Most would agree that hotel guests do not want to wake up to the smell of jet fuel and car exhaust. While indoor air quality may not have been a concern when the iconic TWA Flight Center opened in 1962 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (then called Idlewild Airport), nearly 60 years later it is. When the landmark building reopened as the TWA Hotel this past spring, it became JFK’s first on-airport hotel. Located directly across from JetBlue’s Terminal 5, the TWA Hotel is accessible via car, AirTrain, or directly from the arrivals level of the terminal. Given the hotel’s proximity to transportation, it is estimated that countless guests will be passing through this hotel and a key component to serving them is to maintain healthy, comfortable indoor air quality.
Many of the pollutants generated at transportation facilities are particulate matter (PM) that is microscopic – much smaller than the thickness of a strand of human hair. The particulate is either swept indoors through ventilation systems or produced within the indoor space. The tiny particulate is inhaled or even swallowed. The most dangerous sources of indoor air pollution and odor are from the exhaust from aircraft and diesel engines, direct fuel emissions from refueling aircraft, along with larger dust particles from car exhaust, brakes, tires, asphalt, soil, etc. Given the toxic cocktail that is emitted into the air in and around airports, it is clear that air purification plays a critical role in maintaining safe and clean indoor air.
Plasma Air was tapped to deliver a safe yet robust indoor air quality solution to the landmark building. Plasma Air’s bipolar ionization technology was installed in the hotel’s custom air handlers. As air passes over the products, millions of positively and negatively charged ions are formed – just like in nature. These bipolar ions disperse into the occupied space through the duct system, proactively attacking airborne contaminants, where they cause the most problems for occupants. Plasma Air’s solutions were also chosen for this project due in part to their low maintenance, ease-of-installation, energy-efficiency, and effectiveness on pollutants such as particulate matter, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, odors, and VOCs.
Plasma Air’s technology has been repeatedly tested by independent laboratories and validated to be 99% effective against bacteria, 98% effective against VOCs, and 95% effective against ultrafine particles. Hotels, airports and train stations around the world have deployed Plasma Air’s technology to provide cleaner, safer, healthier air for visitors and employees.