Poor indoor air quality affects millions of people every day, and it causes numerous respiratory health conditions. With the outbreak of COVID-19, cleaning the air in your home is needed more than ever. There are several options available to purify the air in your home from HEPA filters to UV lights to electrostatic precipitation to humidification and dehumidification. However, there is one product and one unique air cleansing system that stands out from the rest. Not only does the product sanitize the home or office air as it circulates through the heating and air conditioning, but by sending ionized aggressive advanced oxides into the home or business, it also is going after pollutants in the air to destroy them at their source. The product is a bi-polar ionization in-duct air purifier.
This new system is the HVAC industry’s first LED in-duct, whole home and building air purification system that is both mercury free and zero ozone compliant. This air cleanser proactively treats every cubic inch of air conditioned space, reducing airborne and surface contaminants and pollutants through bi-polar ionization, photocatalytic oxidation and photohydroionization.
So, what do all those big words mean? Integrated into HVAC systems, these combined technologies basically use oxygen molecules from the air and convert them into charged atoms that, then cluster around microparticles, surrounding and deactivating harmful substances like airborne mold, bacteria, allergens and viruses. They also neutralize odors, smoke and VOC’s (chemical odors) in the home and business. In addition, the atoms attach to expelled breath droplets and dust particles that can transport viruses, enlarging them so they’re more easily caught in filters or weighed down to where they can be easily cleaned through dusting and vacuuming. It’s an active process that provides continuous disinfection of the air in one’s home or business. Not only do they clean the air as it circulates through the system, but it also hunts down and eliminates the harm you can be breathing.
The system is installed in the supply side (discharge air side) of your home or business HVAC system and electrically wired into the system. It can be installed on virtually any forced air system, residentially or commercially, that uses duct work to send conditioned air into the living or working space. It stays on and operates continuously whether or not the system is running. This helps to preserve the life of the element requiring a replacement only every four years unlike the standard annual bulb replacement of the average UV light. There is no maintenance required. Pretty simple. Install it and let the germ warfare begin!
So, the bottom line question is: how effective is it at reducing COVID-19? COVID-19 is a member of the enveloped RNA coronavirus (subgenus sarbecovirus, Orthocoronavirinae) subfamily. While the manufacturer of this system (RGF Environmental Group) does not have testing specifically on COVID-19, test results have been validated, showing 99+ percent reductions on similar viruses. These viruses, like COVID-19, are also “enveloped” or protein jacketed virus types. RGF states that “If we can reduce these virus types, an assumption could be made that we would also be effective at reducing the current coronavirus at hand. Important to note that we make no medical claims.” However, the manufacturer also promotes that the air cleanser is 99+ percent in the inactivation of Bird Flu, H1N1 Swine Flu, Norovirus, E. Coli, Legionella, MRSA, Salmonella, Strep, molds, smoke, pet odors and chemical odors. Since COVID, there has been an incredible surge in the use of this product in hospitals, doctor and dental offices, veterinary clinics, restaurants and retail stores.
As we prepare for the upcoming winter season and all it brings as we are stuck inside (colds, influenza, etc.), it may be time to consider a “flu shot for your home,” in the form of a bi-polar ionization whole home air sanitizing system. Reach out to your favorite local HVAC professional for information on this product and how you can scrub the air in your home. And while you’re making that call, remember to schedule your home heating system’s annual safety check!