Friday, December 02, 2005

Asthma and Toxins in Dust?

New research is apparently reinforcing the link between household dust exposure and asthma.

University of Iowa researchers compared the asthma symptoms of 2,400 residents to dust samples collected in 800 homes.

They found that endotoxins in bedding dust correlated strongest with asthma symptoms in the study volunteers (endotoxins are toxic substances associated with the outer membrane of certain bacteria).

"This study clearly demonstrates significant relationships between household endotoxin and diagnosed asthma, recent asthma symptoms, current use of asthma medications and wheezing," says Peter Thorne, Ph.D., lead author of the study.

Researchers found the strongest relationship between asthma, wheezing and asthma drugs and endotoxin levels in bedrooms and bedding.

They note this association was found only in adults.

Surprisingly, the highest levels of endotoxins were found in kitchen and living room dust.

(This article was adapted from a report by Invanhoe

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Great Gift for Artists!

Do you have any painters on your holiday list this season? Consider wrapping up an air purifier. It's an original and practical gift that will keep them creating for years to come!

Many artists are aware of the dangers of breathing in paint and solvent fumes, but do nothing to protect themselves.

Check out this article: "The Hidden Life of Art Supplies" in the Sierra Club's magazine.

Creative Stuff & Daughter of an Artist

Monday, November 21, 2005

Air Purifiers and the Cold and Flu Season

Another miserable cold and flu season is upon us once again and the magic question on everyone's lips is, "What can I do to avoid getting sick?"

As a company that deals in clean air, we wanted to share our perspective on this issue.

While we know there is certainly no guarantee that an air cleaner will offer 100% protection, we believe that it can form an important part of your prevention arsenal.

According to Penn State's airborne pathogens database , bacteria and viruses can range in size from 0.018 microns to well over 1 micron.

True HEPA filtration, like that in AllerAir air purifiers, can capture many of these respirable particles, in fact removing 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.

It's also worth mentioning that HEPA technology is used in hospitals world-wide as part of their routine hygiene procedures.

After all, if a fellow staffer is sneezing away in the next cubicle wouldn't you want there to be an air purifier between you???

From my cubicle to yours -- good luck for a sneeze-free winter....

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Former DuPont Top Expert: Company Knew, Covered Up Pollution of Americans' Blood for 18 Years

The following is a press released issued by the Environmental Working Group; a team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers who examine government data, legal documents, scientific studies and conduct laboratory tests to expose threats to public health and the environment. In 2005 the EWG was named one of Washington's ten most effective watchdog organizations by “The Hill”, a publication for and about the U.S. Congress.

Documents: Company Couldn't Find Safe Level of Exposure in 1973 to Chemical that Never Breaks Down, Clings to Human Blood
Study Results Show Company Found Safer Ways to Coat Food Packaging But Shelved Them to Save Money

WASHINGTON — Glenn Evers was a DuPont employee of 22 years, one of the company's top technical experts and the chairman of an invitation-only committee of its 40 best scientists and technical experts. He holds six patents, and his work has, to date, made the company an estimated $250 million in after-tax profits. Evers was, by his description, a dedicated "company man."

He was also the company's top chemical engineer involved with designing and developing new uses of grease-resistant, or perfluorinated, chemical-based coating for paper food packaging.
Breakdown chemicals from these coatings and related sources are now in the blood of 95 percent of Americans, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has spent the last several years trying to determine how they get there.

DuPont has claimed that it does not know how the chemicals got there — and that are not aware that their product is responsible.

"If we had any reason to believe that [there] was a safety issue for fluorinated telomers-based product, we wouldn't have commercialized them," DuPont Director of Planning and Technology Robert Ritchie told the Wilmington News Journal (11/23/03).

Today, however, Glenn Evers told in detail how his former employer hid for decades that it was polluting Americans' blood with a hyper-persistent chemical associated with the grease-resistant coatings on paper food packaging.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) has obtained and today made public a set of internal company documents that support Evers' story.

