Ozone is a natural component of the earth's upper atmosphere, where it is primarily formed photo chemically. It contains three atoms of oxygen (O3) instead of the usual two found in normal oxygen (O2) that is essential for life. It can be recognized by the clean, fresh odor of air after an electrical thunderstorm, which is the result of low levels of ozone gas produced by lightning.
Additionally, ozone is the strongest commercially available disinfectant, yet very safe, and over 3000 times faster than chlorine for purifying water and is more effective for elimination of e.coli, giardia, legionnella, and cryptosporidium.
Ozone is the second most powerful oxidant known and the naturally occurring level not only protects all life from the harmful effects of solar ultraviolet radiation but also is very effective at destroying bacteria, viruses and odors.
Ozone has been commercially used since 1893 when the first full-scale drinking water treatment application was implemented. Today, it is used in thousands of water treatment applications including the treatment of municipal water and wastewater, cooling towers, ultra pure water, marine aquaria, beverage industries, industrial process water, swimming pools, bottled water plants, aquaculture, food processing, and effluent treatment.
Apart from destroying all known bacteria, viruses, fungi and mould in any water it is used to treat, ozone also removes iron, manganese, heavy metals, cyanide, phenols and sulphides, as well as soaps, oils and greases, and it controls the taste, color and odor of water.
Ozone is very possibly the most powerful and effective eliminator of smoke and odors. Ozone Eliminates tobacco smoke, its impurities or Phenol gasses, and odors from cooking, pets, mold, mildew and often the sources of household odors.
Ozone generators are particularly used by hotels and restaurants that have high standards of hygiene and health. Hotels and restaurants will find a portable ozone generator invaluable for performing deodorizing functions where nothing else would work. Ozone units are used for various areas in the hotel including the kitchen, lounge, bars, bathrooms, rest rooms, offices, bedrooms and garbage rooms.
In homes, veterinary Hospitals / clinics, offices and kennels, ozone can take care of odorous surfaces and make the presence of animals hardly noticeable.
Odors and bacteria are significantly reduced by ozone in washrooms. Noxious airborne chemicals and surface bacteria cause unpleasant and harmful odors. Ozone not only deodorizes washrooms effectively, it also kills the germs than can lurk on surfaces such as taps and toilets.
How does ozone work?
The ozone gas molecule O3 is unstable allowing it to readily decay into O2 thereby releasing a single oxygen atom that is highly reactive. When the ozone comes into contact with an odor or a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) an oxygen atom splits off from the ozone molecule and reacts with the odor or VOC, oxidizing it into harmless and non-odorous substances that are predominantly CO2 and H2O. The ozone will also react with certain surfaces. When it comes into contact with a bacteria or a virus, the oxygen reacts with the cell membrane. Initially the ozone attacks the glycoproteins, glycolipids and certain amino acids such as tryptophan in the bacterial membrane. It also acts upon the sulfhydral groups and some enzymes resulting in the disruption of normal cellular activity. Bacterial death is rapid and is often attributed to changes in the cell permeability followed by cell lysis.
As each of these reactions occur the amount of ozone present continuously reduces until all the ozone has decayed back to the original normal bi-atomic oxygen, making it a safe and environmentally friendly with no harmful residues. As the ozone molecule is unstable, even if none of these reactions occur the ozone (O3) rapidly reverts back to oxygen (O2). As a result of this natural decay back to oxygen the use of an ozone generator in a room does not lead to a continuous build up of ozone. The level of ozone will stabilize at a predetermined level that is a function of the room size, air changes, temperature, odor/VOC/bacteria content and the reactivity of any surfaces.
Several Recommended Air Related Applications:
+ Boats, Fishing & Shipping
+ Butchery & Slaughter
+ Animals, Poultry in Confined Areas
+ Fire & Flood Restoration
+ Hospitals & Clinics
+ Clubs & Pubs
+ Agriculture, Grain, Feed Storage
+ Hotel Rooms
+ Doctors Consulting Rooms
+ Public Toilets
+ Gym, Sports Locker Rooms
+ Veterinary Surgeries