The UV light and ozone are not new discoveries. Ozone was first
discovered in the late 1800's and used as a water purifier in Europe. UV
light was discovered in the 1930's. Actually, nature discovered it
before; it was called the "sun". The disinfection qualities of UV light
are also not new. Hospitals have used UV light for decades in operating
rooms. Barbers were disinfecting combs in the 1950's with UV light. What
is new is the enhancement of both these natural, friendly oxidizers and
the validation for use on air, water, food and laundry.
History of Air Systems
In the mid-1980's air purifiers started to make their way into the
residential market. Ozone air systems were widely used in the commercial
restoration business for fire and flood damage to buildings. These
applications utilized corona discharge systems (CD) that use a spark or
electrically charged plates to simulate lightning. This converted the
oxygen (O2) to ozone (O3). The CD method creates very high concentrated
ozone. Plus by using air as the oxygen source, you are receiving 20%
oxygen and 80% nitrogen. The problem with CD systems is with oxygen
conversion you also get a nitrogen conversion, which makes nitric acid
and nitric oxide.
The problem facing the residential air systems was
that the cost of an oxygen generator was so high they went without one.
This, of course, created a CD unit that produced high concentrated ozone
plus low levels of nitric oxide and nitric acid. The maintenance was a
problem due to the corrosive nature of nitric and the high concentration
of ozone exceeding the Federal safety limits of .04 ppm. Ozone readings
at the exhaust have exceeded 10 ppm, which is potentially lethal. Air
Oasis decided to stay out of this dangerous market.
In the late 1980's it was discovered that
the lower concentration of ozone could have an effect on odors, mold,
and bacteria levels as low as .02 ppm (half the Federal safety maximum)
were reported as having significant results. Testing this theory,
determined that safe, low levels of ozone could have a significant
result with airborne mold, odors and bacteria. The problem was to create
a safe residential air purifier that could produce safe, low
concentrations of ozone that would not exceed the .04 ppm Federal
limits. This was accomplished in the early 1990's, about the same time
as the Federal Government was going after the ozone residential units.
This battle of the Feds and manufacturers gave ozone a very bad name.
With the technology to build a device that produces
safe, low concentrations of ozone and the ability to ensure a room would
not exceed .04 ppm, it was time to set out to validate the use of this
device on mold, VOC's, odors and bacterial. Fox TV News was doing a
three-part series on indoor air problems and tested one of the ozone
units. The unit they had tested was producing 18 ppm ozone, a lethal
amount that drove the camera crew and news reporter right out of the
office. The Fox people then asked if they could independently test our
AHPCO technology. They ran tests supervised by an independent air
specialist and two medical doctors. The series turned out to be a
fantastic infomercial for this technology. The results couldn't have
been better. Fox ran this on their national news network and their
national health news. Popular Science picked up the story for the
magazine and ran it on the Popular Science TV Show.
In 2003 the AHPCO Cell was developed.
Rhodium was now added as a catalyst and improved hydration compounds
were also added. Plus, a total new target concept was used. A 360 degree
cell provided maximum exposure of the catalysts. The bulb was reworked
and a HE/UV Broad Spectrum bulb with a heavy duty filament was
developed. This combined with a soft start ballast gave the new AHPCO
Cell an unprecedented 3 year, 25,000 hour life. This was a major
improvement over the current standard 8,000-10,000 hour UV bulb life.
The most important improvement was the efficacy, the new cell design
created more hydro peroxides and super oxide ions, with ozone levels of
.01-.015 ppm or less. Country or forest air usually has round .01-.02
ppm of ozone. Most people can smell ozone at .01 ppm, and .05 ppm is the
federal safe limit for medical devices. The new cell also produces
hydroxide ions and ozonide ions.
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How the Air Oasis Air Purifier Air Cleaner Works
Why are the ions produced by Air Oasis air purifiers safer
The answer is really quite simple. It is
all due to the oxidation defense system, within your body, which
utilizes a special blend of enzymes. Have you ever cut yourself on
accident and then used hydrogen peroxide on the wound? What happened?
The hydrogen peroxide started to fizz or bubble when it made contact
with your wound, right? But why? It's due to the reaction of certain
enzymes within our body that protect us from hydro peroxide, ozone,
hydroxyls, super oxides and more. One example is Glutathione peroxidase.
It is a peroxidase found in humans, which contains selenocysteine. It
uses glutathione as a electron donor and is active with both hydrogen
peroxide and organic hydroperoxide substrates. Another enzyme is
Catalase. Present in the peroxisomes of nearly all aerobic cells, it
serves to protect the cell from the toxic effects of hydrogen peroxide
by catalyzing its decomposition into molecular oxygen and water without
the production of free radicals. Superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD)
catalyses the dismutation reaction of the toxic superoxide radical to
molecular oxygen and hydrogen peroxide and thus forms a crucial part of
the cellular antioxidant defense mechanism. Your body also contains
many other antioxidants to help protect you from oxidation. More and
more of the foods we eat and the supplements we take are being loaded
with antioxidants as well.
To put things in plain english; your body
defends itself against these ions naturally, but mold, bacteria, viruses
and other biological contaminants do not have the same defense
mechanisms that we possess. Therefore the ions we produce are deadly to
simply organism, but won't harm people or their pets.
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In addition to using Bi-Polar® Ionization and an AHPCO catalyst, the Air Oasis Sanitizers also includes LongLife™ technology. Because of this
specialty coating on our UVC lamps, the output of our lamps is far
higher than the industry standard. Many lamps maintain 65% of their
output at 9,000 hours, whereas ours will maintain up to 80% of their
output at 16,000 hours.
While competitors are using TiO2 alone with no hydrating agents or other
less effective catalyst coatings, Air Oasis is setting the trend for the
next generation of air purifiers.
How It Works:
Without high-powered fans or thick filters, this non filtration system
uses a lamp that destroys germs with UV light. That light is reflected
with the AHPCO catalyst, which produces catalytic molecules, which then,
in turn, seek out and destroy carbon-based molecules. This powerful
small air purifier cleans the air quickly, efficiently, and without
using too much energy. Air Oasis now has Bi-Polar® technology to further
enhance the effectiveness of our countertop purifiers.
How the Air Oasis Air Purifier Air Cleaner Works
If you’re trying to create the best atmosphere for yourself, your
family, or your employees, purchase an Air Oasis Air Sanifiers®.
Call us toll-free at 1-855-488-8806 and we can help you find the best
indoor air quality solution for your home or business.