In health and hospitality management settings, the need for cleaner and purer air is mandatory. To ensure that patients of hospitals and visitors of hotels are breathing fresh air, cleaning the air with effective technologies is more than a public health prerogative. One such technology is the ozonator. The UK has a number of firms developing ozone machines. To help you find the best one, read on for some important facts about ozonators.
The Ozonator Defined
Ozonators or ozone generators have been around to clean indoor air pollution as well as odours. It is a device manufactured to produce ozone. Ozone is a naturally occurring or man-made gas. Reactive and colourless, it is made up of three oxygen atoms—the oxygen in the air we breathe contains two oxygen atoms. Ozone has a very short life span in the air, reacting quickly with other chemicals, or decomposes by itself. At varying degrees, ozone can be used to effectively purify water, bleach, sterilise, and help in purifying the air by killing some bacteria as well as mould.
Uses in the Industry
Ozonators are a common device in cleaning the air in the hospitality industry. In motel and hotel rooms, ozone can clear tobacco smoke and other odours, a cleaning method to prepare rooms for new occupants. Since it is effective in removing smoke, ozone is also useful in the fire protection and engineering industry. It is a potent option to remove the smell of smoke in fire restoration activities. In the materials industry, ozone is used to hasten ageing in some materials and other intermediate products. Odours produced by bacteria, mould from garbage, and bacteria that accumulate in food-processing operations can also be removed by ozone.
Some Facts on Using an Ozonator
There are many other ways to use an ozonator under controlled settings. It is important that a user follows the device’s manual judiciously. Below are some key facts when using an ozonator:
1. An ozonator is most effective when it is used at high levels. Sealing off a room or a building is key during treatment. There should be no person, plant, or animal in the area of treatment.
2. When eliminating contaminants, successive or supplementary treatments by other cleaning methods are required. Ozone can only be temporary in some cleaning tasks. For instance, mould can be killed off, but if moisture issues remain, mould will re-emerge.
3. As with removing mould, ozone can potentially kill the spores but not the toxins that spores release. More so, only spores exposed in the surface can be removed. Musty materials or furniture will not be satisfactorily cleaned off.
4. There are some materials that ozone cannot properly treat. One example is materials made of chlorinated hydrocarbons. These are vinyl and plastic products.
5. A room or building consists of many different materials. Knowing the extent of an ozonator’s impact is hard to measure. Thus, it is recommendable to do a limited trial first.
Cleaning the air we breathe is becoming harder as the world modernises. Industrial activities will always produce negative spillovers like pollution. To annihilate the harsh impacts of an industry to households and other businesses, using an ozonator is advisable.