IQAir Provides Clean Air for U.S. Olympic Athletes

IQAir air purification systems in Beijing
Amidst concerns over air quality in Beijing, IQAir has announced that they are providing the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with ultra high efficiency air cleaners for athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

“We are very proud to be able to support the performance efforts of the USOC in Beijing,” says Frank Hammes, President of IQAir. “The USOC is always looking for new and innovative ways to assist their athletes. This project will be the first time ultra high efficiency air cleaning is used on a large scale to provide performance enhancement at an athletic event.”

IQAir HealthPro air purifier“Operation Clean Air” will utilize IQAir HealthPro air purifiers in the athletes’ bedrooms. Additionally, IQAir is providing specially designed air cleaning systems for large training areas.

Marget Hunt, medical director of the USOC, says, “Our goal is to ensure that we do everything possible to provide the very best training and performance advantages we can for our athletes. We feel that while all athletes will appreciate our efforts with IQAir, athletes with asthma will especially benefit.”

The air in Beijing is some of the most polluted air in the world, and some air pollution particles are so small that they can travel through invisible gaps and cracks in walls. IQAir air purifiers are tested and certified to filter these ultra-fine particles down to 0.003 microns; that’s smaller than the smallest virus! (HEPA systems filter particles down to 0.03 microns.) IQAir technolog is used in hospitals around the world to filter ultra-fine particles like the SARS virus, MRSA, and tuberculosis. The IQAir systems in Beijing will also filter gases and chemicals.

“All large cities suffer from a wide range of gaseous pollutants. These are byproducts of traffic, manufacturing, industry, and other sources,” explains Hammes. “Gases and chemicals require a different type of filtration than particulates. And while most consumer products do not address this important aspect of air cleaning, IQAir systems contain the most advanced gas-phase filtration available.”

IQAir has over 45 years experience in the design and manufacturing of ultra high efficiency air purification systems, and they are the American Lung Association’s exclusive educational partner in the air purifier industry. IQAir products have earned Best Buy awards from all of the top consumer advocate publications, including Consumers Digest, Consumers Guide, and Consumer Search.

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