REMARK: This Q&A was part of the AIVC special COVID-19 newsletter published in July 2021. To subscribe to the newsletter please click here.

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AIVC Ventilation Information Paper #42: The Concept for Substituting Ventilation by Gas Phase Air Cleaning

AIVC's Ventilation Information Paper no 42: The Concept for Substituting Ventilation by Gas Phase Air Cleaning has just been released! The paper discusses and evaluates the pros and cons by partly substituting required ventilation by gas phase air cleaning.  

The paper is freely accessible upon registration. Please click here to download and read the document. 

English

VIP 42: The Concept for Substituting Ventilation by Gas Phase Air Cleaning

Worldwide, there is an increasing number of publications related to air cleaning and sales of gas phase air cleaning products. This puts a demand for verifying the influence of using air cleaning on indoor air quality, comfort, well-being and health. It is thus important to learn whether air cleaning can supplement ventilation with respect to improving air quality i.e. whether it can partly substitute the ventilation rates required by standards.

Experimental characterization of the efficiency and energy consumption of various central ventilation air cleaning systems

The present study aimed at assessing six commercially-available in-duct air cleaning devices which are designed to be mounted in the central ventilation system of offices or commercial buildings. The selected devices use different air cleaning technologies: mechanical filtration, electrostatic precipitation, gas filtration, ionisation / cold plasma, photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and catalysis under UV light.

Effect of central fans and in-duct filters on deposition rates of ulrafine and fine particles in an occupied townhouse

The deposition rates of particles in a town-house with a forced air circulation and in-duct filters have been calculated for that study. It appears that the use of central forced-air fan along with in-duct filters allows the reduction of particle concentration. And it is more effective than reducing ventilation by closing windows or making homes more insulated.

Vers une analyse virtuelle de la qualité de l'air intérieur (Towards a virtual analysis of the indoor air quality)

This paper gives the main results of a thesis whose main objective was the comparison of numerical and experimental values of indoor air quality. The tests were carried out at the CSTB . That thesis has permitted to propose an index for the appreciation of the efficiency of the elimination of pollutants.

Evaluating upper room UVGI systems

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) systems are used to disinfect air, they consist in mounting shielded UVGI lamps at high level in an upper room zone, and the natural convection currents that occur in a room space carry airborne microorganisms through the UV field. This study demonstrates that the effectiveness of those systems is dependant on both the ventilation regime and the in-room air mixing.

Clearing air with electrets and filtration

Electret media or "charged" media are electrostatically charged materials that attract, like magnets do, microscopic charged or uncharged particulates. Those media are not the same in structure, stability, distribution of charge and size of their internal electric fields. Charge and structure together determine an electret media performance. In this paper the results of different filter media put to the tests are presented.

The Effect of Photocatalytic Air Cleaning on Perceived Air Quality

An experiment was carried out to determine the effect of photocatalytic air cleaning on perceivedair quality. Thirty-eight subjects assessed the air quality in a low-polluting, 108 m3 office, with pollution sources either present or absent behind a partition. The pollution sources were carpet, linoleum and chipboard. The office was ventilated with outdoor air at 0.6, 2.5, and 6 h-1. The air temperature was 22C and the relative humidity 40%.

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