26 Plants That Clean The Air

Plants that clean the air

For many years nobody considered the impact of plants as an indoor-purifier. Yes, the environment friendly role of plants is known since ages, but nobody imagined the extent to which plants can purify the air inside your living space. That was before NASA stepped in to assist the Associated Contractors of America (ALCA) in a quest to conclude a list of the most effective plants that clean the air indoors by removing toxic-agents.

Dr B. C. Wolverton led the team of the researchers. The study concluded that the Florist’s Mum is the most effective among all. The research was based on the ability of the plant to filter out formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, toluene, trichloroethylene, and benzene.

Here is the full list of the most efficient plants that clean air:

The List of 26 Air Purifying Plants

1. Broadleaf Lady Palm – Rhapis excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa (Broadleaf Lady Palm)

Image source: starrenvironmental.com

They are easy-growing, but you need to make sure that the temperature doesn’t go above 21oC. Also, don’t keep them under direct sunlight.

The speed of the growth is slow but consistent. If you see spider mites around the leaves of this plant, make sure to wipe them out with the help of soapy water.

They purify air from formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and carbon dioxide.

These plants are not toxic to dogs or cats.

2. Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea seifrizii

Chamaedorea seifrizii (Bamboo Palm)

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The plant is also known as Reed Palm, and you have to keep it at a temperature not more than 24oC. Make sure to add a little sand to the soil. Don’t make a mistake of overwatering these plants. Yes, the ground should remain wet all the time, but the water should not linger for a long time.

Bamboo Palm purifies air from formaldehyde. It also eliminates benzene as well as trichloroethylene.

3. Dwarf Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii

Phoenix Roebelenii (Dwarf Date Palm)

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Make sure to place these plants in semi-sunlight. They grow well in temperature ranging from 16oC to 24oC. Like most of the palms, Dwarf Date also grows slowly but consistently and can reach a height of 10 feet. Their leaf-end is sharp so make sure not to place it in kid’s playing area.

These plants purify the air from xylene.

4. Boston Fern – Nephrolepis exaltata

Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston Fern)

Image Source: Mokkie

These plants like barely moist soil, and make sure to wipe off spider mites and whitefly as these insects love being around Boston Fern. The plant gains a maximum height of 4 feet, but they can spread up to as much as five feet. The suitable temperature range for these plants is from 18oC to 24oC.

The plant purifies the air from formaldehyde.

5. Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)

Also known as “Mauna Loa”, the Peace Lily is a powerful air purifier. It demands some care, and if there is a high level of humidity and indirect sunlight, the plant grows well. Don’t forget to mist the leaves on a regularly. From 16oC to 24oC is the suitable temperature range for these plants.

Peace Lily is toxic to pets as well as humans. Their leaves feature calcium oxalate.

Peace Lily purifies the air from acetone, alcohols, benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

6. Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

Image Source: Mokkie

People often tend to eradicate Spider Plants (occasionally called Airplane Plants). They quickly regrow, and the good news is that you don’t need to remove these plants. Just cut off a couple of its spiders and place them in the pot.

Spider Plants purify the air from benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene.

They don’t feature toxic elements, so your family and pets are completely safe around Spider Plants.

7. Gerbera Daisy – Gerbera jamesonii

Gerbera jamesonii (Gerbera Daisy)

Also called Barberton Daisy, Gerbera features bright flowers. You need to make sure that there are drainage holes in the pot. Mist its leaves for at least twice a week. Also, don’t forget to feed them with direct sunlight for about 6-hrs a day.

Gerberas purify the air from benzene and trichloroethylene.

8. Variegated Snake Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”

Sansevieria trifasciata "Laurentii" (Variegated Snake Plant)

Image Source: Mokkie

These plants also have an interesting name – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. You can place them in the bedroom at night, because against the thumb-rule these plants absorb CO2 and release O2 during night hours.

Snake Plants purify the air from formaldehyde.

9. Florist’s Mum – Chrysanthemum morifolium

Chrysantheium morifolium (Florist’s Chrysanthemum)

Image Source: Jebulon

Also called Mum, these plants feature colourful flowers contributing to the aesthetic beauty of the office or the room where you place them. Their convincing beauty encourages people to bring these plants inside to match the interior. These plants feature almost any colors.

Chrysantheium morifolium purify the air from benzene.

