Ionization leads to:
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By cleaning the air inside a poultry house, we create a better environment for the animals and the workers inside this poultry house as well as improving the quality of the air leaving the poultry house.
A normal air molecule contains the same number of Protons as Electrons making it electrically neutral. Ionization is the process where a neutral atom or molecule either looses or gains an electron and becomes an ion. A negative ion is an ion that gained an electron.
Ionisation doesn’t happen spontaneous, it takes energy. In nature we see negative ions created by lightning flashes during thunderstorms, by UV-Light and by Photosynthesis in plants. Humans can sense the increased level of negative ions in the air after a thunderstorm, after heavy rains and next to a waterfall. When we breath in this ‘fresh air’ that contains lots of negative ions we feel refreshed and stimulated. Scientific research has shown that higher concentrations of negative ions have a positive effect on living creatures: it makes plants healthier and growing faster and humans react more alert and feel more relaxed.
As negative ions have a stimulating effect on humans, positive ions in general have a negative effect. The excess of positive ions in the atmosphere can be attributed to impact of the industrialised society : computer monitors, static electricity, gas molecules and smoke parts as a result of combustion, heat and a high humidity, etc. Ozone is an example of a positive ion that is often used as a disinfectant, to kill bacteria & viruses. Ozone works quite the opposite way of negative ions.
|Positively charged dust particle – often transporting bacteria, fungi, viruses and/or ammonia|
|Negatively charged ION|
|Neutral dust particle – result of Negative IONS & Positively charged dust particle together => descending to the ground|
|Ionizer producing Negative IONS|
Besides stimulating living creatures negative ions also have an ‘air cleaning effect’ in for example poultry and pig houses. Nearly all dust particles in the air are positively charged whereas negative ions are negatively charged. As differently charged items are pulling towards each other, we see the negative ions go to the positively charged dust particles and they stick together to create larger = heavier dust particles. These heavier particles fall down. On these dust particles one can find pathogens like bacteria, fungi, viruses and ammonia molecules. By creating these heavier dust particles that fall down, we actually reduce the presence of pathogens in the air. This leads to breathing cleaner air for both the humans and the animals in such an environment, a healthier environment.
Using ionization goes back many years, especially the use of positive ions for disinfecting purposes. The use of negative ions goes back also 20-25 years but it didn’t spread as much as the products invented at that time required daily maintenance. The idea of having to clean parts that are normally charged with a high voltage creates hesitation with many of the users and its employees. Without this cleaning unfortunately, these systems produce less and less negative ions.
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