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Mukilteo-based Omni CleanAir has launched air purification devices designed to create safer indoor spaces in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the company’s president, Paul de la Port, Omni CleanAir has been shipping its first units this month.
“If you have a building that is 20 years old, you lease it from a landlord. You don’t own it, and you’ve got a 20-year-old HVAC system,” de la Port said. “There’s not a lot of options for you to open ventilation up.”
Omni CleanAir was born this year out of its parent company Omnitec Design, which was founded in 1988 and provides industrial air filtration systems designed for heavy-duty situations like infection control at healthcare facilities and the decommissioning of nuclear power facilities. As a result of the pandemic, the company moved to create a more affordable and easy-to-implement product for everyday offices in addition to Omnitec’s industrial product.
De la Port said there is no single intervention that can stop a pandemic, and the Omni CleanAir systems should be used in conjunction with other health measures like wearing masks, smart work-from-home policies and the ongoing vaccinations. The air purification devices use three technologies: ventilation that changes the air in a room up to 12 times an hour, HEPA filtration to remove dangerous particles from the air, and ultraviolet C light to kill pathogens. According to the company, its solutions eliminate up to 99.99% of dangerous airborne particles. De la Port said the machines are designed for highly concentrated areas like conference rooms, break areas and bathrooms.
Omni CleanAir creates different models that vary in the size of indoor space they can filter. The largest model can filter a space of 6,000 cubic feet, or the equivalent of a large conference room or a lobby according to the company. De la port said the machines generally cost “a few thousand dollars,” with the most expensive machine costing $4,500. Omni CleanAir envisions its product for offices, schools, dentists’ offices and doctors’ offices.
Omnitec saw a huge demand for its industrial product when the pandemic hit, de la Port said. Omni CleanAir went live in a factory in Appleton, Wisconsin in April, as well as a factory in Yakima this month. The machines are designed to need minimal maintenance, and changing the filter takes between 10 and 15 minutes according to de la Port.
De la Port couldn’t comment on specific clients, but he said Omni CleanAir’s customers include “a couple Fortune 100s” as well as “some local big companies.” He added that the company has tested with local school districts.
“There’s a need everywhere there’s two people that meet indoors,” de la Port said.