Combined, the Evers story and EWG's documents present a startling chronology of DuPont's actions:

Evers describes how, in the mid-1960s, the company negotiated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a weak standard for how much of the paper chemical coating, which is applied to give packaging grease or liquid resistance, could contaminate food. The FDA at the time normally required a two-year study for chemicals it wasn't familiar with, but agreed to base DuPont's approval on a 90-day test with a 1,000-fold safety factor added.

Evers explains how that standard, which remains in effect today, was based on the premise that the chemical would leave the body quickly. He explained that as a company expert, he saw that the company knew, at least by 1981, that another class of perfluorinated chemicals, such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), accumulates in people. It is unclear whether or not the company ever provided the FDA this information, but Evers explained how the company continued to worry about this information throughout the 1990s.

A company document shows that DuPont conducted a toxicological study in 1973 in which it was unable to find a safe level of exposure in lab animals, and that the chemicals were toxic to the kidneys, liver and blood.

A 1984 internal company memorandum raises the question of which of these crucial findings, if any, from the 1973 study were provided to the FDA.

A key document shows that in 1987, DuPont's Dr. Richard Goldbaum found that the company's marquee paper packaging coating chemical, Zonyl RP, could contaminate food at over three times the federal safety standard, while two effective alternatives contaminated food at half the federal maximum level.

Evers describes how he and others copied on the results of that study knew they were "devastating." Evers approached Goldbaum, and then Goldbaum's superior, Gerald Culling, telling each of them that the results were an enormous problem and that it would be unethical to continue selling the product. Both men told Evers not to worry, and that they were "taking care of it."

Evers realized with time that the company had not ordered a standard, internal process hazards review to find out why the chemical was above FDA approved levels. The company did not provide the information to customers, federal health officials and the public. DuPont did not recall the faulty product, did not stop its production, shelved the safer alternatives, and continued to make Zonyl RP — effectively producing for another 18 years the chemicals that would lead to the contamination of consumers' blood.

Evers says that one of the reasons the company stuck with the problematic Zonyl RP was that it had adopted the practice of blending substandard batches in with better batches — and selling the blended versions to its industrial customers.

Evers describes how DuPont's "Document Retention Program" required researchers to label all hard copy files to time their destruction. Company managers could audit employees to ensure compliance, and other staff went through employees' hard copy files to ensure documents were destroyed. A master computer program at the company deleted files from company hard drives after a certain period of time.

Evers tells of how 3M, DuPont's competitor, rapidly abandoned the $150 million per year business using perfluorinated chemicals on paper food packaging when it realized in 2000 that the chemicals were producing byproducts accumulating in human blood and that those chemicals were harmful to developing lab animals. Despite what it knew from the 1987 results by Dr. Goldbaum and the persistence and toxicity of its own chemicals, DuPont moved quickly to sell its similar chemistry to 3M's former customers.

EWG today sent the documents to the FDA's acting commissioner, as well as the inspector general of its parent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting the officials act on the new information. The group is also referring documents to relevant EPA officials.
"These documents indicate a failure to disclose critical public health information about a toxic chemical that never breaks down, that gets into our bodies and stays there," said EWG Senior Scientist Tim Kropp. "If we ever needed a reason to reform the nation's toxic chemical laws, every American now has one, courtesy of DuPont."

Evers' appearance and EWG's document release comes just a week before a potentially significant date in the civil suit the Bush administration's EPA has pursued against the company for suppressing health studies on PFOA, which is used in the production of Teflon pan coatings. Bush EPA political appointees could seek the maximum possible fine of $314 million, but they have shown little appetite for pursuing such a penalty. The next court date for the civil suit was negotiated to fall on Wednesday, November 23, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday and the busiest travel day of the year.

"DuPont thinks it has the right to pollute your blood with chemicals, but it doesn't," said Evers. "Someone could get a fine for dumping trash if he threw a used tire into the creek behind my house. This company continues to pollute the blood of the American public with a toxic chemical — what is it going to end up paying?"

