What is Bipolar Ionization Technology?
Research shows that viruses can be killed with bipolar ionization. The ionizer removes viruses from the air in a measure to stop the spread of pathogens and reduce subsequent outbreaks. When people cough or sneeze, they send viral droplets through the air. Furthermore, when an infected person touches a surface the area becomes contaminated thus permitting viruses to spread. An ionizer targets airborne viruses and their droplets. Research indicates that ionizing the air can stop the transmission of a virus. Ionization removes viruses from the air and later neutralizes them. Ionization technology as found in NPBI or needle point bipolar ionization shows promise for eliminating airborne viruses.
How Does Bipolar Ionization Work?
During the process of bipolar ionization, ions are drawn to pathogens such as viruses. Common examples of pathogens include norovirus, Legionella and various strains of the flu. Ions fuse along the surface of a virus and capture a hydrogen bond. More importantly, a virus cannot survive without a hydrogen bond. Bipolar ionization neutralizes the pathogen and renders it out of commission. Essentially, following the last step in the process, a virus is not able to live thus non-livable. Moreover, once the process of deactivation is complete, a virus then becomes inactive. Needle point bipolar ionization or NPBI technology delivers effective control of viruses as indicated by third-party research.
Independent firms tested the kill rates of NPBI in relationship to common viruses. In many cases, airborne viruses have a kill rate of over 99% with bipolar ionization through NPBI. Not only is the technology capable of inactivating viruses, but it may very well prevent a virus from triggering an infection if an exposure does occur.
2005 research conducted on the SARS virus shows that the removal rate of the virus was 73.4% with an exposure time of 3.3 seconds. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency found bipolar ionization to be a viable measure for controlling H1N1, Swine Flu, and SARS. Furthermore, the NPBI solution minimizes the harmful threat of viruses such as the common cold as well as dangerous bacteria. Laboratory test results show that not only does NPBI effectively kill pathogens, but it contributes to better air quality by removing odors.
All this is made possible while maintaining the UL 2998 ozone free listing and being hydroxyl radical free. Both are known to be harmful to humans and not intended nor safe for an occupied space.
Bipolar Ionization and Air Quality
Air Quality is another factor that businesses should consider when thinking about creating healthy environments. Heating and cooling systems are important in not only managing temperature but also generating clean air for breathing. Clean air often starts with ventilation systems.
Our technology fosters efficient energy and quality air. As a viable solution for commercial buildings, we can remove organisms living within heating and cooling systems. Beyond viruses, mold, bacteria, and mildew levels can be affected by temperature control systems. Moreover, the process of bipolar ionization can be used to treat HVAC systems so that they also control viruses and other dangerous pathogens. Ultimately, heating and cooling systems can contribute to clean air while also making the best use of energy.
Today, many people are sensitive to allergens. HVAC systems play a role in reducing allergies and filtering out triggers including VOCs. Pollutants reduce the air quality and make it less comfortable to breathe. More importantly, continued exposure to allergens and pollutants may lead to long-term health issues. NPBI targets both allergens and pollutants not only at the surface level but in the air as well. Substances that are difficult to detect such as VOCs can now be removed before they lead to unintended consequences.
More Research on Bipolar Ionization and Viruses
One of the most recent scenarios that have brought the importance of air quality to the forefront is the widespread transmission of coronavirus. Within a few short months, the virus has swept the global community causing massive shutdowns. As companies have shuttered to protect employees, people rushed to procure cleaning supplies from store shelves. Although most businesses incorporate cleaning standards, they are sometimes insufficient thus leading to the spread of illness.
The novel coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses known for causing the common cold. Viruses, however, do mutate and new strains are formed. Scientists are still studying the effects of coronavirus on people afflicted with COVID-19. Reports indicate that the virus has a severe effect on the lungs. With a slight resemblance to SARS and MERS, the coronavirus does share similar proteins as the other pathogens. All three of the viruses impact the upper respiratory system to different degrees.
Bipolar Ionization Impact
Although research regarding coronavirus is ongoing, some similarities have been identified by experts. SARS, MERS and coronavirus are all severe affecting the upper respiratory system and manifesting similar symptoms. Based on previous studies and a logical approach, NPBI is likely to have an impact on coronavirus whether on the surface or airborne.
Understanding the continued impact of infectious diseases in commercial settings, companies need effective treatments now and going forward. NPBI is a viable option that can certainly address serious issues. Targeting virus strains in multiple locations will kill on contact and prevent the further spread of illness.
Annually, employees lose income and businesses loose profits due to common colds, flu and other illnesses that are somewhat preventable. Considering the places where viruses live, commercial facilities have many. From phone handsets to bathroom hardware and doorknobs, nearly everywhere has the potential to spread infection. Business, however, are not helpless in disease control. Clean air can be achieved with the latest technology supplemented with professional service.
Investing in Cleaner Air
The cost invested in providing the cleanest air possible is ideal for companies of all sizes. Taking the time to incorporate proper sanitizing and disinfecting common spaces, objects and ventilation systems will greatly improve the outcome. Commercial, industrial facilities and homes must confront the threat of viruses without haste as threats continue to evolve in a modern sense.
Trust Indoor Air Quality Associates as a leader in air systems to help you achieve clean and efficient air in your establishment or home. Explore our range of capabilities for sanitizing, disinfection and cleaning.
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