As we return to a semblance of normal life in a COVID-19 world, there still remain many concerns. One is how best to safely reopen offices and commercial buildings to employees and the public. With so many lives at stake, particularly in crowded metro areas, commercial real estate investors are looking at air ionization systems -- most notably, bi-polar air ionization technology.
What is bi-polar air ionization?
Bi-polar air ionization provides continuous air disinfection in an energy- and cost-efficient way. AtmosAir Solutions is the company behind the technology, which replicates indoors the air ionization process that happens naturally outdoors.
The bi-polar ionization system works in conjunction with a building's current HVAC system by releasing ions (charged atoms and molecules) into the air. As they move through a space, they connect with germs and other pathogens -- including the ones that spread the coronavirus -- in the air or on surfaces. The ions work as natural disinfectants, causing these contaminants to break down.The result is purified air on par with that in nature.
A breath of fresh air
AtmosAir's bi-polar ionization technology removes up to 99% of air and surface contaminants. It has been employed successfully in a variety of office spaces and even large-scale sports venues like the Staples Center. The technology has been endorsed by a number of well-regarded health professionals, notably NYU Langone's Dr. Phil Tierno.
AtmosAir's innovation is already hard at work throughout New York City. The quickly expanding list of commercial addresses where it's employed includes the Empire State Building Observatory, the NBA and NFL headquarters, Comcast, the Hyatt's Andaz Wall Street Hotel, NYU Langone, the offices and studios of the Alvin Ailey Theater, and many SoulCycle locations.
Why you should use air ionization in your commercial space
The range of industries represented by these names alone provides an optimistic glimpse into the post-COVID era. Commercial real estate investors and asset owners should strongly consider adding this bi-polar ionization technology to current HVAC systems. This minimally invasive process is more effective and energy efficient than regular air purification systems -- not to mention less expensive.
Moreover, bi-polar ionization can continually be gauged and verified that it's indeed working, giving both owners and tenants peace of mind as we return to our normal daily lives.
The bottom line
We are still working to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. Until we have a vaccine -- and that could take another year -- we need to have other precautionary measures in place to protect people as they return to work, shopping, dining, and more. An air ionization system like the one offered by AtmosAir is a move in the right direction for commercial real estate investors and their properties.