More and more people have difficulties breathing, suffer from irritations in the respiratory tract, or even severe bronchial or pulmonary problems – caused by allergic reactions to pollen, grass or pollutants in the air.
Particularly while diving, as past has shown, allergic reactions can cause problems that reach from moderate discomfort to severe diving accidents.
Within seconds mucous membranes can swell so severely that equalizing pressure becomes impossible. Difficulties breathing, a coughing or sneezing fit, or seizures can spoil or even prohibit enjoying this extraordinary sport.
The standard intake-filters of regular breathing-air compressors usually do not filter out such pollutants. Even the so-called microfilter cartridges cannot keep back the allergenic substances.
A google search on hay fever and scuba diving will produce links to many interesting articles on allergies and their implications on diving, from medical experts at the divers alert network or divemeddoc, as well as reports from sufferers themselves on forums such as ukdivers.
For years there has been a lot of talking and campaigning about purest air for divers, IDE, however, read the signs of the times and developed a system to provide divers with considerably more safety by permanently monitoring the quality of their breathing-air.
In 2007 IDE had already developed an alternative to analogous test-tube measuring: the “Airsave”, a system integrated into the compressor, which permanently and digitally measures the highly toxic CO already during compression. Continuing refinement led to the current version of the device: “AIRSAVE ULTIMATE® monitors CO2, CO, O2, NO, NO2, flammable gases, residual oil, Aerosoles, temperature, dew point, relative humidity, absolute humidity. It controls the most important compressor functions, and saves the read-outs as an excel file through an integrated USB slot, from which they can be exported to a PC or notebook for print-out.
From now on, thanks to IDE’s „DIVE-HEPA-AIR, the latest development from IDE’s think tank, it is a lot more carefree and safe for allergy sufferers to indulge in their hobby or work. “IDE-Hepa Air” compressors by IDE are the first ones worldwide, which feature already in 2014 hepa filters for allergy sufferers.
At the time they were little noticed, they are now becoming more and more necessary and for providers of pure breathing air an absolute must.
There are two versions of the system.
In the cheaper version 1, a stainless steel easy-change hepa filter cartridge is integrated into the compressor’s intake section. In version 2, a sophisticated easy-change hepa filter system is installed after the highpressure breathing-air purification filter and dryer.
The housing of the AIRSCRUBBER’s is transparent, making it easy to detect the saturation of the absorber material and replace it in good time. The material changes color from blue to purple with increasing saturation.
If the air scrubber is discolored over the entire length or the CO2 values exceed the standard values from DIN 12021: 2014, the absorber material must be changed.
In general, the absorber material should be changed after one and a half years at the latest. Easy to handle and except for the change of the absorber material completely maintenance-free.
The absorber material change can be changed without effort in no time.