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The Harris Family

The Harris Family: A home fit for a hero.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris was on patrol in Iraq in 2007 when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck the vehicle in which he was traveling. His face and more than 40% of his body were badly burned. Despite his devastating injuries, Harris refused to leave the scene until every member of his patrol team was accounted for.

IQAir system(s) selected by The Harris Family: Perfect 16

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Back home near San Antonio, Texas, Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris began a long and painful recovery process while dedicating his time to giving hope and inspiration to other wounded veterans. But exposure to coarse and fine dust, germs, viruses and other airborne pollutants was a constant threat to Harris’ health.

That's when the designers at the ABC-TV hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” stepped in. For a hero in need of the cleanest air possible, the Extreme Makeover designers called in the IQAir Clean Air Team!

IQAir and "Extreme Makeover" worked together to create one of the healthiest homes in America for Sgt. Harris and his family. One side of the new Harris home was designed for Shilo to work and sleep, and the other side was designed for the entire family, including Shilo, to spend time together.

An IQAir Perfect 16® whole-house air purifier was installed on each side of the house to remove more than 90 percent of the particles in the air five times every hour. Each Perfect 16® was integrated into a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system designed to maintain a consistent temperature.

The Clean Air Team also installed a commercial-grade IQAir Air Quality Monitoring Station on Shilo’s side of the house to continuously monitor air quality conditions both inside and outdoors. Shilo can now enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that the air he is breathing is free from nearly all of the airborne contaminants that could threaten him.

“Shilo Harris paid a high price to help protect and defend our nation,” said Glory Dolphin, CEO of IQAir North America and a member of the Clean Air Team. The least we can do is to help his recovery by giving him clean air to breathe.”

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