The recognition of bipolar ionization efficacy to improve indoor air quality goes back decades. Since the 1960s, ASHRAE has touted the benefits of ionization in breaking down harmful VOCs and destroying pathogens and viruses. More recently, ionization has proven that clean, disinfected air helps prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.
Bipolar Ionization Efficacy
The effectiveness of bipolar ionization in cleaning air is nothing new. As far back as 1966, the ASHRAE Journal was promoting the benefits of ionization. Even at that time, hundreds of studies already proved the value of ionization in improving indoor air quality.
Fighting COVID-19 with Ionization
As we have seen, studies prove that bipolar ionization is effective in fighting viruses such as H1N1 influenza and H5N1 avian #influenza (bird flu). But it also deactivates the coronavirus making it harmless.
The coronavirus spreads through tiny water droplets that get breathed into the lungs. In addition to the respiratory droplets, growing evidence suggests that aerosol transmission is also a mode of transmission. This means that the virus contained in droplets stays in the air for much longer than previously thought. If cleaner air reduces the spread of the virus, then ionization is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19.
How Bipolar Ionization Improves IAQ
A harmless pathogen no longer spreads infection. Bipolar ionization is effective in making viruses inactive. Our technology also reduces pathogens such as Staph and E. coli. Needlepoint, or brush ionizers breakdown viruses and pathogens but also reduce dust, pollen, smoke and break down VOC’s. As a plus they also get rid of #odors!
Our ionizers mounted on HVAC ductwork or in the air handler release positive and negative ions. These ions cluster around the virus and break it down. The virus alone is too small to get caught in standard #filtration systems. However, when inside a #cluster they are easier to catch and remove. Bipolar ionization is effective in attacking viruses before they enter shared spaces. This has enormous benefits for hotels, schools, and hospitals. In fact, all commercial buildings benefit from cleaner air. It creates healthier environments for staff and visitors.