Poor Air Quality in Classrooms is Costing Medicaid Billions

Purifan BlogPoor Air Quality in Classrooms is Costing Medicaid Billions Back to the Blog We’ve all heard stories about dirty government politics and school funding. But this one takes the dirt to another level – all the way to the air in our children’s classrooms. Federal agencies have known for years that the air in government owned school buildings is unhealthy – and it’s costing taxpayers Billions of dollars each year that could be used for school funding. In fact, we might not even have a school budget crisis if our government would clean the air in our classrooms. How can this be? In a word, “Medicaid.” In a school with 550 students, almost 200 of them have their healthcare costs paid by Medicaid – which gets its funding from the same sources that fund our schools, Federal and State governments. And, it’s costing us a fortune – about $500,000 a year per school. If your school district has five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school – Medicaid costs are about $4 Million a year! So, what’s driving the cost? One major cost driver is respiratory illness. In fact, Asthma and allergies are the number one and number three chronic diseases among children. And, the quality of the air in your child’s classroom may play a role in aggravating the problem. Classrooms have very high levels of airborne particulates – such as mold, dust, animal dander, and pollen – all of which are major triggers for Asthma and allergies. This is a major cost factor for Medicaid – wasting tax dollars that could be used to...

Is Dirty Classroom Air Wasting Precious School Funding?

Purifan BlogIs Dirty Classroom Air Wasting Precious School Funding? Back to the Blog We’ve all heard stories about dirty government politics and school funding.  But this one takes the dirt to another level – all the way to the air in our children’s classrooms.   Federal agencies have known for years that the air in government owned school buildings is unhealthy – and it’s costing taxpayers Billions of dollars each year that could be used for school funding.  In fact, we might not even have a school budget crisis if our government would clean the air in our classrooms. How can this be?  In a word, “Medicaid.”  In a school with 550 students, almost 200 of them have their healthcare costs paid by Medicaid – which gets its funding from the same sources that fund our schools, Federal and State governments.  And, it’s costing us a fortune – about $500,000 a year per school.  If your school district has five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school – Medicaid costs are about $4 Million a year! So, what’s driving the cost?  One major cost driver is respiratory illness.  In fact, Asthma and allergies are the number one and number three chronic diseases among children.  And, the quality of the air in your child’s classroom may play a role in aggravating the problem. Classrooms have very high levels of airborne particulates – such as mold, dust, animal dander, and pollen – all of which are major triggers for Asthma and allergies.  This is a major cost factor for Medicaid – wasting tax dollars that could be used to...

Love The Cat Hate The Asthma

Purifan BlogLove The Cat Hate The Asthma Back to the Blog Cat dander is one of the major triggers of Asthma. If you’ve got Asthma you know exactly what I mean – you’re fine when you’re out of the house, but the moment you get home you can feel the symptoms starting. Here are four tips to help make living with a cat easier when you have Asthma. 1. Reduce Cat Dander with an air purifier in your bedroom. You probably spend eight hours or more each day in your bedroom. This is the best place to use an air cleaner to reduce the airborne cat dander that you are currently breathing. 2. Don’t rely on a whole house Hepa filter. Your home’s HVAC system just doesn’t move enough air to sufficiently reduce airborne cat dander. A good quality HVAC system will filter the air about 7.5 times per hour with a standard filter, less with a Hepa filter. To reduce the presence of airborne cat dander, you need to filter all of the air in your bedroom 20 to 40 times per hour. 3. Don’t buy a portable floor or desktop air purifier. These types of products don’t move enough air either. And, the airflow pattern is usually obstructed by a bed, chairs, and other objects which means the air often circles back on the unit itself and only part of the air in the room is actually filtered. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) rates portable air purifiers using a system called the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). A really high-end portable unit might have a...

Is My Dog Giving Me Asthma?

