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Air Exchange Requirements of a Commercial Space
September 14, 2020

The need for adequate air treatment systems within commercial spaces cannot be over-emphasized. This is a huge capital investment a business should thoroughly think through before choosing a product. The benefits of good air quality in a commercial facility range from ensuring the health and safety of employees, consumers, products, and much more. With so many air purifying brands in the market claiming to do more than what they offer, it is imperative for business owners to do extensive research before committing to such major capital expense to ensure maximum return on investment.

For business spaces that require stringent specifications for good air quality, ventilation, temperature, and humidity like senior living facilities, pharmaceutical,cannabis,medical, and the hospitality industries, it is important to follow guidelines provided by regulatory authorities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an urgent need for effective air treatment systems to sanitize the air in commercial facilities. Recent evidence shows that there is a possibility for airborne transmissions of the virus. Hence, there is a heightened need for businesses to have effective air treatment systems in place.

Whether your goal is to maintain an optimum growing environment for plants in a cannabis grow room, or to adhere to strict air quality guidelines in pharmaceutical labs,or to sustain clean surfaces in offices, schools,hotels, or in the food,and beverage industries, an efficient air treatment system is valuable. An effective air treatment system does not only purify the air, it also sterilizes it. Sterilization kills airborne microbes like bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

The Importance of an Effective Air Purification System

The common problem faced in industries that require strict operational requirements for air quality is contamination. This directly impacts workers, consumers, and their products’ health and safety. Constant exposure to raw materials, microbes, dust, and hazardous substances in these industries means that air treatment systems are needed to tackle contaminants. This will protect the well being of stakeholders in the supply chain of these industries. In essence, in this era of a global pandemic, air treatment is imperative in any commercial building. Eradication of airborne contaminants in commercial spaces will help achieve the following:

Improved Workers Productivity

The air in commercial buildings can harbour pathogens and hazardous chemical substances from cleaning products used in public and private spaces or from raw materials used for drug production in pharmaceutical labs. When these are inhaled by workers,they can cause allergic reactions, long-term health risks like inflammation and lung damage. So, air sterilization is necessary for good ventilation and to eliminate contaminants, thereby safeguarding work environments for staff. This will reduce staff illness, save cost on off-sick days,and increase productivity necessary to generate profit for businesses.

High Quality Product

Adequate air sanitization will help maintain proper conditions for raw materials and finished products.For example, in the cannabis, pharmaceutical, food,and beverage industries, good air quality can extend the life span of raw materials and prevent the spoilage of finished goods.So, as well as maximizing production rate, product quality will be enhanced to increase profit and brand value.

Consumer Protection

Addressing the health and safety concerns of consumers play a crucial role in how customers perceive a brand.Be it providing proper ventilation and well sanitized surface areas to protect children in schools or preventing pharmaceutical products, food, and beverages from being contaminated, a proper air sterilization equipment is a good investment. This will prevent litigations that can end up in large payouts to consumers because their health and safety were compromised, thus resulting in brand damage.

OSHA Guidelines for Air Quality in Commercial Facilities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that ensures indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial buildings is of a standard that guarantees the health and safety of workers. The qualities of good IAQ should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air, and control of pollutants from inside and outside of a building. OSHA established that there is no single test to find an IAQ problem. However, it advises employers to regularly check measurements of temperature, humidity, and air flow. Also, routine inspection and testing of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) should be performed to ensure they are working according to specifications for building use.

At Air Sniper, we bear these guidelines in mind when designing our air sterilization equipment. Our stand-alone units are ideal for offices and small spaces while our in-line units are perfect for industrial spaces. The Air Sniper Inflow is our most advanced commercial air sterilization system that can be custom-designed to meet the air exchange requirements of your business facility. The Air Sniper Inflow units fit into existing HVAC systems with ease and incorporate a Wi-Fi connection for remote monitoring and control. Their plug and play feature eliminate the need for expensive electrical connection. The Inflow’stop-notch sterilizing features will help you achieve the OSHA guidelines to reap the benefits of good air quality for your business.

For more product information, please visit our Products page.

Air Sniper and How It’s Made with Remo Nutrients
April 10, 2020

We had the pleasure of hosting Remo here at our facility to show him the behind the scenes of manufacturing. We are proud to sell equipment that is not only designed and built by us but is all Canadian from the metalwork to firmware. Watch the video and subscribe to Remo’s channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7FmkAuHFi

Air Sniper and Growing Summit Kelowna
March 25, 2020

We will be at the growing summit in Kelowna March 31 to April 1, 2020 and will be speaking about our equipment during the breakfast event. Get your tickets here: https://www.growingsummit.com/  We look forward to seeing you!

