National and International hotel industries are taking a pro-active stance on the issues of IAQ and infectious disease. It is accepted that Air Quality concerns directly affect a hotel’s bottom line but in the case of infectious disease outbreaks the hotel, as a frontline for international exchange presents a real risk of hosting a hot bed for disease transfer.
In accordance with the hotel industry’s preventative attitude, an Australian company, Ecologic International, has sourced a proven technology from the United States to help improve our indoor air quality.
Guardian Air by RGF Environmental is designed to help eliminate sick building syndrome risks by reducing odours, bacteria, virus, mould and VOC’s through a patent pending Photohydroionization (PHI) process. The PHI Cells are easily mounted into existing air conditioning and heating systems where sick building concerns originate. When the HVAC system is in operation, the PHI Cell uses an Advanced Oxidation Process to reduce the airborne contaminants.
According to Ecologic, the Chinese government tested and approved Guardian Air for use during the SARS epidemic of 2002/2003. They installed the thousands of Guardian Air units in government buildings, hospitals, subway and bus stations for the purpose of halting the epidemic.
The Guardian Air Advanced Oxidation Process provides safe hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions, ozonide ions and hydroxides to purify the air. Micro-organisms including bacteria and virus can be reduced by over 97%. Gases, VOCs and odours can also be reduced significantly. Advanced oxidizers are generated in the air conditioning duct work and are carried throughout the ducts and rooms for a continuous air purification process and a quick kill of newly introduced odours or microbials.
According to Ecologic, while Guardian Air is perfectly suited to commercial applications it can also be used in the home to reduce mould and odours along with cold and flu causing germs. With the increase in popularity of ducted systems, fresh air levels inside the home are being reduced thus concentrating contaminants. More and more products are becoming available to the home owner to help ensure that re-circulated air is kept contaminant free.