Whole-House Air Cleaner May Help Prevent Asthma Attack, Heart Attack and Stroke

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 General News
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TYLER, Texas, Nov. 11 A new health impact white paperconducted by scientists at Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) incollaboration with professors at the Harvard School of Public Health showsthat Trane CleanEffects(TM), a whole-house air cleaner, may help you preventasthma attack, stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease and other seriousillnesses as part of an overall prevention plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Lung Association(ALA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) all agree that exposure to fineparticles impairs breathing and increases the risk of asthma attack, heartattack and other serious illnesses. According to EPA estimates, exposure tofine particles contributes to 17,000 premature deaths and more than 12,000hospitalizations in the United States each year.

Airborne fine particles that can cause negative health issues enter yourhome through doors, windows or small openings in frames, walls and the roof.Particles originate from various outside sources including fossil fuel burningin vehicles, power and manufacturing plants, and fires; and inside fromactivities such as smoking or cooking. Due to their microscopic size, theseparticles are easily inhaled and deposit deep within the lungs.

"Through third-party studies, Trane CleanEffects has been proven to be thebest whole-house air cleaner at removing fine particles. This is importantbecause fine particles can cause cardiovascular health issues due to the factthat your nose and mouth cannot filter them, and they get trapped deep in yourlungs. This research provides consumers with important information that mayhelp lower the risk of cardiovascular health issues," said Mark Hagan, systemsmarketing manager for indoor air quality at Trane.

The benefits of clean air

According to the EH&E white paper, use of a whole-house air cleaner, suchas Trane CleanEffects, may lower the risk of serious health outcomes andmortality caused by fine-particle exposure by 34 percent compared with the useof a standard one-inch filter. Trane CleanEffects performed best at removingfine particles (down to .1 microns) from the filtered air and had the highestclean-air delivery rate when compared to other portable or whole-house aircleaners.

"By removing the vast majority of particles through a Trane CleanEffectssystem, the average airborne concentration in the home is reduced, therebylowering the exposure to harmful fine particles," said Dr. David MacIntosh,instructor at the Harvard Extension School, and principal scientist at EH&E.

Trane CleanEffects utilizes patented breakthrough air-cleaning technologyto eliminate allergens and particles you don't want in your home, such asdust, pollen, bacteria, pet dander, mold spores, smoke and the common fluvirus. It removes particles as small as .1 microns, or 1/1,000th the diameterof a human hair -- the size that eludes most air cleaners. Trane CleanEffectsis 100 times more effective than the standard one-inch filter found in mosthome central systems, removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles andmore than 99 percent of the common flu virus from the filtered air.

For more information about the white paper visithttp://www.trane.com/prevention. Learn more about Trane CleanEffects bycalling or visiting http://www.trane.com.

About Trane

Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), providessystems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes andbuildings around the world. Trane offers a broad range of energy-efficientheating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and servicescomprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service andparts support; advanced building controls; and building and financingsolutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay forthemselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leadingpositions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrialmarkets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation;and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information,visit http://www.trane.com.For more information: Steve Solmonson Carmichael Lynch Spong Office: (612) 375-8536 steve.solmonson@clynch.com


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