For documents related to this story visit the EWG site Scroll to the bottom of the page for related documents.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Increased suicide rate with possible link to nearby industry chemicals in second N.C. community

CHAPEL HILL -- Sustained elevation of the suicide rate in a North Carolina county may be linked to releases of hydrogen sulfide and other airborne chemicals from a nearby paper mill and possibly other industrial sites, a new study led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychiatrist indicates. The findings are being presented today (Nov. 7) to the 18th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in Las Vegas.

This is the second study to propose a possible link between increased suicide rates in a North Carolina community and chemical exposures from nearby industry. Many of the same authors of the new research previously presented a study suggesting a possible link between an increased suicide rate in a community in Salisbury and chronic low-level exposure to hydrogen sulfide and other potential neurotoxins released from nearby asphalt plants and petroleum remediation sites.

From 1994 through 2003, the suicide rate in two Salisbury neighborhoods was found to be 38.4 per 100,000 individuals a year, roughly three times the statewide average. That study was presented to the 17th Annual U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in 2004 and at the National Institute of Mental Health New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit meeting in June 2005.
Pointing to their recent analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current study's authors said the suicide rate in another N.C. area – rural Haywood County – nearly doubled from an age-adjusted rate of 11.8 per 100,000 residents for 1990-1996 to about 21.1 per 100,000 residents for 1997-2002.

The county's age-adjusted suicide rate has now remained elevated since 1997, peaking at 29.7 per 100,000 in 2000. In contrast, the average age-adjusted suicide rate for North Carolina for 1997-2001 was about 11.4 per 100,000 residents per year. Haywood ranked 46th out of North Carolina's 100 counties for average age-adjusted suicide rate for 1979-1996, but the county was ranked third for 1999-2002, according to CDC data.

The study's lead author is Dr. Richard H. Weisler, adjunct professor of psychiatry at UNC's School of Medicine, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and volunteer with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, or BREDL.

"We clearly know there have been increases in suicides during this time period when there were also operational changes at the paper mill," said Weisler. "The 1997 spike in suicides in Haywood County corresponded to a switch to Bleach Filtrate Recycle in late 1996. Whether there is a connection between the increased suicides and operational changes has yet to be determined."
The Haywood County mill uses Bleach Filtrate Recycle, or BFR, to help remove chlorine and other toxins from the waste discharged into the Pigeon River. But Weisler and co-authors said they questioned whether or not a cleaner river comes at the cost of dirtier air.

"The burning of chlorinated compounds that BFR potentially entails, as well as a possible increase in plant volume, may have led to increased releases of dioxins and other harmful compounds into the air," Weisler said. "The switch to BFR, which involves burning of black liquor, may have resulted in an increase in air quality problems."

"Black liquor" is chemical and wood waste produced when turning wood into paper pulp. Some paper mills, including the Haywood County mill, burn black liquor to produce electricity.
The Haywood County mill has reported releases of many chemicals, including more than 93,000 pounds of hydrogen sulfide in 2003. Studies of industries such as asphalt plants, paper mills and sewage treatment plants have shown that exposure to occupational levels of hydrogen sulfide (10 parts per million for a 10-minute ceiling) can result in nervousness, mania, dementia and violence, Weisler said.

It is unknown whether levels lower than those to which nearby residents are exposed also would influence brain chemistry. "I think it has to be explored," Weisler added.
In animal studies, hydrogen sulfide has been shown to be a neurotoxin, altering levels of brain chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, aspartate, GABA and glutamate, the authors reported. "We speculate that hydrogen sulfide may serve as a marker for other potentially neurotoxic compounds being released in this mountain valley," Weisler said.
Other chemical releases reported by the paper mill include carbon disulfide, dimethyl disulfide, dimethyl sulfide and methyl mercaptan.

Haywood County is situated in a series of mountainous valleys that experience frequent temperature inversions, in which colder, dense air is trapped in the valley, potentially preventing pollutants from dispersing, and increasing air quality problems, the authors said. As the authors saw in their Salisbury study, many Haywood County residents complained of odor and air quality problems.

