Distinguishing ActivePure From Other Technologies
One must also consider space. The very largest ActivePure machine (designed for large public spaces such as gymnasiums) takes up a little over 2 cubic feet of space. A Corsi-Rosenthal box with a 20-inch box fan would take up over twice that. Because of this ActivePure Technology can be installed in elevators, buses, cars, and right inside HVAC systems, while Corsi-Rosenthal boxes cannot. This is not to say that Corsi-Rosenthal boxes don’t make an excellent, economical way to reduce pollen, smoke, and dust. However, as many purifiers with ActivePure Technology include a HEPA filter, they render Corsi-Rosenthal boxes redundant.
A: Please see each individual technology below.
ActivePure is not an air filter such as HEPA or MERV 13.
Pathogens may not be inactivated by filters8; they are merely trapped
Filters are passive systems, so they must wait for airborne pathogens to come to them
Read more about filters at: blog.activepure.com/arrestance-cadr-merv/
ActivePure is not traditional ionization.
Ionizers use electricity to produce ions; these ions impart an electrical charge to nearby particles, clumping themtogether and causing them to fall out of the air
Ionizers may also inactivate pathogens incidentally, but their primary goal is to cause particles to fall out of theair and onto surfaces
Particles that fall to a surface can easily be stirred up once more9
ActivePure is not a ventilation solution.
Increasing ventilation and filtration in indoor spaces will potentially require the replacement of both older HVAC systems and modern highly engineered HVAC systems
Increasing airflow through denser filters may increase the carbon footprint of those using these new systems and filters, this effect could also be compounded by increasing the amount of air needing to be heated or cooled
Bringing more outdoor air in at the wrong time of day can potentially increase particulate matter10
ActivePure is not UVGI purification.
Robot-style Whole Room UV light is extremely powerful but has some key disadvantages
Whole Room UV only treats what is directly exposed to the UV light
Whole Room UV can only be used in unoccupied rooms as it is harmful to the eyes and skin
Wall-mounted UV lights must be shielded, making them a passive technology
It is not easy to calibrate a UVGI system so that it inactivates pathogens during the time they are exposed
UVGI does not reduce unwanted gases11
Read more about ActivePure vs. UVGI at: blog.activepure.com/indoor-air-ultraviolet-tech-2/
ActivePure is not PCO technology.
Early generation PCO-type air cleaners can generate ozone and VOC gases12, potentially making them unsafe to use in indoor environments
ActivePure is not a chemical surface disinfectant.
Surface disinfectants are chemical agents that can kill or eliminate microorganisms on surfaces
Surface disinfectants introduce chemicals into the environments
Most surface disinfectants do not protect against microbes re-introduced after application
Read more about ActivePure Technology vs. other methods at: blog.activepure.com/11-air-filtration-technologies/
“It is reasonable to assume that: If used according to manufacturer’s recommendations and in combination with an appropriate cleaning program, the tested devices [ActivePure] will safely and continuously eliminate viral particles in air, reduce bacterial loads and minimize other ambient dusts.”26
Economics & Environmental
To learn more about ActivePure’s solutions for your organization, please contact your local representative or visit activepure.com/contact/
1. Space Foundation. (2017). “Radiant Catalytic Ionization Air & Water Purification.” SpaceFoundation.org. spacefoundation.org/space_certification_/radiant-catalytic-ionization-air-water-purification/ (Note that ActivePure Technology was formerly referred to as Radiant Catalytic Ionization or RCI.)
2. Aerus. (2021). “Proof Book” [Internal Compilation of Studies] Beyond by Aerus.
3. Lighthouse & ResInnova. (2021). “The School District of [Redacted] ActivePure Air System Study.” Lighthouse Environmental Infection Prevention.
4. Pennoni. (2022). “ActivePure Technologies: Risk Assessment” [White Paper/Unpublished Lab Study]. Pennoni Associates Inc.
6. Pennoni. (2022). “ActivePure Technologies: Risk Assessment” [White Paper/Unpublished Lab Study]. Pennoni Associates Inc.
7. Since pollen and dander have complex protein structures which might be affected by various reactive oxygen species, ActivePure could hypothetically aid in their neutralization. Further study is required.
8. Hammond, A., et al. (April 2021). “Should homes and workplaces purchase portable air filters to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory infections? A systematic review.” PLoS ONE 16(4): e0251049. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251049
9. (2021). “Do Ionic Air Purifiers Work?” Black-Mold-Guide.com. black-mold-guide.com/do-ionic-air-purifiers-work.html
10. Lv, Yang, et al. (2017). “The Correlation between Indoor and Outdoor Particulate Matter of Different Building Types in Daqing, China” Procedia Engineering, 205(360-367) doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.10.002.
11. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2008). “Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home.” EPA.gov. epa.gov/sites/default/files/2014-07/documents/aircleaners.pdf
12. Concordia University. (2015). “Certain air filters using photocatalytic oxidation have dangerous by-product, study shows: Dangerous by-products released by a filter already in commercial use.” ScienceDaily. sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150715130835.htm
13. Please note that one of ActivePure’s distributors sells a single product that uses PCO technology, but this product is distinct from ActivePure Technology. beyondbyaerus.com/globalassets/sellsheets/PS_GuardianAngel.pdf
14. Aerus. (2019). “Aerus Medical Guardian Organic Oxidation Byproducts.” Aerus.
15. Pennoni. (2022). “Report of Findings: Executive Summary ActivePure Technologies: Risk Assessment” [White Paper/Unpublished Lab Study]. Pennoni Associates Inc.
16. Ali, Mohammed. (March 2009). “Measurements of electrodynamic effects on the deposition of MDI and DPI aerosols in a replica cast of human oral-pharyngeal-laryngeal airways.” Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery. 22(1):35-44. liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jamp.2007.0637
17. Please note that one of ActivePure’s distributors sells a single product that uses traditional ionization, but this product does not contain ActivePure Technology. beyondbyaerus.com/globalassets/sellsheets/PS_GuardianAngel.pdf
18. Forster, P., et al. (2007). “Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing. In: Climate Change “The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Solomon, S., et al. Ed.) Cambridge University Press.
19. Niemiec et al. These results have yet to be formally published, but the results have been shared with ActivePure. Contact your local distributor for more details.
20. California Air Resources Board. (2010). “California’s Regulation to Limit Ozone Emissions from Indoor Air Cleaning Devices.” ARB.CA.gov. ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/fact-sheets/californias-regulation-limit-ozone-emissions-indoor-air-cleaning-devices
21. Intertek (2013). “BGA Ozone Report.” Intertek.
22. Lawrence, William S. & Peel, Jennifer E. (2022). “ActivePure Air Purifier Against Respiratory Pathogens” [Unpublished Lab Study]. University of Texas Medical Branch.
23. Aerus. (2021). “Proof Book” [Internal Compilation] Beyond by Aerus.
24. Pennoni. (2022). “Report of Findings: Executive Summary ActivePure Technologies: Risk Assessment” [White Paper/Unpublished Lab Study]. Pennoni Associates Inc.
25. Devices tested in this study: Beyond Guardian Air, Pure & Clean, and AP500.
26. Pennoni. (2022). “Report of Findings: Executive Summary ActivePure Technologies: Risk Assessment” [White Paper/Unpublished Lab Study]. Pennoni Associates Inc.
27. ADP. (2022). “ADP Research Institute® Reveals Pandemic-Sparked Shift in Workers’ Priorities and Expectations in New Global Study.” mediacenter.adp.com/2022-04-25-ADP-Research-Institute-R-Reveals-Pandemic-Sparked-Shift-in-Workers-Priorities-and-Expectations-in-New-Global-Study