Yes, in 1997, my wife had cancer and she had been through a few cancers already over a period of 25 years and she had 26 surgeries. So she was always in the hospital and she was catching all sorts of infections and I knew that in the hospital they were using ultra-violent for disinfection with their utensils and different things. So I started looking into ultraviolet or some sort of technology that would actually clean the air in a home without sprays or chemicals, as UV would be able to really sterilize the environment that she was in and keep her alive longer. So that's what I had in mind. I bent, the first piece of metal up, made a little square box, riveted it together, put the optics in there and the ballast and got it working and the lamps are made from quartz and so you have different quartz in different clarity of like diamonds.
And so I learned so much that I was able to formulate my own formula and then I would test it and all of a sudden I have really wonderful results or the results got better and better until we had the recipe all figure it out. This is going to work. I can smell it, I can feel it. That's why I pushed it. And, then the next box got to build a bit better. Then I was able to take it down to a sheet metal place, show the guy basically what I wanted. And then they got nicer and more effective.
Think about the days when we didn't wash our clothes and would dry them in dryers. We washed them and hung them out on lines in the sunlight and brought that laundry in. And that wonderful fresh, crisp smell of freshly dried linens and clothes. We lose those in a dryer. When I brought my HGI hydroxyl generating unit home to try it out because I really believe in this technology. I began to feel that and sense that freshness again in the fabrics of my sofas in my drapes. And what it reminded me of was a fresh load of laundry in my house. The discovery of the atmospheric hydroxyl hurt, because of a new word that was coined in vernacular, which was acid rain. The British were really the first to research this. Leeds University was commissioned by the British government to begin looking at it. For instance, they examined how much coal dust was going into the atmosphere and how much sulphuric acid was produced and acid rain was coming down. What they found was that what was going up wasn't equating to what should be coming down. In other words, there was a huge portion of it that was absent. This is termed a chemical sync, so it was syncing into something, but what was taking it apart? They discovered that it was the action of an unknown atmosphere agent at the time called a hydroxyl. And they were quite intrigued by that. So they did chemical breakdowns for how it would break up, Voc's both natural and man-made in the environment, but they couldn't replicate it.
They did analyze and continued to do so. And we do engage them from time to time on research matters. Where research went next was to try to commercialize this phenomenon at Penn State for a number of years. Dr. Kowalski tried to sequence what would be necessary to replicate what the sun does to create atmosphere hydroxyls, but they could not quite get it to where it needed to be. We were the next ones to take up the mantle and to work out how the sequencing had to be so that we could produce commercial amounts. Other organizations have hydroxyl generators, but they generate passive amounts that are not commercially viable. In other words, you couldn't do a sewage plant, wastewater plant or a rendering facility. The types of things bother a community beyond the fence line of that particular factory. That's where we want it to be.
We've evolved over millions of years, plants, animals, and humans to thrive in an environment saturated with natural hydroxyls. They kill the bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew, pollen and other organic materials that accumulate even under natural conditions in our environment that were they not checked and destroyed. The natural environment we live in would be out of balance and you become toxic. That balance doesn't exist in our increasingly insulated and confined indoor spaces, and what HGI has been able to do is bring that capability indoors and afford you that option to recreate that natural fresh air quality, that balance and doors and without that out casting from your carpets, from your fabric. Every time you bring a garment from the dry cleaners, every time your house is cleaned with a whole array of all those sprays and chemicals they accumulate. They are not good for you to breathe in especially hypo chloride from the bleach. If you use that as a cleaning solution, it is actually very dangerous. Hydroxyls indoors would decompose those and restore that natural balance and safety of your air. It also will get rid of the accumulated mold and mildew bacteria that are a consequence of recycling your own air.
It actually came from a couple of employees that came to HGI. John told me about what was going there explaining a little bit about the technology and December of 2009, 2008, excuse me, I was asked to actually take a look at automating some of the hydroxyl generators at that point in time. I came into the facilities to really go through what they had at the time, like I'm going to say it was a little leery, but I did a little background on checking out what a hydroxyl was. You know, I heard some testimonials from the people that I know, but it really wasn't until I went down to a rendering plant and saw this technology working and truly if you've ever been to a rendering plant and how nasty that environment is, looking at just rotting food in these pits and things like that and looking at it and it's kind of a mind game that you're not smelling anything and you're not seeing the flies. You're not seeing the maggots. You're not seeing what you would think and you're just looking at the same straight. I'd have to say once anybody goes down to an environment like especially if they've been to an environment where this technology wasn't working, would make you a believer right there and then.
