What is Ozone? Why is ozone better to use than even chlorine?
What is ozone?
Ozone is O3 (Trioxygen). It is nothing more than normal oxygen (O2) with an extra oxygen atom attached to it.
Ozone is environmentally friendly and clean. Oxygen is it's only byproduct.
Ozone is twice as destructive to bacteria and acts 3000 times faster than Chlorine.
Ozone is the most powerful known broad-spectrum microbiological control agent with no toxic after-effects.
Ozone produces free radicals that attack carbon-chain molecules making up the membranes of cell walls. It breaks them down in a process known as cell lysis. The cell's cytoplasm is released and it causes the cell to burst from the inside out. Thus the bacteria can never develop an immunity to ozone.
Ozone is generated from the air we breath, so their is no need to purchase, transport, store or handle any costly or hazardous materials.
When used as directed, Ozone Generators have repeatedly shown they can safely and completely kill odors, mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses – even resistant ones like MRSA, and Ebola.
How does ozone kill odors?
What follows is a very simplified explanation of how ozone reacts with odors, molds, bacteria, etc. For a more scientific explanation, visit the Wikipedia page on Ozone.
Imagine two oxygen atoms out patrolling the fence line of a teeny-weeny cattle ranch on the point of a needle somewhere in Wyoming. They have paired together and bonded to form a molecule of pure Oxygen (O2).
One day, the two saw a lone oxygen atom wandering around looking for someone to bond with (oxygen atoms like being bonded). They became O3 ( a molecule of Ozone).
The next day the three oxygen atoms saw something attempting to crash through the fence line.
Look! It's Ebola!, one atom yelled, and he bravely charged off.
As he got closer to the killer he pulled out his
Big Gun and fired off an
Ebola groaned when hit and looked down at all the tiny holes that punctured it. And, when it couldn't hold itself together any longer, it crumbled into a pile of rusty-looking dust.
Dead, and no longer a danger.
The remaining two atoms (once again a molecule of clean, sweet-smelling oxygen) rode away quietly - remembering how much their friend had sacrificed to rid the world of another bad guy.
Benefits of Cleaning with Ozone
Ozone (O3) is a colorless gas with a distinct, pungent odor. It is a molecule made up of 3 atoms of oxygen.
Interestingly ozone occurs quite readily in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms.
In fact that "fresh, clean, spring rain " smell that we notice after a storm most often results from natures creation of ozone. Ozone generators create ozone in your home or business ensuring the same clean air as found in nature.
Ozone is one of the most powerful disinfectants in the world, second only to Fluorine. It is three thousand times more potent than chlorine in destroying germs, bacteria, and viruses.
It doesn't have as strong, or over–powering odor like Fluorine or Chlorine, yet it is so powerful, it actually kills those odors.
Once generated by ozone generators, ozone is quite unstable, one of the three oxygen atoms eagerly splits off the molecule and attaches itself to any particle or pollutant with which it comes in contact.
That single oxygen atom from the ozone generator proceeds to "oxidize" that particle. As a result, the particle will no longer be toxic, and will no longer be able to reproduce, if it is biological.
In other words, the toxic particle becomes completely harmless once ozone does its' job.
When the single oxygen (O1) molecule oxidizes the particle, it too is destroyed.
Ozone cleaning leaves behind the O2, from which it split away. Just pure, clean oxygen.