Formal studies are needed to model the flow of air pollution from the plant and to monitor the exact levels of particular chemicals released by the mill, the authors said.
"We hope there will be relevant and sensitive air monitoring, as well as a whole reassessment of whether or not burning the black liquor and using Bleach Filtrate Recycle is really the best approach to clean up the Pigeon River," Weisler said.

Co-author Dr. Jonathan R.T. Davidson, professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, said that the most important point for people to remember is that effective treatments exist for suicidal depression.

"Given that suicide can be a tragic consequence to depression, people who are experiencing persistent symptoms of depression should contact their health-care provider for a professional evaluation," he said. "The findings of this study may suggest another potential risk factor for suicide, but this needs to be confirmed in future studies."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

"Our Toxic World; A Wake Up Call" all about it.

  • Written by a doctor certified in environmental medicine, pediatrics and allergies, this book will give you insight into some of the scary chemical pollutants we're breathing, eating and absorbing every day. Some interesting notes from the book:

    *There are over 80, 000 chemicals in use the U.S., and only 10% have even been partially evaluated for safety.

    *Chemical sensitivity is now believed to affect some 74 million Americans

    *In some cases the effects from chemicals on the body been shown to produce symptoms misinterpreted as Attention Deficit Disorder, hyperactivity, aggression, sluggishness, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and even Bi-Polar disorder.

    Yikes. Air purifier anyone....

Monday, September 26, 2005

Minnesota asks for Action

Officials at the Minnesota department of Health are asking for steps to be taken to improve indoor air in schools. Though it’s true that state law requires school districts to have plans for indoor air quality, the law doesn’t require schools to use them. Health department officials say that most children do better in class when there’s fresh, unpolluted air and that 1 in every 11 Minnesota children have asthma. Now that all of this has been proven and stated, it’s time to see action being taken, REAL action.

Natthew Stone
Public Relations

Monday, September 19, 2005

Too much Time to Risk

The EPA says that we normally spend 90% of our time indoors. With the climate cooling down, the time indoors increases. This is a significant problem, as the air indoors is more polluted than the air outdoors.
Though an air-filtration system is an ideal step, it is not the only step you can take to maintain a green environment. A simple and cost-efficient step is to reduce and/or remove pollution sources. Though complete elimination is not possible (a reason you need an air-filtration system), reducing emissions helps.
Since the air outdoors is healthier than indoor air, a good ventilation system also helps. However, the air outdoors still isn’t that clean.
An air-purifier is an ideal solution, but it never hurts to take the extra steps.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

Friday, September 16, 2005 gives advice for Child Safety published a list of product warnings. They mention that just because a product has a label saying “nontoxic” or “nonirritating” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Those labels are, “not clearly defined or labeled.” Many art supplies like paint, glue, glazes and metals, especially products intended for adults, may contain lead and/or emit chemical toxins. Products with the AP mark (Approved Product” are supposed to be nontoxic, though the tests were preliminary and not fully verifiable. Antifreeze for cars is considered very dangerous and led to more than 1000 emergency room visits in 2003. Pesticides are known poisons, but while the poison may be designed for insects, it can have harmful effects on humans, especially children.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Japanese reaction to Asbestos

Japan is playing role model in asbestos awareness. A government survey examined more than 20,000 Japanese appliance makers and found that 19 items currently manufactured contain asbestos. Included in these items are a bicycle from Bridgestone, refrigerators made by Hitachi and Mitsubishi and a hairdryer made by Toshiba. At the same time, Japanese government has proposed legislation that will compensate victims of asbestos-related illness, even if they haven’t filed workers accident insurance within the mandatory five year period. Though asbestos companies are paying a large part of this, the government is kicking in because many of the companies responsible went under after stricter asbestos regulations were enforced.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

Monday, September 12, 2005

Workers are Protesting Canadian Export

Union members in Australia and Japan are joining those around the world already protesting against Canadian exports of asbestos. Unionists claim that Canada exports over $100 million worth of asbestos, a known carcinogen, to developing countries every year. This includes areas of Asia hit by the tsunami. Unionists are disgraced that a first-world country would target devastated areas and think that Canada should stop exporting asbestos all together.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Ever wonder why dust seems to trigger asthma?