10. Red-Edged Dracaena – Dracaena marginata

Dracaena marginata (Red-Edged Dracaena)

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These plants feature striking colours and are famous for their purple-red edges. The growth of these plants is consistent but slow. They can grow up to 15 feet.

Red-Edged Dracaena purifies the air from xylene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

11. Weeping Fig – Ficus benjamina

Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig)

Image Source: Dinesh Valke

This plant grows well in the presence of indirect yet bright light. But if the temperature rises significantly, or if the light fluctuates – this plant won’t grow well.

Weeping Fig is known for purifying the air from formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.

12. English Ivy – Hedera helix

Hedera helix (English Ivy)

People love this plant, but the problem is that the English Ivy tends to damage vegetation around it. That’s why it is better to place it in pots instead of orchards. It needs moist soil, but make sure to feed it with at least 4 hours of direct sunlight every day.

English Ivy purifies the air from formaldehyde and faecal-matter particles.

13. Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema modestum

Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen)

Image Source: Marissa Anderson

This plant doesn’t require much care. It requires minimum light and grows well even in places that are not recommended for other plants. These tropical plants like humidity and if the atmosphere is too dry, the tips of the leaves may turn brown.

The Chinese Evergreen purifies the air from formaldehyde and benzene.

Chinese Evergreen plants carry toxic elements that are dangerous for dogs.

14. Areca Palm – Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (Areca Palm)

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Otherwise known as Butterfly Palm – this delicate plant grows fast and attains a height of 12 feet. Make sure that you select the plant with the thicker trunk. If the stem is as thin as a pencil, then there are chances of toppling over, and it will make it difficult to keep them erect.

Areca Palm purifies the air from xylene and toluene. Toluene is basically the combination of dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde.

15. Rubber Plant – Ficus robusta

Ficus robusta (Rubber Plant)

Image Source: Mokkie

These plants grow well in semi-shade semi-light conditions. Don’t put them under direct sunlight, especially when the weather is hot.

These plants can reach a height of 8 feet. Often, rubber plants require stake support. Be careful when handling these plants.

Don’t forget to wear gloves before trimming these plants as the milky-sap causes irritation on the skin.

Rubber Plant purifies the air from formaldehyde.

16. Janet Graig – Dracaena deremensis

Dracaena deremensis (Janet Graig)

Image source: David Stang (first published at ZipcodeZoo.com)

They prefer semi-shade and indirect sunlight. These plants don’t like soggy soil. Besides, make sure that the root ball doesn’t completely dry out. During warmer season, Janet Graig requires consistent mist.

Janet Graig cleans the air by filtering trichloroethylene.

17. Philodendron – Philodendron sp.

Philodendron sp. (Philodendron)

Image Source: Alex Popovkin

These plants grow well in the presence of medium light, but even low light doesn’t hurt them. They are a well-known indoor plants for their adaptability to grow in almost all indoor conditions. They can reach up to 6 feet above their base.

Philodendron plant filters xylene from the air along with other pollutants.

18. Ficus Alii – Ficus maclellandii “Alii”

Ficus maclellandii "Alii" (Ficus Alii)

Image Source: Luca Bove

Don’t place these plants near air conditioning vents as their leaves shed after coming in contact with heat. Make sure to keep the soil moist enough, but don’t let the water stand for a long time. Yellow colouring of its leaves is suggestive of overwatering.

Keep them away from kids and pets as these plants contain poisonous elements.

These plants purify the air from chemical vapours.

19. Aloe – Aloe vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe is arguably the most easy-growing plant. It likes sunlight, and this is what makes this plant one of the favourite green-companion of humans for over 6000 years. During the early days, the Egyptians called it is The Plant of Immortality. Other than its benefits for skin and human health, these plants are natural purifiers.

Aloe vera purifies the air from benzene and formaldehyde.

20. Golden Pothos – Scindapsus aureus

Scindapsus aureus (Golden Pothos)

Golden Pothos like indirect yet bright light. Make sure not to provide them with excessive water.

These plants filter formaldehyde from the air.

Golden Pothos is poisonous, so keep it away from pets and kids.

21. Pineapple Plant – Ananas comosus

Ananas comosus (Pineapple Plant)

Pineapple plants have a tremendous ability to lift the oxygen level at night times. This quality makes these plants perfect for all those looking to enhance the quality of air indoors.

Pineapple plants aren’t known for the filtration of toxins, but if you want to get rid of snoring, then these plants can serve the purpose. The good thing is that pineapple plants don’t require much water. The only thing you need to be careful about is that frost is not good for these plants, so they don’t flourish in a cold environment.

