Hi Tech air reactors have to be sized correctly for your building or your home. If your building is not equipped with the right number of Hi Tech machines, they will not clean the air adequately. Mold, mycotoxins and other tiny toxins that we can’t see move quickly. If you have a Hi Tech air reactor that is rated for 1,600 square feet (Model 101) in a home that is 2500 square feet, it will clean some of the area while the toxins are still active in the other areas and the toxins will blow around so you don’t have a clean area.
1,600-3,200 square feet = TWO Hi Tech Model 101’s.
3,200-4,800 square feet = THREE Hi Tech Model 101’s.
…and so on.
The square footage is based on 8 foot ceilings. So if your ceilings are higher or you have cathedral ceilings, we need to figure out cubic foot area!
Example: If your square foot area is 1600 square feet but your ceilings are 16 feet – you need TWO Model 101’s.
When figuring out the size of a home, many make the mistake of NOT basement or crawlspace in the square footage. If there is air exchange with these areas, they will need to be included in the square footage.
We do not include attic space in square footage. If people have a mold problem in their attic, the Hi Tech air reactors will keep the air in the home safe to breathe but when the machines are shut off, whatever mold is in the attic will seep back into the house. Some common problems that can cause moisture/mold in the attic: roof leak, bathroom fans are vented improperly or the HVAC unit has a moisture problem. If the attic has a known moisture or mold problem (past or present) – you may want to put an air reactor in the attic to take care of it at the source.
At an Indoor Air Quality Association conference, I found out that 50% of a home’s indoor air comes from the basement. That is why we did a full basement/crawlspace encapsulation – we have a partial dirt floor and there were toxins coming out of the dirt that were contributing to our poor indoor air quality.
If you have hostile situation – you know there is something active going on – you will need to:
1. Make repairs or remove and replace the items that are toxic
2. Get extra Hi Tech air reactors – sometimes in hostile situation having a 101 for every 800-1,000 square feet will be necessary to clear the air.
it is always a good idea to contact a Hi Tech expert
It is always a good idea to contact a Hi Tech expert to be sure of how many machines you need for your home.
Most of the time, in a home over 1,600, you are going to want to get multiple Model 101’s, rather than one of the larger models. 101’s are portable, 20 pounds with sturdy handles for easily moving them around if you want to relocate them. They do clean at a distance, so moving them around constantly is not necessary.
The Hi Tech air reactors do clean better closest to the machine, so if you have an area you know is a problem or something that you bring in that you know is a problem, it is best to put the machine near the problem.
Another option is getting a Model 110 – which is the workhorse of the Hi Tech machines – it is rated for up to 5,000 square feet and is often used with one or several Model 101’s. I have seen the 110 clear a hostile environment in two weeks – so you would never know there was an indoor air quality issue in a building!
The Model 110 is larger and is on wheels. If you need to pick it up and move it into a vehicle for transport or another area, you will need 2 people. It is great for larger areas like gymnasiums, schools, commercial buildings, hospitals and other areas with large square footage/cubic foot area.
While the Model 101 will eventually clear the air and leave you with clean air, the Model 110 will do the job quicker. One family I work with lives in a New York apartment building and most of the time, the 101 is enough to keep up with the toxicity… if they feel the apartment has gotten toxic, which often happens because neighboring apartments are toxic, the building is toxic and the outdoor air is toxic, they will run the 110 to do a thorough decontamination.
We also use the Hi Tech 101 in our car… if you are sensitive to mold and other toxins and you are cleaning the air in your home, you want to clean the air in your car, too. Some people don’t even realize that their car is a source of toxins. I run the Hi tech 101 in my car at least once a month… or after I give someone a ride who lives in a sick building.
The book on the Coca Pulse Test is available for free and it’s 110 pages long – this is an attempt to simplify the test so that you can use it to see if you are allergic to something or herxing/detoxing.
Allergies are dangerous. Detox is necessary.
