For someone with asthma, airborne irritants can spring up practically anywhere, even inside the home. “One of the biggest culprits is the kitchen,” says Cheryl A. Gressani, Director of Business Development for Air Innovations of North Syracuse, New York.
Cooking releases tiny particles that easily migrate, she explains. Air Innovations is working on a new product to help those with respiratory problems find some relief inside their homes. With help from Clarkson University and a $150,000 grant from the Syracuse CoE Office for Industry Collaboration, the company has embarked on an 18-week study of HEPAiRx, an air heating, cooling, and filtration unit for use in a single room, known as an “integrated energy-recovery ventilator.”
The ventilators are designed to be energy efficient as well. Air Innovations will install the units in the bedrooms of 45 asthma patients during the study and, with help from Clarkson researchers, record information on their health and the effectiveness of the system. In addition to heating, cooling, and filtering indoor air, the product brings in fresh air from outdoors. It also pressurizes the room to stop airborne irritants—such as those created during cooking—from entering.