Bipolar Ionization for Educational Facilities
How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Schools
Improving the air quality within educational facilities has always been an important issue, and with the addition of an unprecedented global pandemic, it’s become critical to the well-being of students, faculty, and visitors, alike. The ability to cleanse schools of pathogens, allergens, and other contaminants is now the top priority for most school administrators and teachers. With new research indicating the novel coronavirus can remain airborne for longer than previously thought, the concern about air quality has grown exponentially, and solutions such as bipolar ionization have advanced to the forefront of these discussions.
So, what is bipolar ionization?
In the most simplistic terms, it’s a process of ionization that eliminates viruses and halts the spread of contaminated droplets that can cause viral outbreaks. When infected individual coughs or sneezes, contaminated droplets are released into the air and onto surfaces. Through bipolar ionization, ions are attracted to these pathogens — seeking them out and, ultimately, neutralizing them so that the transmission of airborne viruses can be prevented.
Long popular in European countries, bipolar ionization first arrived in the United States in the 1970s as a tool to control pathogens in food manufacturing. Most recently, it has been an effective air treatment used during the SARS outbreak of 2004, as well as more recent outbreaks of MERS, norovirus, and strains of influenza. Recent advances in technology have made it a more cost-effective and viable option for improving air quality in large facilities like educational institutions and school systems.
What are the benefits of bipolar ionization in schools?
Research has shown that bipolar ionization can reduce 99.9% of microbes in the air within a matter of minutes, making it extremely effective against biological contamination and other dangerous air pollutants. In general, this technology offers many benefits for schools:
Pathogens are quickly destroyed. Bipolar ions destroy the cell membrane of pathogens such as bacteria and viruses and remove them from the air.
Allergens are reduced. By bonding with contaminants such as mold and dust particles, bipolar ions cause allergens to gain mass, fall to the nearest surface, and return to the filter.
Facilities smell clean and fresh. Bipolar ions have the added benefit of breaking down odors at the source and eliminating them, which means facilities can use less harsh chemicals to mask unpleasant smells.
Energy costs are reduced. Bipolar ionization can reduce the need for heating and cooling of ambient air by recycling conditioned, purified air — dramatically reducing the amount of incoming air required for freshness. With this technology, energy costs are typically reduced by approximately 50 percent.
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How can I implement bipolar ionization in my school?
Creating a healthy and safe learning environment is a high priority for educational institutions, especially during the explosive growth of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Incorporating proper sanitizing and disinfecting technology can greatly improve the peace of mind and education experience for everyone in the school system. The best way to implement effective bipolar ionization procedures is through the use of commercial or industrial-grade ventilation systems.
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