Holding onto toxins can make us very sick. Lyme Disease and other infections expel toxins into our bodies. Just think about these organisms living inside of us – they pee and poop in our bodies and this alone can add to how sick we feel.
Many chronically ill people get reactions when they take supplements, use products and even when they eat foods. It is important to be be able to distinguish between allergic reactions and detox symptoms.
The Coca Pulse Test
Purpose: A simple 2 1/2 minute self-test to determine if a particular food or supplement causes a stressful reaction. Note:This testmay not be valid if you aretaking a drug that controls your heart rate, such as a calcium-channel blocker or a beta-blocker.
Sit down, take a deep breath, and relax.
Establish your baseline pulse by counting your heart beat for a full minute and record your pulse in the “Before” space in the Pulse Test Record
Put a sample of a food or supplement to evaluate in your mouth (on your tongue). You may chew but refrain from However, you do need to taste it for approximately one-half minute. Note: The sensory information taste signals from your mouth will inform your central nervous system (brain) as to the nature of the test substance. If the test substance (food or supplement) is stressful to the body, you will have a brief reaction that causes your heart to beat faster.
Test only one food at a time. Testing individual ingredients will yield specific information, compared with testing foods contain- ing multiple ingredients. Testing a banana, for example, yields more specific and therefore more valuable information than testing banana bread
Retake your pulse (the food or the supplement remains in your mouth). Write down your “After” pulse on the Pulse Test Record below. Note: An increase of 4 or more is considered the result of a stressful reaction. For 0 Blood Type people an increase of 3 or more is considered a positive reaction. The greater the degree of stressfulness or reactivity, the higher the heart rate will be.
Discard the tested ingredient (do not swallow) and repeat the procedure to test other foods or supplements. Repeat the procedure as frequently as you like, as long as you always return to your normal pulse before testing the next food. Note: If a reaction occurred, rinse your mouth out with some purified water and spit the water out. Wait two minutes, then you can retest your pulse to see if it has returned to its baseline. If it hasn’t, wait a couple of minutes more and retest, continue to retest until you have returned to your normal pulse. Once your pulse has returned to its normal rate you can test the next food
–> If you’ve ever had a flooded basement, a leaky pipe, or a leaky roof.
–> If food tends to mold easily if you leave it on the counter.
–> If you are achy all over and blaming it on “old age”
–> If you are forgetful bordering early Alzheimer’s Disease
There may be hidden mold or other airborne toxins:
VOC’s, formaldehyde, bacteria, viruses, radon, pesticides, fire retardants, carbon monoxide… our air is just not guaranteed to be good. If you have not tested your indoor air quality, you may have a problem.
Some questions that came up during our $40,000 remediation: How much is enough?
How much is too much?
Will this work?
How am I going to pay for this?
Why are there so many sick buildings?
1.) rising cost of repairs: some people don’t have the money for adequate repairs
2.) unskilled workers: anyone with a hammer can build a house – no education required
3.) increasingly tight houses: rising costs of fuel, insulate more, stagnant air
4.) outdoor air is not good: even with air exchange, outdoor air is getting worse
5.) not enough people know you can safely clean indoor air of all organic toxins
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Why should we be concerned with air quality? ~92% of people worldwide live with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer ~ World Health Organization, September of 2016
~Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors.
Indoor air has 2 to 5 times more pollutants than outdoor air.
~At least 30% of the buildings in the United States experience indoor air quality problems. ~The World Health Organization, 1984
~Indoor air pollution, commonly called sick building syndrome, costs businesses $60 billion annually ~ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
In 2007-2011, my family became so sick from mold that when we found out what was making us sick, we did whatever it took to breathe clean air again. We threw out almost everything we owned and spent a ton of MONEY and TIME on mold remediation. We were homeless, between motel rooms and tents, for 300 days.
The only thing I found that was working to clean clothes and the few non-porous things we took with us was ammonia. So, we stuck with ammonia for the remediation.
