Bradenton, FL (PRWEB) October 12, 2009
American ALDES has developed clean air solutions that positively pressurize homes with filtered fresh air to help prevent the infiltration of unwanted contaminants. Wildfires, like those most recently witnessed in California, can spread ash and soot for hundreds of miles. Homeowners often complain of dust and ash buildup inside their homes, even though they are far removed from the danger of flames. Most people do not understand the cause or how this may affect their health, and even fewer understand that a solution exists to minimize this phenomenon.
Ash, soot, and dust enter homes and apartments through leaks and infiltration points such as windows, doors, and common crevices around wall penetrations. Wind and negative pressure caused by exhaust fans or leaky air conditioning duct systems are generally the cause for "pulling" these contaminants into the home. Similar to other hazardous contaminants, ash and corresponding dust can contribute health related problems for millions of people.
More than ever, homeowners are in need of solutions that filter the air brought into their homes so their families are not exposed to the dangerous particulates caused by wildfires. The EPA reports that there are approximately 2 million emergency room visits per year in the U.S. caused by asthma attacks and 19% of families have at least one asthmatic. The toxic smoke and ash resulting from wildfires can severely aggravate asthmatic symptoms and can be problematic and sometimes dangerous for all people in higher concentrations.
American ALDES recommends keeping homes sealed tightly as possible, and to provide regulated and filtered supply air mechanical ventilation to provide the clean fresh air that is necessary for good health. Sealing a home tightly without providing a source of filtered fresh air from outside is also dangerous, and can trap all kinds of pollutants inside a home. The EPA estimates that the air inside a home is 2 to 5 times as polluted as the air outside a home.
A Filtering Supply Ventilator can filter the outside air to remove contaminants and particulates before introducing this continuous low volume of fresh air into a home. This fresh air would then be cleaned for distribution throughout the home using an existing air conditioning and/or heating system's ducts, or directly with its own duct system.
A Blending Ventilator is a type of Supply Ventilator that also blends conditioned air from inside a home with precise amounts of fresh air from outside the home, before distributing the tempered-filtered air to habitable living spaces. A Blending Ventilator provides the additional benefit of filtering both indoor and outdoor air. Important Note: if fires are in very close proximity, fresh air supply ventilation systems should be turned off to avoid inducing sparks or embers into a home.
Both of these filtered supply air strategies can create positive air pressurization of the home that prevents unwanted contaminants such as smoke, ash and other volatile organic compounds from entering the home through uncontrolled leakage points.
As an example, thousands of homes and apartments surrounding airports use American ALDES Ventilators to provide filtered fresh air under the federally funded FAA Noise Mitigation Program. These types of programs are intended to minimize the noise, airplane exhaust soot, and pollution from entering homes surrounding airports.
For more information on Blending Ventilators or Filtering Supply ventilators please visit http://www.americanaldes.com or call Scott Madden, Director of Business Development (800) 255-7749.
About Aldes Group:
Aldes was formed in 1925 and is one of the leading manufacturers of innovative Indoor Air Quality products in the world, with offices in 15 countries. American Aldes Ventilation Corporation has been based in Florida for over 25 years.