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Ultraviolet Energy and Ozone (UVV)

Ozone and Ultraviolet Energy In Nature Ozone is naturally produced by the process of sunlight on
oxygen molecules. This photochemical process is know as “solar photolysis”.
Sunlight breaks down some of the oxygen molecules into single atoms, which combine
with other oxygen molecules to make ozone. Ozone is also created by the high
electrical discharge of lightning. The chemical formula is:This triatomic form (O3) of oxygen is formed naturally in
the upper atmosphere by a photochemical reaction with solar
ultraviolet radiation. Ozone in the upper atmosphere
(the Ozone Layer) absorbs much of the sun’s intense ultraviolet radiation, thus
protecting the earth from these damaging rays. Ozone is also measured in trace
amounts in the lower atmosphere of earth and is Nature’s way of oxidizing toxic
gases, breaking them down into harmless component molecules.

Ultraviolet energy and ozone are not naturally present in
our indoor air environment.  Our indoor air is also the perfect breeding
ground for microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and fungi. Without Nature’s
control, these organisms thrive in damp basements, crawl spaces, furnaces and
ductwork. Since the early 1970’s we have tightened up the construction of our
homes to conserve energy. Now, these tight homes lock in the the precious heating
and air conditioning, but they also prevent the toxic compounds in carpeting,
building materials, cleaning chemicals, other allergens, airborne particles,
and infectious agents from leaving our homes.

Ultraviolet energy from the sun is invisible and its wavelengths
are measures in nanometers.  The Ozone Layer absorbs most harmful
levels of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays.  Continuous direct exposure to these
UV rays is damaging to the skin and can cause skin cancer.

However, this same ultraviolet energy is also harmful to invisible micro-organisms
such as viruses, bacteria, molds, fungi, and other bioaerosols.  These
UV rays are Nature’s way of controlling the overgrowth of micro-organisms in
our outdoor environment. Without this energy, microorganisms would proliferate
to dangerous levels.

Indoor Air Quality Spectrum

OxyQuantum Dual Wavelength UVC and UVV Germicidal and Ozone
Systems
The solution to indoor air pollution concerns is to duplicate
Nature’s outdoor controls indoors. Ultraviolet energy and ozone
can be created by man through this same photochemical process by using high
output ultraviolet lamps positioned inside your
existing ductwork. Dual wavelength UVC and UVV lamps are used in the Nature’s
Home OxyQuantum duct mount UV system for whole-house air disinfecting and odor
control.

Indoor Air Quality Ductwork

We can provide systems that accommodate just the germicidal lamps, or both germicidal  and ozone-producing lamps Unlike stand-alone “air purifiers” that cannot circulate air,
Nature’s Home systems are installed in your ductwork and take advantage of the
concentrated air that is passing through the ducts. As the cooled or heated
air is forced through the ducts and passes in front of the ultraviolet light,
microorganisms are killed or disabled.The OxyQuantum duct mount system uses one or two patented U-shaped dual wavelength
ultraviolet lamps. Ultraviolet-C light measures at 254 nanometers and
is the germicidal range (UVC),
which is commonly called “UVC”. Its primary use is for the destruction and control
of bacteria and other microorganisms in the air. The U-shaped lamp and reflective
mirror on the OxyQuantum systems increases the intensity of the high output
lamps allowing them to deactivate and control a higher percentage of microorganisms
on every pass. Multiple pass effectiveness is the highest in the industry.

The second wavelength of light produced by the OxyQuantum
lamps is measured at 185 nanometers and is commonly referred to as UVV
or ozone. Its primary use is to oxidize toxic compounds and gases for
a safer and odor-free environment.

A recent study published by The Lancet medical journal
(November 29, 2003) and reported by CNN and USA Today found that the
use of UV lights in the ducts of office buildings reduced overall worker sickness
by 20%, including a 40% drop in breathing problems and a reduction of up to
50% of other health related symptoms. This is a significant double-blind multiple
crossover trial showing the positive effects of ultraviolet germicidal lights
in an office environment. You will experience this same effect in your home
environment with an OxyQuantum system installed in your ducts.

Indoor Air Quality

This Thing Called Ozone The EPA warns of the harmful effects of room air purification
systems that create ozone. We agree with the EPA that the higher levels of ozone
produced by these room air purifiers can cause harmful side effects. Due to
this fact, Nature’s Home does not promote the use of any air cleaner that produces
ozone directly into the living space. Our OxyQuantum units are installed
in your duct work and produce low levels of ozone inside the ducts, not in the
living area.
As the ozone lamp does its work of oxidizing toxic compounds
and gases carried by the air flow, it breaks down into harmless component molecules.
The OxyQuantum is certified by the American Institute of Toxicology to produce
only safe levels of UVV (ozone).The EPA states that safe levels of ozone measure at .05 ppm (parts per million) or less in an indoor air environment. OSHA’s safe levels
are .10 ppm in the work place for an 8 hour period. Purdue University,
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology published a study on the testing of
the OxyQuantum system within a typical air handling duct system: Conclusion:
The data clearly indicate that trivalent oxygen inhibits spore production by
Aspergillus flavus at concentration below the safety levels set by the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); 0.05 ppm for a 24 hour exposure and
0.1 ppm for an 8 hour exposure.
In fact measurements taken at 10 feet away
from the OxyQuantum inside the duct were reported at .03 ppm.
Too Much of A Good Thing is Bad It is common knowledge that high levels of anything is dangerous, but in small quantities is helpful. For example, when you have
a headache do you take two aspirins or the whole bottle? Did you know that there
are toxic levels of vitamins, antibiotics and even food items?
An analogy:  To prevent bacteria and green stuff from
growing in a swimming pool, would you fill the whole pool with bleach?
No, that would be dangerous, even deadly, levels of chlorine.  Yet you put
low levels of chlorine or other germicides in the pool to keep the water clean,
clear and healthy. We even drink minute quantities of chlorine in municipal
water systems.

Everyone thinks of oxygen as a safe substance. The air you
breathe consists of only 19% oxygen. Higher levels of oxygen can
cause blindness and even be deadly. The
same is true of ozone.  Low levels of ozone in our air is safe and beneficial
to our health. High amounts above EPA and OSHA safe levels can be an irritant
and cause negative health effects.

It’s all about control, safety, and the health benefits achieved
with the OxyQuantum. Please contact our IAQ hotline to talk to an Indoor Air
Quality Specialist about the health benefits of whole-house air cleaning and
having the right OxyQuantum product sized for your furnace and air conditioning
system.