Frequently asked questions
What is Ozone?
How does Ozone work?
Ozone is a naturally unstable and will rapidly decay back into Oxygen O2 molecules. However the third atom of Oxygen in the Ozone molecule (which forms this temporary bond with the O2 molecule) will bond with for instance the cell membrane of a bacterium disrupting the cell process of the bacterium and killing it in a process known as cell lysing. At concentrations above 1.0 p.p.m. bacterial death is very rapid indeed. However at low concentrations the effect on pathogens may be negligible – (known as the ‘all or nothing’ effect).
How is Ozone made?
Ozone has to be made ‘in-situ’ by an ozone generator – it cannot be transported or stored as it rapidly reverts back to bi-atomic oxygen (O2). Relatively small quantities of Ozone can be made by the action of Ultraviolet lamps on air or Oxygen – very small quantities can also be made by a process known as cold plasma generation, typically used for producing medical Ozone from a pure oxygen source. Large remedial quantities of Ozone are made by a process known as Corona Discharge where a high voltage is passed across a dielectric material mimicking the action of lightning in a thunderstorm. With all of these methods, Ozone is particularly inexpensive to make requiring only a small amount of electricity and relatively dry air.
Where is Ozone most useful?
Ozone has many proven applications – it has been used for over 70 years in 20 different countries by the majority of tap and bottled water suppliers throughout the world as the primary method to sterilize water. Ozone is used by packaged food manufacturers to as a means of sterilising food without any of the unwanted chemical changes brought about by irradiation or other chemical preservation methods. Ozone is highly appropriate for nursing and care home environments to remove odour control potentially harmful pathogens. Ozone is also the primary method of choice in removing smoke odours from fire damaged rooms, hotel rooms, restaurants and the like. Ozone will also kill all dust mites and other similar small microscopic life forms.
What advantages are there to Ozone?
Chemicals and consumables can be expensive over the working period.
The treatment is only as good as the operative using it.
Problems can occur with improper use.
Food or produce could be tainted by the cleaning materials.
The protection decreases over the working period i.e. cleaning takes place at the end of the shift or working period, what happens in between?
What are the running costs?
Typically an Ozone Generator uses the same power as a small light bulb!
What about maintenance?
Only 1 moving part – the fan (with a lifespan in excess of three years).
Easy filter replacement.
Comprehensive 1 year warranty.
Is Ozone safe?
Much like any powerful oxidant, disinfectant, or bleach, Ozone should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Unlike bleach, disinfectants and other cleaning methods, there have been no reported fatalities in it’s use in over 120 years. Ozone is empirically much safer than alternative methods of cleaning.
Why use an OC15K Ozone system?
The OC15K system is the safest and most reliable means of effectively treating a room and rapidly returning it to use typically within 15 minutes. The OC15K is a patented system which not only generates large quantities of Ozone for treatment, but also automatically catalytically removes all ozone from the room at the end of each treatment cycle – It does this so effectively, that there is actually less Ozone present in the room at the end of the cycle than was naturally present.
Is Ozone treatment cost effective?
Carpet shampooing is expensive, does not always solve the odour problem and does not address the issue of pathogen control – additionally each room is out of commission for some significant amount of time during the cleaning process.
Air fresheners only temporarily mask odours and produce no disinfectant benefit.
Chemical disinfectants and cleaners are expensive to purchase, labour intensive to apply, and rely upon conscientious and methodical application for benefit.