What Ozone is a Solution for?

What do we know about ozone.

  Ozone (from the Greek word ozon, which means smelling) is a gas that has a blue color and a very pungent smell.  Ozone is a strong oxidizing agent.  O3 - is the molecular formula of ozone, it is 2.5 times heavier than oxygen.  

In nature, ozone (O3) is formed from oxygen (O2) under the influence of an electric discharge (lightning) or under the influence of ultraviolet radiation (sun).  With a high content of ozone in the surrounding air, we can smell the characteristic smell of ozone.  Most often this happens at waterfalls, in a forest, at large accumulations of water, and of course after a thunderstorm.

In ozonizers (a device for producing ozone), ozone is produced from the ambient air oxygen using an electric discharge, and for medical purposes, ozone is obtained from pure oxygen. The main use of ozone in everyday life is the disinfection, and it is disinfection of water, air, food storages, directly processing food, household items, etc., as well as the elimination of unpleasant odors.    

High concentrations of ozone in air, when people are not present, are used to help decontaminate an unoccupied space from certain chemical or biological contaminants or odors (e.g., fire restoration). However, little is known about the chemical by-products left behind by these processes (Dunston and Spivak, 1997). While high concentrations of ozone in air may sometimes be appropriate in these circumstances,. Ozone can adversely affect indoor plants, and damage materials such as rubber, electrical wire coatings, and fabrics and art work containing susceptible dyes and pigments (U.S. EPA, 1996a).

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