Having struggled to manage remote workforces for the better part of the year, many businesses, facilities, and building managers are eager to find ways to bring their employees back in both a safe and responsible manner.
While many factors play into these various approaches, one option, in particular, has stood out amongst the rest. We are, of course, talking about Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI).
What is NPBI ionization and how does it work?
NPBI helps facility operators enhance the air quality of their buildings by incorporating their existing HVAC air handling systems with the revolutionary bipolar ionization process. Bipolar ionization, in the simplest terms, creates a plasma field that’s filled with a high concentration of positive (+) and negative (–) ions.
As these ions travel throughout the air stream, they attach to other particles in the air, such as expelled breath droplets. By attaching themselves, the ions add mass to the fine sub-micron particles, making them far more filterable.
In addition, the ions kill pathogens by robbing them of life-sustaining hydrogen and breaking down harmful volatile organic compounds, odors, and allergens into harmless compounds such as oxygen (O₂), carbon dioxide (CO₂), dinitrogen (N₂), and water (H₂O). The ions then continue to travel within the air stream into more occupied spaces, cleaning the air and surfaces everywhere they go.
Is NPBI effective against COVID-19?
In the case of viruses, the ions induce a chemical reaction on the cell membrane surface. In particular, they envelop the COVID-19 virus and puncture the protein spikes on its membrane, effectively neutralizing it in its tracks.
Fortunately, this technology is widely available for commercial and public facilities and integrates seamlessly with all HVAC systems. Wider adoption could even help turn the tide against further coronavirus spread.
In fact, a leading manufacturer of this technology, Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), conducted independent testing of their technology on the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) virus. They found that after only 30 minutes of use, there was a 99.4% reduction in virus presence, proving that this technology is highly effective in neutralizing Covid-19.
The history of bipolar ionization
Bipolar ionization has long been popular across much of Europe but struggled to find a foothold in America initially. According to Business Insider, “…bipolar ionization first arrived in the U.S. in the 1970s as a tool to control pathogens in food manufacturing. It was effective during the SARS outbreak of 2004, as well as more recent outbreaks of MERS, norovirus, and various strains of influenza.”
More recent advances have made the units significantly cheaper and easier to install, and so many companies are now scrambling to test the technology against the novel coronavirus in their own facilities.
Additional benefits of NPBI
Today’s NPBI units are modularandscalable, making them cost-effective for all types of facilities. Their small footprint also makes them incredibly easy to retrofit into existing equipment. Compared to other air cleaning solutions such as UV lights, NPBI has a much lower upfront cost, not to mention the fact that they require no ongoing maintenance of any kind.
In addition, NPBI can help reduce energy consumption by mitigating the level of air filtering needed in a facility’s HVAC system. On average, the addition of NPBI increases rated filter efficiencies by 4–5 MERV levels, as seen in the chart below:
NPBI’s advanced electronics are carefully configured to control the power input, which ensures that no ozone is produced, and all building occupants are safe.
When you consider the low upfront cost of the units, combined with their minimal maintenance and energy-saving potential, it’s clear that Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization is the ideal air purification solution for your facility.
How can Greiner and its partners help you?
At Greiner, we’re committed to actively supporting our clients’ safe and responsible return-to-work plans. We are fortunate enough to have partners in the industry with the expertise necessary to install these essential safety components that many businesses need.
Contact us today to discuss your facility’s air purification needs.
Please note: This technology adds a great level of protection to the indoor environment but does not replace basic health practices such as washing hands, social distancing, and wearing face masks.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of bipolar ionization?
Reach out to one of our experts who will be happy to discuss this topic further:
Greiner Construction: Robert Dunleavy
Modern Heating: Chad Good
We’d like to thank Chad and the rest of the Modern Heating team for their invaluable insight and help with this topic!