The National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS) at the University of Iowa seems to have found out. After conducting a nationwide survey that has recently been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, research has concluded that household dust contains bacteria that generate chemicals that can cause asthma symptoms and attacks. The research concluded that houses with higher concentration of these endotoxins had more respiratory difficulties, and homes with these endotoxins in the bedroom floors and bedding had significantly higher cases of asthma.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Naturally caused Carcinogen at Home and Work; Research

A recent study by UC Davis researchers is the largest study to date to look at the links between asbestos exposure and cancer. In this study, researchers found a consistent and dose-dependent association between mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer affecting the lining of the lung) and residential proximity to ultramafic rock, the predominant source of naturally occurring asbestos. To put the mesothelioma risk in perspective, the disease is responsible for about the same number of lung cancer deaths each year as passive smoking. About 2,500 people a year die from mesothelioma in the United States. Research concluded that the odds of having mesothelioma fell by 6.3 percent for every 10 kilometers farther a person lived from the nearest asbestos source.

Friday, September 02, 2005

What are kids Adsorbing in School

Well, it's that time of year again; the kids are heading back to the classroom. Though school may be providing children with a valueable edjucation, they may be getting more than that in class. A mid 90s report by the General Accounting Office found that more than half the schools in the U.S. have problems that affect indoor air quality. The poor indoor air quality is said to account for more than 14 million missed school days per year.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

Monday, August 29, 2005

No Introduction Necessary, well ... Maybe

I'd like to take this oppurtunity to introduce myself to all the blog readers. My name is Matthew Stone, and I'm now working with Stephanie in the creative marketing end of things. I'll be writing in this blog regularly, so please check often and let me know if you have any questions or comments. I have to tell you, in the brief time I've been here, I've learned some things that have scared me half to death. At the same time, I am relieved to now be working in an office wqith so much purification, I just need to get a unit for my place now. Well, I'm not going to get into a long story, but let me know what you'd like to see here, I'll try and make this a friendly place to come visit. Well, hope to hear from you soon.

Matthew Stone (but you can just call me Matt)
Public Relations

Friday, May 27, 2005


Asbestos is known to cause various diseases including asbestos cancer, a condition that kills 2000 people in the U.K. each year. Not only is the substance found in the ceilings and walls of old structures, but it is still in production today. Because of the monetary value of the asbestos industry, the substance is still in use, despite its harmful and sometimes fatal effects. The smallest exposure to this substance can have harmful effects, and it is slowly being removed from older buildings, bu nothing is being done to elimiante its use. While removing it can be costly and take a great deal of time, a purifier can help prevent the harmful effects it has.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

On Ozone...

So there's been a lot of talk in the news lately with lawyer)...ozone air purifiers. We, being in the air purification biz, obviously have our own thoughts on why we believe using carbon and HEPA filters makes for a safe and effective air purifier. If you'd like to know more about why we believe our units can offer you better purification for your money. Call us or just click on the live support link on our website to ask a question:

Monday, April 25, 2005

Live! Live! Live! That's LIVE Q& A on

Ever been surfing a website and just wish you can ask someone a simple question about their product or service? Yep me too. That's why Octo (our very own gadget man like "Q" in the James Bond flicks) has rigged us up with LIVE text support on!

All you have to do is type your name so one of our air quality 007's can say hi and off you go. NO SIGN UP required! Just type and talk. It's really that easy. I'll show you:

Richard: Hi, how may I help you ?
Stephanie: Hi Richard, I'm just doing a test to show our blog readers how the live support works. Been on any good secret missions lately?
Richard: ?
Stephanie: Never mind, inside blog joke...

