Are Ozone Generators Good For Cannabis Growers?
The cannabis industry is booming and businesses need to be prepared. As cannabis cultivation becomes more popular, the demand for safe methods of production increases. We will be discussing a common question that cannabis growers ask about these two options that are often compared: ozone generators vs AirROS surface and air purifiers and Are Ozone Generators Good For Cannabis Growers? Below is a transcript from the video that goes in-depth about Ozone generators and AirROS advance systems.
“So ,an ozone generator: normally when you look at an ozone generator, it is purpose-built meaning it is designed to just generate ozone. Ozone is an effective sanitizer. But in order to be effective, it has to be at high levels. So most of the virus inactivation’s that you see, you know, testing on virus inactivation’s, etc. are done at either 200 PPB or 0.200 PPM or higher. I’ve seen them in a full PPM 1.000 PPM (1000ppb), but it takes eight hours. It takes a long time to do an effective kill or inactivation on a virus with just ozone. So ozone generators are purpose-built just to generate ozone.
Our system does generate ozone, but we’re at 30 PPB (0.030ppm) well below OSHA regulations for people. Very low levels, where most of the arguments about our system generating only 30 PPB is “it can’t be effective”, which is almost a true statement.
At 30 PPB. Ozone alone is not very effective. However, we’re also generating a dry hydrogen peroxide or gas phased hydrogen peroxide. Also again at 1/10th of the levels OSHA requirements are set at, so very low levels, but when they combine, they create trioxidane. Trioxidane is a natural anti-microbial agent that can do surface killing. So in the environment with only 30 PPB low-level of ozone in that room, you are getting that trioxidane created, which has a half-life of about 12 minutes. It doesn’t last very long. So we’re constantly regenerating. So we’re generating ozone on purpose to create Trioxidane. Trioxidane is now the anti-microbial agent that’s killing, inactivating viruses, killing bacteria, mold pathogens, odors VOCs in the air and on surfaces in the environment. So, no, we’re not an ozone generator. Yes, we generate ozone, but at very safe levels.
So a lot of the testing you’ll see, or even if you watch the news on air quality index, you’ll notice that ground-level ozone is high, moderate, low, safe for …., so you see various levels. They monitor ground-level ozone. Some of the reason they do it is…, for example, we can go here outside and find 70ppb on any good day, 70 PPB, which is way higher, more than double what we’re at in most of our rooms. You can find that and even higher than a 100PPB. Most of the testing shows that there’s an air quality index issue for people at 120 or above. I’ve seen even 400ppb ground level ozone and they show that that’s dangerous for people. We’re never that high. Our rooms are cleaner, safer, lower levels than what you’ll normally find outside. So when you see ozone is bad, it’s normally very high levels and it’s outdoor related. When those low levels are pretty high outside, it’s not just ozone. So they’re talking, hey, your nitric oxides are high, your particulates are high from the emissions from car emissions, etc, factory emissions.
So your quality, your air quality index, even though they’re using ozone as a marker, it gives all bunch of other markers that come along with that. As ozone goes up, so does the particulates. As ozone goes up, so do your nitrous oxides so do the other dangerous air molecules that you’re breathing. So that’s why air quality is wrapped around the ozone target.
Ozone is very dynamic, meaning at a 100ppb and you shut off a generator of any sort, It’ll go back to 0ppb in under 30 minutes. So it’s very dynamic. So that’s what they use it as a measurement. Similar to us, we’re doing the same thing, “Hey, we’re at 10, we’re at 20 PPB”. As soon as somebody walks in the room, it drops dramatically. You see it almost instantly as product comes in. That is because it’s so dynamic and it is a great marker. It’s a good way to measure what’s going on in the room.
Trioxidane is our goal. So we know, at 30 PPB, we have the trioxidane needed to treat the surfaces. So we generate ozone, but it’s safe, low levels. And it gets easily confused with an upper layer of ozone, but ground level ozone and how dangerous they are and the media around that. So you got to be real careful with a lot of the studies. I haven’t seen one below 120 PPB. All of the studies that show dangerous levels of ozone are high levels of ozone. And, and to us that is irrelevant. You can be exposed to 400 PPB of ozone for so many hours. That is not the same as being exposed to 40 PPB for 10 days in a row. They’re two different exposure rates.
So you can’t do a test at high levels and say, “Oh, ozone’s dangerous.” Yeah. A lot of chemicals are dangerous at high levels. I wouldn’t want to breathe a lot of chlorine at high levels or other things. So you got to really know the difference between ozone levels and what’s attached to that ozone. So outdoors, there’s a lot of other things that are attached to it. Indoors with us, we’ve got that dry hydrogen peroxide at safe levels, which creates that trioxidane and actually your air quality is awesome. It’s beautiful inside. So that’s the difference, main difference between a generator and us.”
Ozone generators are good for a shock treatment for cannabis growers when the room is empty. But this may not work as well if you have mold or other airborne particles that need to be eliminated 24/7 and before they settle on a surface. If you want to clean both the air and surfaces effectively, then use an AirROS surface and air purifier. Contact us today to get a customized application plan to start protecting your grow today!