To let your occupants know you’re using extra filtration during COVID-19, this very visible “mask” is easy to see and install

by Brianna Crandall — November 2, 2020 — A Michigan-based magnet manufacturer and distributer has developed a patent-pending seasonal air solutions product that is like a “mask” for buildings. The magnetic air filter housing enables efficient, affordable filtering of air particles and provides visible evidence of the extra filtration during COVID-19 in facilities where occupants and visitors may want extra assurance.

AiroTrust, a division of Storch Products Company, has developed an efficient and affordable line of air filter housing that magnetically attaches to a standard 2’ x 2’ ceiling tile grid (an industry standard in many commercial and office buildings) under an air supply register. This product can help companies comfortably welcome employees back to the office in the age of COVID-19 with a safer office environment designed to limit the number of foreign air particles that can lead to viruses and other issues while being used in conjunction with other personal protective equipment (PPE).

An AiroTrust 2X2 housing unit works with any standard air filter of that size, whether AiroTrust brand or another. AiroTrust offers standard filter options from respected US manufacturers ranging from MERV 6 to an extreme MERV 15 to meet specific customer needs. (MERV is an industry standard used to evaluate the efficiency of an air filter based on its effectiveness at trapping particles of various sizes.)

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The magnetic air filter housing attaches to a standard 2×2′ ceiling tile grid to reassure building occupants and visitors with visible evidence of extra filtration. Image courtesy AiroTrust

The housing unit is equipped with high-energy rare earth magnets, allowing it to snap into place over the ceiling grid in seconds without the need for any tools. The offering of filters will fit snugly into the AiroTrust housing, which is made from a durable, high-impact polystyrene (HIPS). The unit is designed for durability and is intended to last for many years of service. All AiroTrust housing units and replaceable filter options are manufactured in the United States.

Turnkey packages are available, and replacement filters are said to be very affordable, with an optional subscription service for customer convenience.

This “Made in the USA” patent pending product is a particularly ideal solution for industrial manufacturers, educational facilities, nursing homes, health care, office complexes, beauty salons, restaurants, or any employers or spaces that experience pollen, dust, lint, dust mites, debris, pet dander, car fumes, tobacco smoke, bacteria, virus carriers, small allergens and any other harmful debris that are airborne and can easily get into an HVAC system.

AiroTrust President Matt Carr believes that the time is perfect to introduce this product to the marketplace. Carr commented:

This is like a mask for a building that comes with no controversy, because we all have a right to fresh air. Additionally, companies can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a system that no one can visually see and that many will question whether it has been properly maintained. This reasonably priced product gives peace of mind to everyone who sees it.

Carr, who also serves as president for Storch Products in Livonia, said that within his network, he has found that other manufacturers are struggling to bring back some of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the worry of contagion.

Carr explained:

Whatever filters you use can now be installed directly over desks or common areas where a supply side vent or cold air return is present, and can help filter particles, helping many companies get back on track to normal operations.

While the product was designed following the start of the pandemic, having these air filters strategically placed around a manufacturing or office setting can free indoor air from particles that trigger allergies, asthma and other health conditions common for many.

AiroTrust General Manager Connor Papora added:

This product can prove to your customers and your employees that their health and safety are your #1 priority. Visually displaying these devices allows everyone to see your commitment to their safety while remaining visually appealing.

Retailers also see significant value for this product, especially those that have been directly impacted by a loss of business during the pandemic, and AiroTrust just reported that numerous educational and daycare institutions are using the products to assure parents, students and staff they are doing everything possible to create a safe environment.

For more information about the AiroTrust filter mounts, visit the company’s website.