How Air Oasis Purifiers Eliminate Mold & Other Harmful Particles
Our air purifiers utilize multiple technologies to fight against contaminants such as AHPCO® (advanced photocatalytic oxidation), bi-polar ionization, Ultraviolet light (UV), HEPA filtration, and carbon filtration. These technologies can be found in all of our products, either alone or in combination.
Photocatalytic oxidation is the process whereby ultraviolet light photons react with a photocatalyst. As photons from the UV light shine on the catalyst, the reaction creates ions that decontaminate contaminants in the air and on surfaces. These ions are created when water vapor molecules are rearranged by the catalytic reaction. An advanced PCO, like our AHPCO® ionization, uses specific catalytic elements to produce a variety of safe, long-lasting ions that travel farther and deactivate contaminants longer both in the air and on surfaces
Bi-polar ionization is a simple technology using two oppositely charged poles to split water vapor into positively charged hydrogen ions and negatively charged oxygen ions. Due to the imbalanced charge effect, these ions are drawn back together to reform as H20 molecules. Airborne particles, including dust, pet dander, allergens, mold spores, and even airborne droplets containing viruses will be drawn together and drop from the air. The primary deactivation of these contaminants is due to a molecular decomposition caused by positive hydrogen and negative oxygen ions interacting with them.
Ultraviolet light (UV) technology is used for our AHPCO® ionization to clean the air. LongLife+ germicidal UVC lamps are specially coated to maintain their intensity. We refined this application of UV so it can now outperform standard quartz lamps, generating purified air for up to 7,000 hours longer. Read more about UV and viruses here.
HEPA filtration is the process of trapping particles within an advanced, Rx-grade filter. There are different types of HEPA filters and some are more effective than others. Air Oasis uses True HEPA, meaning that all particles as small as 0.01 microns and as large as 3 microns are captured within the filter at a 99% efficiency rate.
Carbon filtration complements HEPA filtration. An air purifier with a carbon filter is highly effective against VOCs, such as cleaning supplies and other harsh odors. Activated carbon filters use a process called adsorption, which occurs when molecules attach to the fine porous carbon filter rather than floating in the air.