Air purification in nursing homes is a step in the right direction for everyone involved. Air quality in this type of setting is becoming a more frequent topic of discussion by families of residents and government alike. And rightfully so!
There are so many reasons why more attention must be given regarding the indoor air quality of nursing homes that care for our aging population. The residents of these facilities often suffer from compromised immune systems. Respiratory issues among seniors is one of the leading causes of death. Aging lungs can suffer from COPD, Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema, Pneumonia, etc. Why? Because there are so many complex changes in aging lungs such as a reduced lung volume, changes in muscles that help respiration, less pulmonary reserve: all of which lower oxygen levels and increase susceptibility of infections.
The environment in a Nursing Home
These environments are prime areas where COVID-19 infections, for example, rapidly spread. Many residents have underlying health conditions and if a virus, such as Covid-19, or any other respiratory virus for that matter occurs, it remains difficult to contain it. These facilities, due to their existing poor indoor air quality, become an environment of “super spreaders” as they have recently been called. The residents cannot leave the facility, so removal or containing the viruses can be challenging.
How to move forward and make a difference with Air Purification in Nursing Homes?
Improving indoor ventilation and air purification is key to protecting residents against many viruses. Old HVAC systems with lack of intake (no outdoor air) is common in many of these older facilities. Because these environments are prime areas for the rapid spread of viruses, the simplest solution is to purify the indoor air.
PUR Distribution Air Purification Units
The implementation of Air Purification Units can greatly improve the air quality in these facilities. Our PUR 5 stage units offer the ultimate in air filtration and sterilization. The PD 900 DW for example removes and destroy allergens, lung damaging atmospheric dust, chemical contaminants and odours, bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi and lots more. They are ideal for these commercial applications where there are allergy/respiratory sufferers. They filter particles as small as 0.3 microns in size (1/84,000 of an inch).
Indoor air passes through a carbon prefilter which removes lint, dust, hair and large particles. Smaller particles then pass through a long-life (3” thick) HEPA Media Filter. This filter can remove particles such as dust, mites, pollen, mold spores, fungi, bacteria, viruses and much more.
Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps
In these units the clean air passes through a reflection chamber where two ultraviolet germicidal lamps emit powerful (non-ozone producing) powerful UVC light rays which are designed to kill or inhibit bacterial, viruses, mold, fungus and microbial growth. They are also integral to activate the next filter- the Photo-Catalytic Oxidation filter. This quartz media filter (when activated by the UV lamps) decomposes organic materials into basic molecules such as H20 and CO2 and reduces odors and VOC’s. Lastly, the air is passed through a Carbon/Potassium Permanganate final filter to further reduce VOC’s and light gases or anything else that could potentially threaten the quality of the clean air that will be discharged back into the environment.
These units are popular because of their simplicity but effective output. How can we not take this step towards a positive change for our aging population when they are so deserving?
Contact Us Today to Learn More about Air Purification in Nursing Homes
Contact us today to find out more about our various products. We also provide Air Quality Testing if you are unsure of the quality of the air in your environment. By taking this first step and identifying the contaminants, we can better provide you support to make a positive change in the air that you or a loved one are breathing.