22. Flamingo Lily – Anthurium andraeanum

Anthurium andraeanum (Flamingo Lily)

Image Source: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

These evergreen plants feature highly attractive flowers significantly contributing to the aesthetic appeal of an office or a living room. Greek mythology was inspired by these plants, and they symbolised love. Even today, people love gifting Flamingo Lily to their friends and family members to express their care and affection.

Flamingo Lily features large leaves with dark colouring. These leaves effectively filter the air by absorbing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.

23. Lilyturf – Liriope spicata

Liriope spicata (Lilyturf)

Image source: starrenvironmental.com

They are mostly featured as border grass and make perfect edging for your outdoor space, but Lilyturfs are also exceptionally good for indoor gardening. Interior plant-scapers use Lilyturf on a consistent basis. The plant can reach a height of 12” to 18”, and during summer it has lavender and white flowers.

These are semi-shade, semi-sun plants. If the air is too dry, pests invade the plant, so you need to provide it with some humidity. Make sure to water it consistently so that the soil remains moist.

Apart from removing ammonia from the air, this plant also filters xylene, formaldehyde, and toluene to let you breathe the fresh air.

24. Kimberly Queen Fern – Nephrolepis obliterata

Nephrolepis obliterata (Kimberly Queen Fern)

Image source: David Stang (first published at ZipcodeZoo.com)

Though the Boston Fern is more popular comparing to the Kimberly Queen Fern, don’t underestimate the potential of these plants as an air purifier. They lose their leaves less often than the Boston. And they bloom well even if the humidity level is low.

You need to ensure regular misting and watering to help these plants grow. They like wet ground, but never let the water stay as it’s not good for these plants.

Kimberly Queen Fern purifies the air from alcohols, formaldehyde, and xylene.

25. Devil’s Ivy – Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum aureum (Devil’s Ivy)

This is another good option for natural air purification, but you need to be careful as these plants are toxic to pets (it contains raphides). Also, they contain calcium oxalate that is mildly toxic to humans.

Being famous for its marble-leaves, this plant is easy-going and requires less care. You need to water these plants only when the soil is dry. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Devil’s Ivy grows well under indirect light.

Epipremnum aureum filter the air from formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.

26. Cornstalk Dracaena – Dracaena fragrans “Massangeana”

Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana" (Cornstalk Dracaena)

Image Source: Lazaregagnidze

Another Dracaena plant becomes the part of this list because of its exceptional ability to purify the air. Cornstalk is an easy-going plant and even doesn’t mind occasional watering missing. Its long leaves manage to clean a lot of air around. These plants can grow from 10 feet to 12 feet tall.

Do not let the pets consume its leaves because it is toxic to cats as well as dogs.

Cornstalk Dracaena filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air.


Let’s now have a look at the toxic elements in the air and symptoms they may cause.

Toxic Elements in the Air and Their Symptoms

ELEMENTSYMPTOMS
Benzene• Irritation to eyes
• Dizziness
• Drowsiness
• Increased heart rate
• Confusion
• Unconsciousness (upon consistent exposure)
Trichloroethylene• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Excitement
• Headache
• Coma
• Vomiting
• Drowsiness
Formaldehyde• Nose irritation
• Throat irritation
• Mouth irritation
• Swelling of lungs
• Swelling of larynx
Ammonia• Coughing
• Eye irritation
• Sore throat
Xylene• Throat irritation
• Mouth irritation
• Dizziness
• Confusion
• Liver damage
• Kidney damage
• Cardiac issues
• Coma
• Confusion
• Headache

A Few Tips on Choosing Air-Cleaning Plants

Stay Safe

You should take extra care during the selection. Due to the fact that some of these plants carry toxic substances, it makes it vital to first ensure the safety of your kids, all family members and pets.

Select Suitable Plants

You need to evaluate the structure of your house, because some of these plants spread across and elevate beyond the standard height of ceilings. But, that isn’t an issue if you live in an area where the climate is perfect for the plant and you have sufficient outdoor space to accommodate them as they grow more prominent enough to occupy much more indoor space.

Consult with Experts

If you aren’t sure about some indoor plants and their efficiency, then it is better to consult with experts. It would be perfect if they’re able to visit your house to evaluate the surroundings, lighting conditions, and available space.

