Building engineering concerns go beyond indoor air quality. Of course, all ASHRAE standards need to be followed. But there are easier ways to do that now than in the past. Your commercial HVAC system might be overburdened by all of the extra demand lately. That’s because employees are slowly trickling back on site. With the Delta variant of COVID-19 on the rise, though, you’ll need cutting-edge solutions to tamp down the surge. Thus, needlepoint bipolar ionization can save the day. But how does it all work? Let us tell you!
First Off, What is it Supposed to Be?
We have discussed the concept of bipolar ionization before. How is the needlepoint technique different? This technology is available for purchase and generates powerful ion streams. These ions trap VOCs. Free radicals produced by the reactions between negative ions, positive ions, water vapor, and oxygen eliminate microorganisms invisible to the human eye. This process eliminates foul odors, and IAQ improves as a result. Modules contained within air handling units are essential. The ionizers shouldn’t replace conventional air filters and are not meant to do so, either.
Staying Compliant While Decreasing Ventilation Rates
Complying with ASHRAE standards can be tricky enough as it is. So how do you manage this while also reducing unbalanced ventilation rates? Good question and we’ve got some answers for you. The so-called “brute force dilution” of contaminants is the most commonly-used tactic. However, needlepoint bipolar ionization targets contaminants of concern (CoC) more precisely. In other words, VOCs, mold, bacteria, and viruses don’t stand a chance. Thanks to sophisticated processes such as particle agglomeration and odor oxidation, cold plasma is super effective.
Keeping Carbon Dioxide Levels in Check
Carbon is a vital element of our atmosphere. That said, protecting the environment and addressing climate change calls for responsible utilization of our collective carbon footprints. As such, strive to keep carbon dioxide levels in check. By doing this, you also decrease the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. ASHRAE guidelines are somewhat unclear in this respect, so proceeding with caution is the smartest way to respond.
Containing More Harmful Ozone That Can Accumulate
Harmful ozone can build up in the building where you least expect it. Keeping it contained is part of best practices for ensuring the health and safety of everyone under your roof. Older models of bipolar ionization generators relied on perishable glass tubes. These tubes would emit ozone as unsafe byproducts. Needlepoint modules run on newer technologies innovated in the mid-2000s, which minimize the dangerous accumulation of ozone.
Crockett Facilities Can Help!
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