We owned a home we could not live in. And so, we lived in tents, motel rooms and my husband worked on the house that made us sick. I did the research on what to do, and he did the work.
We were sick. Camping and living in hotel rooms is not “fun” when you are sick, the kids are sick and the dog is sick. We had to do it because we could not find a safe place to rent.
We looked at dozens of homes and apartments. And I got sick at ALL of them.
A 1984 World Health Organization Committee
report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and
remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject
of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality
He threw out three quarters of what we owned and ripped the house down to studs.
It was financially and emotionally gut-wrenching. Never-mind how sick we were. Try being homeless when you are sick. It’s almost too much to bear.
Mold remediation was difficult and expensive.
The whole house had to be decontaminated. This was the system that worked for us.
1.) Ozone blast- which means you have to get all people, plants and pets out of the house because ozone, at the levels you need to kill mold will also kill anything living.
2.) Clean every surface with ammonia and cotton rags – wear mask & gloves
3.) HEPA vacuum
It took over 10 months, and over $40,000. Finally, we were not getting sick in the house anymore.
We moved back in.
We continued to practice “extreme avoidance” by bagging up all papers and throwing things out or banishing things to the porch or back to the storage unit if they made us sick.
We went back to the 3 step system if I started feeling sick. Ozone. Ammonia. HEPA.
We were constantly cleaning.
I had to hire someone to do deep cleaning once a week.
We did a HERTSMI test every 6 months or so. For the first 2 1/2 years after the first remediation our HERTSMI’s were a 4 or a 6 – consistently low and enough to keep me feeling our house was fairly safe. Anything under a 12 is considered safe for most people.
Mold Remediation Has NO GUARANTEE
If you are not testing for toxic mold, you will not know if you have it. I recommend doing the HERTSMI every 6 months… whether you think you have a problem or not!
August, 2014, 31 months after we moved back into our home, our HERTSMI score was a 20. (anything over 12 is NOT SAFE)
I didn’t want to lose all my stuff again.
I didn’t want to be homeless again.
I didn’t have the money to do another remediation!
I found this testimony of Bill and Ruth Pillings using Hi Tech Air reactors. They had a flood and the mold inspector told them they had to replace the walls. They decided not to. They got Hi Tech. They had mold testing done at their house for a year after and the levels were very close to zero. Listen to them tell the story. 🙂
We Were Getting Sick – Something Had to Be Done!
I remember thinking, “If they can put one of these machines in their house after a flood and they can feel better and the mold can actually disappear… maybe this thing will work?”
Then, I clicked on the name, Ray Robison, which brought me to a page with all the videos Ray Robison uploaded to youtube – and they were all about this machine that was getting rid of mold and pet odors. One of them was an “Environmental Expert” named Dick Lee who teaches at the college level. He said he saw mold counts and formaldehyde levels go down dramatically.
There was not a company name or a link to any website from those youtube videos — so I had to do my research. I found out Ray Robison owned a company called Hi Tech Air Solutions out of Moore, Oklahoma.
I got Ray’s phone number off the website and gave him a call. I told him about our situation and asked him if he thought his machines could help me.
He said, “Yes. – without a doubt”
From August 2014 to November 2014, I researched and asked around to people I knew who had been sick from mold. No one I knew in the mold community had ever tried a Hi Tech air reactor. I called Ray a couple of more times. He was very helpful answering questions.
I was devastated. I was frightened. I did not want to have to leave my home and go live in a tent again. If I was going to live in a tent I wasn’t doing it in upstate New York again. Too cold. I had just spent 3 months on Kauai and my two oldest daughters are living there.
I told my husband, we either get one of these machines or I’m flying back to Kauai and I will camp on the beach, stay with my daughter or stay with friends until I find a place. The weather is beautiful all the time and I felt great when I was staying in Kapaa.
Then, I went one step further.
I told him we had to buy a machine for my parents.
