Commercial Air Purifier Case Studies: How Businesses Are Improving Indoor Environments

Commercial air purifiers fit the needs of many companies, from retail to restaurants to healthcare offices seeking to enhance the quality of the indoor air of their business. Often commercial grade air cleaners are implemented to solve customer complaints or to simply maintain the overall air purity, for a higher standard of customer experience.

LegoLand Uses commercial air purifiers to create a better guest experience at their retail location.

 

Animal Care Clinic minimizes airborne pollutants due to heavy traffic with commercial  air purification.

 

Evergreen Health Services addresses odor issues with commercial air purifiers.

 

 

Find out which commercial air purifier is right for your workspace.

Laminating Infographics for the Classroom

Prepare for back-to-school with classroom decor that educates. Infographics aren’t just for online. Print them out and laminate  and post in the classroom for year-long learning benefits, from science facts to good behavior tips in class. Find these and other printables at WeAreTeachers.   Choose the perfect laminator for creating durable printable classroom learning tools.

Quick Learning Tips Posted on the Classroom Wall

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Reminders to Kids About Appropriate Classroom Behavior

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Insightful Infographics That Can Be Referenced in Class as Part of a Lesson

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Selecting A Klutz-Friendly Phone Case

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You know who you are. You have dropped, dunked, scraped and juggled you phone (or phones) so many times you wonder if you are worthy of cell phone ownership. Sure, you have phone cases but the issues with phone cases are nearly endless.

  • A protective phone case that is so bulky it turns your sleek thin phone into a pocket-bulging brick.
  • A stylish phone case that offers more sizzle than steak leaves a noticeable scar on your phone’s fashion sense

BodyGloveMobile figured out a simple solution: combine the two into a powerfully stylish, protective case that defies the clumsiest smartphone user.

BodyGlove Mobile ShockSuit phone cases are engineered to withstand the roughest conditions, while staying slim. Constructed of 3 layers, a built-in screen protector, and covered buttons and ports, this case meets military drop test standards. Body Glove is confident this Military Duty phone case can handle anything life throws your way.

Three Layers of Protection

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  1. Outer layer is a true shock absorber, converting harmful impact into cushiony diffused energy.
  2. Hard Shell inner layer is pure tough for added strength.
  3. Built in Screen Protector keeps screen scratch free.

 

Very Slim

With all these layers of protection the ShockSuit still keeps its elegant figure.

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Select a ShockSuit for your Device:

iPhone 6/6s

Galaxy S6 Edge

LG G4

Galaxy S6

iPhone 5/5s

LG G3

iPhone 5c

Galaxy S4

Galaxy Note 3

iPhone 4/4s

Galaxy S III

Three Must-Have Father’s Day Gifts for the Home Office

Dad’s day is just around the corner. Give him these gifts to complement his home office with comfort and productivity.

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Upgrade Dad’s Shredder

Show how the new auto feed shredders make shredding easier. This is an especially great gift for dads who love new technology. The small office sized auto feeds operate hands free, grinding up 130 sheets of documents at one time, and all automatically. Just fill the drawer, push the button and walk away! The 130C also shreds paper clips, staples and credit cards with ease.

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Enhance Dad’s Tablet Performance

The new MobilePro is the perfect gift if Dad is a tablet user. The slim, all-in-one mobile workstation lets Dad take his work anywhere, combining iPad and paper in one luxurious folio.  The Executive MobilePro also comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. Dad will love the ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders,  pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and the fact that he can use his iPad in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles.

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The Gift of Comfort

For long hours working in his office, Dad will love the Heat and Soothe Back Support. This temperature controlled backrest provides warmth or coolness to relax back muscles while delivering continuous lumbar support.

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What Office Managers May Need to Get for Open Space Offices

 

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While the average worker had 225 square feet of space in 2010, by 2017 that figure will fall 33 percent, to 151 square feet, according to data from CoreNet Global.

 

Laptops: Mobility vs. Discomfort

Laptops are designed to be slim and portable, but not necessarily comfortable. Flat keyboards and touchpads reintroduce ergonomic issues that were resolved with the proper desktop computer accessories.

