Indoor air quality remains a top concern for business owners. It helps protect customers and staff by creating a healthier indoor environment. These air-cleaning devices are also available for residential use. To help you better understand this air cleaning method and how it works, here are 5 bipolar ionization questions and answers.
5 Bipolar Ionization Questions & Answers
1. What is Bipolar Ionization?
Bipolar ionization is a process that uses charged ions to remove contaminants from the air. These harmful particulates include pathogens such as viruses, but also bacteria, mold, gasses, and volatile organic compounds. VOCs are chemicals found in building materials, cleaning products, fuels, and furnishings. Ionization destroys odors too.
2. How Does Bipolar Ionization Work?
Bipolar ionizers are mounted on to the existing ductwork of HVAC systems. These devices release millions of ions into the ductwork where they come into contact with airborne particles. These tiny atoms then form a cluster around the particle and break it down. This renders the particulate ineffective while also making it larger and easier to catch in the HEPA filtration system. Bipolar ionization is used both in the home and in commercial buildings.
3. What Contaminants Affect Indoor Air Quality?
As we mentioned above, contaminants include microbes such as viruses including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Bacteria, mold spores, dust mites, gasses, and VOCs. VOCs exist in building materials such as paint, varnishes, and adhesives. Carpeting, upholstery, vinyl flooring, and composite wood products also release VOCs. Everyday cleaning activities release these compounds as well. For example, smoking tobacco and burning wood in a fireplace release VOCs into the air of your home. In a business, copy machines trigger the release of these harmful chemicals. In short, bipolar ionization is an effective way to remove VOCs from the air.
4. What Illnesses Do Poor IAQ Cause?
Breathing in chemicals and microbes over a long period may cause health issues. For example, an allergen such as pollen or mold triggers allergy and asthma symptoms in some people. A high presence of particulates creates poor indoor air quality (IAQ). In the workplace poor, IAQ is a cause of several illnesses in building occupants.
Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome, or SBS, is a result of poor ventilation and breathing in chemicals and biological contaminants. Symptoms of SBS include:
- Irritation of eyes, nose, or throat
- Dry cough
- Dry or itchy skin
- Nausea and dizziness
- Difficulty concentrating
Building Related Illness
Another bipolar ionization question and answer concerns Building Related Illness, or BRI, is a term used when symptoms are caused directly by airborne contaminants.
Individuals who experience BRI may report the following issues:
- Tightness in the chest
- Fever and chills
- Muscle aches
These symptoms may result in long periods of recovery.
Of course, any business with IAQ issues feels the impact. The resulting illnesses cause more missed workdays, and lower worker morale and productivity. Improving ventilation systems and providing cleaner air mitigates these factors. Bipolar ionization questions and answers are a good way to deal with the potential risk of SBS and BRI.
5. Do Bipolar Ionizers Create Harmful Ozone?
Fifty years ago ASHRAE was publishing articles on the benefits of bipolar ionization for improving IAQ. However, concern about the potential of ionizers to expose people to ozone was a concern. While this was a legitimate concern with older ionizers, the type of needlepoint devices used today do not generate harmful levels of ozone. As a result, these air-cleaning devices are safe for both the home and workplace.
The Answer to the Question of Clean Indoor Air
Above all, if you suspect the air inside your home, office, or retail business affects the quality of life for your family or staff, cleaner air is the answer. Bipolar ionization devices come in different models and styles for home or commercial interests.
For example, the PURE-Plasma Air 600 works in the home to clean air up to 2,400 square feet. It’s safe, low maintenance, and easy to install. Even though it’s made for home use it features commercial-grade construction. It eliminates airborne contaminants such as pathogens, bacteria, mold spores, and VOCs.
Businesses require higher concentrations of ionization for larger areas. Therefore, commercial needlepoint ionizers are the answer. These devices retrofit onto current HVAC systems. For example, the 7000 series bipolar ionizer features a design for inline installations into rigid ducts and air handling units. Installing the device in ductwork results in treatment up to 6,000 cubic feet per minute.
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If you are a homeowner or small business and you still have bipolar ionization questions that need answers, get in touch today by calling 727-572-4550.