Sunday, August 29, 2010

Smoke Odor Removal

If you've been scanning the internet for solutions to your smoke odor problem you've no doubt come across several sites suggesting a range of DIY solutions from lemons to vinegar. For anyone living with smoke odor issues, you know that a bowl of baking soda  is unlikely to have a serious impact on such a pervasive odor problem.

In desperation, many people turn to odor removing sprays or gel-type deodorizers. These products can't remove odor, they only mask the smell with chemicals agents and actually worsen your indoor air quality. The only product with the ability to “soak up” cigarette smoke odor is activated carbon (also described online as charcoal).

As experts in chemical and odor removal, AllerAir's designers created a special series of smoke removing air purifiers. These air cleaners not only feature 24 to 36 lbs. of activated carbon (a material used by the military for the world's most hazardous airborne pollutants),  but a unique tar-trapping pre-filter. Without this special feature, the filters of an air cleaner would eventually get clogged by sticky tar particles.

If you're a smoker or living in a building that has smoke odor issues, you need a serious solution. Visit our website for more information on our smoke removing air purifiers or chat live with one of our air quality experts to get instant answers to your air quality questions.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Air Quality Issues for Artists: Metal Clay, Jewelry

I found a great blog post by Mary Ellin D’Agostino on air quality issues for artists who work with metal clay* (thanks for the mention of our industrial division, Electrocorp!).

Many artists, especially hobbyists, underestimate the importance of air quality in the studio. The problem lies in the repeated exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes and odors. Simply opening a door or window is not enough to mitigate this type of air pollution on an ongoing basis. In the case of professional jewelers, metal artists, encaustic painters etc. I would agree with this blogger that an industrial air cleaner or fume hood may be a sound investment. For artists or hobbyists on a tight budget, I would also recommend looking at an AllerAir unit. Most of the models that are designed for chemical, odor and particle control actually have as much chemical-adsorbing activated carbon as some industrial units, as well as excellent particle filters. AllerAir’s air quality experts can also recommend a carbon blend that better removes the specific chemicals, fumes and odors present in your studio.


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*Metal Clay is an amazing, relatively new (1990's) material that originated in Japan. It has a soft consistency and contains microscopic particles of precious metals suspended in a mix of clay binder and water. When fired, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse together, creating a piece that is fine silver or gold.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Enbridge Oil Spill Information

Enbridge Oil Spill information is available on our Oil Spill Air Quality Blog:

Residents looking for oil spill odor and chemical control solutions can chat live with an Air Quality Expert Via our website or our oil spill air quality blog or our hotline: 1-888-852-8247.

We have been so far unable to determine from Enbridge whether or not an air cleaner will be accepted as a "legitimate" claim. Please let us know if you have successfully processed a claim involving an air cleaning device.

AllerAir units are specialized medical-grade air filtration units that use military technology (activated carbon and HEPA) to remove complex chemicals and odors. We have supplied numerous units to the Gulf region and are currently shipping to Michigan.