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iWave purification devices help bring restaurants peace of mind amid COVID-19


Restaurants battle winter and COVID-19


There is no question that the global pandemic has impacted the food and beverage industry in the U.S. and around the world. The abrupt halt in restaurant traffic resulted in lost revenue, furloughed employees, and even permanent closures. While the summer months increased traffic with the convenience of outdoor seating, colder weather has quickly moved into many parts of the country, which means that outdoor seating is no longer feasible. This transition has restaurant owners searching for ways to maintain business while keeping customers and employees safe indoors.


Restaurant owners have discovered that, among other precautions, installing iWave Air Purifiers, such as the iWave-M, the version for ductless heat pump systems, will help them reduce the threat of COVID-19, bringing peace of mind as they can offer a safer environment to staff and customers alike. One restaurant group president and COO said, “We have HVAC contractors all over the country, and we would get everyone’s opinions; the iWave devices are the one product everyone consistently spoke highly about.” It’s not surprising, in addition to being highly effective at providing fresher and cleaner air, iWave purification systems require minimal maintenance, zero replacement parts, and can help restaurants:

  • Remove odors from the kitchen.

  • Kill bacteria and viruses.

  • Reduce odors, allergens, and dust particles.

  • Purify air throughout the building.


Breathe cleaner and fresher air


iWave technology

You may be asking yourself, “What is this iWave purification system, and how does it help fight COVID-19 and other pathogens?” Let’s dive in. The iWave is a device installed in heating and cooling systems that produces ions similar to those in nature, including from lightening, waterfalls, and ocean waves. Needlepoint bipolar ionization enables iWave devices to provide fresher and cleaner air, as bipolar ionization creates equal amounts of positive and negative ions, that when released into breathable living spaces, breaks down pollutants and other harmful gases into harmless gases like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water vapor, and reduces odors, creating a healthier environment.


iWave vs. pathogens

iWave purification systems are great for restaurants and any breathable living space because they also effectively break down and kill pathogens through needlepoint bipolar ionization. When the ions released into the air from the iWave device encounter viruses, mold, and bacteria, for example, the reaction decomposes the surface proteins of the pathogens, which then hinders the pathogens’ activity. In one test using iWave needlepoint bipolar ionization, it was determined that in 10 minutes, 84.2% of COVID-19 was inactivated, at 15 minutes, 96.2% of the virus was inactivated, and at 30 minutes, 99.4% of the virus was inactivated. Additionally, to help remove irritating allergens like dander and dust, ions attach to the allergens, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be removed by a ventilation system’s air filter.


In closing


During these challenging times, public-facing organizations, including restaurants, are working hard to maintain business while reducing the threat of COVID-19. Technology such as the iWave can help bring peace of mind to people and cleaner air to the surroundings they encounter. Businesses and homeowners with any type of HVAC can benefit from iWave purification systems. For those with Ductless Heat Pump systems, the iWave-M purifying device is available as an add-on device at Island Ductless Heat Pumps.

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