Air Sniper Augmented Reality
March 5, 2020

We worked closely with the Nextech AR Solutions team in Toronto to develop a user experience for our Air Sniper Ultra. The Air Sniper augmented reality experience allows clients to view and manipulate the Ultra to better understand the equipment. Download the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.NexTechAR.ARitize&hl=en

Introducing the Air Sniper Low-Pro
February 20, 2020

We have been working hard to bring you the Air Sniper Low-Pro. The Low-Pro is designed to protect small spaced from airborne contaminants. The universal mounting allows the Low-Pro to be used in small spaces, hobby growing, and tent growing. Adaptors for the Low Pro are available to connect ducting. Visit our products page to learn more about the Low-Pro!

Air Sniper Attends Lift & Co Vancouver Show
February 7, 2020

The team headed down to Vancouver for some client visits and the first trade show of the year. We loved showing off our new Low Pro (coming soon) and drying rack prototype along with our in-line and stand-alone units. We had a great time discussing your air purification needs and would like to thank everyone who came by!

Ozone: Good or Bad?
October 30, 2019

We focus on educating our customers to ensure they feel confident in their air purification equipment. Ozone is a popular method for air purification inside facilities with many consumers unaware of the risks associated with ozone. We are proud to offer an effective solution without the use of ozone. Keeping your people and plants safe! Click the link below to read an article from Big Buds about the use of ozone and cannabis.

https://bigbudsmag.com/ozone-generators-too-risky-for-cannabis-grow-rooms/

Air Sniper Attends MjBizCon Las Vegas 2019
October 23, 2019

We will be back at MjBizCon December 11-13th! Come visit our booth to see what makes Air Sniper equipment different and discuss a solution for your facility. We are all looking forward to another great show and meeting all of you! BOOTH 1746

Easily Integrate the Air Sniper Solution Into Your Facility
October 16, 2019

We understand the needs of each facility are unique to the design and process. The Air Sniper solution has been specifically designed to integrate into any application with ease. All Air Sniper equipment is complete with a Plug & Play design to allow easy installation and room for a retrofit. Contact us to discuss a solution for your facility!

The New Air Sniper Equipment Calculator
October 9, 2019

Curious to know what equipment is required to effectively clean the air inside your facility? We have developed an equipment calculator to provide customers with an estimate of the recommended stand-alone equipment for your space. Enter the length, width, and height of your space along with how often you would like to clean the air (we suggest every 10 minutes or less) to view the equipment recommendations! Click here to try out the calculator.

Air Sniper and Remo Nutrients
October 2, 2019

We have been working closely with our friends at Remo Nutrients to help #saveyourgrow from airborne contaminants. Remo Nutrients has won awards worldwide for their Nutrients and are constantly helping their clients grow the best product possible. Follow Remo Nutrients and Air Sniper on social media to see what we have been up to!

Cannabis Business Times Shares 8 tips for Air Purification Inside Your Grow
September 25, 2019

The Cannabis Business Times shares an article about the importance of a complete solution to prevent airborne contaminants inside your facility. We have designed a solution that protects your entire facility using only the best technology to #saveyourgrow.

Click the link below to read the full article: https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/8-tips-for-air-purification/

Air Sniper Underflow Now Available
September 18, 2019

We are proud to design effective solutions for our clients. When we noticed facilities were using fans to circulate the air underneath their tables, we thought we could design something better. The Air Sniper underflow eliminates the need for multiple fans underneath tables while maintaining effective airflow. The compact design of the underflow makes it easy to clean and move to different rooms. Contact us to learn more about purchasing an Underflow for your grow.

Maximum Yield Air Purifiers
September 11, 2019

Air purification is often an area that is overlooked by growers until it becomes a problem. Maximum Yield provides an excellent overview of the various technology available for air purification solutions.

Read the full article below: https://www.maximumyield.com/filters-ozone-generators-and-air-purifiers-oh-my/2/1336

Equipment Designed With Low Maintenance in Mind
September 4, 2019

Time is money when it comes to maintenance. All Air Sniper equipment requires little maintenance that can be completed with ease. From the bulb changes to filter cleaning Air Sniper equipment causes minimal interruption when maintaining the equipment. Our unique dashboard system will also track and alert users when maintenance is required or has been completed. Just another reason to choose Air Sniper equipment.

Financing Now Available for Larger Orders
August 28, 2019

We are proud to work closely with our clients to design a solution that fits their specific needs. We have partnered with a third-party financing company to provide our clients with more options to #saveyourgrow. Financing is available for larger orders at this time and is subject to approval by the financing company. Please contact us for further information!

Alpine Innovative Research Signs Deal With NexTech AR Solutions
August 21, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have signed a deal with NexTech AR Solutions. The use of AR will assist in communicating to our customers how Air Sniper Equipment integrates into their facility. We see AR as an effective tool for our clients and their experience with Air Sniper equipment.

