Clean indoor air is essential for our health and well-being. So, it should come as no surprise that, for thousands of years, humans have worked to improve indoor air quality (IAQ): beginning with the ancient Egyptians’ lotus leaf waving, followed by DaVinci’s Renaissance-era, water-driven fan, then Carrier’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system during the Second Industrial Revolution and now through needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI®) technology.

By eliminating airborne particulates, odors and pathogens, revolutionary NPBI technology from Global Plasma Solutions® (GPS®) delivers clean indoor air without producing harmful ozone or other unnecessary byproducts. The technology decreases the number of germs circulating around the office, helps children with asthma breathe more easily at school and prevents harmful bacteria from growing in hospitals. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPBI has also taken center stage as one critical piece of a layered approach to slowing the spread of the virus.

Your Building Has a Built-In Platform for Air Purification Technology

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made indoor air quality a top priority almost overnight. But chances are, your indoor spaces are already equipped with the ideal platform for innovative air purification technology: the HVAC system.

“HVAC systems have been around for well over a century,” said David Schurk, director of business development at GPS. “Now, thanks to the coronavirus, IAQ is finally top of mind for the average Joe.

“The good news is that you can improve your IAQ and fight pathogens using your existing HVAC system as the delivery method.”

The patented NPBI technology works by releasing ions into a building’s airstream via the HVAC system. When the ions travel throughout the space, they attach to particles suspended in the air including pollutants, dust, dander, pollen, smoke and pathogens (such as bacteria, mold and viruses). This process, called agglomeration, results in large clusters that the HVAC system’s air filter can trap and safely remove from the air. Once the clusters reach a certain size, they can be trapped by the HVAC’s air filter more easily.

Of course, the coronavirus has supercharged current demand for indoor air quality solutions. But NPBI’s ability to tackle pathogens and offer energy savings, odor control and other benefits should make it a priority for the long term.

Luckily, NPBI is a cost-effective solution that’s also easy to install. “The technology adds almost no time and nominal cost to new construction projects,” said Jim Mangini, president of Hoffman & Hoffman, an HVAC system design, building automation and service company. In most cases, the compact size and simple mounting requirements of NPBI products allow them to be mounted almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. Even large installations covering thousands of square feet of indoor space are usually simple, quick jobs.

“We like to make the process easy,” said Charlie Waddell, GPS founder and chief technology officer.

Clean Indoor Air During a Pandemic and Beyond

Though COVID-19 made indoor air quality top of mind, air purification technology applications extend well beyond the pandemic. NPBI, in particular, addresses a broad range of environmental air quality concerns that will continue to play an important role well into the future. At its core, it’s an efficient, cost-effective way to bring outdoor freshness indoors.

“At the end of the day, our goal and our customers’ goal is to make indoor air more breathable,” Waddell said. “It feels good to know we’re improving people’s lives just by purifying the air.”