Wrapping up

Nature has always been generous and helped us to solve even the man-made problems. Plants are impressive when it comes to the purification of the environment. We live in harsh climates, and the density of the pollutants has been increasing since we first introduced our lives to carbon, lead and other toxic substances. Industrialisation keeps disturbing the natural balance, and that is what makes it extremely important to restore the natural balance as much as we can.

There is nothing more appropriate than having air cleaning plants in our rooms and offices. They allow us to breathe fresh air at least when you are in your house.

Stay safe, breathe fresh, and purify your life by making maximum use of the gifts from nature!

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Pure Air Control Services Certified as an Environmentally Responsible Contractor

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Pure Air Control Services, Inc, a world renown Indoor Air Quality firm, earn a CERC certification for their exemplary work in the field by demonstrating a high level of commitment and professionalism to environmental risk management.

Certified Environmentally Responsible Contractor Criteria
The CERC program was initiated by Environmental Risk Professionals, LLC to endorse a contractor’s environmental due diligence and jobsite protocols. There are two categories that qualify a contractor for a CERC. They are Best Management Practices and Cleanup Protection.

Best Management Practices
Best management practices (BMPs) were introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent the release of toxic and hazardous pollutants to surface waters. Adhering to EPA guidelines and implementing BMPs through training and protocols is the main consideration for CERC. These BMPs put into practice on every job mitigate common environmental, health, and safety risks while promoting pollution prevention.

Cleanup Protection
Cleanup protection simply verifies the contractor’s insurance relative to environmental accidents. It ensures that should an environmental accident occur the contractor has the ability to pay for cleanups and third-party damages.

Since 1984 Indoor Air Quality has been our #1 priority. As such, we have a vast knowledge of environmental contaminants and how to handle them. We take very seriously our commitment to procedural training and jobsite safety protocols.
-Alan Wozniak, President of Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

Why Seek Out A CERC?
CERCs such as Pure Air Control Services add an extra layer of compliance and confidence to the successful outcome of a project. The certification shows that the contractor has done their due diligence to provide risk management, skilled labor and insurance protection. Not only that, utilizing a CERC contributes to sustainable communities.

Pure Air Control Services provides indoor air/environmental quality testing, building envelope studies, HVAC hygiene/performance assessments, and laboratory analysis, as well as building remediation and HVAC restoration services. Their eco-friendly PURE-Steam HVAC coil cleaning service is the only Green Clean Institute Certified process of its kind.

The company’s staff includes certified indoor air quality professionals, certified indoor environmental consultants, licensed mold inspectors/remediators, National Air Duct Cleaners Association certified technicians, and Ventilation System Mold Remediation certified technicians.

Article source: https://pureaircontrols.com/pure-air-control-services-certified-as-an-environmentally-responsible-contractor/

Holistic HVAC Hygiene Approach Improves Building Health

Holistic HVAC hygiene is a common sense, proactive maintenance concept. It demonstrates how each component of an HVAC system works together to provide fresh air exchange and temperature control in a building. A single component being compromised can have a chain effect on the rest of the system and impact building health. Let’s take a brief look at how holistic HVAC hygiene can be tested and maintained.

Basic HVAC Function & Design

The HVAC system is designed to provide heating, ventilation and cooling to a building. Hence the acronym “HVAC”. Think of it like the respiratory system of the building. In the most basic sense the ventilation part of the HVAC system consists of the air handler units (AHU), ductwork, and sometimes variable air volume (VAV) boxes within the ducts. The AHU has dampers, return plenums, filters, evaporator coils, heating coils, drain pans, fans, motors, insulation and supply plenums. Holistic HVAC hygiene accounts for the cleanliness of all of these components at a systemic level. Deficiencies in any of these areas quickly compound throughout the system and affect Indoor Air Quality.

Measurement & Verification

There are a couple of ways to get insights on holistic HVAC hygiene. Often times HVAC maintenance, including duct cleaning is deferred. However, the old adage “Out of sight, out of mind” is not always the case. Occupants, in many cases, are the first to report HVAC hygiene or IAQ issues by observation. Odors, degraded comfort, and an influx in allergies while in a building can all indicate a problem with the HVAC system. Occupant complaints should be taken seriously and act as a catalyst for professional IAQ testing.

True visibility into holistic HVAC hygiene is provided by measurement and verification testing. Building Sciences at Pure Air Control Services conducts indoor air and environmental testing for HVAC systems.

