The air that we breathe

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified indoor air quality as one of the top five most urgent risks to public health; and data shows there’s a clear link between breathing issues and productivity. Two new products are designed to “clear the air” in the office.

Humanscale’s Humanair Personal Zone Air Purifier, which employs patented Clean Air Zone Technology, directs clean air exactly where it’s needed — where the user breathes. Utilizing a tightly coiled paper filter, it removes more than 99 per cent of airborne toxins and contaminants. Working in a bubble of ultra-pure air promotes good health from the inside out, and allows workers to breathe easier, feel refreshed and perform better.

Big Ass Fans, which designs and sells large, energy-efficient ceiling fans, has come up with a new model called Isis. Incorporating the same sturdy components and aerodynamic principles as industrial Big Ass Fans, Isis is lighter, smaller and more stylish, and ideal for office ceilings as low as 12 feet. Its sweeping airfoil blades — shaped like aircraft wings — revolve slowly and quietly to produce gentle but powerful currents of air that deliver consistent, energy-efficient comfort year round.