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Posted: January 22, 2021

Community Life

Heritage Crossing Installs Needlepoint Cleaner Air Ionization System to Fight COVID-19

Heritage Crossing as well as many senior living communities have been challenged due to COVID-19 in 2020. It has been a struggle to make sure residents are staying healthy mentally and physically while also keeping their best interest at heart by protecting them. We are always staying up to date on what the CDC says and learning new ways to keep our residents safe. We are excited to announce that on December 28, 2020, we installed a Needlepoint Cleaner Air Ionization System in our community.

Needlepoint Cleaner Air Ionization System

The air around us in a senior living community, at home, or anywhere indoors is filled with particles such as dust, dander, pollen, smoke, odors, and even pathogens including mold, viruses (COVID-19), and bacteria. HVAC systems alone miss a lot of these harmful particles and pathogens in the air. These are harmful to us now and they were harmful to us before COVID-19 came into our lives. ASHRAE stresses that it is very important to upgrade your HVAC system with these 3 steps to ensure safety during COVID-19.

  1. Increase Outdoor Air Ventilation: As much as the HVAC system will allow without impacting the temperature and humidity negatively that is needed to keep residents safe and comfortable
  2. Upgrade Filtration: To MERV 13 or the highest level HVAC systems will allow based on size and/or pressure ratings achievable
  3. Install NPBI: to enable existing HVAC systems to reduce the exposure to particles and pathogens

If a sick person sneezes in an indoor room, even in a well-ventilated room, airborne droplets containing infectious agents can remain viable for as long as six minutes according to ACHR News. In a senior living community such as Heritage Crossing, the community is filled with all kinds of people. Team members, nurses, and residents will be walking through that area of the community during those six minutes. This is why viruses and bacteria are so easily spread. This is a problem during a pandemic, but also in flu season and year-round. These 3 easy steps were applied to your HVAC system to help to ensure clean air for the residents and team members to breathe in at Heritage Crossing during the pandemic and moving forward for years to come.

 How does it work? 

Ions are created naturally. They are everywhere outdoors and are always cleaning the air for us. Ions are created from the energy from rushing water, crashing waves, and even sunlight. NPBI technology generates ions indoors for us to bring the clean air outdoors we all love inside to our communities through our ventilation system.

Needlepoint bipolar ionization technology safely creates and releases ions into the air using your existing HVAC system. When these ions disperse throughout a room, they seek out and form bonds with particles in the air through a process called agglomeration. This continues to occur until the particles begin to cluster together. The larger a cluster of particles becomes, the easier it is for the system to safely filter it out of the air. Contact with positive and negative ions has microbicide effects on pathogens, which ultimately disrupts their surface proteins and renders them inactive. This process is proven to be both safe and effective.

COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program

Heritage Crossing was able to accomplish this huge project through the COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program. This program provides reimbursement for eligible applicants to help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to control the spread of COVID-19. It also provides reimbursement for devices designed to destroy bacteria, mold, and viruses. Thanks to this grant we were able to install 7 units in the common areas at Heritage Crossing. This will provide clean air for the hallways, dining room, and kitchen. We are so excited about this opportunity we were given to help protect the residents and team members at Heritage Crossing in a new way now and for many years to come.

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