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Whole-House Air Cleaner May Help Prevent Asthma Attack, Heart Attack and Stroke
Date:11/11/2008

New Research Summary Reveals Trane CleanEffects(TM) May Lower Risk of Serious Health Outcomes and Mortality Caused by Fine-Particle Exposure

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TYLER, Texas, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- A new health impact white paper conducted by scientists at Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) in collaboration with professors at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that Trane CleanEffects(TM), a whole-house air cleaner, may help you prevent asthma attack, stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease and other serious illnesses as part of an overall prevention plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Lung Association (ALA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) all agree that exposure to fine particles impairs breathing and increases the risk of asthma attack, heart attack and other serious illnesses. According to EPA estimates, exposure to fine particles contributes to 17,000 premature deaths and more than 12,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.

Airborne fine particles that can cause negative health issues enter your home through doors, windows or small openings in frames, walls and the roof. Particles originate from various outside sources including fossil fuel burning in vehicles, power and manufacturing plants, and fires; and inside from activities such as smoking or cooking. Due to their microscopic size, these particles are easily inhaled and deposit deep within the lungs.

"Through third-party studies, Trane CleanEffects has been proven to be the best whole-house air cleaner at removing fine particles. This is important because fine particles can cause cardiovascular health issues due to the fact that your nose and mouth cannot filter them, and they get trapped deep in your lungs. This research provides consumers with important information that may help lower the risk of cardiovascular health issues," said Mark Hagan, systems marketing manager for indoor air quality at Trane.

The benefits of clean air

According to the EH&E white paper, use of a whole-house air cleaner, such as Trane CleanEffects, may lower the risk of serious health outcomes and mortality caused by fine-particle exposure by 34 percent compared with the use of a standard one-inch filter. Trane CleanEffects performed best at removing fine particles (down to .1 microns) from the filtered air and had the highest clean-air delivery rate when compared to other portable or whole-house air cleaners.

"By removing the vast majority of particles through a Trane CleanEffects system, the average airborne concentration in the home is reduced, thereby lowering the exposure to harmful fine particles," said Dr. David MacIntosh, instructor at the Harvard Extension School, and principal scientist at EH&E.

Trane CleanEffects utilizes patented breakthrough air-cleaning technology to eliminate allergens and particles you don't want in your home, such as dust, pollen, bacteria, pet dander, mold spores, smoke and the common flu virus. It removes particles as small as .1 microns, or 1/1,000th the diameter of a human hair -- the size that eludes most air cleaners. Trane CleanEffects is 100 times more effective than the standard one-inch filter found in most home central systems, removing up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles and more than 99 percent of the common flu virus from the filtered air.

For more information about the white paper visit http://www.trane.com/prevention. Learn more about Trane CleanEffects by calling or visiting http://www.trane.com.

About Trane

Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Trane offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.trane.com.

For more information:

Steve Solmonson

Carmichael Lynch Spong

Office: (612) 375-8536

steve.solmonson@clynch.com


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