If you run a gym, health spa, sports club, or other fitness-based organization, you're all about helping people get and stay healthy. So the last thing you want is Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) or other viruses or bacteria spreading through your building and causing illness. You also want your building to smell fresh and clean, and probably need to keep the air cool so guests don't become overheated when exercising. All of these things cost money and cut into your bottom line. What if there was a way to eliminate airborne pathogens and allergens, while simultaneously lowering your energy costs for heating/cooling, and improving indoor air quality?
The Varionix system uses bipolar ionization to clean and purify indoor air. These positive and negative ions attach to pathogens like viruses and bacteria (including SARS-CoV-2), destroying the pathogen's surface. When this happens, a virus like Covid-19 can no longer reproduce, or infect a person, even when inhaled. Bacteria also can't form colonies on commonly-touched surfaces.
This same system that protects the air from viruses and bacteria also destroys airborne allergens like dust and mold, reduces odors in locker rooms and training areas, and reduces energy costs for heating and cooling by drastically lowering the amount of outdoor air needed. On average, buildings that use the Varionix system see a 50% reduction in heating and cooling costs, while achieving the environmental benefits of lowering energy usage.
While health authorities are still still trying to understand all possible ways for Covid-19 to propagate, it's believed to spread predominantly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact/proximity with one another (within about 6 feet), or via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. (CDC) It may also spread through aerosols, or particles that can linger in the air for several hours. Typical air handling systems are not designed to eliminate all these particles.
A person can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has come into contact, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, although this is not thought to be the main way this virus spreads. (CDC)
Now, imagine such an infectious virus inside a building like your gym or fitness facility, perhaps because infected respiratory droplets entered the air and traveled inside the HVAC system ducts, as a result of sneezing, coughing, or touching surfaces within a structure. It could even happen as people exercise and breathe faster. When these infected droplets are deposited on various surfaces, including doorknobs, treadmills, and exercise machines, everyone is susceptible to the virus. If the pathogen is also floating through the air, there is another source of infection.
How can you avoid or alleviate the contamination of your buildings? Advanced air purification solutions are vital. Varionix systems from Airionex, when installed in the existing HVAC systems of buildings or as a standalone unit, actively and efficiently eliminate microbes and viruses from the passing air. In this way, they remove the risk of HVAC systems contaminating entire buildings by delivering and depositing infected particles. The continuous application of bipolar ions emitted to ambient air is the most effective air purifying technology for decontaminating indoor air.
√ A fresh, clean place to get fit. The last thing you want is for clients to complain that your facility smells bad. Bipolar ions break down odors at their source and eliminate them — no masking or diluting! They can even tackle that locker-room smell of sweaty gym clothes better than any air freshener.
√ Pathogens destroyed and removed. Bipolar ions break the cell membrane surface of bacteria and viruses, and eliminate airborne contaminants.
√ Allergens reduced. Bipolar ions bond with contaminants such as mold and dust particles, causing them to gain mass and drop to the floor, or return to the filter. This eliminates them from the air we breathe.
√ Reduction of other common irritants. Bipolar ions break down toxic gases and compounds from dangerous chemicals such as cleaning products, pesticides, paints, solvents, mold, mildew and more.
√ Improved energy — and financial — conservation. Recycling conditioned, purified air reduces the need for cooling or warming the ambient air, saving energy costs. Bipolar ionization drastically reduces the amount of incoming air needed for freshness, so less money is spent heating or cooling outdoor air. In areas where there is a strong need for heating and cooling, energy expenditures are typically reduced by about 50 percent.
√ Environmentally friendly. The VARIONIX Bipolar Ionization System from Airionex is a safe, natural, and environmentally friendly process. Our patented technology uses no chemicals, heavy metals, or mercury, and produces no harmful by- products.