HVAC systems have taken a technological leap by including a new filtering system capable of neutralizing air pollutants such as dust, bacteria and viruses.
Air conditioning has been with humans for more than a century. From its invention at the beginning of the 20th century until now, its main objective has been to give freshness when the heat hits. Today, however, some systems have taken a technological leap by including a novel filtering process capable of neutralizing air pollutants such as dust, bacteria, viruses, mold, mites, pet hair, allergens and other particles.
The advance is not trivial. The current situation has made families seek to improve the air quality inside their homes. “It is now when we have realized a reality to which we possibly had not paid enough attention and that is The amount of impurities in the indoor environment can become a risk to our health”, says Pedro Ruiz, LES general director Mitsubishi Electric BV, Spanish Subsidiary.
Controlling these particles helps our breathing, rest, and even our bodies. “When we think about the reasons why it is beneficial to have air conditioning at home, the reason seems obvious: because it keeps our home at the desired temperature,” says meteorologist Mario Picazo. “But a device with the proper filtering system helps to effectively fight 99% of viruses and bacteria, deactivates 98% of allergens and captures 99% of other polluting particles in suspension,” he adds.
Such is the case of the Plasma Quad Plus filter – with technology developed by Mitsubishi Electric, incorporated in the MSZ-LN Kirigamine Style series of air conditioners – which renews the indoor air in a home, eliminating microparticles and odors. “Currently, 80% of people have increased their concern about cleanliness and hygiene at home,” says Ruiz. The method that uses this system allows to capture particles up to 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It sounds simple, but to achieve it a complex and novel mechanism is used, unique in its kind.
Once the air enters the apparatus, it passes through a filter containing a plasma electrode, which generates an electric curtain that neutralizes impurities. The system charges the polluting particles, which allows them to be eliminated. Finally, the air stream passes through a deodorizing filter, capable of capturing nano molecules that are unpleasant to smell. “If we talk about homes where children and the elderly live, 91% of them consider that air conditioning is the best way to guarantee a better quality of indoor air”, highlights Ruiz.
In this sense, the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (Seaic) endorses the effectiveness of the Plasma Quad Plus filter from Mitsubishi Electric , as it reduces exposure to allergenic particles, viruses and bacteria by up to 97%. Similarly, Mitsubishi Electric experts point out that an increase in air quality favors the elimination of toxins that accumulate in the body, which helps mitigate anxiety and stress. Cleaner air means good respiratory health.