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American-Lights® Air Cleansing System is clearly the superior
answer in residential and light commercial
Meredith Stines, President AU
Addition of Sporicidin Disinfectant to the Product Line ,
American Air & Water, Inc. Announces
the Addition of Sporicidin Sterilizing Solution and
Disinfectants to Its Product Line
Sporicidin® is used in a variety of applications, including mold
remediation for commercial and residential buildings, cleaning
HVAC air ducts, sewage cleanup, water and flood damage
restoration, decontaminating and deodorizing carpet, upholstery,
furniture, books and art (kills the microorganisms that cause
odors), misting and dust suppression, disinfection of
instruments, equipment and surfaces in hospitals, medical and
dental offices and pharmaceutical clean rooms. Sporicidin® has
been the medical disinfectant of choice since 1978.
Sporicidin® is low-toxic, non-corrosive and safe for use on
wood, glass, tile, rubber, vinyl, plastics and metals.
Sporicidin® products are registered by the EPA. Sporicidin
products were the first liquid germicides to receive FDA 510(k)
clearances for disinfection of medical devices. Sporicidin
infection control products are used by medical and dental
professionals in hospitals, clinics, blood banks and medical,
dental and veterinary offices.
Sporicidin provides 100% kill of pathogenic and odor-causing
American Air & Water, Inc. is a manufacturer of the
American-Lights® UV Air Cleaner with a nationwide network of
authorized HVAC contractors who carry our product.
American-Lights® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office under U.S. Trademark Registration No: 2,839,201. The
proprietary UV lamp is patented as U.S. Patent 4,700,101.
The high output UV fixtures are in compliance with the GSA
Public Buildings Standards and have been provided to government
facilities, various educational institutions, hospitals and
bio-research laboratories. UV water treatment systems and UV
lamps are also available.
American Air & Water, Inc. is a member of the International
Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), the Air Conditioning Contractors
of America (ACCA) and the International Facility Management
Call 843-785-8699 for more information.
Engineering and Facilities Management 2004 Congress Invitation,
American Air & Water™, Inc. received
an invitation to participate in the Hospital Engineering and
Facilities Management 2004 Congress.
American Air & Water, Inc. is considering a presentation to the
Members of International Federation of Hospital Engineering and
attendees at the 18th IFHE congress in July 2004 (This event
will be held in conjunction with ASHE's 41st Annual Conference
and Technical Exhibition)
Today indoor air
quality has become a global environmental issue. Within
Hospitals indoor air quality plays a significant role in the
treatment, recovery and convalescence of patients. While the
mere presence of bacteria within this environment is not cause
for alarm, control of bacterial levels is critical in minimizing
the potential for detrimental health effects. In response
organizations like ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers) has created new
standards for building operations, which are being incorporated
into local building codes for hospitals worldwide. Hospital
Engineering and Facilities Management will discuss effective and
diligent HVAC and refrigeration design solutions and maintenance
programs for the healthcare sector. This will include
Special focus on:
developments in hospital indoor air quality
The impact of
construction and re-engineering projects upon hospital indoor
and airborne inorganic particulate contaminants
Air filtration /
Advances in AC
Allergy and odor
positive pressure isolation rooms (operating rooms, theatre,
intensive care wards)
control for ceiling cavity access and wall access
construction and re-engineering projects
Indoor Air Quality
(IAQ) risk assessment
ASHRAE, CDC, EPA,
EU, OSHA, NADCA & JCAHO regulatory compliance
Roy Aitken, President, Institute of Hospital Engineering,
Steve Drinkrow, Vice President, International Federation of
Hospital Engineering (IFHE)
Don Garrison, Chief of Facilities Management, Franklin Community
Prof Dr.Ing Christoph Hartung, President, Scientific Society of
Hospital Engineering (WGKT)
Erik Hoibjelke, President, Norwegian Federation of Hospital
Bill H McCully, President, American Society for Healthcare
Yasushi Nagasawa, IFHE Council Member, and Professor, Dept. of
Architecture, University of Tokyo
Don Spielmacher, President, Canadian Healthcare Engineering
