What are Hydroxyl Generators?
Hydroxyls can oxidize contaminants, remove odors, and disinfect bacteria and viruses from indoor air, without using high concentrations of ozone. By duplicating the same process used by Earth's atmosphere, hydroxyl generators attack indoor contaminants the same way as naturally occurring hydroxyls would.
But what are hydroxyls?
The hydroxyl, more specifically the hydroxyl radical (•OH), is a short-lived molecule containing a single oxygen and a single hydrogen atom. The word "radical" means that it is neutral with no net charge. A hydroxyl radical has an unpaired electron and is always searching for another electron to become paired again. The easiest way to become complete is for a hydroxyl radical to abstract (take away) an atom from something nearby, which is how hydroxyls break down contamination.
How do hydroxyls work?
In the atmosphere, Hydroxyls are formed by the reaction of ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun disassembling water vapor (H2O) into hydroxyl radicals (•OH). Atmospheric hydroxyl radicals react with and neutralize concentrated pollutants in outdoor air. The atmospheric cleaning effects of hydroxyls are massive, breaking down the smoke from forest fires and many other pollutants.
However, with an average life of less than a second, naturally-formed hydroxyls are limited to the outdoors and have little to no effect on indoor air. Most naturally-produced hydroxyls never pass through an exterior doorway. Hydroxyls are not harmful to people, pets or plants, as we are directly exposed to hydroxyls every time we are outdoors.