Achieving energy efficiency is a top priority for building engineers, property managers and business owners across the country. The biggest consumer of energy in a commercial building is the HVAC system.
Modern design and construction practices tightly seal buildings for the purpose of lowering energy costs. The unfortunate result is poor indoor air quality. Without adequate ventilation, mold spores, VOCs and other unwanted contaminants build up inside — and that leads to serious building health problems.
The indoor air quality problem is so severe that the Environment Protection Agency named it one of the nation’s top five health threats. ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, developed guidelines on the minimum amounts of outdoor air that must be mechanically introduced into a building. In some cases, just following these basic guidelines could result in a 5 to 7 percent increase in a building’s total energy bill.
In addition to the indoor air quality problem, engineers discovered that simply following the ASHRAE guidelines often doesn’t provide enough fresh air to combat staleness and lingering smells. Buildings often bring in more fresh air than required by ASHRAE simply to remove odors — and that means owners are pouring thousands of dollars through the exhaust vent. Those who want to keep energy costs down need a new way improve energy efficiency — without damaging indoor air quality.
Filtration is the most widely used method of air purification. However, filtration does have its limitations. Filters can ONLY catch and grab particles.
Particles are but one factor that can degrade air quality. VOCs are another significant factor. VOCs are chemical off-gasses commonly produced by the furnishings and activities within the space. Flooring, carpeting, finishes on office furniture, paints, pesticides, cleaning products, office equipment and also outdoor air are examples of things that may bring in potentially dangerous chemical elements. VOCs are the main culprit in a condition called Sick Building Syndrome, in which occupants of a building experience poor health while in the building and feel relief when they leave.
It is true that you can improve air quality by purchasing an enhanced filtration system. Unfortunately, stronger filters mean higher energy costs. An efficient filter is dense, and that makes it harder for air to pass through it. Since it will take more power to squeeze the air through the filter, the HVAC system works harder to condition the space — and that makes it costlier to operate.
With AtmosAir, you can purify the air in the space you breathe. Our AtmosAir Bi-Polar Ionization system allows a building to recycle clean, conditioned air.
With AtmosAir, you can nearly eliminate mold spores, VOCs, and other unwanted particles — and save on your energy bills at the same time.
BPI reduces particulate matter and breaks down the chemical structure of VOCs. That means it is not necessary to dilute and replace the space with additional amounts of outdoor air, nor is it necessary to strain the air through airflow-restrictive filters. Because you can now accomplish air purification without a cost penalty by recycling a larger portion of the total air volume, you can retain the energy savings you worked so hard to achieve.
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Reusing conditioned indoor air — instead of constantly replacing it with outside air that needs conditioning — dramatically reduces the amount of energy used by your building’s HVAC systems.
A member of our sales team will help you calculate a realistic expected ROI for your building. Some of our clients have noticed a greater than 40 percent reduction in peak load, and a 20 percent energy cost savings — and that doesn’t include savings on reduced HVAC maintenance as demands on the system decrease.
With AtmosAir, you’ll spend less on your energy bill, plus enjoy reduced maintenance and part replacement costs. You’ll also spend less on new construction, because you won’t have to buy, install and maintain an expensive HVAC system.
Contact us for more information about AtmosAir or to learn about our Guaranteed Energy Savings program.