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How Air Curtains Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Admin on July 24, 2023

The air we breathe affects our health. The United States EPA considers it a top five environmental concern. And most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, where concentrations of pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors. The air might be invisible but the damage is clear. The good news is that today, more than ever, you can take active steps to manage and improve the air quality in your buildings.

Indoor air quality is achieved by managing:

  • Airborne pollutants (dust and emissions)
  • Moisture which leads to mold and microbial growths
  • Thermal comfort
  • Ventilation

Air Curtains Provide Thermal Comfort While Saving Energy

The largest influence on your utility spend is often open doors and windows. Air curtains at entries and openings take out the temperature variability outside air introduces to your interior. With barrier-free air curtain protection, the exterior air stays out and the temperature set by your HVAC system stays intact. Your HVAC system cycles on and off less frequently and you save money. In fact, with the energy savings, the air curtain pays for itself in under a year.

Air Curtains Minimize Airborne Pollutants While Saving Energy

Airborne pollutants can be airborne toxins, emissions, windborne dust and debris or odors from industrial operations. These airborne undesirables impinge on health and reduce occupant satisfaction even when the ill-effects are unknown.

The Mars air wash unit offers protection via a vertical-mounted pass-thru structure that gently disperses debris from those entering the building. It uses three technologies: True HEPA filters, MERV 7-8 prefilters and cold plasma generator and UVC bulbs.

Air Curtains Control Moisture and Microbial Growth While Saving Energy

Moisture is a top concern for good indoor air quality. Beyond being a source of slippage and accidents, moisture leads to mold and other biological contaminants. Some mold contains mycotoxins known to induce liver cancer, kidney failure and affect the brain and nervous system. Other individuals will have irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, or throat while others may suffer from asthmatic attacks.

Air curtains can dry wet floors and tackle other moisture problems.

Air Curtains Assist HVAC Systems in Providing Ventilation

Air Curtains Enhance Productivity While Saving Energy

studies show that productivity lowers when people are hotter or colder than what they prefer. Output slows down, moods suffer, customer service declines and overall satisfaction dips. When profitability can be so clearly tied to temperature stability, keeping temperatures consistent is part of your P&L. Air curtains stop all the exterior air from entering and forcing the HVAC system on to return air to the thermostat setting. Less HVAC use is less utility spend.