With harsh winters and humid summers, Canadians spend approximately 90 per cent of their time indoors, according to statistics.
“A lot of people don’t realize this, but the air inside your home or office could be up to 500 per cent more polluted than it is outdoors depending on where you live, if your residence or office building is new or old and if you smoke or not, among many other factors,” said Roberto Brunetti, the owner of multiple Aerus franchises in the city.
“And the air is worse when all the windows and doors are closed during the colder months, because you have less circulation.”
With fall fast approaching and the global pandemic continuing to be a major health concern, Brunetti has noticed a marked increase in the demand for the brand’s air purifiers that contain a unique, dual filtration system with both HEPA and ActivePure technology.
In a 300-person survey conducted by Aerus, 77 per cent of people said they would prefer to visit a place with ActivePure technology than one without.
“Businesses with employees returning to the office have been concerned about the air quality, and there has been significant demand for Aerus air purifiers to be installed in private medical and dental offices, accounting firms, and private schools,” said Brunetti. “Many residential homes have also followed suit.”
A local, family-run business with its headquarters on Victoria Avenue in Westmount, Aerus has been in Brunetti’s family since 1982. Aerus was originally established under the well-known moniker Electrolux, which has been in existence since 1924.
Aerus has been honoured at the Smithsonian and is one of few technology companies that has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame.
“ActivePure technology was originally developed by NASA to solve the problem of built-up ethylene gas produced by plants in the enclosed environment of a spacecraft,” Brunetti explained.
“What the ActivePure cell does is it takes the hydrogen and the oxygen that are in the air and passes through a UVC light that sits in a honeycomb matrix. Once the hydrogen and oxygen hit the matrix, it oxides the particles and creates hydroxyls. The fan then blows out the hydroxyls, which is what reduces RNA and DNA viruses, both airborne and surface.”
As for the HEPA filter, it works to eliminate all of the other indoor air pollutants, like smoke, dust, pet dander, mould, mildew, ragweed and pollen. “Our HEPA filter purifies down to 0.1 microns; a strand of human hair measures 50 microns,” Brunetti said.
“You can actually feel the difference, the air is lighter and crisper. The only thing I can compare it to is when there’s a big thunderstorm and you go outside right afterwards and the air feels really fresh. It’s like that inside the house all day.”
This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of ActivePure Canada.
Posted by Ursula Leonowicz