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Ewww…What’s that smell?

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to smell first thing in the morning is what I had for dinner last night. Sure, that garlic and Parmesan encrusted fish on a bed of spinach and onions was delicious, but it doesn’t really mix well with a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin. And trying to get rid of those leftover odors can be difficult. There are all kinds of home remedies involving lemons, candles and burnt toast, but none of them really work well and all you end up with is one smell covering another instead of fresher smelling air. Of course, there are sprays you can use to attempt to mask the unwanted odors, but buying bottle after bottle can get expensive and who really wants their kitchen smelling like a Tahitian breeze or fresh laundry, anyway?

So we ask: why only mask odors, when you can actually get rid of those unwanted smells? You can do this by installing a UV lamp in a titanium dioxide coated chamber into your HVAC system. It is a very effective way to eliminate food smells before they become lingering houseguests. Technically, it goes like this: When UV light (a component of sunlight) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) combine, they create highly reactive molecules called superoxide ions. These ions react with odor molecules (and other airborne organics), oxidizing them by “stealing” their electrons which causes them to break apart and reform into simpler molecules —mostly CO2 and water vapor . This process is called photocatalytic oxidation (PCO). Long story short, PCO freshens the air in a new way, removing indoor air pollution as it passes through the HVAC filtration. It removes odors without adding the fragrances and other odor masking solutions that so-called “air fresheners” use. And there are no harmful byproducts since the PCO process results in common elements found in the air.

This process also works to remove odors from chemicals that you may have in your home. Installing carpet, painting the living room and even your dry cleaning creates VOC  odors that can be irritating. These kinds of odors are just as unwelcome in your home, and the PCO process is highly effective in removing them. More than irritating,, these chemical odors can potentially be harmful to you and your family if you’re exposed to them for a long enough period of time and just covering them up with a spray or candle isn’t a viable option.

So, whether your spouse is going through a liver and onions phase, you’re planning on remodeling every room in your house, or you fit somewhere in between, an investment  in a photocatalytic oxidation system for your HVAC system can ease your mind and your nose when it comes to stinky smells.


To learn more about Ultravation’s products that reduce odors in the air, visit the UVPhotoMAX webpage.



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