As many as 50 percent of casino patrons are smokers – about double the percentage in the United States at large. And although a smoky haze and stinky air used to be part of the casino ambience, today’s gaming customers and employees, even those who are themselves smokers, expect better. 

Improving air quality in the Kwataqnuk Resort and Casino has become a top priority and is now protected by Air Srubber by Aerus and a new dedicated outside air ventilation unit, PremiSys by Mitsubishi Electric. The state-of-the-art technology by Aerus is proven to kill 99.98 percent of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) on surfaces in seven hours, according to an FDA-compliant lab study and reduce approximately 90 percent of airborne contaminants, like dust, allergens and smoke. 

“Aerus’ results are a gamechanger in America’s battle against COVID-19. Our technology has the potential to minimize community exposure indoors of the SAR-CoV-2 virus on surfaces and in the air,” said Joe Urso, Chief Executive Officer of Aerus. 

A side benefit of the Air Scrubbers is that they also help to reduce common odors such as cigarette smoke in a building. “We’re really pleased. We also have nonsmoking casinos, but you can hardly differentiate between the two,” said Bryon Miller, S&K Gaming CEO. “People want clean air to breath when they are here, and our employees also deserve to work in a healthy environment, so this was a no-brainer, said Miller. 

Originally developed for NASA, Aerus’ patented technology uses free oxygen and water molecules and converts them into powerful oxidizers, known as ActivePure® Molecules. These supercharged ActivePure®Molecules are then released back into the room, filling the interior space. Like an army of invisible cleaners, these friendly oxidizers are working to scrub and deactivate pathogens we cannot easily see. Once inactive, these pathogens are reduced to safe and inert byproducts.

The Air Scrubber complies with all Federal EPA, FDA and OSHA regulations, and is also used at the Ground Zero Museum, Major League Baseball facilities and the in the International Space Station.

The PremiSys ventilation unit does more than make the smell better, it also keeps the air cleaner, by bringing in 10,000 cubic feet of 100 percent outside air into the building every minute. This ventilation air is ducted directly into the supply grilles which distributes the air throughout the building. The stale room air is run through a heat recovery core for energy efficiency and is then exhausted out of the building – there is no recirculation or mixing between the stale exhaust air and the fresh ventilation air. The dedicated outside air ventilation unit uses a double filtration method, with both a MERV-8 filter bank and a MERV-13 filter bank cleaning the supply air.

By upgrading two important features to the HVAC system, both hotel and casino customers will have a favorable welcome and better air quality 24/7.

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