Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a heavy emphasis on surface sanitization, and disinfectants have flown off the shelves. However, indoor air quality is a major factor in disease transmission — and not just for COVID. While masks help prevent respiratory droplets from spreading viral particles, the air can still carry microbes embedded in droplets of moisture. That’s why air scrubbers are becoming the next key tool in reducing transmission, with Aerus’s ActivePure Technology showing promising results.
How Do Air Scrubbers Work?
Standard air filters use mechanical filtration (typically a dense mass of fibers) to capture particulate matter circulating through the vents. While this is important for overall indoor air quality, it doesn’t usually remove microbes and allergens. An air scrubber passes the air through a disinfecting process, typically a carbon medium or ultraviolet light waves. Some models also ionize the air to break up viral particles, although results have been mixed.
The problem with these “capture-based” air scrubbers is that they only purify the air that passes through them. Any pathogens or allergens that are stuck to surfaces or which don’t make it to the vent are not removed. Moreover, the purified air can quickly become contaminated again, especially in high-traffic buildings.
What is ActivePure Technology?
What if we could circulate virus-killing molecules safely throughout a building? That’s the concept behind ActivePure. The scrubber not only removes harmful particles from the air but also releases patented molecules that break down microbes and allergens. These ActivePure Molecules contain hydroxyl groups and ions that disrupt the chemical structure of harmful viruses and odor-causing bacteria.
Independent lab tests suggest that ActivePure Technology is effective at eliminating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Studies found that ActivePure killed up to 98% of live viruses on surfaces, as well as 99.99% of all airborne RNA viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. Essentially, the ActivePure dismantles the viral molecule, rendering it non-infectious.
Additional Benefits of ActivePure
Improving indoor air quality also improves health conditions for people who spend time in that space. It’s quite easy for bacteria, viruses, fungal spores, and irritating dust particles to accumulate throughout the building. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to allergy symptoms, upper respiratory infections, unpleasant odors, and even equipment malfunction.
Unfortunately, mechanical and/or chemical filtration are rarely enough — especially if the HVAC system itself is dirty. HEPA filters and cartridges with activated charcoal are better than nothing, but again, capture-based purification is limited to what passes through it.
ActivePure air scrubbers, by contrast, release the air back into the space with a secret ingredient: molecules that destroy pathogens and allergens. They also reach surfaces, helping sanitize everything the “activated” air touches. This helps reduce disease transmission, prevent mold and mildew, and keep the air clean and breathable.
An ActivePure Air Scrubber by Aerus dually tackles surface and airborne contaminants, making indoor spaces cleaner and safer. To get your Air Scrubber professionally installed, reach out to Jamison Air. Our HVAC experts care deeply about helping our clients stay healthy and comfortable while making their most economical decisions.