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Part 5 - What are the Major Differences between the Technologies?

IAQ Overview - Table of Contents
IAQ Overview - Part 1 - Is There a Problem?
IAQ Overview - Part 2 - What Don't We Know?
IAQ Overview - Part 3 - What Do We Need to Know?
IAQ Overview - Part 4 - Which Technology Works the Best?
IAQ Overview - Part 5 - What are the Major Differences in the Technologies?
IAQ Overview - Part 6 - What IAQ Issues Need to be Considered and Addressed?

3. Major differences.
Apples are not Oranges
It should be rather obvious. Things that are not the same are not equal.

On occasion, disparate technologies may approach a problem from different perspectives and in different ways, coming up with similar results. In the contest between passive and active air purification technologies, different they are. Similar or equal results? Nowhere close.

a. Literally out of this world.

The science behind the RCITM technology was originally developed for the critical needs and challenges found in space exploration. NASA refers to the product of this process as "the purest air on the planet", and it is the only air purification technology in the entire solar system to have won the prestigious Certified Space TechnologyTM designation.

Today it is used to insure the health and safety not only of our astronauts in the space station, but also of our naval personnel on America’s nuclear subs. 
Space station photo
In space, there's no second chance if you get  it wrong, especially in the quality of the air.
Certified Space Technology LogoIn both instances, we would all agree, breathing doesn't get a second chance if the air becomes fouled. With RCITM technology, it's the germs, not the people, who don't get a second chance. Now THAT is PRO-ACTIVE!!!

b. Overall Air Purity.
How clean is the air?
For indoor air quality, active air purification is more than just a little unique. It is absolutely off the charts. How much so was begun to be realized with the discovery of an unanticipated phenomenon during laboratory testing.

RCI'sTM Triple-Pro-active Technology is so effective at cleansing treated air space of particulates that it actually created somewhat of a problem. In all the thousands of models of air filters and air cleaning devices that have ever been tested, not one had ever encountered a similar difficulty, because no other technology had ever gotten the air so free of particulates as the active purification technology behind RCITM.

Not one. Not one time.

c. Too Clean to Test for Purity?
Lab Tech
With air quality, there are at least two major factors —

cleanliness, the relative freedom of particulates (dirt) in the air and

purity, the relative lack of germs in the air.

Historical air testing for purity requires finding dirt (particulates) in the air and checking the health and vitality of the germs living on or in the dirt

Under standard testing protocol, if the dirt (particulates) happen to test relatively germ free or the germs are not very healthy, the air is declared to be fairly pure – even though it took the presence of dirt in the air in order to make that determination. Sounds a bit silly and circular. So much for yesterday's technology and its understanding of the problem.

d. Where's the Dirt?

Where's the dirt? But it gets even funnier. We have the Best Available Today's Technology (“BATT”) which efficiently removes the dirt (particulates) from the air so that there is nothing in the air to capture on which to measure the health and vitality of germs. Yesterday's science says, “Since we can't find any dirt to check for germs (it’s too CLEAN), we cannot certify how pure (germ free) your air is.”

Put another way, it sounds like this. “The air has to be sufficiently dirty in order to find enough dirt in the air in order to measure the germs on the dirt in order to certify how relatively pure the less than clean dirty air is.” And so far, in the absence of any dirt to give them something to test, no private or governmental agency has been successful in designing a protocol to test the actual purity of RCI'sTM treated non-particulate-laden air.

e. What to do?
What to do?
What to do?  What to do?
Reason would dictate that in the absence of particulates, any viable pathogens are left without a transport mechanism by which to enter our private air spaces. That has to be a positive factor in the overall indoor air quality.

But is it enough? Knowing that we can't test the “purity” of the air by means of the old methods and definitions, we set out to test the effectiveness of the technology itself.

Left with no other alternatives, what we can do and have done at this point is to smear live cultures of some really nasty germs on stainless steel surfaces in a laboratory, turn on our equipment, and see if any of the culture colonies survive what RCITM does to germs.  While the test itself may be a bit unconventional, the results are mouth-droppingly compelling.

f. Where are the Germs?
KSU RCI Testing Results
First off, we went after some pretty infamous bacteria -- fellas like Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA (the antibiotic resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is wreaking havoc in our hospitals), E. coli, Bacillus spp., streptococcus spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Stachybotrys chartarum (black mold), etc., mean guys with ugly names and bad reputations. Within surprisingly short periods of time, kill rates on the pathogen samples were averaging well above 99% and some spiked as high as 100%. The response of the test team was so positive over those results that the technology was later tested against some equally challenging viruses as well. Kill rates were similar, even against tested strains of hepatitis and the dreaded Avian flu (100% killed)!

