Are you considering using an ozone generator to remove mould, bacteria, viruses or odor? Here is our guide on how to do it safely for your family or business.
What is Ozone? How does it work?
When you use ozone, you are releasing a naturally occurring gas, so you need to make sure everything is done right.
Ozone is pure oxygen. The type of oxygen we are most familiar with, the kind we breathe every day, is actually dioxygen, or “02,” which is made of two oxygen atoms per molecule.
Ozone is simply three oxygen atoms per molecule, or “O3.” This third oxygen atom is unstable and only shares a loose connection with the other two. Therefore, it will easily attach itself to pollution, especially high-odor pollutants like smoke. It can also attach itself to viruses, bacteria, mould spores, and organic matter.
After it attaches to pollutants, the substance is chemically altered (oxidised). The ability to attach to other molecules, such as smoke and odor, gives ozone it’s ability to clean and deodorize indoor areas quickly leaving no toxic residue. When it comes into contact with viruses, it attacks their protective fatty (lipid) layer, rendering them harmless.
If you own a hotel, multiple rental properties, run a childcare centre or a business that has strong odors (such as a restaurant, gym or pet-related service), then purchasing an ozone generator is a smart choice.
Customers who have deployed air ozonators in their childcare centres report a 30% reduction in illness among staff and students alike.
Tips for using and Air Ozonator
Make sure the windows in the home are closed and start the ozone generator by following the instructions. You will then need to leave the area and allow the ozone to do its work.
It is advised to run your unit using the built-in timer, so they will turn off after a preset period. Once the period is over, allow the ozone to dissipate completely before entering the home or room. This can take up to an hour, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time, like you might if you were treating your home for pests.
Here’s a few tips to make the cleaning process more effective:
- Use a fan on low or keep your A/C fan running to allow for better circulation of ozone.
- Running the A/C can also help sanitise the ductwork of mould and mildew.
- If there are stubborn smells such as mould, Instead of doing a marathon of ozone removal, try doing a few short periods to gradually erode the odour.
- Make sure EVERYONE is removed from the home during and for half hour after treatment, including pets.
With these tips, you can more safely use an ozone generator at home and at work.