Click the link below to read the full press release from NexTech.

https://www.nextechar.com/post_press/nextech-signs-ar-ecommerce-deal-with-cannabis-air-purification-company-alpine-innovative-research-inc/

The Importance of Proximity and Intensity When Irradiating Pathogens
August 7, 2019

Intensity plays a role in the effective irradiation of airborne contaminants. Due to the size of certain microorganisms they require higher doses of UVC to become inert. The Inverse square law states that light is less effective the farther away from the source. We have designed all our products to maximize the intensity inside the unit by using multiple UVC bulbs in a small space. The use of multiple bulbs ensures proper intensity is provided to irradiate both small and large microorganisms.

Why UVC LED Bulbs are Not Yet a Substitute for Traditional UVC Bulbs
July 31, 2019

AIR is focused on providing innovative technology using only the highest-quality materials. UVC LED bulbs have potential to be a substitute for traditional mercury UVC bulbs however, they still have many drawbacks. LED bulbs lack the equivalent intensity of traditional mercury bulbs. This becomes an issue when using them to irradiate pathogens as intensity plays a critical role. Approximately 50 UVC LED bulbs are required to provide the same intensity as a single 36-watt mercury UVC bulb. Overheating is also an issue with the UVC LED bulbs as they are only able to convert approximately 5% of the input into light. The other 95% is converted to heat. This heat must be quickly removed to keep the bulb below the maximum operating temperature and prevent failure. The drawbacks that occur with the use of UVC LED bulbs prevent effective use of the technology currently. Read the full article here: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/products/led/heat-light-uvc-leds-2017-09/

The Use of PCO Elements
July 24, 2019

The use of Photocatalytic Oxidation is a technology developed by NASA. This technology is incorporated into our stand-alone units to maximize irradiation inside the unit. Patented PCO elements create an effect within the unit that assists the UVC in irradiating 99.9% of pathogens on the first pass. Multiple PCO elements inside each unit are composed of a stainless-steel weave with anatase titanium dioxide to assist the UVC bulbs in the destruction of pathogens. PCO elements are used inside the stand-alone units as there is less dwell time compared to the in-line units. The use of this technology combined with multiple UVC bulbs ensures maximum irradiation of pathogens is achieved when inside your facility.

Why is Dwell Time Important?
July 17, 2019

Dwell time plays a critical role in the effective irradiation of pathogens. Larger microorganisms require longer exposure to UVC for them to be successfully irradiated. If the Dwell time inside the equipment it too short, pathogens can remain active and cause potential contamination. Air Sniper equipment has been designed to generate proper dwell time using multiple UVGI chambers inside the stand-alone units and patented air tubulation ramps inside the in-line units. The chambers and tubulation ramps force the pathogens present in the air to pass the UVC bulbs multiple times leaving the air exiting the unit with 99.9% of pathogens irradiated on the first pass.

New Product: The Front Access Inflow 10/20
July 10, 2019

AIR introduces a new product! Meet the Front Access Inflow 10/20. The Front Access Inflow was designed for facilities that have a smaller HVAC units and limited space. The Front Access Inflow is composed of the same reflective material and UVC bulbs but on a smaller scale. The Front Access Inflow has one front panel where all the bulbs can be accessed making maintenance easier when space is tight.  The Front Access Inflow is also suitable for residential HVAC systems to clean all air entering your home. Contact us to learn more about the brand-new Front Access Inflow!

FDA Declares Ozone Ineffective in a Concentration Safe for Humans and Animals
July 3, 2019

The FDA released a statement regarding the use of ozone as a germicide. The statement explains that ozone can be an effective germicide but requires a concentration that is unsafe for humans and animals. This statement by the FDA further emphasizes the harmful effects of the use of ozone inside a facility. Read the full statement here: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?FR=801.415

AIR Attends Lift & Co in Toronto
June 26, 2019

We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth at the show to learn about our products as well as our clients who made the effort to come see us at our booth. We are proud to provide our customers with only the best solutions. The show was also the first time customers were able to see our new product the Underflow. The Underflow was designed to maintain airflow and eliminate the need for large fans underneath. We are excited to offer another innovative product to our customers. If you didn’t get a chance to visit us in Toronto, we will be at the MJBizCon Las Vegas show in December!

Why Air Sniper Equipment Does Not Use HEPA Filters
June 19, 2019

There are many air sanitization units that use HEPA filters. HEPA filters capture pathogens rather than kill them. HEPA filters are not cost effective as one unit can include multiple filters that require frequent replacement. This is not a practical solution for facilities if there are many units installed within the facility. The removal of dirty HEPA filters from the units may spread contaminants throughout the rooms as the pathogens are still active and able to disperse back into the air.

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