

Ground-level Ozone

truckGround-level ozone is a colorless and highly irritating gas that forms just above the earth's surface. It is called a "secondary" pollutant because it is produced when two primary pollutants react in sunlight and stagnant air. These two primary pollutants are nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). NOx and VOC come from natural sources as well as human activities.

NOx are nitrogen-oxygen compounds that include the gases nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, and are produced mostly by burning fossil fuels. VOC are carbon-containing gases and vapors such as gasoline fumes and solvents (but excluding carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons).

Human activities are responsible for the increases in ground-level ozone in recent years. About 95 per cent of nitrogen oxides from human activity come from the burning of coal, gas and oil in motor vehicles, homes, industries and power plants. VOC come mainly from gasoline combustion and from the evaporation of liquid fuels and solvents.

Ozone not only affects human health, it can damage vegetation and decrease the productivity of some crops. It can also injure flowers and shrubs and may contribute to forest decline in some parts of Canada. Ozone can also damage synthetic materials, cause cracks in rubber, accelerate fading of dyes, and speed deterioration of some paints and coatings. As well, it damages cotton, acetate, nylon, polyester and other textiles.

For more information about ground-level ozone, view the section on Ground-Level Ozone Maps.

Environment Canada: The 4 R's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover

Environment Canada / Environnement CanadaGovernment of Canada

The 4 R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover

Garbage gone but not forgotten!

Most of our garbage is sent to landfills, dumps or municipal incinerators. But with more and more people producing more and more waste, landfills are filling up faster than we can find new sites for them. And landfills create new types of waste. As garbage decomposes, moisture filters through it producing a toxic liquid known as leachate. Modern landfills are designed to reduce the amount of moisture that reaches the garbage, and many have a system to collect and treat the leachate.

Decomposing garbage also produces two greenhouses gases: carbon dioxide and methane, an invisible, odorless, and highly flammable gas. At some big landfill sites in Canada, methane is now being collected and burned to produce energy.

Water and oxygen are required to break down garbage. But water and oxygen are in short supply deep in a landfill, so decomposition takes place very slowly. In fact, when researchers cored down into a landfill in the United States, they discovered newspapers over 30 years old still in readable condition!

Incinerations are sometimes used to burn solid waste under controlled condition. They reduce the stress on landfills, but they create other environmental problems. The ashes must be disposed of, either at a landfill, or, if they are toxic, at a hazardous waste facility. Burning garbage also produces acid gases, carbon dioxide and toxic chemicals that must be treated with expensive air pollution control equipment to avoid contributing to acid rain, ozone depletion and air pollution.

Recycling is just one way to reduce wastes. To be really effective, we have to incorporate the 4Rs Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover into our daily routine.

Reducing the amount of waste we produce is by far the most effective way to battle the flow of garbage into the landfill. Packaging makes up about half our garbage by volume, one-third by weight.
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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Air Wash Air Filtration System


Allerair Air Wash Systems: mold remediation, hospital construction renovation contractors, chemical fumes odors removal, negative air pressure, positive air pressure options

  • 1000 CFM - 2000 CFM motor, Single Speed, Dual Speed, Variable Speed
  • True HEPA Filtration for airborne particles, mold spores, etc.
  • Activated Carbon / Charcoal Gas Phase Adsorbents (80 to 100 pounds) for chemical fumes, toxic gases, odor
  • Mold, asbestos abatement, remediation in schools, hospitals, commercial building,
  • Hospital contractors / renovation, construction, disaster restorator, etc.
  • Negative air pressure , Positive air pressure applications- comes with one flange adaptor for a 12 inch diameter flex hose.

Friday, October 29, 2004

What is HEPA


What is HEPA?

HEPA Filters were developed by the Atomic Energy Commission during World War II to remove radio active dust from their plant exhaust. HEPA Filters (HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE ARRESTANCE) are now the primary filtration systems for electronic clean room assembly, isolation wards, surgical theaters, bioengineering, pharmaceutical processing, and any application where maximum reduction or removal of sub micron particulate is required.

[ Download our "What Is AllerAir Medical Grade HEPA?" brochure - pdf, 65K ]

99.97% free of particulates

HEPA filtered air is 99.97% free of all particulate down to 0.3 microns (including bacteria, fungal and other opportunistic micro biological). Because of this, HEPA is rapidly coming into many medical applications such as isolation of patients under treatment involving immunological isolation, care for burn victims, orthopedic surgery, etc

Allerair air filtration systems, air purifiers, air cleaners (see 9000H-UV model )use HEPA material in Zig Zag folds to increase the filter surface area.

PRESSURE SEAL: to avoid leaks

The AllerAir 9000H air purifier, air cleaner has the unique Pressure Seal to avoid leaks and the HEPA is warm rolled to prevent cracking on the folds. Back to the 9000H-UV page

Versatile air filtration systems, air cleaners, air scrubbers

Allerair Air Filtration Systems Air Purifiers Air CleanersWide Range of Models for "Recycling Air" - for your home, home office, office, business, portable desktop units, for people who suffer from MCS
(multiple chemical sensitivities)
, for smoking room or smoking area, for use in Nail salons, welding, soldering fumes, Isolation areas, hospital
isolation rooms
, infection control, 1000 CFM - 2000 CFM Air Wash and I6500 Series larger higher powered equipment, for uncertain times like now, we have the 5000 Sentinel model, reduce your risk to exposure to biological, chemical agents.

We can offer an air purifier, air cleaner, air scrubber, air filtration system for most air contamination, indoor air pollution situation (wild forest fires, smoke from forest fires) - true HEPA filter, activated charcoal / carbon filter, and UV light.

