How Portable Air Scrubbers Promote Health and Wellness for Everyone and Every Building

Experience a breath of relief with TEMP-AIR® Equipment Sales. Our advanced portable air scrubbers improve indoor air quality, transforming any environment with a clean, sanitized airflow.

Breathe in, breathe out, and reflect: how much time do you really spend inside? Whether it’s from your home, to your vehicle, to work, to restaurants, to stores, and to other buildings, experts say Americans spend 90% of time indoors

Now, think about the air you breathe. You inhale and exhale about 20,000 breaths each day, the majority of them occurring indoors where the air is often more polluted than outdoor air. This puts you in constant contact with airborne pollutants, viruses, and bacteria. Although it is invisible, air quality impacts everyone’s overall health and wellness. 

There’s a lot to understand about what impacts indoor air quality (IAQ) — the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), allergens, dust, smoke, construction, renovations, odors, chemicals, and other particulate matter. The list feels endless, but it takes just one piece of equipment to manage it all: portable air scrubbers, the gold-standard unit to improve IAQ in any setting.

Since 2020, IAQ has been at the top of everyone’s list. Due to their high-quality, multi-layered filtration capabilities, air scrubbers help mitigate the spread of viruses, smoke, odors, and VOCs across a variety of commercial spaces, public buildings, and mission-critical environments, ensuring cleanliness and comfort for patrons in any setting.

The Basics: How Portable Air Scrubbers Work

Air scrubbers are the ultimate unit for providing peace of mind by producing clean and odor-free air. When equipped with HEPA filtration, they are 99.97% effective at removing any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns or larger, like respiratory droplets, the coronavirus, bacteria, and other airborne viruses. When equipped with multiple filters, like pre-filters and carbon filters, air scrubbers remove dust, pollen, smoke, odors, and other particles while extending the lifetime of high-quality HEPA filters. 

The key to any air scrubber is the filters. Without them, the unit is virtually useless and risks being damaged due to improper use. Additionally, it’s vital that air scrubbers are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the unit performs at its highest level. In fact, a single HEPA filter can last up to one year with monthly replacements to the pre- and post-filters depending on how often and where the unit is used.

Here’s how portable air scrubbers with multiple filters operate:

  1. The portable air scrubber is used indoors, either with or without HVAC ductwork or other portable units.
  2. Dirty air passes through a pre-filter, capturing large particles like dander, hair, lint, and dust.
  3. The air reaches the HEPA filter, where airborne, illness-causing pathogens and allergens are removed.
  4. The air finally reaches the carbon filter for mildew, smoke, and odor removal.
  5. The multi-layered filtration process mitigates all indoor air pollutants with close to 100% effectiveness.

Sick Building Syndrome and the Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Do you spend a lot of time indoors and regularly suffer from headaches, fatigue, skin irritation, eye itchiness, brain fog, nausea, coughing, sneezing, allergies, and more? If so, you may be impacted by sick building syndrome, a coin termed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the 1980s to describe how poor IAQ affects health. 

WHO reports more than 3 million people around the world die early each year — due to worsening symptoms triggered by poor IAQ – from pre-existing illnesses like heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infection, lung cancer, and COPD. With portable air scrubbers, you can not only clean, sanitize, and deodorize your air, but you can also ensure safe IAQ for all patrons without exerting any extra thought or effort. Air scrubbers do all the work, so you can have peace of mind about the safety of your indoor air.

Studies show poor IAQ also negatively affects workplace productivity and revenue. A healthy buildings report by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows how chronic poor IAQ can lead to absenteeism and cognitive function decline among occupants, a direct impact of ‘sick building syndrome.’ It’s also estimated that it costs American companies about $10 million per year to recover from productivity loss, healthcare costs, and building damages caused by chronic, long-term indoor air pollution.

To prevent sick building syndrome, experts recommend increased air ventilation, circulation, and purification. The portable air scrubber is the perfect HVAC unit to clean and sanitize the airflow within a room or building, ensuring safety and wellness for all occupants.

