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The Stockdale Family: Pure air for the kids' schools, too.
The Stockdale family in Middleton, Idaho, may be the biggest challenge “Extreme Makeover” has ever faced. All four children in the family have a rare genetic disorder that leaves them extremely sensitive to allergens and air pollution. The family kept a packed backpack in their car just to be prepared for the inevitable next trip to the local emergency room. “The Stockdales are the most environmentally sensitive family we've ever worked with,” says Frank Hammes, President of IQAir. The IQAir solution included three IQAir Perfect 16® whole-house air purification systems, teamed with IQAir GC MultiGas stand-alone air purifiers in each of the kids' bedrooms. To further protect two of the children, IQAir installed Perfect 16 air purifiers in the kids' schools, while “Extreme Makeover” host Ty Pennington joined in the installation.
The Stockdale family in Middleton, Idaho may be the biggest challenge Extreme Makeover has ever faced. Ryan and Karia, both 26, have four children, Kayden, 6, Jett, 5, Baylee, 4, and McKinnon, 2 - and all four of the children have a rare genetic disorder called eosinophilic enteropathy. This disorder makes the Stockdale children extremely environmentally sensitive. Allergens and air pollution in their environment can cause a life threatening asthma attack. The Stockdales are so used to rushing their children to the emergency room in the middle of the night that they keep a packed backpack in their car.
"The Stockdales are the most environmentally sensitive family we've ever worked with," says Frank Hammes, President of IQAir. "The slightest environmental irritation is very harmful to these children."
Because this needed to be top-to-bottom the healthiest home ever built the Stockdale home features three IQAir Perfect 16® whole-house air purification systems, and each of the children's room is equipped with an IQAir GC™ MultiGas room air purifier.
"Having whole-house air purification reduces allergen levels in the home to trace levels," says Hammes. "The room air purifiers that we placed in the bedrooms offer additional protection against gases and chemical pollutants. All products used on the show, are standard IQAir products, which makes this air purification setup affordable for normal homeowners."
The episode took an unexpected twist, when IQAir learned that two of the Stockdale children attended public school. "We realized if we could get additional Perfect 16 systems overnighted out to us - the Stockdale children could have healthy air in their classrooms as well as their homes," says Hammes. The next day the school superintendent, Richard Bauscher, personally opened up the school and helped us install the systems. To their surprise they were greeted by no one less than Ty Pennington. "He was so exited to see the air purification systems going into the classrooms that he filmed the whole thing with the famous Ty-Cam to show to the family," says Hammes.
The Middleton, Idaho school district now has two of the healthiest classrooms in America. Inspired by the tremendous need for better air quality in schools, IQAir has launched their Healthy Tools for Healthy Schools Program. "It is IQAir's goal to bring cleaner, healthier air to every classroom in America and we have created a program that allows schools to do so without any cost to them," says Frank Hammes. For more information about cleaner, healthier air in your school, email IQAir at firstname.lastname@example.org.