But seriously, folks....our great air quality experts know our products inside and out (literally) and are available to answer your air purifier/air quality questions from 8:30am to 5pm (EST), Monday through Friday (we give them weekends off for good behaviour).

All the best for a fun and exciting week,
Creative/Marketing Dept.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Welcome Mike!

Welcome to Mike
the newest addition to our team of air quality account executives.
We're pleased to have you on our team, especially if you bring treats...
Cindy at reception and I (Steph from creative) vote for chocolate....
Mike will soon be available to display is vast IAQ knowledge as part of our new LIVE support service which will be available soon.
Check this space for more news on this exciting service in the days to come.....

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Hyundai Offers In-Cabin Air Filtration

Cheers to Hyundai for their attention to air quality issues. Their 2005 Sonata GLS features "in-cabin air filtration".

Here's an excerpt from the April 6th Korean Herald:

"Hyundai Motor Co. will begin domestic sales of its upgraded 2005 Sonata midsize automobile today (in five versions).... Among them is the new 2.4 liter 'Elegance Special' model targeting women customers with sleeker design and more convenience features such as an electronic air-purifier."

The company's American website also lists air filtration as part of the specs on the GLS.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Dust Mite Quiz

Want to lean more about those horrific creepy crawlers that live in your bed? Take the American Lung Association dust mite quiz...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Artists Beware!

Pablo Picasso once said that art "washes from the soul the dust of everyday life," but what about the body? Many artists are still unaware of how much they may be suffering for their art. In fact many, if not most, art and craft supplies contain toxic substances which could pose a significant heath risk.

How Exposure Occurs:

Exposure to toxins found in art and craft supplies can occur via the skin, through ingestion and through inhalation.

Skin contact with hazardous toxins not only can result in local irritation, but can also pass into the bloodstream, potentially damaging organs.

Ingestion of toxins can occur by many means. Eating, drinking or even smoking near the work-space can result in the ingestion of toxins. Chemically-laden dust can settle in a coffee cup, food can absorb vapors, and substances inhaled through a cigarette can actually be changed into something even more dangerous by the heat! Artists also have been known to hold brushes and work tools in their mouths.

Meanwhile, gases, aerosols, vapors, powders, clays and dusts are readily inhaled in an artist's workspace. These present significant and frightening health risks, which may result in everything from eczema to lung damage.

Safety Tips and Precautions

Ventilation and Purification
Almost every caustic art supply comes with a warning on the label: Use in a well ventilated area. But is that enough? In many cases, ordinary fans may actually reintroduce toxic chemicals into the immediate workspace. Opening a door or window may create similar problems, as airflow can vary with temperate and wind. The ideal solution, is an air cleaning product that fully adsorbs and holds in the toxic airborne substances. An AllerAir unit equipped with a VOC, deep-bed carbon is a perfect choice. The deeper bed will actually increases dwell-time allowing more of the harmful gases, vapors and chemicals to be adsorbed.

Art supply stores are slowly rising to the challenge of providing safer alternatives to caustic materials. Wherever possible, the user should substitute hazardous supplies with safer materials. See if a "Material Safety Data Sheet" is available for the product. Choose to work with products that don't create a mist or significant amounts of dust.

Personal Hygiene and Proper Storage
Keep eating, living and working areas separate. A second purifier should be used in your storage area if your supplies are kept in an enclosed space. Remember to wear work clothes and wash them frequently - keep them separate from everyday clothes. Avoid using turpentine, toluene or other solvents to clean hands - if soap and water doesn't do the trick, try baby oil.

Safeguard your talent ! Protect yourself !

