QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
IS OZONE SAFE?
Yes. Commercial ozone generators are designed for use in unoccupied spaces. Shortly after treatment the O3 will revert back to O2, leaving no chemical vapours in the air or residue on surfaces. Several years ago, a concern developed when consumer air purifiers meant to be left on with the space being occupied by home owners began to incorporate ozone and were marketed as around the clock units. The possibility of long term exposure to the Ozone treatment without time to turn back into completely safe O2 for consumers resulted in a notice of caution by government agencies. Therefore, it is always best to use ozone in unoccupied spaces as recommended.
HOW DOES THE GENERATOR CREATE OZONE?
The generators utilize electricity to create a corona discharge which duplicates the effect of lightning. This technology employs a special transformer that sends a current to the stainless-steel screen on the ceramic plate. As a result, the O2 molecule is split, which then combines with other O2 molecules to create the O3 molecule, or ozone.
HOW IS OZONE BENEFICIAL IN REMOVING ODOURS?
Ozone is very effective because it will circulate throughout an area and eliminate odours at their source. It actually oxidizes pollutants as it encounters them, whether they are in the air or on surfaces. These include odours from tobacco smoke, food and beverages, body sweat, mold and mildew, animals and pets, garbage, remodelling and many more odour producing substances. It will also follow the same path that the odours took into soft fabrics and oxidize them on contact. Unlike deodorizers, it does not leave a smell or chemical residue in the facility. The treated area becomes free of odours.
HOW IS OZONE PURIFICATION DIFFERENT FROM AIR FILTRATION?
Air filters trap particles that are floating in the air onto a membrane as they are drawn into the filter. They normally do not have an impact on odours, but in some cases, certain gases can be trapped as well. A pollutant must get passed through the membrane in order to be captured, so filters are unable to affect the source of the odours. Ozone generators on the other hand, send out O3 into the treatment area to oxidize and remove odours at their source.
HOW IS OZONE PURIFICATION DIFFERENT FROM DEODORIZERS?
Most deodorizers use a chemical formulation to counteract odours combined with fragrances to help cover them up. The chemicals and fragrances used in deodorization will normally leave some residue in the air and on surfaces. Some people find these fumes unpleasant, while those who are highly sensitive to chemicals may have a reaction. Ozone, on the other hand, is designed to oxidize odours at their source. It usually dissipates in less than an hour, leaving the air smelling fresh and clean, with no residue. In fact, it will even eliminate the heavy smell that can linger from a deodorizer.