Peter Wearmouth, President, Institute of Healthcare Engineering
and Estate Management (IHEEM)
Dr Raymond Chinn, Member, Healthcare Infection Control Practises
Advisory Committee (HICPAC), Centers for Disease Control &
15,000 individual members of the IFHE will receive the Hospital
Engineering and Facilities Management 2004 report and CD-ROM,
distributed in January 2004 by name and job title directly to
C-level execs (CEOs, COOs), Chief hospital administrators, Group
purchasing organisations, Facilities managers, Directors of
estates, Capital planning directors, Construction managers,
Systems Engineers, HVAC engineers, IAQ consultants, Heads of
Epidemiology, Disease control consultants, Infectious disease
physicians, Hospital and maintenance engineers & Health & safety
officers who are members of their local hospital engineering
associations in the following countries: USA (American Society
for Healthcare Engineering), Canada (CHES), UK (IHEEM), Germany
(WGKT / FKT), Japan (HEAJ), Netherlands (NVTG), Spain,
Australia, Italy, France, Denmark (FDS), Sweden, Indonesia,
South Africa, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, New Zealand,
Argentina, Uruguay, Israel, Russia, Belgium, Brazil, Uganda and
Hospital Engineering and Facilities Management is the official
publication of the 18th IFHE International congress held in
Florida in July 2004. All delegates at the IFHE congress will
receive a copy of this publication. This event will be held in
conjunction with ASHE's 41st Annual Conference and Technical
Sidebar: National Mold Legislation May Be Next
WASHINGTON, DC — The word going around Capitol Hill these days is that “Mold is gold.”
That’s what Katherine Gardner, director of special projects for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has been hearing. Lawyers have found an issue that has the potential to generate huge awards in court for plaintiffs with mold problems and possibly create an enormous headache for contractors.
At the Campaign for Quality Construction, National Issues Conference, contractors attended meetings with staff members of their Senate and House legislators to discuss face-to-face the issues of importance to them, including permanent estate tax repeal, the need for adequate insurance coverage for losses due to terrorism, changes to the corporate and individual alternative minimum tax, and others. One of those “others” was mold liability.
One of the contractors noted that mold is a serious industry concern, especially since California has adopted state legislation on mold and is attempting to set guidelines, but a definition of threshold limits has yet to be formulated.
At a meeting with Theresa Lavery, legislative assistant to Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), she told the contractors present that there is no proposed national legislation on this subject right now, but she acknowledged that mold is a growing problem.
The News, however, has learned that mold legislation appears to be on the way on the national level. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) is preparing a bill that he plans to introduce called the “United States Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act.” The bill will call for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to spell out guidelines on what levels of toxic mold are acceptable and what levels are dangerous.
Staffer Joel Segal told The News, “Representative Conyers will be presenting the bill within three to four weeks.” Details of this proposed mold legislation will be reported in an upcoming issue.
— Greg Mazurkiewicz
Publication date: 05/13/2002
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March 2002, THE UNIFIED GROUP
Forms Partnership with Enhance-It, LLC to Benefit Member
The Unified Group, a national network of top-quality heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors who share a commitment to remain independent, has formed a partnership with Enhance-It™, based in Hilton Head, SC, to provide its member-companies with a significant discount on its Northern Lights ® Air Cleansing System.
Enhance-It’s™ Northern Lights ® system utilizes ultraviolet (UV) lights to sterilize microorganisms found within indoor air, thereby reducing or eliminating the presence of mold, germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores in residential and commercial buildings.
“The system is easy to install and maintain, and is highly effective,” said Julie Bishop, executive director of The Unified Group. The lighting unit features one high-output UV bulb which can be installed in minutes, she continued. The only maintenance requirement is an annual bulb replacement.
