May 19, 2020
This week's SPECIAL EDITION newsletter topic: IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY
WHAT IS INDOOR AIR QUALITY?
Indoor Air Quality is affected by gases (such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates, microbes (including bacteria, viruses and mold fungi), allergens, and odors. Last week ASHRAE published technical resources to help combat COVID-19.
Recommendations for reopening buildings include reviewing HVAC programming to provide pre and post occupancy air flushing and running the system on minimum air when unoccupied. Click
to read the full ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Guidance article.
Bi-Polar Ionization (BPI) is natures natural air cleaning process that are installed in the air delivery system. BPI tubes create a non-thermal plasma discharge. When air passes over the tubes, O
molecules either gain or lose an electron and become negative and positive ions. These ions clean the air by reacting to oppositely charged contaminants.
Microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, mold spores are inactivated so they cannot reproduce or infect people. Microscopic particulates, PM1 – PM10 are agglomerated and removed from the breathing zone and VOCs are mitigated.
AtmosAir lab testing has proven to show 99.9% effectiveness at inactivating pathogens in the air and on surfaces.
BPI affects COVID-19 on the spiked protein surface of the virus. The positive and negative ions interact with that surface protein and form a highly reactive group called a hydroxyl radical. The hydroxyl removes a hydrogen molecule from that surface and changes into H
O. This destroys the surface of the virus and will not allow it to be able to infect even if it is ingested into the body.
Watch and learn how AtmosAir works