Here was my thinking:If this does work, I want to help my parents too. And I want to be able to visit them again. My mom had been very sick and I could not go into their house without getting very, very sick.
I bought 2 Model 101’s. With the feeling that these were going to work… but if they didn’t, I could send them back.
There was a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
So, I was still doubting. But extremely hopeful.
I remember the night they arrived. The tracking number said they would be arrive Wednesday, November 19th – the day after my birthday. I had a class to teach online at 7pm and I was not feeling good from the mold in my home. I couldn’t wait for those machines to get here.
The UPS driver got here at 6:40 – I had already called UPS at 5:00 because the package had not gotten here and they explained that they deliver until 7pm and my packages were out for delivery. I met the UPS driver at the truck. I wanted my machines!
The Second Time – We Got Hi Tech
We had some of the symptoms coming back: brain fog, nausea, and fatigue.
Our HERTSMI was at 20 in August.
In November of 2014 – we got a Hi Tech air reactor, installed the bulbs, plugged it in and turned the Hi Tech air reactor on.
That was the first day of the rest of my life. We have been breathing cleaner air ever since. I felt better almost immediately and definitely felt better when I was in the room with the machine for the first few weeks.
Now, I can be any where in my house and the air just feels clean and light.
Our follow up HERTSMI was a 6 – down 14 points.
If somebody comes over from a mold house or brings moldy things in the machine cleans the stuff that comes into the house. I might feel an initial reaction to mold and other toxins on stuff… but the machine cleans it up.
I travel with Hi Tech and I clean my car with Hi Tech.
I can shop at thrift stores again and the machine cleans the moldy smell off stuff.
I have saved books, artwork, photos, clothes, papers and so much more.
When the Hi Tech 101 helped me so much, I called up Ray, the owner of the company and I said, “I’m going to tell people about these.”
And Ray said, “Then, I’m going to pay you.”
You don’t have to worry about me just telling you about something because I might get a commission. I know it’s instinct to not trust someone’s opinion because they might be just trying to sell something. There is no way I could ever tell you something works if it didn’t work. How could I ever make up such a story?
Anyway, the company has a money back guarantee. A company just could not offer a money back guarantee if the product didn’t work!
The money back guarantee was one of the biggest reasons I bought a Hi Tech Air Reactor. If you have any doubt whether or not this could work, the money back guarantee should seal the deal.
I am thrilled every time someone gets to experience clean air the way I have been able to enjoy clean air. I think every school, library, public building and home should be properly sized for clean air with Hi Tech Air Solutions.
We moved out of our house on April 16th, 2011. Spore counts of mold (especially stachybotrys) were very high and our Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) was 20.3. [This translates to a 32 on the HERTSMI-2 scorecard] We also had aspergillus, cladosporium and wallemia sebi. It took a long time to get our house to where we could live in it without getting sick. We moved back in on February 10th, 2012.Here are our remediation steps:
Step 1. – empty the house of all belongings. The only things we left were appliances and built in cabinets. Even those we moved, cleaned inside and out, and decided whether they could be kept.
Step 2. Rip out any building materials that have a hint of mold on them. Growing or standing. We rented a dumpster that would be taken out of town and burned.
Step 3. Clean everything. We used many cleaners in our process. Some had no effect and I would call them useless. It took 10 months to get it to the point where I was not getting sick in the house anymore. This is by far the most time consuming step.
It helps if you have become sensitive to mold. You can become the tester. That was what I did. “Nope. Still can’t live here… clean some more.” My poor husband. Those of you who know Mike, know he worked hard on making our house livable for me and the kids. He probably could have lived there through the entire process, but we couldn’t. My son and I had gotten very sick in that house and from now on we have to be very careful we are not living in sick buildings.
We did decide that a mixture of 50/50 ammonia to water was the best cleaning solution. Giving the best results after cleaning. I still use ammonia and water for cleaning… luckily for me, I don’t react to ammonia. Some do. Some become very sensitive after mold exposure or other environmental toxic exposures. They develop sever Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and react to everything. Since the mold exposure, I have problems with lotions, hairspray, perfume, make-up, candles, deodorants and probably more… but I am fine with most plastics, cleaning products and most fabrics.