To help reduce wrist strain, or laptopitis, the laptop lap desk creates proper elevation of the laptop as well as providing a secure cushioned platform on which to rest it while working.

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Overdependence on Digital: Does Anybody Have a Pen?

Sometimes moving freely throughout an open office plan with your electronic devices can mean having the entire internet at your disposal, yet not having quick access to something as simple and necessary as a pen and paper. After all, there are  occasions when with tablet in one hand and phone in the other, you may desperately need to simply write down a phone number.

With the new MobilePro Series, tablet accessory, you can integrate your iPad with office basics like pen, paper and business cards. So no matter where you are brainstorming in the latest upscale open office space, you can jot down notes and check your email.

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No Walls: Collaboration vs. Intrusion

One of the most discussed issues of open office plans is the reduction of personal space. Though cubicle walls seem to create isolation, they also provide some personal privacy. Though the idea that open floor plans would encourage collaboration and engagement between workers seems interesting, in some cases that loss of boundaries feels like intrusion, especially when working with mobile electronic devices. Casual glances at what is on your laptop or tablet screen, or even your smartphone ,may not seem like a serious offense, but could end up making everyone a bit more guarded.

Maintaining personal privacy with privacy screens can help reduce that sense of intrusion. With PrivaScreen blackout privacy filters you create peripheral blind sides that prevent prying eyes from viewing your screen. Not only for laptops, you can also get privacy filters for tablets and phones.

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Establishing a Visual Security Policy for Your Business

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While many businesses take strong measures to protect against data breaches, investing in firewalls and other technology to defend their computers, the impact of a visual security breach is sometimes forgotten. Recent research reveals the apparent ease and risk with which visual data security breaches can occur on a regular basis.

A survey of IT professionals conducted by BH Consulting for this paper found that:

  • 85% of those surveyed admitted to seeing sensitive information on screen that they were not authorized to see
  • 82% admitted that it was possible information on their screens could have been viewed by unauthorized personnel
  • 82% had little or no confidence that users in their organization would protect their screen from being viewed by unauthorized people*

 

The risk for businesses ranges from identity theft of customer information and the legal consequences that can bring, as well as acts of corporate spies internally accessing confidential data that could compromise your business.

Establishing a visual security policy helps prevent this overlooked data breach within your business. Here are some simple guidelines for helping create that policy:

 

  1. Organizing and Classifying Confidential Data

Knowing what information in your company is confidential is the first step in protecting it. Classify data by different levels of security so that you can define who has access and who should not.

  1. Establish Accessibility Safeguards

Limit accessibility to certain individuals to your various data sets.  Giving the role of accessibility management also ensures responsibility and accountability if a data breach occurs.

  1. Monitor Access

Knowing when individuals log in and out is key in determining who sees sensitive data and when. This is valuable information when investigating a breach and also helps deter any inappropriate actions, once employees know their access is being monitored.

  1. Installing Password Protected Screensavers

Anyone can quickly view information on an unattended computer screen. Password protected screen savers automatically activate to secure those screens.

  1. Install Privacy Filters on Company Computers

   Blackout privacy filters can prevent shoulder surfing, ensuring data is secure even when  employees are working at their computers.

      6. Train Employees on Using Company Devices Outside the Office

Company phones, laptops and tablets are always vulnerable when employees access confidential company information while on business trips, or even while out to lunch. Keeping these devices protected with privacy filters for portable devices can help protect that information. However, employees should also be instructed on the risks of shoulder surfing, especially in a crowded location. If they need to access confidential information on their device, they should be wary of their surroundings, preferably accessing the information in a more isolated area.

 

 

Use this simple guide to determine the right privacy filter size for any device.  The Perfect Fit Selector Tool.

Find all available devices in this privacy filter device directory.

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What Binding Works Best?

If you need to bind documents for your business or hobby, you will discover that there are different binding types. How to choose? After all, once you invest in  a binding machine you are committed to that binding type. Here are some tips to follow for deciding what type of binding works best for you.

