Technology Comparison

Technology Comparison

Plasma Air's ionization approach provides a significant upgrade over traditional filtration solutions. Applications using Plasma Air treatment will realize a higher success rate compared to traditional solutions including filters, UV, carbon and PCO. And this performance is realized at lower pressure drops, decreased energy consumption and at a competitive installed cost.

Traditional air filtration only provides a partial solution, removing only the largest of particles and allowing the smaller, more dangerous particles and pathogens to pass right through. Furthermore, filtration technology does not remove odors or VOCs - neglecting a major component of indoor air contamination.

In contrast, Plasma Air’s technology uniquely provides a comprehensive solution to indoor air pollution by addressing all the major contributors to poor Indoor Air Quality in a safe, easy to maintain solution:

  • Provides Comprehensive Air Purification - Reduces particulates, bacteria, molds and breaks down odors and VOCs
  • Energy Efficient - Uses less power than a light bulb
  • Easily Installed - Can be installed into existing HVAC systems without costly modifications
  • Low Maintenance - No filters to change or plates to clean. Simply replace the ionization tube.
  • Safe - Plasma Air products have been designed and tested to all applicable safety standards. All products are UL or ETL listed.

Comparison Checklist

Below is a summary of each of the prevalent traditional technologies:

  Filters And Filtration
Plasma Air System Traditional HEPA / Fine Grain1 Carbon (UV)2 Bio3 Chemical PCO
Type & Description View
Plasma Air System
Type:Chemical Ionization
Description:Uses ionization to treat air
Traditional Filtration
Type:Particle Filtration
Description:Non-chemical pre-filters, bag filters, pleated, and fiberglass filters
HEPA / Fine-Grain Filters1
Type:Particle Filtration
Description:Filters airborne particles in the system
Carbon Filters
Type:Absorption and Particle Filtration
Description:Air pushed through carbon to react with chemicals in air
Ultra-Violet (UV)2
Type:Chemical Reaction
Description:Uses radiation to treat air
Type:Bio-Scrubber / Biological Reaction
Description:Treats exhausted air through biological media by reacting with contaminants
Chemical Filters
Type:Chemical Scrubber / Chemical Reaction
Description:Treats exhausted air through chemical media by reacting with contaminants
Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO)
Type:Chemical and Particle Filtration
Description:Filter media is coated with material that reacts with chemicals
Pressure Drop Minor Minor Large Medium None Very High High Medium
Particle Size Small Large ( > 5um ) Small ( > 0.01um ) N/A N/A N/A N/A Large
Treats Air in Room Yes No No No No No No No
Treats Make-Up / Supply Air Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Treats Return Air Yes Yes Yes Rarely Yes No No Yes
Treats Exhaust Air Yes Rarely No Yes Rarely Yes Yes Rarely
Capital Costs Low Low Medium High Medium Very High Very High High
O&M Costs Low Low Low to Medium High Marginal Very High Very High High
Energy Costs Low Low High High Low High High Medium
Disposal Costs None Low Depends on Contamination High Marginal High High High
Success Rates 99% Minimal 0 - 80% Marginal Minimal Marginal Marginal Marginal