Purifan BlogIs My Dog Giving Me Asthma? Back to the Blog Dander and pollen attached to a dog’s fur are major triggers of Asthma.If you’ve got Asthma and a dog you know exactly what I mean – you’re fine one minute, but the moment you’re around the dog you can feel the symptoms starting. Here are four tips to help make living with a dog easier when you have Asthma. 1. Reduce pet dander and other Asthma triggers with an air purifier in your bedroom. Even if the dog is restricted from your bedroom, pollen and dander are on your clothes and floating throughout the air of your home.Since you probably spend eight hours or more each day in your bedroom, this is the best place to use an air cleaner to reduce the airborne Asthma triggers that you are currently breathing. 2. Don’t rely on a whole house Hepa filter.  Your home’s HVAC system just doesn’t move enough air to sufficiently reduce airborne dog dander. A good quality HVAC system will filter the air about 7.5 times per hour with a standard filter, less with a Hepa filter. To reduce the presence of airborne Asthma triggers, you need to filter all of the air in your bedroom 20 to 40 times per hour. 3. Don’t buy a portable floor or desktop air purifier. These types of products don’t move enough air either. And, the airflow pattern is usually obstructed by a bed, chairs, and other objects which means the air often circles back on the unit itself and only part of the air in the room is actually...

Is Your Air Purifier Safe?

Purifan BlogIs Your Air Purifier Safe? Back to the Blog Headaches, sore throat, coughing, Asthma attacks, and difficulty breathing are a few of the symptoms that can be brought on by some air purifiers. Yes, that’s right. Your air purifier may actually aggravate many of the health issues you hoped it would solve. Fortunately, all air purifiers do not cause these difficulties and some do work as advertised. But, how do you know the difference? Let’s take a look at what makes some kinds of air purifiers work wonders for your health and well-being while others can be unsafe. Types of air purifiers Before we consider the merits of air purifiers, let’s look at the many varieties in the market today. The number of them can be mind numbing at times, and, each seems to make one claim after another. To help sort through it all, I’ve simplified the problem by categorizing them into groups based on the technology they use – noting that some air purifiers use multiple technologies in their design and cross these boundaries. Here are the general technologies used in air purification products. Ozone generators – These types of air purifiers intentionally generate large amounts of ozone that is pushed throughout a room. Ozone is a purifying gas that kills living organisms such as mold, bacteria, and your pets in large enough quantities – more on this later. Electronic air purifiers – These types of air purifiers draw in air, which becomes electronically charged.Air molecules then adhere themselves to dust and other particulates much like static electricity causes clothing to stick together. There are variations and characteristics of these...

Veterans Clubs Save Thousands by Installing Patented Smoke and Odor Solution

Purifan BlogVeterans Clubs Save Thousands by Installing Patented Smoke and Odor Solution Back to the Blog Veterans clubs, like the American Legion, VFW and social clubs like Eagles, Elks, have found that cleaning up the smoke and odor in their facility can have a big impact on member participation. More people attend for social hour in the bar or for a casual lunch or dinner in clubs with dining facilities. During big events, like dances and ceremonies, the smoking and non-smoking members appreciate the impact of the ceiling-mounted Purifans on reducing the negative impact of smoke and odors. The Purifan Smoke and Odor Solution is rarely the first smoke removal system these lodges and posts have purchased, but it is almost always the last system they ever have to buy. The reason is that most prior purchases were electrostatic air purifiers costing thousands of dollars. These units have many negatives including using a lot of electricity, requiring regular expensive cleaning of the collection plates, and very noisy operation that disrupts the customers ability to have a conversation. The number one problem with electrostatic designs is they have a very shot life and are usually replace every 24 to 36 months, adding substantially to their long term costs. Many times the collection plates would spark loudly sounding like a bug zapper, forcing them to be shot off due to these noise complaints. Collection plates degrade rapidly because of cleaning processes used and within 12 months they performance of the electrostatic smoke removal system is substantially degraded. This degraded collection problem is made much worse because most dealers who are engaged...