Mountain Homes and Altitude Sickness

Mountain Homes and Altitude Sickness

David M and his wife from Massachusetts fell in love with a beautiful building site and its spectacular mountain vistas outside Vail Colorado. After a major investment and years of planning and construction they discovered that they became altitude sick when they visited their new vacation home. Headaches, fatigue, insomnia and nausea plagued them and their guests for a week or more on each visit.

After consulting with the owners, ACT installed an altitude control system that increased oxygen and effectively lowered the altitude of their mountain home. Like many ACT clients who own mountain homes they were concerned about four things: 1) fire safety in an oxygenated environment 2) air quality in their home, 3) the aesthetics of the interior of their home, and 4) maintaining the quiet in their living space that was so important to their experience in the mountains. To address their first concern ACT provided a system that included a control system to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for oxygen enriched rooms. The fire safe oxygen levels according to this standard vary as barometric pressure increases or decreases. ACT’s system incorporates a pressure transducer and mated software to calculate the changing permitted oxygen concentration as barometric pressure changes. Air quality was addressed by CO2 sensors and an intelligent fresh air ventilation system– the best way to access indoor air quality. Except for a thimble sized sensor hidden in the rafters of the bedroom, the entire system was out of sight and had no impact on the décor or appearance of the room. Air separation equipment was housed out of sight in a mechanical space with sound attenuation. The entire system was inaudible in the living space. The reduced effective altitude in the bedroom allowed for a much gentler acclimatization to altitude and completely eliminated altitude sickness.

Our customers in Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Eagle, Avon, Crested Butte, and other high altitude environments now enjoy their mountain getaways without altitude sickness or related health risks. Altitude can be affordably controlled.