September 2020

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Inside the October 2020 Issue



IAQ to Help Stop
the Spread
School District Installs 1,500 Air Cleaning Machines

To help ensure the health and safety of students, teachers and staff as they return to schools in Riverside County, California, the Alvord Unified School District will install 1,500 Carrier
OptiClean units to help improve indoor air quality as schools prepare to reopen.

The 1,500-cfm Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machines will purify the air in classrooms across the district’s 23 schools. The school district worked with Climatec, LLC, a building solutions consultant, to select the preferred solution to enhance IAQ and help ensure a healthy indoor environment for its nearly 20,000 students and staff.

“Many schools and school districts are facing uncertainty with how to welcome back students, teachers and staff safely,”said Justin Keppy, president, NA Residential & Light Commercial, Carrier. “We’re pleased to work with the Alvord Unified
School District and provide a piece of the puzzle to enhance indoor air quality and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our
OptiClean units can help reduce contaminants like the novel coronavirus from classroom air, and, when coupled with
mitigation best practices such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, use of face coverings and more, reduce risks to
students, teachers and school staff.”

The units, which are available in 500 and 1500 cfm models, plug into a standard wall outlet and use a 99.97 percent efficient, long-life HEPA filter to remove contaminants as small as 0.3 microns and discharge cleaner air back into the room. Notably, OptiClean units exceed the minimum standard of two air changes per hour for portable electric HEPA machines recommended by ASHRAE in school reopenings.

“The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our primary concern as we prepare our facilities for their return,” said Kevin Emenaker, executive director, Administrative Services, Alvord Unified School District. “We looked at a number of indoor air quality solutions and we felt that the OptiClean product was bestsuited for our needs. Based on the features and benefits offered by the OptiClean unit, we feel that these will be effective in providing peace of mind to our students, staff and their parents.”

OptiClean units are portable, taking only about three-square feet of floor space when oriented vertically, and can also be operated horizontally, allowing for convenient, unobstructed placement in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries or gymnasiums.

One 500-cfm unit can adequately clean the air in a typical classroom; the new 1500-cfm unit is designed for larger
spaces. In both cases, multiple units can be used for more expansive spaces.

“OptiClean units are highly effective against contaminants,” said Tyler Girtman, regional manager, Climatec, LLC. “Plus, the ease-of-use and portability allows them to quickly and efficiently be deployed in a number of spatial configurations
as the needs arise.”

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