An Airotrust filter with branded housing (Photo: Business Wire).

LIVONIA, Mich.—One local magnet manufacturer and distributor has developed a patent- pending seasonal product that functions like a “mask” for buildings in filtering out air particles efficiently and affordably.

Livonia-based Airotrust™ LLC, a division of Storch Products Company, Inc., has developed what it called an efficient and affordable line of air filter housings that magnetically attach to a standard 2-foot by 2-foot ceiling tile grid, an industry standard in many commercial and office buildings. The product is intended to help companies provide a safer office environment by limiting the number of foreign air particles that can lead to viruses and other issues while being used in conjunction with other PPE, according to a release from Airotrust.

An Airotrust 2 x 2 housing unit is said to work with any standard air filter of that size. The company offers standard filter options—ranging from MERV 6 to an extreme MERV 15 to meet specific customer needs—from U.S. manufacturers. MERV is an industry standard used to evaluate the efficiency of an air filter based on its effectiveness at trapping particles of various sizes. All Airotrust housing units and replaceable filter options are manufactured in the United States.

The housing unit is equipped with high-energy rare earth magnets, allowing it to snap into place over the ceiling grid in seconds without tools. The filters fit snugly into the Airotrust housing, made from a durable, high impact polystyrene (HIPS). The unit is designed for durability and is intended to last for many years of service, the company said.

The product is said to be particularly suited for industrial manufacturers, educational facilities, nursing homes, health care environments, office complexes, beauty salons, and restaurants, among other facilities. According to Airotrust, this includes any employment facilities or spaces where harmful debris is airborne and can easily get into an HVAC system. Examples of such debris include pollen, dust, lint, dust mites, pet dander, car fumes, tobacco smoke, bacteria, virus carriers, and small allergens.

“This is like a mask for a building that comes with no controversy, because we all have a right to fresh air,” said Airotrust President Matt Carr, in the release. “Additionally, companies can spend tens of thousands of dollars on a system that no one can visually see, and many will question wither it has been properly maintained. This reasonably priced product gives peace of mind to everyone who sees it.”

Carr, who also serves as president for Storch Products in Livonia, said that within his network, he has found that other manufacturers are struggling to bring back some of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic because of worries about contagion.

“Whatever filters you use can now be installed directly over desks or common areas where a supply side vent or cold air return is present, and can help filter particles, helping many companies get back on track to normal operations,” Carr said.

The product was designed following the start of the pandemic. But according to Airotrust, strategically placing these air filters around a manufacturing or office setting can help free indoor air from particles that trigger allergies, asthma, and other health conditions that are common for many.

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