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Comb

Comb binding is less expensive that other types of binding and one of the most popular ways to bind documents.  It’s the right choice  if you need pages in your bound document to lay flat. For example, a sales presentation that you need to lay open on a desk top to show a potential client important details. Also comb binding lets you remove or add pages. For restaurants, this is a easy way to change a menu without having to start with a brand new document.

Wire

Wire binding on the other hand creates a tamper-resistant, permanently bound document. If you are creating a document that is destined to stay the same, than a wire binding machine is your best choice. Rely on wire binding for creating customized calendars, or family photo books. Wire binding is also great for creating internal office manuals that need to hold up to constant handling. Like comb, wire bound documents also display flat, making them equally useful for presentations. But wire binding is much stronger, so that lasting hold on pages ensures that the document you create will be around for awhile.

Thermal

If you need to produce the most professional-looking documents, thermal binding may be your best choice. Thermal, or perfect binding, produces that book-like finish, free of punch holes. This approach is great for high end presentations. If you are making annual reports or a brochure that represents your company, a thermal bound document can deliver an impactful impression.

Unlike comb, the pages of thermal bound documents cannot be changed. So the document you create is permanent. Also both comb and wire offer a flat display advantage that thermal bound documents do not have. Essentially, high quality and a lasting impressive look is what will draw you to thermal binding.

 

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Digital Nomad?

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Working independently seems like a dream for many who are stuck in a cubicle 9 to 5. But with the perks come other demands that may need be so dreamy.

Personal discipline

The 40 hour work week is actually scheduling our work performance. Regimentation allows us to focus on projects without worrying about time or productivity. As a digital nomad, you need to be able to create your own personal performance structure. In other words, digital nomads create their own timeclock, setting personal deadlines for projects, defining how long a project will take to complete and making sure time working at home is time well spent. Working from home is full of distractions, after all, from kids  to chores, to the lure of unchecked leisure time. Disciplined digital nomads know when to put everything else on hold for work.

What Would a Digital Nomad Take to a Desert Island?

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Laptop Gear

 

Ability to work anywhere

The home office can be comfy, too comfy sometimes.  Away from the corporate cubicle, the home office can easily become more than an office, a personal sanctuary that appeals to our comforts, but may also weaken our ability to address challenges. Digital nomads pride themselves on being able to work at cafes, airports and even unfamiliar office environments where they may need to temporarily set up shop. Digital nomads thrive outside their comfort zone.

Working independently is also working alone

Being an independent worker seems like the perfect fit for a free spirit, but working independently can also mean being less connected to the home office team. Far from daily meetings and brainstorming, digital nomads may need to become less reliant on others for the completion of tasks and more dependent on themselves for essential information. This doesn’t mean that digital nomads are working without others, just that the lines of communication become less robust with their distance from headquarters. The availability of  other office associates in a corporate environment can mean face to face coordination to prevent misinformation, as well as the ability to maintain real time consistency in a project’s timeline performance. The remote factor increases the risk for miscommunication and mistakes.  Digital nomads know this and manage a strict schedule of confirmation emails and conference calls to ensure their place in  the successful completion of a project.

Choosing Storage Boxes or Storage Drawers

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Drawers Or Boxes?

How do you decide the best records storage for your business? If you have limited storage space and require frequent access to files, Bankers Box® storage drawers would be the best choice. If you have a lot more storage space available and need to access your files less often, storage boxes are the best solution.

When you choose drawer storage…

  • You can stack records higher and save space.
  • You can eliminate the need to stack and restack boxes
  • You cut record retrieval time in half

When you choose box storage…

  • You can move and handle records more frequently with stronger boxes
  • You can store less frequently accessed records safely with safe closures

When you choose a drawer/box combo…

  • You can store active files in easy to access drawers
  • You can store inactive files in safely sealed boxes for long-term storage

Choosing the Right Storage Drawers

If space-saving is your primary concern, than drawers provide the best storage solution. Choosing the right type of drawer determines how high you can stack your drawers to save space, and the right size determines the size of the contents of the drawer.