In the marketplace there's a variety of sensors. Most of them are electro chemical sensors that are used to measure a variety of gases, both, inert and corrosive. These devices were never measured to design and measure necessarily potent oxidizers electric chemical potentials over a one electron volts selectively, so when they respond to oxidizers, they respond to them as a group, so they'll routinely register positive for not only hydroxyls and ozone together, but hydrogen peroxide and hypochlorite bleach and lemon juice and other common oxidizers. It's not to criticize them as devices, it's just that their use is being inappropriately used and trying to selectively measure either ozone or hydroxyls. HGI commissioned an independent survey by Sanxson, environmental toxicology services, a company that is extremely experienced in the use of hydroxyls in the standardization process, and they surveyed vendors of these devices and laboratories that use other analytical methods and in their report to the company. They said there are no commercially available labs or methods that can differentiate between a hydroxyl and ozone so HGI is taking it upon itself to develop new analytical methods to do just that.
The automation includes really a closed loop environment. It actually is sampling the environment and making adjustments to accommodate the Voc's or the particulates that are in the environment. It's adaptively going into that. It's allowing you also to integrate it into a full manufacturing line or environment where you need to be able to forget what's occurring. In other words, especially as we got moved from more of the and into the bacteria kills in environments, we've the lines are now starting to depend on us to do their sanitation as opposed to utilizing chemicals and once you do that, the reliability needs to be increased. Being able to self-diagnose self-correct and to ensure that you're producing the proper amount of hydroxyls based on the production levels. So in other words, we'd be tying into a particular automation system into the particular customer's automation system and being able to predict based on what's coming down the line that we should be ramping up or ramping down or hydroxyl production in order to ensure that we're getting the right coverage.
We have utilized the ODOROX® machines for almost a year and we are amazed to learn how many different odor problems this machine tackles successfully
To Whom It May Concern:
This past holiday season, I experienced significant smoke damage in my home from an electrical malfunction in my oven, which occurred when running the oven cleaning cycle on a timer in the middle of the night?it appeared that the thermostat had stopped working, and the oven temperature just kept rising and rising. When the smoke detectors went off, I wakened and opened my bedroom door on the second floor and saw nothing but smoke in the hallway?I could not even see downstairs. There were no flames, just heavy smoke.
The smoke had traveled throughout the first and second floor of my home. A strong odor was detected in the air, and it went into all the closets on both floors, affecting most of the clothing in them. I opened the windows in the home to get cross ventilation and waited outside until sufficient smoke at exited so I could go back into my home. At that point, what remained was a foul odor from the smoke, which was from the protein in the oven as well as some of the plastic surrounding the oven.
The next day, when I went to a meeting, several people in the meeting noticed the smoke odor on my clothing and asked if I had been in a fire. This was an uncomfortable situation to say the least, as I was expecting to host family during the holiday season, not to mention the embarrassment experienced in client meetings. Anxious to remedy the odor problem I contacted Odorox Air Technologies (OAT) in Basking Ridge NJ to see if their Odorox equipment might be able to help my situation.
The guys contacted a local Paul Davis restoration firm, who agreed to operate the Odorox hydroxyl generators at my home to assist in the clean up. Felipe Rodriguez ("Phil") from Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling followed the instructions given to him by Odorox personnel, and in a matter of just a few days successfully removed the smoke odor from my house (most of it had dissipated after just one day). Paul Davis had installed three of the Odorox machines on the two floors as well as a number of fans to move the air through the house.
Besides the obvious benefit of eliminating the smoke smell, I appreciated not having to leave my home during the clean up process?that is because the clean-up process does not use any ozone, which would not have been safe to be around..
It also was interesting to note that the local Maryland Paul Davis folks, having not heard of this hydroxyl technology, were very skeptical of its ability to work. When they came and installed the equipment (shipped to them by Emerald), they said that they could come back the next day with their own equipment to take out the smoke that the Odorox equipment didn't do. When they came back the next day, they were truly amazed at how quickly most of the odors had already been removed much faster than through their more traditional methods they became believers literally overnight. And given that this technology did not require that I vacate my home and dry clean my clothing, treat carpet, etc., they were more than impressed.
Unrelated to the smoke damage, Phil found some mold in my basement (it was from a water leak a few months earlier). I had mentioned that the Odorox equipment could kill the mold spores as well. So once the smoke cleanup was done, and following consultation with the Odorox personnel, I moved one of the Odorox units on the job to my basement to deal with the mold. I am pleased to report the mold is gone with the help of the Odorox and additional clean-up from the restoration crew.
As a business owner and building professional who works with commercial and institutional facilities managers facing odor, mold and other indoor air quality issues threatening their companies, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the Odorox hydroxyl technology will eliminate these types of problems faster and with less disruption and at a lower cost than other previously available means. A big thanks to Odorox!
Peter S. Kimmel, AIA, IFMA Fellow
Odorox hydroxyl technology destroys 99.9% of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, voc's and viruses in the air and on porous and non-porous surfaces which can cause illness and infections. MDU/RX FDA approved and safe to use in spaces occupied by people, pets, and plants.