Bipolar Ionization Is Yet Another Component in Your Home’s IAQ

Bipolar ionization may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality. However, it’s a time-tested and proven method for sterilizing indoor air that is widely utilized in hospitals and other health facilities, as well as public spaces like hotels and airports. Installed inside HVAC ductwork, this air-cleansing ionization technology is actually quite simple, includes no moving parts and requires little or no maintenance.

You’ve probably experienced the benefits of bipolar ionization without even knowing it. Fresh, pure mountain air and the invigorating environment around moving water like waterfalls are actually the result of naturally occurring ionization. Here are the ways that bipolar ionization gets the job done:

  • One compact ionization unit continuously produces millions of both positively and negatively charged ions that are dispersed into the HVAC system airflow and circulated throughout the house.
  • Negatively and positively charged ions naturally bond to airborne microorganisms like germs and viruses. This process induces oxidation that deactivates and destroys these microscopic pathogens.
  • Bipolar ionization also makes airborne pathogens bond to each other. As the particulates clump together, they form larger particles that are more efficiently captured by the air filter installed in your home HVAC system.
  • Other organic airborne particulates that also compromise indoor air quality such as mildew, pollen, bacteria, and mold spores are also mitigated by the ionization process.
  • U.S. Defense Department studies concluded that ionization neutralizes 99% of harmful viruses including SARS, influenza, MRSA and Norovirus within 30 minutes.
  • A typical home ionization unit installed in ductwork uses about as much electricity as a standard 60-watt incandescent lightbulb.

Ask the air-quality professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating for more information about the benefits of bipolar ionization.

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