The best way to mitigate pathogens and contaminates in the air, is to treat the air.
NPBI (needlepoint bipolar ionization) technology uses science to mitigate pathogens and other airborne contaminants, like COVID-19. As reported by the CDC, COVID is airborne and that’s how it’s most likely to spread. While masks, disinfecting and social distancing help, the key to stopping the virus from floating between us is to treat the air.
► NPBI technology has been proven to have a 99.4% kill rate against COVID-19 airborne and 80% on surfaces in 10 minutes.
How does it work?
NPBI works in two ways to deactivate viruses and air contaminates:
- Ions bond with the virus and increase the size (mass) of the particle. This makes viruses and contaminates drop out of breathing areas while the larger size also increases the capture efficiency in standard HVAC filters and HEPA filters.
- Ions deactivate viruses by robbing them of life-sustaining hydrogen.
NPBI technology has proven effective against pathogens (viruses), VOCs (volatile organic compounds), odors, mold, mildew, and other contaminates. BSE air treatment systems produce a natural bio-climate rich in positive and negative oxygen ions. The negative ions contain an extra electron while the positive ions are missing an electron resulting in an unstable condition. In an effort to restabilize, these bipolar ions seek out atoms and molecules in the air to trade electrons with, effectively neutralizing particulate matter, bacteria and virus cells, odorous gases and aerosols, and VOCs.
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Key Features of NPBI:
- Proven to be highly effective in killing viruses and removes contaminates
- The units flood rooms with ions 24/7 with no human interaction
- Not harmful to students/staff on campus (unlike UV-C radiation)
- Also offers protection to surfaces (up to 80% in 10 min)
- Increases the effectiveness of current HVAC systems.
Bipolar Ionization = Naturally Fresh Air!
The Guinea Pig Study Summary:
Two infected guinea pigs infected with H1N1 virus were put in cage A; four uninfected guinea pigs were placed in cage B with an ionzer placed between the cages. After 21 days, the four uninfected guinea pigs were tested for the virus. Test results found none of the four uninfected guinea pigs became infected. The ionizer was then turned off. Within 24 hours, three of the four originally uninfected guinea pigs had become infected by the virus. For the complete study, click here.
Results: Active ionizer prevented 100% (4/4) of guinea pigs from infection.
The Spanish Ministry of Defense Study Summary:
A hotel was converted into a confinement center during the pandemic. Experiments took place in simulated ICU hospital rooms. MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) was nebulized into two separate test spaces. The supply air fed into room A was ionized by NPBI and the supply air fed into room B was untreated. After 10 minutes of exposure to ionization, the test result of room A showed a 99% reduction after only 10 minutes of ionization. Further testing also showed an 80% reduction in surface MS2 Bacteriophage after 10 minutes between the test with and without ionization. For the full study, click here:
Results: This study proved the effectiveness of ionization in the reduction of MS2 Bacteriophage, a surrogate for SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) in the air (99%) and on surfaces (80%).
Where are BSE Air Treatment Systems made?
BSE units are proudly made in the USA!
Isn’t an ionizer integrated into an HVAC system just as good?
These units are somewhat effective and do help reduce airborne pathogens and contaminates. However, BSE in-room Air Treatment Systems are able to do much more:
- Ions neutralize when contacting surfaces and over time which is a disadvantage for in-duct systems
- With in-duct ionization systems, the highest concentration of ions is in the ductwork while in-room systems have high the highest concentration levels in the room
- In-room systems actually increase the effectiveness of HVAC and HEPA systems already in place
- There is a much higher concentration of ions released into breathable air with in-room treatment systems
How does NPBI technology compare to other “room cleaning” technologies?
One of the biggest advantages of NPBI is that it works 24/7, continuously cleaning safely even with people in the room. This cannot be done with UV lights, for example, which is dangerous to humans. Take a look at this chart to compare several technologies (click to enlarge):
What maintenance should I expect to do with my BSE systems?
These units are virtually maintenance free. It is recommended that a the ion brushes are sprayed 1-2 per year with canned air and replace the filters annually.
What are the warranties on the units?
BA-350, BA-800 and BA-1000 are 1 year warranties.
BA-1100 and BA-2500 units are 3 year warranties.
Do the units give off ozone?
No, these units have been tested and have shown no ozone byproduct. For example, this school’s validation report shows the results of several tests including ozone.
Are the units UL certified?
Yes, units BA-350, BA-800 and BA-1000 are UL 867 and 2998 certified.
How long should we expect these units to last?
The expected life of the units is 15-17 years.
Are these units safe, do they get hot or can fingers get inside? Do they react to anything in the room, i.e. chemicals?
They are extremely safe. They do not get hot, and the fan is out of reach of fingers. They have not had any negative reactions, including to chemicals.
Where should the units be mounted?
It is recommended to mount the units 8-9 feet off the ground in order for the ionizer to work best in our breathing space. The units are most efficient if mounted on the wall or on a tall stand, however they also can be placed on a desk or table.
How can I tell if my unit is working?
The best test is to notice the air! People have said the air smells better, they feel better, and stay healthier, too! You can also get an ion tester to measure the ions in room spaces without a BSE system and with – see the difference for yourself! If interested, ask your sales consultant to recommend a quality, reliable ion tester.
Third-party testing results demonstrate that NPBI technology is extremely efficient in combating pathogens and recommended as an added measure in combating illnesses. Procedures to mitigate the spread of disease should also be followed.