Negative Ions and Air Purification and what can be done for indoor air quality

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Home Inspector with Executive Restoration LLC 704.905.9152

A very effective method for dealing with odors, molds, mildews, danders, and dust is using an air purifier/regenerator.  There are small models manufactured which plug straight into your electrical wall socket and can run all the time to help with odors that you are experiencing instead of one just covering up the odor which is what we call masking the odor.  For really big problems please contact a restoration company who are experts in their field such as Executive Restoration LLC who has been in the business since 1987 who specialize in mold inspections, mold remediation, mold clean up, smoke, fire, water damage, water extractions, structural dry outs using dehumidifiers and air movers, generators, hepa vacuum cleaners for mold clean up, air scrubbers, air scrubbing and so much more.

This particular type of air purifier is not a filter, and doesn't have a fan but so it really has nothing to maintain except for the fact that you can use a tip of cotton on a tooth pick and clean the front of the unit every couple of months.  This method of air purification is by regenerating the air in the square footage the unit is rated to cover.  This regeneration occurs via the process of ionization.  Ionization physically converts an atom or melecule into an ion by either adding or removing one or more electrons from the atom or molecule.  This process will change the activity or characteristic of the substance.

In the case of air purification, the desired ionization is negative ionization.  This means an atom or molecule will have a collision with or come into the vicinity with another free floating electron.  Electrons, by nature, are negatively charged and are always seeking another electron to make it balanced or zeroed out.  That free floating electron will steal an electron from that melecule or atom, makikng a new negatively charged scavenger out there.  It is kind of like the tetris game that steals a block from the stack as it makes its way down the path.

This process, then, of iionization is a healthy means of purifying the air.  The great smell of being out doors, the high of being by a stream or ocean, or the smell of newly dried sheets on the line?  That is negative ionization.  The body loves negative ions, because in the process of negative ionization, energy is released and the body absorbs that energy.

This info was obtained from Wikipedia as well as negative ion generators and natural air.

What are some ways that folks use to clean up air?

1/ ionization

2/ air scrubbing

3/ ozone  (this can not be used while folks are in the home and all living life needs to be removed from the home if using this kind of equipment because it will not only hurt plant life but human life as well.  It also has a way of breaking down plastic and rubber.  It is normally used for fire and smoke damage jobs.

4/ your filters in your returns.  Change them at least once per month.

5/ have at least one plant per room to produce oxygen.

6/ install a ultra violet light to your heating and air conditioning unit  to clean up air.

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Call them today at: 888-493-0098 (do you have a water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, need water removed from your home or office, need a mold inspection, need mold cleaned up and more?  Call the experts at Executive Restoration today at: 704-545-0098 (you can even email Executive Restoration at: support@executiverestoration.com

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I'm curious about installing an ultra-violet light in the HVAC unit. How does that work?

Mar 13, 2011 05:29 PM #1
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It helps with odors and indoor dust and makes a big difference.  You will notice a big difference in odor control once it is installed Pamela.

Thank you .

David Snell

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