As discussed in a previous blog, using bipolar ionization as a standalone solution is problematic, but if it is in the confines of an HVAC system, it can inactivate airborne bacteria and viruses and increase filtration efficiency.
Even so, it still needs to be investigated for its usefulness in both large-scale and high-traffic settings.
Additionally, there are still some areas of concern including flow rates, ozone generation, and the “degradation rate” of HVAC systems.
Using Bipolar Ionization
It works by sending out charged particles with either positive or negative ions into the air. The particles cluster around harmful airborne particulates like viruses or bacteria and inactivate and make them larger to increase the likelihood that they will be captured by your air filter. The process can take some time depending on the size of the room and the number of particulates in the air.
Combating Airborne Viruses
While there is limited data on its effectiveness against COVID-19 specifically, there is evidence it worked in reducing the spread of other coronaviruses like the common cold and influenza in lab settings.
AprilAire Healthy Air System®
Alternatively, an AprilAire Healthy Air System®, a three-part, award-winning suite of whole-home Indoor Air Quality products, operates without any ozone generation or HVAC deterioration. In fact, the AprilAire Healthy Air System® can help keep your HVAC system operating at peak performance by filtering out harmful airborne pollutants that can clog your system leading to breakdowns.
How it Works
By leveraging the power of fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control, the AprilAire Healthy Air System® provides the most effective virus protection and helps reduce the transmission rate of airborne viruses like COVID-19.
Fresh air ventilation dilutes the home of particles and germs and fills your home with fresh, breathable air while maintaining airflow.
Air filtration captures particles that flow through the home and the filter. An AprilAire MERV 16 filter captures 98% of airborne viruses passing through the filtering system.
Humidity control allows you to keep your home in the Healthy Humidity range of 40-60% relative humidity. This is the optimal range where viruses remain less viable and your body’s natural defenses and immune response are most viable.
The AprilAire Healthy Air System® also provides various other applications to benefit your home’s indoor air like helping reduce allergens, pests, odors, and volatile organic compounds.
Take the First Step
To get started with effective virus protection today, contact a local Healthy Air Pro.