“Our members will now be able to provide their customers with an affordable, dependable and effective product while at the same time reducing their own costs when it comes to the purchase as well as installation and maintenance,” she said.
The Unified Group also has purchasing agreements with Boise Cascade Office Products, Cambridge Engineering, Inc., Koch Filter Corporation, The Trane Company, United Rebuilders, Inc., and W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Officially launched in August 1998, The Unified Group currently has 31 member companies representing over $450 million in revenue. The mission of The Unified Group is to provide shared training opportunities, negotiate purchasing arrangements as a group, pursue national and regional business opportunities, and provide forums for information exchange and sharing of best practices.
To find out more about The Unified Group, contact Enhance-It at 1-843-306-0070.
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Enhance-It™ Teams Up With American Ultraviolet,
World Leading Manufacturer Of UV Applications, To Broaden Distribution & Marketing Opportunities.
Hilton Head, SC --- South Carolina-based Enhance-It™, LLC recently announced the formation of a strategic alliance between its company and internationally renowned American Ultraviolet Company.
Enhance-It, a company focused on discovering and delivering products which enhance the quality of life, markets the Northern Lights® Air Cleansing System. The system, which utilizes ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilize microorganisms found within indoor air, reduces or eliminates the presence of molds, germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores in residential and light commercial settings.
Founded in 1960, American Ultraviolet is one of the most experienced manufacturers of UV applications in the United States. Respected worldwide for its extensive expertise, the company manufactures ultraviolet systems for a wide variety of industries and applications.
In the agreement between the two companies, American Ultraviolet will endorse Enhance-It’s Northern Lights Air Cleansing System as “the most affordable, non-custom, duct-mounted, high-output UV light on the market for HVAC contractors to install in residential and light commercial applications.” In addition, Enhance-It has agreed to represent and market American Ultraviolet’s entire line of products.
According to Warren Lynn, president of Enhance-It, “American Ultraviolet’s endorsement of our product underscores its market-leading superiority. Beyond its affordability, our system is simple to install, easy to maintain, is highly effective, carries a lifetime warranty and is fully certified.”
The Northern Lights Air Cleansing System is comprised of a single unit, features a single high output UV bulb, and can be installed within minutes. The only maintenance requirement is annual bulb replacement.
“With the growing popularity of UV air cleansing systems, HVAC contractors aren’t only seeking affordable, dependable and effective products for their customers,” stated Meredith Stines, president of American Ultraviolet, “they’re also looking for ways to decrease their own costs when it comes installation and maintenance.”
“The Northern Lights Air Cleansing System is clearly the superior answer in residential and light commercial settings,” noted Stines, whose company currently provides ultraviolet applications to the health care, pharmaceutical, water purification, screen printing, bottling, food processing and aerospace industries. “While our company currently carries a higher-end UV light, the addition of Enhance-It’s product to our line will expand our market opportunities.”
“We’re not only excited to receive the endorsement of a world leading UV manufacturer for our product,” stated Lynn, “but with our corporate mission of promoting products designed to enhance the quality of life, we couldn’t be more pleased to represent American Ultraviolet’s broad line of high-quality purification and sterilization products and applications.”
Lynn stated that this agreement would benefit Enhance-It’s HVAC contractor customers because it will allow them to work with American Ultraviolet’s engineers in the servicing of much larger commercial and/or custom applications. “In addition,” he remarked, “American Ultraviolet’s complete spectrum of water purification applications, ranging from small residential units to massive systems for industrial plants, will allow us to market both the best air and the best water purification systems in the business. After all, the two most vital elements of life are clean air and clean water.”
Lynn added, “By teaming up with American Ultraviolet, we’ll be creating a synergy between our two companies which will allow us both to expand our businesses by broadening the scope of our offerings and intensifying our marketing efforts.”
