Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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Prior to reopening, please note that air filtration upgrades help mitigate the risk of airborne transmission of pathogens. In fact, the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance that includes enhancing ventilation and filtration, which helps keep building occupants safe, healthy, and performing at a high level.

Pathogen-carrying Particles

Tiny virus particles generally piggyback on comparatively larger dust particles or droplets as they travel through a building. In general, virus particles tend to hitch a ride on particles and droplets in the size range of 0.3 to 1.0 microns. Fortunately, air filters with a rating of MERV 16 or higher capture a minimum of 95% of airborne particles in this size range.

Piggyback virus Particles Air FIlter

The Case for Upgrading

Better prefilters in a 2-stage system can help to extend the life of the secondary filter, allowing for cost-effective upgrades to secondary filters. MERV 13+ filters have proven effective in capturing fine airborne particles that can carry viruses.

 Air Handler Two Stage Filtration System

Air Filtration Solutions

The air filtration products such as MEGApleat M9 and VariCel VXL are available now and help facility managers upgrade their protection against virus-carrying particles without replacing or retrofitting current HVAC systems.
For more information on filtration and disinfection, view tips & suggestions from ASHRAE (American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

 MEGAcel M9 and VariCel VXL Filters

Boost In-Room Air Filtration

Upgrading the air filters in your HVAC system helps cleanse air before it is forced into spaces. However, to mitigate the risk of airborne transmission within occupied spaces, a different solution is required. Portable air purification systems have shown promise at reducing exposure levels within confined spaces, such as lobbies, waiting areas, and conference rooms.

 AstroPure Shell Image

AstroPure™ Portable Air Purification System

  • MERV 11 prefilter and HEPA filter with eFRM media technology combine to maximize particle efficiency & energy efficiency
  • Unique interactive interface streamlines set-up and ongoing operation
  • Integrated PM sensor tracks particulate level reduction in target space

Know Which Solution Works for Your Building

Because the constraints of your system can make it difficult to know how you can best upgrade air filtration, we suggest pairing a complimentary air filtration audit with an analysis generated by our TCO Diagnostic® platform.

Air Filtration Audit AAF Flanders air filtration experts thoroughly examine your air filtration system and report their findings. Free of charge, they provide you with:

  • Documentation of the current state of an air filtration system
  • Guidance as to how to reduce energy spending, decrease
  • IAQ risks, and reduce maintenance labor
  • Performance data as a benchmark that can be compared against past or future data

TCO Diagnostic® Software This technology platform compares your current air filtration system against other possible configurations, factoring in estimated costs for energy, labor, and air filters. You can use this information to make informed decisions that upgrade filtration efficiency and:

  • Minimize energy use
  • Optimize labor costs associated with air filtration maintenance
  • Identify the configuration with lowest long-term costs