Are you with an art supply store or art co-op ?
Are you interested in learning more ?
Are you interested in carrying AllerAir products ?
Contact Richard, Air Quality Expert and Art Account Executive 1-888-852-8247

Marketing Dept.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The top 5 things I learned in my first few months at AllerAir:

5. My funky new bedside tables were off-gassing chemicals into the space where I sleep.
4. The mold under my leaky sink is probably making me sick…and so is the bleach I’ve been using to clean it.
3. Activated carbon can actually suck up the smell of kitty-litter!!!
2. Our bodies have no natural defense against airborne chemicals, so they go straight into our blood streams…scary.
1. Poor indoor air quality causes an increase in school/work absenteeism, headaches, respiratory problems and a decrease in quality of life and productivity (our staff has no excuse there are two air purifiers in our office).

Marketing Dept.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Welcome to the indoor air quality super blog!

Good Morning Bloggers!

Welcome to the space where the air is clean -- where your homes and offices are free of nasty airborne chemicals – where dust, pollen and pet dander disintegrate with the swishing of my magic wand ! Ah…wouldn’t that be great? Unfortunately, it's just not possible in today’s world and that’s why we’re here. We’ve created this bog as a way to tap into the expertise and knowledge (and biting wit) of our amazing staff to bring you all sorts of tidbits on indoor air quality.

As one of the latest additions to the AllerAir team, I’m frankly overwhelmed with all I’ve learned about what we’re breathing, every minute, of every day. Trust me – it’s scary. I’m finding it hard to believe that as North Americans we’re not screaming from the roof-tops, demanding that our air quality be a major priority. In the last few months, I’ve found myself reevaluating everything --- from how often I use my fireplace to what products I clean with. In fact, I’ve turned into the Cliff Claven of air facts – I’m a blast at parties…: “Do you know that your new furniture is off-gassing chemicals?” “Do you know that your indoor air is, like, 100 times more polluted that the air outside” “Do you know that poor air quality can be making you sick?” --- ok so it’s all bit depressing. But knowledge is power. Know what you’re up against and you can take steps to change it. That’s why this blog is so important. Read, learn, act…nothing is as important as your health and happiness.

Stay tuned !

Marketing Department,
AllerAir Industries

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

AllerAir Industries

AllerAir is dedicated to offering you the safest, most effective air cleaning technology available today.

Our Company
AllerAir was established 14 years ago after President Sam Teitelbaum’s wife developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Finding that no air purifier on the market provided safe and effective relief, he decided to develop his own product, one which would prove to be the most effective and cost efficient air purifier available. Along with partner Wayne Martin, and a committed team of employees and investors, AllerAir has now developed over 100 models to meet any air purification need --- more models, in fact, than any other manufacturer.

A Growing Reputation
With offices in the U.S.A, Canada and Italy, AllerAir air purifiers are becoming the standard by which other products are judged. Today our air purifiers and cleaners are used by prominent leaders in business, industry and public service, like the Mayo Clinic, IBM, and the U.S. Army. AllerAir has also become the trusted name in air purification for countless contractors and many thousands of people who suffer from respiratory distress.

Our Filtration System: True HEPA and MAC-B ™
What makes AllerAir filtration technology so unique and effective is the combination of our true HEPA filter with a MAC-B™ (mass activated carbon bed) filter which features many pounds of activated carbon. Together these filters trap 99.97% of all airborne particles and adsorbs chemicals, gases and odors. Most mass-market air cleaners can only trap particles and have no more than a few token ounces or grams of carbon. AllerAir’s MAC-B™ filters contain pounds of carbon to safely and effectively remove these dangerous substances from the air.

The Safest, Most Recommended Air Cleaning Technology Available
AllerAir equipment is efficient, flexible, practical and cost effective; the safest and best air cleaning technology available.

A Range of Air Purifiers to Deal with any Indoor Air Contamination Problem
Our products range from small portable units to large cabinet models. We serve commercial, industrial, institutional, medical and residential needs. The same expert technology, superior quality and dedication go into every air cleaner we produce.

Consult Our Experts
We care about cleaning the air you breathe. Our air quality experts are always available to offer advice and help customize a purifier to meet your needs. Call us toll free:


Research and Innovation
Our team will continue to lead the way forward with research and innovation
to bring the benefits of clean indoor air to more and more satisfied consumers.

Because we care.