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Here at ACI Services we use a combination of ultra violet light and plasma to make the air that you breathe clean.

Common Symptoms


Headaches, Common Cold and Flu, Fatigue, Bronchitis, Eye Irritation, Sinus Irritation, Symptoms of Asthma, Dizziness, Skin Irritation, Respiratory Problems, Nausea, Measles, Chicken Pox, Legionnaires' Diseases, Aspergillosis, and Tuberculosis.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 10% of all colds are caught outdoors, 90% are caught indoors! We've all watched helplessly as a cold virus passed from one member of the family to another. Perhaps you suffer from asthma or allergies and despite desperate attempts to dust more, keep the windows closed, clean your bedding, clothing, carpeting and furniture more frequently, your symptoms still persist.

The EPA tells us that the air inside your home can be up to 70 times more polluted than the outdoor environment. One reason for this is that the duct work in your home is full of volatile organic compounds (VOC's), bioaerosols and particulates. These microbes are alive and thriving inside your furnace or air conditioning system.

These airborne allergens adversely affect the air quality in your home as they are blown past the furnace or air conditioning filter and circulated throughout your home.

WHAT IS A PLASMA?

We are all familiar with the three states of matter in our everyday surroundings: solid, liquid and gas; but we may be surprised to find estimates that 99% of the matter in the Universe consists of a fourth state of matter - PLASMA. Plasma is the most common state of matter in the Universe.

When sufficient energy is applied to a solid it becomes a liquid (ice becomes water). When enough energy is applied to a liquid it becomes a gas.(water becomes steam)

What happens when a gas gets heated?
"When a gas is heated by many thousands of degrees, the individual atoms collide with enough violence to knock electrons free, resulting in a collection of positively charged ions and free, negatively charged electrons. The gas is said to be ionized, and when a sizable number of the atoms become ionized, the gas is called a PLASMA.

A plasma can also be formed by applying other forms of energy to a gas: ...... ultraviolet rays, for example..... Plasma exists in and around the stars, including the sun, and throughout interstellar space. .....Plasmas possess remarkable properties not found in ordinary solids, liquids, and gases...... the free electrons are extremely mobile. "Plasma and Plasma Physics."
Britannica Encyclopedia. 2003
Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.
04 Jul, 2003 http://www.britannica.com/ebi/article?eu=298527

In 1928, Langmuir and Tonks, while investigating electric discharges at the General Electric Research Laboratory, introduced the term "plasma" to described the ionized gas.

"The plasmas are electrically charged gases, or "ionized" gases, that are found in nature as well as in numerous devices. In addition to surrounding you in the universe, plasmas play key roles in bringing you sunlight outdoors during the daytime, street light at night, fluorescent light in your offices, computer chips in your computers, treated and coated surfaces of more important objects in your life than you might imagine (including hardened artificial joints you might have in your body and high temperature turbine blade coatings for the jets you fly in), flat panel displays for your TV, gas lasers, the welded joints that keep buildings from falling apart, and radio transmission around the world. Among the important applications expected in the future are the production of electrical energy from nuclear fusion, environmental cleanup....." Coalition for Plasma Science, http://www.plasmacoalition.org/

What is UVC?

Ultraviolet rays have shorter wavelengths than visible light. A wavelength, the distance between the crests of two waves, is often measured in units called nanometers. A nanometer (nm) is a billionth of a meter, or about 1/25,000,000 inch. Wavelengths of visible light range from about 400 to 700 nm. Ultraviolet wavelengths range from about 1 to 400 nm and are beyond the range of visible light.

Ultraviolet rays with wavelengths shorter than 300 nm are extremely effective in killing bacteria and viruses. The most effective sterilizing range for UV is within the C bandwidth (UVC). This range is called the germicidal bandwidth. UVC has been used in hospitals for decades to sterilize surgical instruments, water, and the air in operating rooms. Many food and drug companies use germicidal lamps to disinfect various types of products and their containers.

How Does It Work?

The cleaning mechanism of UV is a photochemical process. The contaminants that pollute our homes are almost entirely based upon organic or carbon-based compounds. These compounds breakdown when exposed to high intensity UV at 240 to 290 nm. Short-wave ultraviolet light can destroy DNA in living microorganisms and breakdown organic material found in indoor air. UVC's effectiveness is directly related to intensity and exposure time.

UV rays must strike the contaminants directly in order to penetrate the microorganism and break down its molecular bonds. This bond breakage translates into cellular or genetic damage with the germs rendered harmless by robbing them of the ability to reproduce.

Our sun provides a wide spectrum of light energy - from the invisible ultraviolet to normal visible light and up through the visible infrared. We are most familiar with the invisible UVA and UVB light waves that are harmful to our skin. But it is the short UVC wavelength that contains the right level of energy for destroying bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and molds. Medical studies using ultra-violet disinfections have proven effective in reducing the spread of tuberculosis, measles, influenza, smallpox, and controlling infection in operating rooms.

When microbes (bacteria, bacterial spores, viruses, yeast, mold and mold spores) are exposed to sufficient doses of UVC light, their DNA is destroyed, causing cell death or making replication (cell division) impossible. They are rendered harmless. Since UVC leaves no product residues or contaminates, it is an environmentally friendly alternative to using chemicals.

For more information regarding Plasma or UV-C lights pricing/purchase you can contact ACI Services.

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