With increasing concerns about health due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more and more environmentally conscious consumers in Jacksonville are refocusing their efforts on optimizing and enhancing the current air quality in their homes and businesses with the aid of ionization units.

But what exactly are ionization units, and how can they be used to enhance your existing air filtration system? Can they really protect those in the treated area from airborne infectious agents such as the COVID-19 virus? We’ll address all these questions on a high level in this article. For more detailed information about ionization units and how Howard Services can provide the qualified local HVAC contractors to optimize your interior air conditions, please visit our consumer solutions resource page.

What Is An Ionization Unit?

Given the current and rising levels of concern and questions about how indoor air quality can become compromised, various filtration devices and HVAC products have been designed with ionization technology to help to eliminate harmful materials from the air. This popular shift indicates a potentially long-term trend in which Jacksonville homeowners and commercial property owners alike will exhibit a preference for the powers of ionizing air filters — an innovative HVAC product that mitigates allergens, removes airborne pathogens, redirects dust from the airflow, and much more.

Of course, basic cleaning elements such as filters have long been used, but these are only effective in removing larger particulate matter and will not trap or stop small molecular contaminants including microorganisms, dust, pollen and other sources of airborne allergens. This is why ionization units are superior in more ways than most health-conscious individuals may be aware of.


What are the primary benefits of ionization units?

Ionization units can serve as a vital addition to air filters and air filtration systems in virtually any environment, whether it’s a residential home or an enormous hospital and healthcare facility. To learn more about the different uses of ionization technology, please see our infographic resource, which breaks down these applications by specific industries, personal motivations, and more.


OTHER ADVANTAGES: ADDING IONIZATION UNITS TO AIR FILTER SYSTEMS 

ALLERGEN CONTROL

an ionization unit can be placed within the HVAC system to remove certain types of allergens from the air, including E. Coli, Staph bacteria, and even COVID-19. These systems are very small and are designed to treat a specific square footage. They are also extremely energy efficient, with some smaller units operating on as little as one watt of energy per square foot. For reference, the light emission of a light bulb generally starts at 60 and only increases from there.

There are also standalone types of ionization unit models that can be placed conveniently on a tabletop or desk. These devices provide greater coverage with the advantage of doing so via a small, portable unit. These are most often discrete, lightweight, and very quiet. Portable ionization units such as these are often used when a home or office doesn’t have a central air conditioner or interconnected air filtration system.

Are there different kinds of air filter ionization technologies?

BIPOLAR IONIZATION

One popular option for modern optimization of air filtration systems involves the use of bipolar ionization technology. A number of complex chemical reactions and physical processes are involved in this air quality enhancement methodology, but it can be understood on a high level with little time investment or taxing of mental faculties.

A bipolar ionization system releases both positive and negative ions, which are the two primary types of electron “charges” in atoms (as well as molecules, elemental compounds, and beyond). What’s important about this? Well, healthy air quality requires a balance of both positive and negatively charged ions in order to maintain optimally safe and high-quality conditions for humans. Generally, a reliable and well made bipolar ionization product  will feature air filtration capabilities in an approximate range of work efficiency — namely, a filtration frequency between 900 to 1000 negative ions and 1000 to 1200 positive ions per cubic centimeter of air.

Air in a city will typically have fewer than 80% of the ideal ion ratios found in fresh, unpolluted air. In a home or commercial property, it is very common for these levels to be even lower, as the same air is recirculated over and over again — and often without a single change of internal system air filters!


From hospitals to grocery stores, and from St. Augustine to Nocatee, both commercial properties and local residents in the greater Jacksonville area are more cognizant than ever about the importance of indoor air quality. Is your home or business up to standard? Or does your ionization unit need maintenance services, such as an annual tune-up? No matter what you may need to breathe easy, you’ll be in the best situation by acting now and contacting our Jacksonville HVAC company. To find out how a cold plasma ionization system can improve your indoor air quality, browse our relevant service resource pages, or speed up the whole process by contacting Howard Services for 24/7 solutions at 904-398-1414.