WHAT IS OZONE?
Ozone is a naturally occurring form of Oxygen. Ozone, (O3), sometimes called “activated oxygen”, contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone is one of the most powerful sanitizers known to man and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses, moulds, protozoa, and odors. Ozone occurs in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms. In fact the “fresh, clean, spring rain” smell that we notice after a storm most often results from nature’s creation of ozone. Ozone is also created by the sun’s ultra-violet rays which strike oxygen molecules in the upper atmosphere. This ozone layer serves to protect us from the suns ultra-violet radiation.
HOW DOES OZONE WORK?
The third oxygen atom of ozone, (O3), makes it extremely reactive. This atom readily attaches itself to other molecules. When contaminants such as odors, bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, their chemical structure is altered. As more ozone attacks the remaining compounds, the contaminant is eventually destroyed. This process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts back to oxygen after it is used. This makes it a very environmentally friendly oxidant.
Ozone has been described as nature’s sanitizer.
HOW IS OZONE PRODUCED?
There are two methods of producing ozone…ultra-violet and corona discharge. The RainSafe™ uses Ultra-violet (UV) light to create ozone. The process splits oxygen molecules in air into single oxygen atoms (O). These atoms combine with another oxygen molecule, (O2), to form ozone, (O3).