WHAT IS OZONE?
When the oxygen (O2) that is all around us rises to the upper atmosphere, and is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays, that oxygen is naturally turned into ozone (O3).
That is the "ozone layer" that protects us from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Since ozone is heavier than air, it falls back to earth. This is the ozone that naturally purifies our air and water.
Because it is made up entirely of oxygen, ozone is sometimes called "activated oxygen".
Ozone is NOT smog or pollution as sometimes mistakenly reported.
Ozone also occurs commonly in nature as a result of lightning strikes during thunderstorms.
The "fresh, clean, spring rain " smell that we notice after a storm results from natures creation of ozone.
Ozone is also created by water falls.
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ISN'T OZONE SMOG?
Ozone is O3, three atoms of oxygen linked together, rather than the two atoms of oxygen, O2, we normally breath. O3 Ozone is NOT smog.
While some people mistakenly refer to ozone as smog, smog is actually a combination of hydrocarbons, those being CO˛ CO, and SO˛ that react with UV rays from the sun to form nitric oxides (NOX).
What is commonly called "ozone" in referring to the ground level air quality are really a mixture of these various toxic hydrocarbons, not ozone.
These hydrocarbons are most commonly created by the exhaust that comes from automobiles.
The three atom form of oxygen is a naturally occurring compound in the earth's atmosphere. The life cycle of ozone is: generation, oxidation, return to oxygen.
Ozone cannot be stored or transported because of its unstable tendency to break down quickly, so ozone must be generated on site.
Because gaseous ozone is highly reactive, it readily oxidizes (breaks down) organic matter. When the ozone encounters another compound, one oxygen atom will break away, attach itself to the compound, and oxidize it. Ozone actually breaks down odor-causing compounds, thereby eliminating the odor and changing the ozone back to oxygen (O2).
One of the best features of ozone is its ability to control odors by attacking the offending organisms.
HOW LONG DOES THE OZONE LAST?
As soon as ozone is formed in the generator and dispersed in a room some of it decays back into oxygen. This step occurs by several processes including the following: Natural decay (or revision to oxygen) due to ozone chemical instability.
The natural process is speeded up by the presence of walls, carpets, furniture etc.
Additionally ozone itself has a very short half life which means that any extra ozone will return to oxygen within about 30 minutes, in amounts equal to half its level.
HOW DOES OZONE HANDLE TOBACCO SMOKE?
It eliminates the irritation caused by phenol gasses, by oxidizing them.
Phenol gasses are the invisible part of tobacco smoke that cause such offensive odors, and discomfort to one's eyes and nasal passages.
Ozone rids offensive odors in the environment rather than merely filtering out some of the visible particles like other "air cleaners".
IS OZONE SAFE?
YES. Ozone is safe when used properly.
There is no reason to fear ozone.
Yes, breathing in overly high levels of ozone is not good for you.
But low levels of ozone are all around us, and are safe to breathe.
Ozone can also be safely used for air purification in occupied rooms.
It is true that you do not want an overly high ozone exposure in an occupied room.
We advise using as little ozone as possible for air purifying.
Ozone is all around us. Ozone concentrations of 0.05ppm are within most recommended safe exposure levels for air purification levels.
It is important to remember that when using ozone for air purification, control over the ozone level is THE most important feature.
We've designed our machines to have the most control over the ozone output as compared to any other ozone machine made.
The "burst timer" built right into our smaller machines is designed to limit the amount of ozone to very low levels for use as an air purification device.
Our smaller machines AirZone® XT-120, XT240, XT-400 & XT-800 can regulate the generator to only produce ozone for as little as 2 seconds out of a minute. This allows only very low levels of ozone to be present in a room.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the safety, and effectiveness of ozone.
We will gladly answer any of your questions.
We offer different types of ozone sensors, and cards to further monitor the ozone level if needed.
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Air-Zone® ozone generators do not put out a high level of nitrogen oxide. This is because of our patented Xetin ozone element found in every one of our machines.
The plain and simple truth is there are no more effective air cleaning units than Ozone generators. Period!
It is a proven fact that ozone KILLS mold.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1991, confirmed that ozone was effective in ridding water of hazardous pathogens, including chlorine resistant Cryptosporidium." Agricultural Outlook, June/July, 1998.