Indoor Air Quality Guidelines and Recommended Air Scrubber Units

ASHRAE, a global leader in HVAC&R engineering and sustainability, defines IAQ as a broad public health issue since most people spend a majority of time indoors, more than likely exposed to harmful airborne contaminents. Much of this indoor air pollution slowly leads to a decline in health, comfort, well-being, learning outcomes, and workplace performance, according to ASHRAE. The organization recommends optimizing HVAC systems to improve and maintain safe IAQ.

In fact, since 1973, ASHRAE has been setting forth recommendations for improving IAQ in commercial, institutional, and residential buildings, which include:

  1. Source Control: Maintain HVAC systems to reduce the likelihood of moisture, odor, and contamination problems or quickly mitigate them when they happen.
  2. Air Cleaning: Use effective technologies to remove contaminants from outdoor ventilation air and recirculated indoor air.
  3. Sustainability: Consider building designs that integrate both IAQ and the efficient use of water and energy.
  4. Cost Benefits: Analyses show that the health and economic benefits of improved IAQ outweigh the costs of implementing improvements.

For a closer look at ASHRAE’s guidelines, review the Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality Standards, a document that details specific measures for providing safe IAQ and minimizing negative health effects. The document outlines clear ventilation and air cleaning specifications and formulas across a variety of environments, from correctional facilities, educational facilities, food and beverage service buildings, office buildings, living quarters, retail buildings, public assembly spaces, and more — helping solve the issue of poor IAQ for every industry. 

To meet these standards, TEMP-AIR® Equipment Sales provides a lineup of innovative, reliable air quality units to be used in a variety of settings.

Featured Unit: Abatement Technologies HEPA-AIRE® PAS750

The HEPA-AIRE® PAS750 portable air scrubber is a compact unit that can provide air purification in a variety of small to large rooms and buildings due to its lightweight, energy-efficient, stackable design: up to five units can be safely daisy-chained on one 15-amp circuit. This quiet unit includes four-layer filtration with a peak airflow of over 750 CFM, providing up to six air changes per hour in areas up to 6,000 cubic feet. The PAS750 is best suited for healthcare construction, critical environment protection, abatement and remediation projects, and more.

Featured Unit: Airrex HSC-HEPA 2000

The HEPA 2000 portable air scrubber is primed to provide relief from allergy, asthma, sinus problems, mold spores, pathogens, and chemical irritations. Ideal for use in hospital remodels, new construction, restoration projects, and more, this unit operates on a three-step filtration system to remove 99.97% of airborne particles at a maximum airflow rate of 1,950 CFM.

Featured Unit: Abatement Technologies HEPA-AIRE® PAS2400

The HEPA-AIRE® PAS2400 portable air scrubber provides air cleaning capabilities through its four-step filtration system, including a HEPA filter for 99.97% efficiency and an additional carbon filter for odors. This unit can be used during facility construction and renovation in mission-critical environments to provide thorough air purification before, during, and after a project is completed. With an airflow rate of 2,100 CFM, the HEPA-AIRE® PAS2400 is powerful enough to provide up to six air changes per hour in areas up to 21,000 cubic feet – the ideal unit for vast buildings.

Maintain Healthy Buildings with TEMP-AIR® Equipment Sales

Building supervisors and property managers across the U.S. are facing the pressing challenges of providing a clean, safe, and sanitized IAQ environment, and TEMP-AIR® Equipment Sales stands ready to support you in overcoming these obstacles. With a comprehensive range of portable IAQ units designed for any need — including dust containment carts, air purifiers, air scrubbers, and UV lamps — we offer solutions that are adaptable, safe, and cost-effective but also compliant with ASHRAE’s IAQ recommendations. Our expert team of HVAC professionals is here to assist you in selecting the perfect portable air scrubber to ensure a safe, healthy experience for all building occupants. Contact TEMP-AIR® Equipment Sales today at 1-866-365-2295 to discover how our HVAC solutions can transform your IAQ from sick to satisfied.

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