Let’s start with a definition by a group of people who should know what they’re talking about. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality refers to ‘the air quality within and around buildings and structures as it relates to the health and comfort of its occupants. Indoor air quality is affected by temperature, humidity, ventilation, and chemical or biological contaminants found within the building.’ Your air quality problems can be hiding anywhere in that long list of variables. Yikes.
Indoor air pollution can cause serious health issues, including: - Headaches - Fatigue - Sore eyes - Burning nose - Worsening allergies - Respiratory issues - Flu-like symptoms - Heart disease - Cancer - Other serious, long-term conditions - Death, when carbon monoxide or other pollutants are present in high concentrations
How does it work? The REME HALO® in-duct air purifier utilizes RGF’s proprietary Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy technology. Installed into the supply plenum of your existing air conditioning or heating system air ducts, the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier produces Hydro-Peroxide plasma that is distributed through the air handler, through the duct system, and into the conditioned living space. Unlike passive air technologies, which need pollutants to pass through the unit for purification or filtration, the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier sweeps through your home actively purifying pollutants at the source. Also, the charged plasma induces particles to coagulate or stick together making them bigger and easier for your filter to catch. Hydroperoxides occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere and are part of nature’s process of cleaning the air. Now, you won’t be able to see the REME HALO at work; it’s beyond the ability of the naked eye. But rest assured, larger particles trapped in your air filter translates to much better interior air quality. This is especially effective in homes with pets. What’s new: The redesigned and improved REME HALO® whole home in-duct HVAC unit features higher ionized hydroperoxide output, which gives faster kill rates for microbial contaminants in the air as well as on surfaces. This higher output also drops more particulates from the air, bringing relief to those who suffer from allergies and other respiratory issues. The benefits are significant, here’s what you will notice. Benefits of HALO Indoor Air Quality System: - Dual ionizers to reduce airborne particulates (dust, dander, pollen, mold spores) - Kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses - REME® reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet. - New zinc ions kill 99% of viruses on surfaces - Unlike portable units that are limited to the room in which they are placed, the REME HALO® provides whole home and building purification. - Easily integrated with your existing HVAC system. The unit doesn’t take away living space and operates silently. So let’s get this straight: it’s invisible and it protects your home. So, it’s kind of like a ‘home force-field system‘ – we are living in a magical age! You’ll notice the difference every time you walk in the front door. Who currently uses HALO Indoor Air Quality Products? - U.S. Military approved for mold reduction in field hospitals. - U.S. and International Hospital approval for the fight against infectious diseases: 99% reduction of Staph (MRSA). - Major U.S. city school reports 20% reduction in absenteeism. - Tested and approved by the Chinese Government for protection against the deadly SARS virus. - Approved by the USDA, FSIS, and FDA for use in food processing plants. Employed to reduce microbial contamination of food being processed. - Cruise lines use it as a safety measure against Norwalk Virus outbreaks. Where Can I Install an Indoor Air Quality System? The REME HALO® can be installed in a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial applications where a ducted HVAC system exists. Here are some examples: - Single-family homes, apartments, condos - In hospitals, nursing homes assisted living facilities and doctor’s offices - Schools, daycare centers, colleges, and universities - Fitness centers, locker rooms, athletic facilities - Office buildings - Veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, kennels - Hotels, motels, and resorts. - Food processing and manufacturing plants/facilities - Restaurants, diners, and bars
Is my new home already built for maximum indoor air quality? The best air quality starts when your home is built. airPLUS homes are set up to minimize your exposure to air contaminants. Your builder can let you know if your home is a certified airPLUS home. If it is – you’re good to go. They build the best bits in from the beginning – here are all the key components. Mold and Moisture Control: Excess moisture breeds mold, attracts pests and deteriorates building materials. Mold is a common trigger for allergy and asthma symptoms. Indoor airPLUS homes have additional construction features, including improved roof, wall, and foundation drainage to keep water where it belongs— outside of the home. Moisture-resistant building materials are also required in moisture-sensitive areas of the home and building materials are required to be kept dry during construction. All these requirements make a big difference as time, weather, and soil shifting compound over time. Combustion Venting: Fuel-burning appliances can release dangerous gases, like carbon monoxide. All ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS labeled homes include furnaces, water heaters, and other combustion appliances that are specially vented to prevent back drafting of pollutants into the home. All Indoor airPLUS homes also include carbon monoxide alarms in each sleeping area. Exhausting gasses are one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality and carbon monoxide detection is especially critical for homes with children Pest Management: Pests, like rodents and cockroaches, can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as cause structural damage. Indoor airPLUS homes seal or screen pest entry points, reducing the need for pesticide use. Also – living with bugs is disgusting. They won’t complain about the air quality, but they make miserable house guests! Efficient Heating, Ventilating, and AirConditioning Systems (HVAC): Poorly designed and installed HVAC systems can lead to comfort and air quality problems. They can also add massive expenses to your monthly energy bill. ENERGY STAR certified homes include properly engineered systems and quality installation requirements. Indoor airPLUS homes add enhanced filtration; additional dehumidification capacity in warm, moist climates; and inspection of air handling systems and ductwork to ensure they are clean, free of debris, and provide adequate airflow. You should have these systems checked and adjusted each year to prolong the life of your equipment and ensure optimal performance. Building Materials: Many building materials release chemicals (often called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs) into the indoor air. Off-gassing can continue for years after the home is built and occupied. These chemicals can produce strong odors, and cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as other effects in sensitive people. Indoor airPLUS homes use no-VOC or low-VOC paints, carpets, and low-formaldehyde manufactured wood products. Better materials make a big difference for home occupants. Radon Resistance: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. In high-radon zones, Indoor airPLUS homes are built using radon-resistant construction techniques. Homeowner Education: After purchasing a home with the Indoor airPLUS label, owners receive a checklist of verified indoor air quality features and instructions for operating and maintaining equipment to continue minimizing contamination.