The most helpful tools were the MaxBlaster ozone blaster, a RIGID shop HEPA vacuum, then later the Miele canister HEPA vacuum and a garden sprayer that we kept filled with our ammonia mixture. The ozone blaster has to be on a timer so it shuts off automatically. When no one is going to be in the house for a day or so… run ozone for 12 hours and let it sit for 4 or more hours after to let the O3 turn back to O2. It kills mold, bacteria and viruses… and believe me if you have mold, you probably have bacteria and viruses too! When they say ‘sick building’, that’s what you have.
Ozone blast, clean everything with ammonia, HEPA vacuum, repeat. When the house starts to get cleaner… I was able to pinpoint trouble spots in the home. Concentrate on cleaning that area until you no longer react to it. Sometimes I would get sick from cleaning and I had to take time off… or wait until my husband did it. When we were close to done with the house, I was still reacting to the refrigerator, the stove, the microwave, the dishwasher… some we cleaned, some we got rid of… some we replaced. We had to decide based on how easy they were to get into and clean.
Step 4. Put it back together using the most environmentally friendly products we could afford. Vermont Naturals Polyurethane is my best friend. If something wood that I LOVE is still making me sick… I have been putting Vermont Naturals on it… and it seems to be working for me. Some things are just too emotional to get rid of… like my hope chest, and my grandfather’s cedar bedroom furniture… Not all wood needs a coat of poly… but some does. This is how I am dealing, not sure it is ‘approved’ for mold encapsulation on wood, but it works for me.
Only bring one item into the house at a time so that you can tell what (if anything) is making you sick. I bought three new mattresses and had to take one donated mattress. I had to cover that with mattress covers but we can live with it until we can afford to buy a new one. Thankfully, I am not reacting to plastics or fabrics and I have been able to buy new bedding and couches without being overly careful.
When we went furniture shopping, I was super in tune to whether the place we were shopping for furniture made me react. We spent 4 hours in Huck Finn’s Warehouse in Albany, NY… and I felt sure that they didn’t have any mold. We bought a floor model… and I sniffed it. INHALE BIG. I have to live with this furniture! CAN I?
We started moving things into the house on February 1st. We didn’t move in (sleep there) until February 10th, 2012. It’s March 2nd and I am still feeling fine in the house. Everything in the house is new. We have 2 storage units full of stuff that I cannot go near, nor will I allow it in my house.
My husband wore full hazmat suit when he was ripping out moldy building materials. The mask he used was a Moldex 9000 and we got the hazmat suits from the same company.
We used plastic to close off rooms once they were cleaned and we worked our way through the house, cleaning methodically.
If there were an isolated room with mold, that room should be plastic-ed off from the rest of the house so as not to cross contaminate.
The guidelines we used for mold remediation were the ones that were written for asbestos clean up. Although mold is not regulated like asbestos is… it is quite dangerous and should be treated as the bio-hazard that it is.
In July/August of 2014, I started to get sick in my home again. No new leaks, just not feeling well and not getting any better so I did HERTSMI and it came out to be very high.
If you decide to purchase a Hi Tech Air Reactor, there is a 30 Day money back guarantee. The reason the company can offer this guarantee is because it works!
If you have any questions, or you need help with your own toxic home or building, email me through this contact page or through the “Free 1 on 1 Consultation” tab in the lower right corner of this website. If what we went through can help you in any way, I want to make your journey through mold easier.
There are a few tests we ask for when going to the doctor’s.
And actually, a quick check is just C4a and TGF-Beta1. These were always covered by our insurance until insurance stopped covering EVERYTHING and became basically out of pocket because the deductibles are so high… and the doctors I see don’t take insurance anyway… but that’s another story. 🙂