LANDOVER, Md., Sept. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) announced today that the Trane CleanEffects™ whole home air cleaner from Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has earned asthma & allergy friendly® Certification. This is the first whole home air cleaner to receive the program’s mark.

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, an independent program administered in the United States by AAFA with their partner ASL, helps consumers identify products more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

“We are very pleased the AAFA and ASL recognized the need for a standard to include whole home air cleaners in the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. The Trane CleanEffects offers consumers patented air cleaning technology that cleans the air 100 times more efficiently than a standard 1-inch filter,” said Jay Ayers, Indoor Air Quality Portfolio Leader for Trane. “The benchmark standards that our product was required to meet for the Certification Mark are quite impressive and independently validates the performance of our product in improving indoor comfort and air quality for families.”

Allergen avoidance in the home is now accepted as part of a preventative treatment plan for those with asthma and allergies. It is a complement to the overall concept of home health. A whole home air cleaner installed in the ductwork of homes with central forced air can improve indoor air quality and remove airborne allergens.

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark is awarded only to those products that that are scientifically proven to reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. Whole home air cleaners must meet the program’s strict standards by reducing exposure to allergens in the home.

To earn the mark, a whole home air cleaner is evaluated for:

  • Allergen and particle removal capability
  • Particle removal capability during accelerated loading and post-cleaning


“Indoor air can often be more polluted than outdoor air,” said AAFA’s Acting CEO Lynda Mitchell. “A whole home air cleaning system is an effective way to give families cleaner, healthier indoor air. We are glad that Trane recognizes the importance of improving the air of the entire home.”

“Because the Trane CleanEffects whole home air cleaner adheres to our strict standards, we are pleased to certify it as asthma and allergy friendly,” said Dr. John McKeon, CEO of ASL. “This system has been proven appropriate for those who want to reduce allergens and improve air quality in their entire home.”

About the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is a unique, groundbreaking collaboration between the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited. The program tests and certifies products to prove their suitability for people with asthma and allergies. The program works with retailers and manufacturers to offer consumers products for a #healthierhome. Certified products include air cleaners, dehumidifiers, paints, bedding, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, stuffed toys, cleaning services and more. Visit for more information.

About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit or


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Michele Cassalia
asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program
202-466-7643 ext. 259