Combat Airborne Viruses Using Plasma Air Ionization Systems


There are many products available for improving indoor air quality, but there is no singular solution to address all indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. Here at the Rhoads Energy Family of Companies, we look to develop a well-balanced approach using a variety of solutions to address issues in homes and businesses.

Regular filtration within HVAC systems helps capture larger particles that are airborne and are called a static solution. These large particles need to find their way to filters – which is not always ideal when combatting airborne viruses and bacteria.

Active Solution

A different option is an active solution; one that is continuously working within the air stream to resolve IAQ concerns such as odors, mold, and disease control.

The Air Scrubber is an active solution that we have discussed in detail in other blog posts. This device uses proprietary light waves along with a specialized catalytic process to disinfect and purify air and surfaces.

Bipolar Ionization

Another solution that is available is a device using a different type of technology – bipolar ionization. The Plasma Air products use ionization to charge molecules that are released into the air. As air passes through these products which are installed in HVAC systems, millions of positively and negatively charged oxygen ions are formed. As these ions are dispersed into ductwork and indoor space, the ions attach to airborne contaminants – viruses, mold, bacteria, VOCs and odors. Once attached, the ions neutralize the contaminants, rendering them harmless and unable to spread or cause infection.

In independent, third-party testing, the Plasma Air ionizers reduced 99% of airborne MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 and the virus causing COVID-19, after only 10 minutes of exposure to ionization. Tests also showed an 80% reduction in surface MS2 Bacteriophage after 10 minutes.

These devices are in use in offices, hotels, schools, hospitals, senior living facilities and other commercial and residential locations.

Be on your way to breathing better indoor air. Contact us to learn more about which indoor air quality solution is best for your needs.