Plane travel has increased over the years and often is the preferred choice of travelers. Clean indoor air when aboard an aircraft is not something people often think of. Their lives are hurried as they go from place to place, shuffling through airports with their luggage tightly held hoping to make all their connecting flights and reach their destination safely. With the constant intermingling of people from many walks of life it might not occur to the traveler that clean indoor air is essential for good health. They take for granted the modern conveniences of air conditioning and ventilation unaware that the air they breathe could be full of malignant microbes. These microbes carry diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, SARS, H1N1, influenza, and other dangerous pathogens. Is there a way to insure clean indoor air and lessen the chances of spreading diseases and illness in airports and on aircraft?
Currently most commercial aircraft are equipped with air filtration systems that help to remove contaminants from the cabin air and promote clean indoor air. The environmental control system regulates air temperature, cabin pressure, filters the air as it re-circulates and mixes with approximately 50% outside air. The outside air may not be filtered as it enters the aircraft and often odor causing volatile organic compounds and other contaminants are introduced into the ambient air within the cabin. Filtering the air is helpful but is it enough? Some malignant microbes may be too small to be filtered from the cabin air and filter changing can be hazardous due to live pathogens trapped in the air filters themselves. It would be much more effective if these malignant microbes could be destroyed instead of just filtered and those that escape filtration would be eliminated and not recirculated in the ambient air of the cabin.
Technology now exists that can significantly reduce volatile organic compounds, and pathogens that cause illness and disease. The recognized technology that does destroy malignant microbes is photocatalytic oxidation. These air purification systems can be retrofitted into current environmental control systems aboard aircraft and insure clean indoor air.
Zandair™ uses this technology in their air purification systems. Browse through our product pages and select the system that will fit your needs, and then contact one of our distributors in your area to assist you with any questions or comments.