The Silicon Review
When we think of air pollution, it is usually the pollutants coming from the outside like smog, carbon dioxide from vehicles, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But as a matter of fact, the indoor air can be more polluted than the outdoor air.
The air inside your home is polluted by in-house dust and volatile chemicals from uses such as fragrances and conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the house such as the arrival of a new mattress or a coat of paint on the walls. Even short-term exposure to such toxins can be life-threatening. Some pollutants show effects after the damage is done. Indoor pollutants can cause heart disease, cancer, and other potentially fatal illness.
To fight the indoor air pollution, understanding and controlling common pollutants with the help of an expert in the field of air purification technology is the need of the hour. We introduce you to SanUVAire.
SanUVAire, LLC, a certified MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MWBE), excels in problem-solving, consulting, design, and development of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Improvement Technology. SanUVAire has a licensed and patented technology and is a market leader in the design and development of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Systems and Re-Usable UV Resistant Air Filters - for Air Purification (In-HVAC, In-DUCT, Coil Disinfection) and Surface Sanitization applications - in Transit, Motor coach, Marine, Healthcare, Commercial and Residential markets.
Founded in 2016, SanUVAire has acquired a few value-add businesses and has over 60-yrs of engineering expertise in various markets, collectively, with National and International presence across all Market Verticals.
In conversation with Chad Sleiman, CEO of SanUVAire
Q. What motivated you to focus on indoor air quality improvement technology?
Air is the most important environmental element that we rely on every day. We can live without food or water for a few days, but we cannot live without air for more than a few minutes. We take it for granted that the air we breathe is always ‘good’ air. But, indoor air quality is typically terrible according to the prominent organizations out there like The World Health Organization, CDC, EPA, ASHRAE, and Department of Homeland Security. Indoor air is approximately 5x worse than outdoor air quality. So we need to improve the quality of the air we breathe daily, in the places we think are safe such as our homes, schools, work place, public transport vehicles and hospitals, etc. Our commonly used places should provide us with quality air for safety and the best quality of life. However, most of us take air for granted; that’s why I decided to embark on this venture. We know that we are always susceptible to general outdoor pollution, harmful pathogens such as the cause of this current pandemic, as well as bioterror agents, etc. Every few years, we experience some new issue or potential crisis, and the trend is always reactive. All of us, including businesses, agencies, and the government, react to threats rather than being prepared and preventative. There has been no policy or a grassroots initiative implemented to proactively address airborne infectious diseases to date. We learn from mistakes, but sometimes those mistakes are very costly as is evident in the current COVID-19 crisis. It’s hard to recover from these mistakes. So my idea has been to approach our air quality proactively because 90 percent of infectious diseases are airborne.
Q. Can you tell us in brief about your services?
First, we focus on educating our customers and target markets about UVGI technology. We focus specifically on indoor air purification and filtration. We also implement surface disinfection with the same ultraviolet technology. “We can’t manage what we don’t see!” Hence why we offer a comprehensive products portfolio, which allows customers to have visibility and be able to monitor, measure and manage using our indoor air quality sensors that can be plugged in and activated by a smart app over Wi-Fi, and our UVC meters and Radiometers to measure UVC efficacy and wavelength. Customers can then obtain reports as well as education content on the different parameters that affect the air like temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, the amount of dust, etc. A fluid ecosystem of components always surrounds you. Each one plays a role in the indoor air quality world. There are so many pieces to the puzzle. It’s more than just purification and conditioning the air. It is a science.
In addition, SanUVAire provides accident prevention and safety solutions specifically for transit. We have a simple Stop Sign with flashing bright LEDs designed to spell S.T.O.P under different bursts of light. It is mounted on the rear of a bus and is activated when the driver presses the brakes in order to get the attention of drivers that may be tailgating that bus. We designed this in collaboration with transit agencies. It’s quite popular and effective. The whole idea is to prevent accidents, reduce loss of productivity, insurance claims, encourage better driving habits and increase safety overall.
Q. Does your product need special expertise to be installed?
We make it easy enough for it to be self-performed or self-installed which avoids installation costs and fees. It is a logistical problem to coordinate installation with transit agencies. So, we provide installation instructions and train the trainers with a simple, straightforward install process. Self-performing installs also allow customers to better understand the product they purchased, how it works and how it cleans based on real-life application and implementation.
Q. How do you contribute to the transit sector?
SanUVAire offers a niche product to all markets but specifically public transportation where we place our emphasis on improving air quality, maintaining cleanliness, and providing great health benefits to public transport ridership, the precious cargo. In turn, our UVGI product has a great Return on Investment for the transit agency by keeping its HVAC systems in like-new condition, reducing maintenance and repair costs, reducing driver absenteeism, and improving fuel efficiency. It is a passion and a mission of mine to contribute to safer and healthier environments for transit industry ridership. Air is life, SanUV‘Air’e for better and safer life.
Meet Chad Sleiman, the Air Purification Technology Expert
Chad Sleiman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo earning his Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, and an MBA.
Mr. Sleiman is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Problem Solver and Investor with a passion for Startup ventures and has acquired multiple patents.
He has a diverse background and experience in Business Development, Technology and Engineering covering 20 years of various industries and an accomplished, intimate knowledge of: Indoor Air Quality; UltraViolet Technology; IoT; Industrial Automation; Healthcare; Transit; Telecommunications; Energy Efficiency; Green IT; Smart & Green Transportation; Sustainability; and, Green Smart Integrated Facilities.
Mr. Sleiman is a dedicated family man who has two children. He coaches youth sports and is an avid athlete, soccer and chess player in his spare time.