Drawer Types

Drawer Size

  • Letter/Legal Drawers accommodate both letter and legal size documents – This size drawer has the versatility for storing records of varied sizes.
  • Letter size drawers accommodate letter size files. This is the perfect drawer if letter size documents are all you need to store.
  • Legal size drawers accommodate legal sized files offering an additional three inches in width for larger record size.

Whatever your drawer choice, with the stacking ability of drawers, you can maximize your record storage space, save on retrieval time and eliminate box restacking—all while maintaining easy access to all your important records.

Choosing a Business Storage Solution

Selecting the Right Box

Different boxes have different purposes. Knowing which Bankers Box storage box to select, requires understanding your storage needs from type and strength, to size and assembly.

Box Types

  • String & Button boxes offer maximum security and reliable closure, even when the box is overturned.
  • Lift-off Lid boxes allow easy access to records. Look for locking lids to securely store your files.
  • Attached Flip-Top Lid Boxes prevent lost or damaged lids.
  • Specialty Boxes provide specialized storage solutions for unique document sizes

Box Strength

  • Frequent access, heavy-duty boxes hold up under heavy use and can be stacked higher.
  • Occasional access, medium-duty boxes hold up under moderate use and moderate stacking.
  • Infrequent access, basic-duty boxes are suitable for basic use and lower stacking.

Box Size

  • Letter/legal boxes easily carry and accommodate both letter and legal size paper.
  • Letter size boxes are perfect for high capacity letter size paper storage.
  • Legal size boxes are 3” wider than letter boxes and accommodate legal document storage.

Box Assembly

  • Presto™ instant assembly – sets up to 5 times faster than basic assembly boxes
  • FastFold® quick and easy assembly – sets up to 4 times faster than basic assembly boxes

See how easily you can assemble a Bankers Box: How to Assemble Video

Choosing an Air Purifier for the Home

Whether for allergies or asthma, or simply as a well-being measure to help improve your indoor air, selecting the right air purifier for your home can be a daunting task. With so many models available, it can be difficult the choose the best air cleaner for your needs. Here are some simple tips to help make your air purifier selection:

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 Insight into Air Purifier Filters

  1. True HEPA filter. This is a must-have feature for any air purifier purchase. This filter type safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Selecting an air purifier with this filter ensures the highest performance for cleaning indoor air.
  2. Treated filters. If you are looking for extra clean air, you might look for HEPA filters with antimicrobial treatment. This provides built-in protection from the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi on the True HEPA filter.
  3. Carbon filters. Though not necessarily cleaning the air, carbon filters are great for reducing household odors. It’s perfect for any location in the home where odors tend to occur regularly. Carbon filter air purifiers are especially great for a baby’s room air purifier where dirty diapers leave their trademark scent. You may want to look for an air purifier with both True HEPA and carbon filters in the same machine.

Determining Air Purifier Room Size

Often air cleaners are selected based entirely on price. But this can be deceiving, and probably disappointing when you find out that your air purifier doesn’t seem to be performing as well as you thought. Smaller air purifiers may be less expensive, but may not clean the air in the room size you have at home. Be sure to measure the space where you want to use your air purifier so you can make the best choice in terms of air coverage.

100-200 square feet ( great for small rooms like nurseries or a home office)

200-400 square feet (perfect for average size rooms like bedrooms)

300-600 square feet  (covers large areas like big family rooms or living rooms)

 

Other features to consider:

  1. If you suffer from allergies or want to keep your indoor clean during cold and flu season, consider air purifiers with added performance features during these key periods like Aera+ Mode
  2. Filter change indicators are great to help maintain clean air filters without having to continually check inside the machine. An indicator light simply tells you when it is time to get a new filter. This feature is especially helpful for air purifiers that run continuously.
  3. Quiet performance. Allergy sufferers often run air purifiers while they sleep. An air purifier that runs quietly is essential for peaceful rest with cleaner air.
  4. Pet air purifiers. If you have pets, that means dander and odors are something you contend with daily. Pet air purifiers assist with cleaning the air of pet-related airborne particles.