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The Kubena Family

The Kubena Family: Cleaner air than the space shuttle

Twins Sara and Tara Kubena of East Bernard, Texas, were both being treated for leukemia when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” called IQAir to design a clean-air solution that would filter out viruses, bacteria and any other air pollutants that would threaten Tara's safety at home. The goal was to reunite the girls with the rest of their family in a new home designed by the Extreme Makeover team. IQAir designed the perfect solution: a “PerfectHome” system that combined the air purification power of IQAir residential and commercial air purifiers. The result was air cleaner than the air in the space shuttle.

IQAir system(s) selected by The Kubena Family: Perfect 16 , CleanZone

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John and Monica Kubena of East Bernard, Texas needed a new home. But what they really needed was for their family to be “home.” The Kubena’s have four children, twin daughters Sara and Tara, age 7, son Brady, 17, and daughter Kelly, 10. For five months the family was separated as Sara and Tara were treated for leukemia at Texas Children’s Hospital. Both girls had weakened immune systems, but Tara had relapsed and needed to be kept in a special sterile isolation environment. She had to wear a special mask that filtered out all viruses and bacteria.

"Call in the Clean Air Team!"

Whenever Extreme Makeover's Design Team sets out to help a family with special indoor air quality needs – they call on IQAir. IQAir is the world leader in medical grade air filtration. IQAir's products are the top choice in hospitals in more than 100 countries, and IQAir was chosen by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority as the only room air cleaner suitable to be used in the fight against SARS. More importantly to Extreme Makeover, IQAir is able to put hospital grade air filtration into normal homes. IQAir has worked with Extreme Makeover on numerous episodes where clean air was critical.

For the Kubena's IQAir had a very special air cleaning system in store: IQAir's new PerfectHome whole-house air cleaner.

More powerful and more sophisticated than the air cleaning system on the space shuttle, the IQAir PerfectHome is the first whole-house air cleaner to filter 100% of the air passing through a home's heating and cooling system (HVAC) down to 0.003 microns with a certified minimum efficiency of over 99.5%. This means that it is the only system that is able to help eliminate even the smallest of viruses. The PerfectHome transforms a home's indoor air to an environment virtually free of dust, mold, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other indoor air pollutants.

The fact that IQAir was able to provide a healthy home for Tara and Sara to return to was attested to by Jason Earle of Lab Results LLC and Florida Canine Academy's Master Trainer, Bill Whitstine. Their dogs, Oreo and Petey, are trained to track down 1000 times smaller quantities of mold and indoor air contaminants than the most sophisticated measuring instruments. They were joined by Design Team member Preston "Big Ideas" Sharp in their final inspection of Tara and Sara's new healthy dream home.

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