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Ionization products for HVAC systems are the newest addition to our Healthy Building Technologies offering

2021 January 28

Let’s talk for a few minutes about ions.

If you can’t recall learning about ions in junior high school, we can take a quick refresher course courtesy of merriam-webster.com:

ionī-ən noun
an atom or group of atoms that carries a positive or negative electric charge as a result of having lost or gained one or more electrons

So ions have extra electrons or missing electrons. When they have an extra electron or two, the ion has a negative charge, and when they are missing an electron or two, they have a positive charge. And because atoms seek out a neutral status, ions essentially “look around” until they find a corresponding charge to cling onto.

Of course, instruments have been created to cause this very thing to happen. Bi-polar ionization is a process in which positive and negative ions, when generated in adequate quantities and delivered by injecting them into HVAC supply air, react with water vapor and break down pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke, odors, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). If appropriately designed, bi-polar ionization systems treat the space where people are most affected, not just the ductwork or HVAC components. By breaking down and removing those components in the air, the environment where people work and live becomes safer and healthier.

Bi-polar ionization means that the ions are generated using two emitters to create equal amounts of positively and negatively charged ions. When these ions are injected into the air stream, they create a plasma region and break down passing pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor. When these ions come into contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules from the pathogens. Without hydrogen, the pathogens have no source of energy and die. The ions also attach to allergens such as pollen, smoke, and other particles, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be filtered out of the air or fall to surfaces where they will be removed in cleaning.

Ions are safe. In nature, for example, you can find a range of 2,000 ions per cubic centimeter in rural areas to 50,000 ions per cubic centimeter out on the ocean (water is a fabulous generator of ions!). Our research of products — and verified by third parties— has shown us that indoor ion counts of less than 100/cc3 represent poor air quality. Unfortunately, this kind of count can be found in many closed environments such as offices and homes. The more you increase the density of ions in a space, the more effectively you’re cleaning the air.

So, when alpscontrols chose a vendor for this category, we spent considerable time on the products that could prove they generated the most ion output at a reasonable price with minimum maintenance.

The Eagle X Pro line of products met all of our goals for this product range. With units that can be installed in systems of all sizes that produce an unbelievable number of ions, you are assured of having the most impactful, positive, cleaning effect on the environments you are treating. The D5 line generates 10 billion ions/cc/sec, and the D6 ranges from 20 billion to a trillion ions.

So picture this: with any product in the air system that generates ions, a certain number of those ions are going to stay or get stuck in the air handler itself — which is fine for cleaning the air inside the handler, but does almost nothing for actually cleaning the air in the spaces where the actual occupants are found.

The fact that the Eagle X Pro products can generate billions and trillions of ions — which no other product on the market can do — means that those ions will not stay in the air handler. They’ll be sent throughout the spaces where they will continuously clean the air by breaking down pathogens, pollutants, smoke, gases and more.

Ultimately, your goal isn’t to treat the air in your duct work. You want to treat the air in the spaces where people are breathing it.

We’ll be honest: we’ve seen tons of product innovations over the years, but we were staggered by those numbers of ions that the Eagle X Pro products produce. What it means to you is that you can find ionization products in our online marketplace that will significantly clean your buildings’ air of everything you don’t want your occupants breathing.

Find Eagle X Pro ionization products at alpscontrols.com here.

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