1. What is ozone? Ozone is active oxygen (O3). It occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays.
2. What are some uses for ozone? Ozone is commonly used in the purification of drinking water, wastewater, air, and pools and spas.
3. How long has ozone been used to purify water? Since the late 1800s.
4. How long has ozone been used to kill mold, mildew, germs, viruses, bacteria and remove odors from the air? For more than 500 years.
5. How does ozone used for air purification affect the air we breathe? The amount of ozone produced by an ozone generator is insignificant to the normal atmosphere we live in. Excess ozone quickly converts back to oxygen. Note: Do not breathe concentrated ozone.
6. Is ozone the same as “smog”? No! Smog is air pollution created by combustion polluters. While smog contains small amounts of ozone, it is largely composed of harmful chemicals, such as carbon monoxide. In fact, smog and other pollutants may contribute to the damage of the ozone layer.
7. If I use ozone in my pool or spa, will it help to replenish the ozone layer? No. The amount of ozone to effectively treat homes, cars, etc. is small enough that any molecules breaking free into the air are insignificant.
8. Will ozone hurt me? Humans and pets should not breathe concentrated ozone.
9. Does ozone have an odor? Yes. Depending on the concentration, the odor ranges from slightly sweet to moderately antiseptic.
10. Will ozone kill bacteria? Yes. It is one of the most effective, complete bactericides of all earth’s measurable elements.
11. How is ozone different from chlorine? In the quantities needed for water purification, it has no noticeable odor, taste, or color. It is not irritating to humans or equipment. Ozone purifies water and air quickly and efficiently — 3,000 times faster than chlorine. Ozone leaves no byproducts except pure oxygen. In contrast, chlorine leaves a chemical byproduct called hydrochloric acid and additional salts in water applications.
12. Will ozone kill viruses? Yes. Ozone kills virtually all known forms of viruses in water and the air.
13. How is ozone produced? Ozone can be produced in a number of ways; however, the most effective method is via “very ultraviolet light generation.”
14. How does very ultraviolet generation work? A special lamp gives off a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light, which converts oxygen (O2) molecules into active oxygen, ozone (O3) molecules. This all occurs instantly inside the ozone chamber of the ozone generator. It’s also known as a photochemical process.
15. Will ozone kill mold? Yes. Ozone generators are one of the most effective, yet least costly, methods by far of killing mold and mildew.
16. What odors will ozone kill? Ozone kills odors from sources such as cigarette smoke, smoke damage from fire, paint fumes, cooking, cleaning, decaying matter, pets, urine, pesticides, and many more.
17. How long will an ozone treatment last? Ozone reacts with an impurity, the impurity is oxidized and ozone is consumed. Only oxygen is left. The impurity must be reintroduced for the odor, mold, bacteria, etc. to return.