Just plug in the unit. Close off and vacate the area to be treated, and let the Stink Genie do its work. Upon return, make sure the unit has been off for 45 minutes or an hour before reoccupying the space. Unwanted odors will have been oxidized and the area will smell fresh and clean.
The bulb life is 16,000 hours. A simple replacement bulb can be purchased and delivered from an online site and is easily installed into an unplugged unit.
Yes. Commercial ozone generators are designed for use in unoccupied spaces. Shortly after treatment, the O3 will revert back to O2, leaving no chemical vapors in the air or residue on surfaces. At the same time, ozone is powerful sanitizer and excessive ozone concentrations may cause mucus membrane or respiratory irritation, and can affect people with asthma. Several years ago, a concern developed when consumer air purifiers began to incorporate ozone and were marketed as around the clock units for homes and offices. The possibility of long-term exposure for consumers resulted in a notice of caution by government agencies. Therefore, it is always best to use ozone in unoccupied spaces as recommended.
Most deodorizers use a chemical formulation to counteract odors combined with fragrances to help cover them up. The chemicals and fragrances used in deodorization will normally leave some residue in the air and on surfaces. Some people find these fumes unpleasant, while those who are highly sensitive to chemicals may have a reaction. Ozone, on the other hand, is designed to oxidize odors at their source. It usually dissipates less than an hour, leaving the air smelling fresh and clean, with no residue. In fact, it will even eliminate the heavy smell that can linger from a deodorizer.
Ozone is created by lightning during active thunderstorms by splitting O2 molecules in half, and allowing the single molecules to attach to regular oxygen molecules, thus becoming O3. The process is known as corona discharge and often creates a fresh clean smell in the air after a thunderstorm that can be very distinctive. Ozone is also created by ultraviolet rays from the sun striking the earth and its atmosphere.
The O3 bulb generates ozone and the fan draws in the oxygen over bulb.
Ozone is very effective because it will circulate throughout an area and eliminate odors at their source. It actually oxidizes pollutants as it encounters them, whether they are in the air or on surfaces. These include odors from tobacco smoke, food and beverages, body sweat, mold and mildew, animals and pets, garbage, remodeling and many more odor producing substances. It will also follow the same path that the odors took into soft fabrics and oxidize them on contact. Unlike deodorizers, it does not leave a smell or chemical residue in the facility, which some people find objectionable. The treated area becomes free of odors.
Each individual’s equipment will be different. An initial ozone shock treatment of 1 hour should eliminate the odors. Follow up shock treatments of 30 minutes should suffice. Longer treatments will not harm any equipment.
Each space that has developed an odor is somewhat unique, so square footage is not always the best way to determine how long the treatment should be. For example, if an area room was smoked in for one evening, a 20 or 30 minute treatment should eliminate the odors. However, if the room had been smoked in heavily for a week, it could take several hours of treatment. And to convert a smoking room into a non-smoking room could take as long as 24 hours to eliminate the odors.
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