Enhance-It’s Northern Lights UV Cleanser is certified by Intertek Testing Services, N.A., Inc., a nationally recognized testing laboratory. It is accredited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under Federal Law 29 CFR 1910.7, with the system certified to all applicable product safety standards. The system bears the ETL Product Safety Certification Mark.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Warren Lynn, President
Meredith C. Stines, President
American Ultraviolet Company
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The Facts About Anthrax Sterilization with UV-C
Click here for UV-C dosage chart
Because of the recent threat of Anthrax and the numerous related deaths stemming from suspicious letters, American Ultraviolet Company has received many inquiries about the nature and effectiveness of UV-C.
Anthrax can be reduced with the use of ultraviolet 254 lamps and fixtures. In fact, when used correctly, these UV-C fixtures will reduce up to 99% of airborne mold, bacteria and other microorganisms including Anthrax spores.
However, to effectively minimize the danger using ultraviolet light, the Anthrax spores must not be mixed with any other substance. Additionally, the spores must come in direct contact with the UV light.
Ultraviolet fixtures housed within a building’s air ducts would prove quite effective in destroying up to 99% of the threat posed by airborne Anthrax. However, UV light cannot penetrate surfaces and would, therefore, not be an effective countermeasure against Anthrax contained in a package or letter.
American Ultraviolet specializes in products for UV curing, germicidal operations and water disinfecting. In this time of widespread panic we feel it is our duty to help educate the public on the realities of UV-C sterilization against the spread of Anthrax.
Founded in 1960, American Ultraviolet is one of the most experienced manufacturers of UV applications in the U.S. It is headquartered in Lebanon, Indiana and has offices in Murray Hill, New Jersey; Beaufort, South Carolina; Torrance, California; and Romeoville, Illinois.
21, 2001 - This is our response to the FTC: We have basically said the same thing you do, but per your request, we are
removing the information on Anthrax.
Warren Lynn, President
"Making Your Life Better"
designed, and well-maintained, UVGI installations
have proven highly effective, as in certain
hospitals, and some studies performed in schools.
CDC guidelines recommend the use of UVGI only with
the simultaneous use of HEPA filters and high
rates of purge airflow. The germicidal effects can
also be species-dependent.
Penn State University
FTC staff has reviewed marketing claims on your website relating to Anthrax. We remind you that the FTC Act requires that health-related claims, such as claims that an air cleaning device can kill or otherwise eliminate disease causing bacteria or viruses, including anthrax spores, must be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence at the time the claim is made. In other words, it is against the law to make health claims without scientific support or to exaggerate deceptively the benefits of products or services you are promoting.
According to experts in the field, bacterial spores, including anthrax, are very highly resistant organisms. Research conducted with other forms of bacteria generally cannot be used as a basis for conclusions about the effect of any substance or device upon anthrax spores. In general, if your product has not been tested against anthrax spores (or a scientifically valid and government-approved surrogate), you should not be making claims, expressly or by implication, about protection against anthrax.
You should review all claims that your products may be effective in killing anthrax spores or in any way reducing the risk of anthrax infections. Please notify us in 7 days of any changes made to your website.
Some air cleaning devices generate ozone. We are aware of no scientific evidence that ozone will have any effect on bacterial spores when the ozone is within the limits set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical devices that generate ozone (maximum output of .05 parts per million). Even if higher ozone levels, those not recommended for use in space occupied by people or animals, are generated, there does not appear to be any evidence to support such claims. In addition, higher levels of ozone may cause damage to household items such as wiring, computers, and telephone equipment.
UV Light Products
Other air cleaners may use ultra-violet (UV) light to kill organisms. The potential effect of UV light on bacteria depends upon a number of factors: the wattage of the light, the distance of the organism from the light, and the length of exposure or "dwell time" under the light. Bacterial spores would require a relatively long time under the light for the light to have a killing effect. Most household air cleaners move air too quickly to provide adequate exposure time.