The HVAC Hygiene Assessment investigates both cleanliness and performance criteria and reports on the conditions. The system is visually inspected then air and surface samples are collected from the different components. These samples are then analyzed by our Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory for microbial and other factors like bacteria, mold and particulates. Performance data like differential pressure, total air supply in cubic feet per minute, temperature differential, cooling output, relative humidity and more is collected to determine the system’s impact on the building. When significant problems are found, recommendations for correction are made.

Remote IAQ Monitoring

Another way to keep an eye on the holistic HVAC hygiene conditions is with the IAQ Guard real-time monitoring program. IAQ Guard is a set of wireless remote sensors placed throughout a building’s HVAC zones. These sensors continuously monitor specific IAQ parameters like temperature, humidity, CO2, particulates, and VOC. The real-time data is sent via a node to a cloud-based dashboard that Building Sciences uses to detect trends and anomalies in the building envelope. If any of the monitored parameters trend outside of normal baseline conditions an alert is sent, and corrective action can be taken before the situation worsens. IAQ Guard is great for ongoing proactive monitoring and is also used in conjunction with sensitive remediation or construction projects.

Holistic HVAC Hygiene Maintenance

Maintaining the HVAC system needs to be a number one priority for facility managers. After all, it is the number one factor affecting building and occupant health. Building Remediation Sciences at Pure Air Control Services provides a suite of engineered solutions to keep your building’s HVAC system in great shape!

PURE-Duct is an IAQ driven duct cleaning service. It is performed with maximum containment to minimize the risk of cross contamination. A high attention to detail is not only paid to cleaning ductwork, but also other inline components such as VAV boxes, reheat coils and smoke detectors.

PURE-Steam is a Green Clean Institute certified solution that disinfects the entire AHU and deeply cleans HVAC coils. There have been many white papers and case studies published about its efficacy. PURE-Steam effectively eliminates microbes and restores operational efficiency.

HVAC New Life adds antimicrobial coatings, drain pan liners and closed cell insulation with PURE-Steam to restore aging AHU’s for additional years of service. It can be procured with CAPEX and far more cost effective than new replacement.

The combination of these routine cleaning services and IAQ testing/monitoring ensure optimal holistic HVAC hygiene. It not only benefits building occupants but also the bottom line.

For more information on IAQ testing or our engineered solutions please call 1-800-422-7873 or contact us here.

Clearing the Air on Indoor Air Quality | 2019 Annual Meeting January 14 – 16, 2019

Registration Now Open for IAQA’s 2019 Annual Meeting

The IAQA Annual Meeting will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

3-Day Conference Registration

Includes:

    • Access to the 40+ sessions in this year’s Technical Program
    • Access to final papers and presentations
    • Eligibility for Continuing Education Credits

Admission to:

  • AHR Expo & Exclusive IAQA VIP Service (January 14– 16)
  • Welcome Reception (January 14)
  • Networking Coffee and Danish (January 14-16)
  • Conference Lunch (January 15)
  • Annual Meeting of the General Membership (January 15)
  • Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony (January 15)
  • Discussion Panels (January 14-16)

Early Bird
Registration
Oct 22 –
Nov 16

Regular
Registration
Nov 17 –
Jan 16

IAQA Member – First Attendee $695 $745
IAQA Member – Additional Attendees* $595 $645
Non-Member – First Attendee $835 $885
Non-Member – Additional Attendees* $695 $745

To join IAQA, please visit www.iaqa.org/membership.

*Additional attendee registration is open to employees within the same company.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops will be held on January 13, 2019.

“Cannabis! Fentanyl! Methampetamine! Oh My”
Presented by Susan Kimball and Coreen Robbins
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
$175 member
$295 non-member
“Novel and Traditional Microbiological Methods for Common Indoor Microbial Investigations”
Presented by Wei Tang
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
$175 member
$295 non-member
“Infection Prevention Considerations in Healthcare Design, Construction, and Maintenance”
Presented by JJ Jenkins
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
$275 member
$395 non-member
“Indoor Air Quality Monitoring – A New Toolkit for the 21st Century”
Presented by Louie Chang
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
$175 member
$295 non-member

Daily Conference Registration

Includes:

  • Access to the full day’s technical sessions
  • Access to final papers and presentations
  • Eligibility for Continuing Education Credits
  • Admission to the AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVACR expo
Monday, January 14, 2019 ONLY $350 member
$450 non-member
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 ONLY $350 member
$450 non-member
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 ONLY $300 member
$400 non-member

Spouse Registration

Spouse registration can only be purchased with a full three-day registration package. Spouses are not allowed entry into the IAQA Technical Program. This additional fee includes admission to:

  • AHR Expo (January 14 – 16)
  • Conference Lunch (January 14)
  • Welcome Reception (January 13)
  • Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony (January 14)
Spouse Registration $322

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation requests must be sent in writing to registration@iaqa.org by January 14, 2019. Cancellations are subject to a $75 per person service fee that will be deducted from your refund. Refunds are not available after January 14, 2019, under any circumstances, but substitute attendees will be accepted.