Tried, Tested, Proven Filtration Media: HEPA filtration, Activated Carbon filtration, UV, Ultraviolet light filtration

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Activated Carbon, Activated Charcoal Filtration- Diesel fumes, exhaust fumes, odor

Interesting visit, our return visit actually, to the Canadian Forces Base in east end Montreal.

I've never seen so many military vehicles: APCs, Tanks, and others up close.

We're working on a project to supply them with a filtration system to help reduce chemical fumes emission from the vehicle exhaust as they get driven around inside the service hangar.

This was our first try at it using an equivalent of two (2) of our 6000DX air filtration system canisters (Paul would now what I am talking about). Anyways, I just want to share this with you guys. Photo above: Wayne and Henri hooking up our activated charcoal filter to the exhaust of the APC (armored personnel carrier) Posted by Hello

activated charcoal filter system hooked up, waiting for the operator to start the huge diesel engine of this APC Posted by Hello

Call 1-888-395-0330 / 1-800-626-0664 for help in choosing the Allerair air filtration system, air purifier, air cleaner, air scrubber for your needswe're your source for genuine Allerair replacement filters and parts

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Breathing in chemical fumes gases odors in Nail salons


27 pounds of granular coconut shell activated carbon for chemical fumes, odor reduction and/or removalChemicals used in nail salons could off-gas unhealthy chemical fumes, gases, and odors thereby exposing the employee(s) as well as customer(s) to breathing in these gaseous chemical cocktail in the indoor air.

Reduce your exposure to breathing in toxic, unhealthy, poisonous chemical fumes, chemical gas (gases), strong chemical off-gassing odor from chemical products used in nail salons, hair salons, as well as other indoor air environment where chemical fumes, gases, odor are present.

Points to remember when using activated carbon, activated charcoal filter equipped air cleaners, air purifiers, air filtration systems:

  • The slower the air flow the more efficient, more effective the activated carbon filter works in removing, reducing the chemical fumes, toxic gases, odors, released by chemical products used in nail salons (beauty salons, hair salons).
  • The thicker the activated carbon filter bed (depth of carbon filter bed) the better (3 5/8 inches in our DX models).
  • The more activated carbon, activated charcoal the better.

Call 1-888-395-0330 / 1-800-626-0664 for help in choosing the Allerair air filtration system, air purifier, air cleaner, air scrubber for your needs- we're your source for genuine Allerair replacement filters and parts

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Secondhand Smoke is a Serious Health Risk to Children


Secondhand Smoke is a Serious Health Risk to Children

  • The developing lungs of young children are also affected by exposure to secondhand (second hand) smoke.
  • Infants and young children whose parents smoke are among the most seriously affected by exposure to secondhand (second hand) smoke, being at increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. more

Disclaimer: Espitech Air Products disclaims all warranties, implied or otherwise, that anyone (non-smoker or smoker) who installs our air purifiers, air cleaners, or air scrubbers as an alternative to seeking a smokefree environment will be protected from the health risks caused by exposure to second hand (secondhand) smoke.

Prevention Asthma triggers Biological pollutants in your home Multiple chemical sensitivity- MCS
Chemicals used in hair salons Smoker's, smoking area, cigarette, cigar, tobacco models
Air Wash 2000 Series- Activated Charcoal / Carbon Option 9000 Series Air purifier, cleaner, scrubber- smoke, odor

Air filtration system for cigarette smoke odor

MODEL 9400S / 9425S/ 9450S air purification system for tobacco smoke removal, specifically designed for smokers. Great for bars, restaurants, hotels and smoking lounges. Capable of reducing, if not completely removing, with the use
of activated charcoal activated carbon filtration, chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Protect your furniture and fittings from the effects of tobacco smoke. Maintain good quality air for the comfort of your guests.
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Minimize allergy symptoms

AllerAir Filtration TechnologyIn order to obtain relief you only need to reduce the overflow.

Our air filtration systems are designed to minimize your family's allergy symptoms and sensitivities by reducing the overflow of allergens that continues to flow into the hypothetical "glass".

Tried, tested, proven air filtration media:
  • HEPA filter- medical grade, laser tested hepa filter, capable of removing 99.97% of particulates down to 0.3 microns and is designed to remove sub-micron microscopic allergens such as molds spores, dust mites, lung damaging dust, pollen, pet, animal dander, etc.
  • Activated carbon / activated charcoal- traps, adsorbs, toxic gases, bad odor, smoke, cigarette smoke odors, fumes, chemical toxins, etc.
  • UV light, ultraviolet (ultra-violet light)- for that extra measure of protection and added disinfection

Allergy Management

Even when you are allergic to a substance, there is a certain level you can tolerate before symptoms will appear. Exceed that "threshold" and the following symptoms will appear:
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • wheezing
  • respiratory distress
  • sinus infections
  • headaches
  • nasal congestion
  • eyes, nose, throat irritation
  • tickle in throat
  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • raspy voice
  • dark circles under eyes
  • chronic fatigue
  • drowsiness
  • puffy eyes
  • watery eyes
  • digestive problems
  • red eyes
  • rashes
  • flu-like symptoms
  • diarrhea
  • muscle or joint pain
  • gastro-intestinal problems
  • irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • palpitations
  • disruption of menstrual cycles
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • nosebleeds
  • increased sensitivity to odors
  • congestion
  • other breathing problems
  • multiple chemical sensitivities

Have you "Exceeded" your Allergic Threshold

what we breatheHave you "Exceeded" your Allergic Threshold**
**(your level of sensitivity to allergens)

Your "allergic threshold" can be compared to a glass that will overflow if filled with too much liquid.*

If too much liquid* is accumulated and overflows the glass, your tolerance has been exceeded and the symptoms will occur. *(Allergens)