All that can be officially extrapolated at this point is that, if pathogens are being killed wherever they may be hiding on horizontal or vertical surfaces, there will be a virtual absence of pathogens in or out of the air within any airspace or wall cavity where this RCITM Five-way Technology has been employed. So, the assumption is logically made, and the anecdotal evidence seems to support the fact, that the air must be mighty fresh and pure since we are not breathing dirt, and germs can't live or grow in our RCITM purified air.  Click here to see the same results which amazed us!

g. Filtration Rates vs. Kill Rates.

Example of a dirty HEPA filterIn laboratory as well as practical terms, there is a HUGE difference between a kill rate of 99 to 100% with RCITM and the maximum HEPA figures — as respectable as they seem to be — of 99.97% of filtration of particles larger than a certain size which happen to pass through the filtering device.

RCI'sTM active technology is going after unwanted bacteria, viruses, spores, and germs – even if they are nowhere near the air purifier – and destroying them where they rest as well as where they hide.

There is no chance for a mistake, spill, or reinfection from a collection of pathogens in a filter which must then be properly handled and disposed.

Odors creep up everywhere.h. Odor Abatement/Removal.

The same thing that RCITM does to particulates and germs it does also to smoke, dust, and sources of odors.

Once oxidized by RCITM, an odor source is no longer in decay and is therefore rendered neutral, harmless, and odor free – without toxic sprays and ineffective (and possibly hazardous) deodorant cover ups. Likewise, RCITM goes to work on the chemical off gassings of VOC's, which are also neutralized and rendered harmless.  Where smoke, animal odors, decomposition odors, body odors, garbage odors, etc., rendered an air space uncomfortable or uninhabitable, Active Purification TechnologyTM seeks out the offending sources of those odors, and its full sanitization can restore the indoor air quality to a fresh, clean, pleasant condition while SurfaceGuardTM Technology makes it safe again, killing the odor-causing germs on the surfaces inside the space.

Active air purification technology

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Overview Topics

Is There a Problem?

A. Is There a Problem?

An introduction to indoor air quality issues.

What Don't We Know

B. What Don't We Know?

The problem is worse than we


Need to Know

C. What Do We Need to Know?

Sorting out the info and charting a course to follow.


What Are We Breathing?

D. What are We Breathing?

Unwelcome guests we receive every time we breathe.



1. Particulates.

Airborne pieces of a lot of stuff we should not be breathing.


Fields of Potential Allergens

2. Allergens.

The body’s “hit list” of alien invaders.



3. Pathogens. 

The bacteria, viruses, and germs which reproduce in the human body and try to stage a takeover.


One of kazillions of Odor Sources in a home or building

4. Odors.

Things have odors for a reason,
but why?
Can the problem be corrected rather than merely masked or covered up?


VOC's on Demand

5. Chemicals/Smoke/VOC's.
Are we possibly drowning in a toxic soup?



6. Mold.

Is what we see dangerous?
And is what we don't see
perhaps more dangerous than what we do see?  


Which Technology?

E. Which Technology Works the Best?

Are the technologies pretty much equal, or is their a large disparity among them?


Passive Technology

1. Passive Technology.

The pollution finds the solution.
(Or so we hope!)


Active Technology

2. Active Technology.

The solution finds the pollution -
even where it is hiding!



a. Stage One --
Dual Ionization (Particulate Removal)


Quad Oxidizing Plasma Generator
b. Stage Two -- Quad Oxidizing Plasmas


Radical Hydroxyls

c. Stage Three -- Advanced Oxidation


RCI Technology
d. Combo Effect -- The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts.


Apples and Oranges

3. Major Differences.

Things that are not the same
are not equal.


Out of this world

a. Literally out of this world.

The technology which produces
"the purest air on the planet"
actually comes from
out of this world.


Overall air purity

b. Overall Air Purity.

By what standard do you certify the actual purity of air?


Lab tech

c. Too Clean to Test for Purity?

"Without dirt in the air,
we cannot tell you
how pure the air is."
Does that strike anybody as odd?


Where's the dirt?
d. Where's the Dirt?

(Where is Clara Peller
when you need her?)


What to do?

e. What to do? 

Anybody can see that it’s clean except the career bureaucrats.


Where are the germs?

f. Where are the Germs?

Hint: One place they are not is
"Blowin' in the Wind".


Who gets to clean the conventional filter?

g. Filtration rates vs. Kill rates.

In the war against pathogens,
would you like your germs
captured and contained
or killed "graveyard dead"?


Odor abatement/removal

h. Odor Abatement/Removal.

The same thing that RCITM
does to particulates and germs it does also to smoke, dust, and sources of odors.


What must be considered?

F. What IAQ issues must be considered and addressed?

Head to head comparison of the technologies - very revealing.


Medical considerations

G. Are there medical considerations?

Obligatory disclaimers and the practical realities of what happens when a sick body can actually catch its breath.


Legal considerations

H. Are there legal and other considerations?

What happens if we just ignore the problem or fail to investigate it fully?


When is timing an issue?

I. When is Timing an Issue?

If the mold or other air quality problem doesn't seem to be spreading or getting any worse, so we really have to pay it any attention?