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Air Filtration VS. PCO in Food Production

Airborne contaminants come in all shapes and sizes, from fluffy flakes of dust to microscopic spoilage bacteria. Keeping these threats off of your production line is a top priority in any food production facility, whether you’re bottling, baking, fermenting, frying, or packaging food products of any variety. When it comes to air purification in your food production facility, there’s the minimum standard of filtration, and then there’s a technology that provides true protection and peace of mind. Discover what makes photocatalytic oxidation, or PCO, the air purification of choice for brewers, bakers, processors, and packers who want to reduce losses and risk from spoilage bacteria and much more.

Air Filtration VS PCO, What’s the Difference?

An air filter is similar to any other kind of filter. Whether it’s a basic carbon filter or a true HEPA filter, airborne particles enter the filter, and – depending on the size – they are caught and disposed of later when the filter is replaced. The difference between this and PCO, is that when an unwanted organic molecule enters the chamber of a PCO air purifier, it is destabilized and destroyed – not caught for disposal.

What Does PCO Do?

Where air filtration catches organic particles, PCO deactivates them. That means that irritants like pollen, or more serious airborne biological threats like spoilage bacteria and infectious viruses are eliminated or made harmless. Our own air purifiers, the Airocide family of air sanitation units, use proprietary lamps and a TiO2 catalyst bed to initiate the reaction in a sealed chamber inside the unit. When unwanted particles enter the chamber, they react with the active catalyst and are reduced to trace elements of carbon dioxide and water vapor.

PCO in Addition to Air Filtration for Food Production

These two air purification methods are not mutually exclusive. Where air filtration can mitigate particulate like dust via your HVAC system, a PCO air purifier can deactivate organic particles small enough to pass through the filter, and those that are carried into the air in the room by workers. Some Airocide PCO air purifiers even have integrated particulate filters to keep the sealed reaction chamber inside working in top order. This eliminates the need to replace the reactor catalyst or open the unit for dusting. Even better, Airocide units produce no harmful emissions; no ozone, no peroxides, only pure air circulates out of your purifier.

Air Purification for Any Facility

One of the biggest benefits of PCO is also volume – we can configure a system that will keep the air in your food production spaces clean, no matter the size. Reduce the threats of spoilage and contamination, and provide peace of mind to consumers and employees – from production, to storage, to transportation, to your offices and more. That’s the benefit of PCO in food production. To learn more about PCO, and to get a free quote for your facility, reach out to our air purification experts today and discover Airocide.

PCO Air Purification for Hospitals and Medical Spaces

If protection of employees, patients, and visitors in your hospital or medical offices is your top priority, you know how important indoor air quality is. The right air purification solution is effective, efficient, and it covers every space in your facility. A variety of purification technologies exist to address air quality, from UV light to HEPA filtration, but there’s one method which destroys 99.99% of the organic threats that pass through it. Airocide is an air purifier that uses photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) – a process that doesn’t just stop bacteria, viruses, and mold, it destroys them. Here’s what makes PCO a better air purification solution for your hospital or medical offices.

PCO, Filters, and UV Air Purifiers – What’s the Difference?

Where a UV system or an air filter may already be in place inside your HVAC, it isn’t necessarily catching the airborne particles or droplets in common areas, hallways, operating rooms, and patient rooms. Airocide PCO air purifiers are designed to process the air in all of these spaces by constantly circulating it through a sealed reaction chamber. Instead of catching particles to be disposed of later, as in a filter-only system, threats that pass through an active Airocide unit collide with hydroxyl radicals that are bonded to the catalyst surface. Bacteria, viruses, and even allergens like pollen are destroyed as quickly as they enter, and the air that circulates out of the unit is pure – containing only trace elements of carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Air Quality in ORs and Patient Rooms

This method of purification makes it ideal for areas where quick and consistent reduction of airborne viruses and microbial CFUs is key. A study of Airocide’s effectiveness in the operating room of an outpatient cosmetic surgery facility showed a 92% reduction in airborne bacterial CFUs in only 24 hours, with a 47.3% drop in only one hour. In spaces where even the most fastidious doctor, nurse, or surgeon can bring unwanted organic threats into the room with them, protection from Airocide can go a long way to prevent unexpected infections. Airocide is also a certified FDA class II medical device, and produces no harmful emissions.

Protecting High-Volume, High-Traffic Spaces

An Airocide system can also be scaled and applied anywhere else that patients and visitors spend time, from patient rooms, to waiting areas, and even high-traffic hallways and common areas. There are a variety of Airocide units, all featuring the same PCO technology, but with additional features and reactor sizes to accommodate any volume of air you need to process. That means you can protect every space and every occupant from airborne bacteria, viruses, mold, and more.

Find Full-Scale Air Purification for Your Hospital or Medical Office

Airocide can work alongside an existing system or by itself, and it’s easy to install and maintain. With a variety of units, there’s an option that’s right for your facility or offices. Airocide is a PCO air purification method that produces no harmful emissions such as ozone, and can be used in private offices as well as high-traffic spaces in the hospital. Find out how an Airocide system will fit into your facility – reach out to one of our air purification experts to learn more and start protecting your staff and visitors today.