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Facility Managers Nationwide Learn About Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Energy Efficiency

Pure Air Control Services Inc., will feature building health, occupant comfort and HVAC energy efficiency at Building Operating Management’s National Facilities Management and Technology Expo 2018.

NFMT Baltimore General Session

Baltimore MD, Facility Managers know the daily grind of juggling multiple assets and systems to keep their buildings operating the best they can. Often times budgets and maintenance programs are put at odds. Preventative maintenance quickly becomes deferred maintenance. This is when the vast majority of indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC energy efficiency issues begin to occur. In most cases addressing these issues later rather than sooner end up costing more in downtime and dollars spent.

We spend 90% of our time in shared, indoor environments. If something is amiss, it can wreak havoc on the organization’s biggest asset within their building: the people! Consider that a World Health Organization (WHO) report found that 1 in 3 buildings are afflicted with Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) which affects 64 million U.S. workers. These workers experience two or more of the following symptoms that can lead to lost productivity or absence: Nose irritation, Eye irritation and Headaches. SBS can be attributed to the failing of key performance metrics in a building operations and engineering, including the HVAC system.

Consider this, less than 3/16 of an inch of fouling across an evaporator coil can decrease the efficiency of that air handling unit by 21% or more! That performance hit, combined with a cool, damp, environment creates the worst-case scenario for mold and bacteria growth which can affect building occupants!

Pure Air Control Services Inc., will be talking about how they have helped their clientele to improve IAQ and energy efficiency at Booth 2515. On display will be their three specialized divisions, Building Sciences, Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, and Building Remediation Sciences. Each of these teams works together to provide testing, analysis and engineered solutions to optimize facility IAQ and HVAC system performance, including energy efficiency.

At the booth will be an interactive HVAC evaporator coil demonstration to shows the efficacy of Pure Air’s proprietary PURE-Steam coil cleaning method compared to doing nothing to a clogged coil. The demo also outlines the benefits of their HVAC New Life total hygienic restoration. This unique restoration process allows facilities to extend the life of aging HVAC equipment for 1/10th of the cost of total replacement! IAQ Solutions Specialists will be on hand to discuss IAQ problem solving through testing and remediation services that can put building health and energy efficiency back on track!

NFMT 2018
Booth 2515
March 20-22
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore Maryland

For more information or to register for the conference please click here.

About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.
Pure Air Control Services, Inc. was established in 1984 as a small, mechanical, contracting firm and has since set the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis, environmental laboratory and remediation. Pure Air Control Services has serviced more than 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.

The company’s nationally performed services include: Building Sciences evaluations; Building Health Check IAQ assessments; a CDC ELITE Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; HVAC New Life Restoration and PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning/Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

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Judge orders Trump administration to implement energy limits

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.

The U.S. Department of Energy was required to put the energy-efficiency standards into effect after a 45-day period to identify any errors and did not have the authority to continue to assess them, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said.

The ruling came in two lawsuits — one filed by New York, California and other states and the other by environmental groups.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately comment. The lawsuits over the energy standards are among a spate of legal actions challenging decisions by the Trump administration to roll back environmental protections.

The states argued that the new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million households for a year.

Chhabria gave the DOE 28 days to publish the standards — the step needed to make them legally enforceable.

 The standards at issue also cover air compressors, commercial packaged boilers and uninterruptible power supplies. There is currently no federal energy standard for air compressors, uninterruptible power supplies or portable air conditioners, according to the states’ lawsuit.

The Obama administration signed off on them in December 2016 and posted them online for a 45-day review period intended to spot any errors.

Chhabria said the Trump administration did not have the authority assess, modify or withdraw an energy standard after that period.

The other states in the lawsuit are: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Maryland. The City of New York is also a plaintiff.

Article Source: http://www.telegraphherald.com/ap/business/article_92ad26a9-b419-5206-8b50-7cc2461a956b.html

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