Filtration devices are designed to capture particles of a given size. However, the fact that a filter might remove a high percentage of a certain-sized particle, present in air forced through the filter in a laboratory test, does not mean the filter will clean household air to the same extent. The actual effectiveness of an air filter in a home depends upon several factors, including: the amount of air the device can process, the nature of the pollutants present, and the rate at which those pollutants are introduced into the indoor environment. Heavier particles, including anthrax spores, may settle on the floor or other surfaces and not reach the filtration device.
You should be aware that you may also be subject to the jurisdiction of other federal agencies. If your air cleaning or filtration devices purport to kill, trap, inactivate, or suppress growth of microbial agents, such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, you are subject to the requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and Environmental Protection Agency regulations adopted pursuant to that law. This means that your product must be registered with the EPA before any germ-killing claims can be made for it. In addition, if medical claims are made for an air cleaner or filter, the device becomes a "medical device" subject to the authority of the FDA. You should check with each of these agencies to determine whether your product claims may violate their regulations.
We strongly urge that you review all claims you are making for your product, particularly claims about protection against disease-causing bacteria or viruses, including anthrax. If your claims cannot be supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence – the kind of evidence that would be relied upon by those with adequate training and experience in the field of microbiology – they should be deleted or revised immediately.
FTC investigators have copied and preserved the pages of your online promotional materials and will be revisiting your website soon.
Please notify us via electronic mail to email@example.com within 7 days of the specific actions you have taken to address the agency's concerns.
19, 2000 - UV lights for cleaner air catching on
Ultraviolet light, the kind of light produced by the sun, is being used in
new clean air technology now being marketed on Hilton Head
Island. The UV lights are installed in heating and air condition
ducts and come in portable units. Some claim the lights help
prevent illness and minimize allergies by sterilizing air.
local companies are selling the lights: Epperson and Lang's,
specializing in heating and air conditioning, and Enhance-It,
which sells air and water filters.
UV lights work on the same principle as sunlight, which kills
viruses, bacteria, molds and other microbes by breaking down
their DNA. The air must make direct contact with the bulb.
World War II, large UV lights have been used to kill airborne
diseases in hospitals and laboratories. In the past five years,
the technology has been made smaller and more affordable for
residential and commercial use.
Moorehouse, a University of South Carolina engineering professor
who specializes in heating and air conditioning, has studied
scientific reports about UV lights as air cleaners. "It's
existing technology. UV lights are everywhere - in fish tanks,
grow lights and in glue hardener," he said. "The
question is not if they work, but how efficiently."
said local scientists should study kill times for the specific
microbes living in the Lowcountry. Effectiveness also depends on
the power of the light, size of the room and length of exposure.
Anderson, loan officer for Lighthouse Mortgage, has a portable
light in her office and bulbs in the ducts of of her South
Forest Beach villa. She's convinced the lights are good for her.
"I think it has improved my allergies to mold and
mildew," Anderson said.
Paul Long of Heritage Medical Center on Hilton Head Island wants
the clinic's board of directors to approve the addition of
air-conditioner duct UV lights. "I have no reservation
about it," he said.
heating and air-conditioning companies, including Carrier and
Trane, soon will incorporate ultraviolet lights in new units,
said Enhance-It president Warren Lynn. "It's going to be in
your house sooner or later," he said.
said he recently attended an international conference on heating
and air conditioning in Dallas, where the technology was a
Phipps, service manager for Lang's, said customers are slowly
becoming aware of the UV lights, resulting in increased demand.
Both Lynn and Phipps said the lights are a partial solution, but
not a cure-all, to better indoor air quality.
UV lights range in price from $499 to $595 installed. The lights
need a new bulb every year. The bulbs cost $70 - $100, depending
on the strength.
