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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Ozone VS Hydroxyl

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone machine on one-half of picture, Hydroxyl on other half Ozone or Hydroxyl, Which is Your Choice

A common theme between ozone and hydroxyl is "ozone is more effective and efficient, and hydroxyl is effective but takes longer."  The advantages of hydroxyls are: 1) No strong odor, 2) works in high humidity, and 3) the unit can be run while people are still in the building.  Because "time is money" and ozone equipment will do the job more quickly, we find the majority of odor issues are most often done with ozone machines.

The difference may lie in the fact that ozone does "reach out and touch" every part of the room.  The 20-minute lifespan of ozone allows it to stay in place and oxidize odors and contaminants for a longer period, whereas, hydroxyls do not last that long.  The goal of the hydroxyl unit is to use massive air flow to treat as much air as possible with the expectation that the constant introduction of hydroxyls will match ozone's reach.  The inconvenience of ozone is the need to vacate the treated areas and a lingering ozone smell that dissipates in about 24 hours, although you should always air-out the room after the treatment allowing the ability of people to return to the building.

Whether you choose ozone or hydroxyl you will notice a difference in your home, but to what degree and for how long depends on each person, as odor sensitivity is subjective to each person.

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