Ozone is better than chlorine as a disinfectant. It is also more effective, safer, and efficient. Learn why ozone is becoming the preferred choice for water treatment around the world.
Ozone is more effective than chlorine.
Ozone is a better disinfectant than chlorine. It is true that ozone in the form of O3 (three atoms) is highly reactive and can damage cells, but when it breaks down into one atom of oxygen and three atoms of hydrogen (O2), it becomes an amazingly effective oxidizer. In fact, ozone is used to purify drinking water by attaching itself to contaminants and removing them from the water. When an effective oxidizer such as ozone encounters something like bacteria or other microorganisms, it causes them to disintegrate on contact. This makes ozone over thirty times more effective than chlorine at killing bacteria!
Chlorine has been used for decades as a disinfectant for swimming pools because it does kill some harmful microorganisms (such as bacteria), but only about half as fast as ozone does. Compared with chlorine, ozone also remains active longer after being produced so you do not have to worry about using too much or having your pool go green from using too much either!
When used correctly, ozone is a safe and efficient oxidizer.
A brief history of ozone.
Ozone is a naturally occurring molecule and is produced from oxygen when the sun’s ultraviolet rays interact with carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons in the atmosphere. It is also produced by lightning, electrical sparks and by manufactured sources such as power plants, high output ozone generators specifically designed for water and automobiles. Ozone occurs at ground level as well as high up in the stratosphere where it protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
It is important to note that ozone in our atmosphere has an O3 chemical formula while ozone used for sanitizing purposes has about ten times more molecules than those found naturally in air.
Ozone kills bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi on contact.
In addition to killing bacteria and viruses, ozone is also a powerful disinfectant that can kill pathogens in the water. Ozone is much more effective than chlorine at killing these microorganisms because of how it works:
When ozone encounters a host cell, it disrupts the cell’s ability to replicate itself. This means that even if an organism were able to recover from being exposed to ozone once, it would not be able to do so again. In contrast, chlorine may only kill some cells on contact while others may survive—the result is still a pool full of contaminated water.
Ozone is less corrosive to metals than chlorine.
You may be aware that ozone is more effective than chlorine at killing bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi on contact. But did you know that ozone is also less corrosive to metals?
Chlorine can react with metal surfaces in a pool environment to form compounds like ferric chloride (rust) which are exceedingly difficult to remove. An ozonator will not form such compounds because it only oxidizes organic materials – not metals.
Ozone is an unstable molecule that quickly breaks down into oxygen, leaving no harmful by-products or residuals in the water.
Ozone is an unstable molecule that quickly breaks down into oxygen. Because of its instability, ozone breaks down rapidly when it encounters other chemicals in the water. This means that there is no residue left behind in the pool because it immediately changes back to oxygen. Unlike chlorine, which has a long half-life and can leave harmful byproducts and residues in pools, ozone leaves nothing behind except its ability to clean your pool effectively.
The rapid conversion of ozone back to oxygen provides the highest oxidation potential of all disinfectants.
The rapid conversion of ozone back to oxygen provides the highest oxidation potential of all disinfectants. This is due to its extremely high oxidation state, which is measured as the ability to react with other substances. After it has completed its disinfection job, ozone quickly converts back into oxygen and leaves no harmful residues behind. As a result, an ozonation system leaves water safe for use while chlorine treatment can leave harmful chemicals in your water that can be harmful if consumed over a period.
Ozone uses the power of oxygen to disinfect your water
Ozone is a powerful oxidizer. It uses the power of oxygen to disinfect your water, more effectively than chlorine ever could.
Ozone is a safe and effective way to disinfect water, as it has proven in the lab and at tens of thousands of municipal swimming pools in Canada and the US over the last few decades.
Ozone is more effective than chlorine because it breaks down into oxygen molecules which are released back into the air once they have done their job.
Ozone is an excellent alternative to chlorine. It uses the power of oxygen to disinfect your water, which means that it is safer, more effective, and less harmful than chlorination. Check out our high output ozone generators by Aero-Spa for your hot tub or swimming pool!