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Ionization of the air

What exactly is ionized air and what benefits does it offer? We explain why ionization is so important in the process of Biow to create healthy air indoors.

The ionization of the air (also called ionization) in combination with the laminar outflow of the enriched air makes Biow unique. But what exactly is ionized air anyway? And what effects does ionized air have on our health?

What is ionized air?

Very high ion density near a waterfall

Ionized air means that a previously untreated air becomes enriched with negatively charged ions (called anions). In nature, far from human influence, this happens in a natural cycle. The sun's UV radiation, thunderstorms, rain, water atomization (e.g., near waterfalls or on coasts), and many other natural factors create high anion density in the air. The places we perceive as particularly "fresh"have high anion contents of at least 5,000 anions/cm³. In such places as mountains, near the sea, and in forests, we intuitively like to stay and feel comfortable. In the vicinity of waterfalls, this value can rise to over 60,000 anions/cm³. The "freshness" felt there can be described more precisely: free of odors, of germs, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens such as nanoparticles (e.g. fine dust).

Influence on the human organism

Sanatorium Schatzalp

Why we intuitively feel at home in mountains, by the sea or in dense forests is well researched scientifically. Because of the sheer number of anions, we inhale many of them with every breath. The result is increased uptake of oxygen. And more oxygen in the blood has far-reaching health consequences. In particular, the respiratory, digestive and nervous systems benefit greatly from ionized air. It is not for nothing that numerous sanatoriums, lung and nerve clinics are found in mountain regions and near the sea (picture: Sanatorium Schatzalp, Davos).

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Anion density in urban areas

Air pollution in Zurich, EuropabrückeIn urban areas and urban interiors such as houses and apartments, shops and offices, however, anion concentrations are shockingly low. Here, hardly more than 200 anions per cubic centimeter are measured, and even less in air-conditioned buildings. The reason for this lies in the physical property of the particles. Negatively charged ions are small, unstable particles that quickly combine with other particles in the air. Thus they lose their health-promoting characteristics. So the more particles there are in the air, the more likely it is that the anions will form bonds with them. Urban air with all your pollution from human activity (odors, abrasion from tires, emissions from heaters and electronic devices, fertilizers from agriculture, and many more) has a correspondingly large number of particles in it, which means that almost all anions will form bonds with these particles and render them harmless. However, this "cleaning power" of anions ensures that the positive health effects on humans are lost.

Biow provides fresh mountain air indoors

We generally go about our daily lives in urban areas. Children go to school, adults go to work or run the household. The goal of Biow is to provide healthy air as we know it from mountains and forests also indoors. A quick reminder: this "fresh" air is characterised by purity on the one hand and a high concentration of anions on the other. These are exactly the conditions that Biow creates. This is how Biow creates the effect of natural, fresh air in your home.

Concentration of negatively charged ions with Biow

Measurements show that our devices reproduce the secret of fresh mountain air - a greatly increased concentration of negatively charged ions (so-called anions). You can also benefit from the health benefits at home.

Our Biow 100 creates an area about 2 meters long where the ion concentration reaches up to 50,000 anions per cubic centimeter. Even in more distant areas of the room, approx. 5,000 anions / cm3 are still achieved.

The main area of influence of the Biow 60 is about 1.5 meters long. In it there are up to 30,000 anions / cm3. In the rest of the space, the concentration is still about 3,000 ions / cm3, which corresponds approximately to the anion concentration in an alpine mountain forest.


Frequently asked questions about ionization

Ionization (also called ionization) is a physical process in which an atom or molecule with a neutral (i.e. balanced) charge gains or loses an extra electron. This creates positively charged molecules (cations) or negatively charged molecules (anions).

Molecules can be ionized naturally or artificially. Since neutral atoms are very robust particles, a comparatively large force is required to remove or add an electron from them. In nature, this form of ionization occurs, among other things, through UV radiation from the sun, lightning and water atomization (waterfalls). In an artificial way, an ionization, for example, byplasma ionization occur.

The most common are water ionization and air ionization. In both processes, cleaning is usually the primary focus. Biow ionizes the air and, in addition to cleaning pests in the air, focuses primarily on the health benefits that ionized room air brings with it.

In the case of Biow, the ionization of the air works by means of a so-calledplasma ionization. The air inside the device is exposed to high electrical voltage. This leads to single electrons being attached to previously neutrally charged atoms. Atoms are formed with an additional electron, i.e. an additional negatively charged particle. One speaks of negatively charged ions or anions.

No, ionized air is not harmful under the right conditions. You can find out what to look out for and why ionized air is not harmful per se in ourblog post.

Air ionization can provide many health benefits. Targeted room air ionization not only ensures pest-free breathing air, but can also relieve the respiratory tract, which above allsleep apnea patients can be of great help. The prerequisite is that a constantly high anion blanket is generated around the user over a long period of time. This is especially possible during the sleep phase. thehealth benefits of ionized air we describe in more detail in our blog.