Light Technology Now Available to Consumers For Home Air
7, 1999 - Hilton Head Island, SC - South Carolina-based
Enhance-It, LLC recently began marketing two new products which
employ ultraviolet (UV) light technology to purify air and
eliminate germs in consumers' homes. The technology, long proven
to be effective and widely used in a variety of commercial
settings, has not been available to consumers for home use until
a short time ago.
According to the American Lung Association's research, more than
20% of the U.S. population suffers from allergies related to
indoor pollutants. While most home filtration systems capture
dirt, dust and pollen, they do not remove allergens from the
UV light technology, on the other hand, literally sterilizes
microorganisms. Because UV light is absorbed by proteins in
microorganisms, it inactivates their DNA and prevents the
microorganisms from reproducing. In this manner, the technology
sterilizes molds, germs, viruses, bacteria, fungi and spores
from the air. These airborne contaminants, known as bioaerosols,
can cause a variety of illnesses including cold viruses, staph,
strep, influenza, measles, chicken pox and many, many more.
According to Warren Lynn, President of Enhance-It, LLC,
"It's a known fact that the ultraviolet component of
sunlight is the main reason microbes die in the outdoor air.
Duplicating the concept, UV Cleanser disinfectants have been
used to sterilize germs located indoors for decades. They've
been tested and utilized by companies such as General Electric
and Westinghouse. Ever since WW II, UV technology has been
employed in healthcare settings, labs, clean rooms, commercial
buildings, food processing plants, and other environments where'
clean air' is critical. Now we're pleased to make this highly
effective technology available to consumers to promote healthier
living in their own homes."
Enhance-It's products include Northern Lights® UV Cleanser and
Northern Lights® 2000. Northern Lights® UV Cleanser is
available for installation in consumers' home HVAC systems for
$499.00, including the installation fees of a HVAC certified
contractor. It is installed at the cold air return of the
heating/air conditioning system and includes a lamp that emits
UV light. The UV light eliminates or greatly reduces germs and
viruses circulated by the HVAC system and provides coverage up
to 5000 square feet.
Northern Lights® 2000 is a portable, in-room unit which can be
carried from room to room, used when traveling, taken to the
office, etc. It retails for $459.00 and operates on the same
principle as the installed product and provides coverage up to
1000 cubic feet.
Neither product utilizes chemicals. Both are proven safe and are
ETL certified which meets all federal standards. In addition,
both products have the capability to reduce frequent cold
symptoms, fatigue, depression, frequent headaches, allergy
symptoms, constant snoring, nasal congestion, and irritability.
Each Northern Lights® product is available with the optional
Enhanced Ozone generation lamp that reduces odors and smoke. The
company also carries replacement UV Germicidal Bulbs, which
should be changed every 12 months.
Although Enhance-It's Northern Lights® UV Cleanser has only
been on the market for approximately 8 months, it is the #1
seller in its product category in the U.S. , Mr. Lynn stated
that the reason behind its success, having sold and installed
more than 15,000 units, is primarily due to its economical
pricing, ease of installation and full compliance with all
The portable Northern Lights® 2000 is brand new. Mr. Lynn also
noted, "As far as we know, Northern Lights® 2000 is the
only available portable, in-room unit of its kind on the market
that is ETL certified, meeting all federal standards. We're
excited that we can now offer consumers a choice of products
which allow for flexibility of use."
Enhance-It, LLC was recently established as a company dedicated
to discovering and marketing products that enhance quality of
life. Mr. Lynn stated that each of the company's products carry
a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee and a 1-year
warranty. "We are committed to ensuring 100% customer
satisfaction on all our products and services," he added.
products are available for purchase by calling 843-306-0070 or via the Internet at www.enhance-it.com.
Warren Lynn, President of Enhance-it, LLC stated, "It would
be remiss of our company not to capitalize on the growing
popularity of Internet shopping. As part of our company's
commitment to customer satisfaction, we want to make our
products easy to purchase, as well as easy to use, as consumers
continue to seek out ways to enhance their quality of
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