If you have been researching the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED, you may ask yourself, “What is the difference between the Reme Halo and the Halo-LED?”.
There is a lot of misinformation floating around from people who haven’t done the research. Even among professional air quality companies, you’ll find inaccurate information. However, by the end of this article, you’ll understand enough about the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED to decide which product is best for you.
We’ll take a look at their similarities first. Then we’ll look at their differences. We’ll finish by giving you a few questions you can ask yourself to help you decide which product is best for you.
What Do the Reme halo and Reme Halo-LED have in common?
The Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED have much more in common than most people realize. This is one of the reasons why it can be so hard to decide which one to purchase.
Both Use Photohydroionization to release hydrogen peroxide
One of the main air purifying mechanisms involved with both products is the release of hydrogen peroxide into the air through photo-hydro ionization (or PHI).
Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known, naturally occurring, and safe means of purifying the air. One of the benefits of both of these products is that the hydrogen peroxide molecules it creates are sent to the rest of your home and provide an “active” mode of air purification.
Both Use Bipolar Ionization and have dual ionizers.
Some websites claim one device is a bipolar ionizer, but the other isn’t. Others argue that one has dual ionizers while the other doesn’t. However, the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED both utilize bipolar ionization to purify the air. They also both have dual ionizers, which helps with increased bipolar ionization.
Bipolar ionization is a process by which the air is charged. As the charged air comes into contact with other particles, it “clings” to them. In the case of microbes like bacteria, viruses, and mold, the charged ions effectively neutralize the microbe. However, in general, the ionization process causes the particles in your air to increase in size and weight, making it easier for your air filter to remove them.
Both Are Effective Against 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and mold.
Since the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED both use the same process to release hydrogen peroxide, they are effective against the same bacteria, viruses, and mold. This means you can expect the same protection from the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED.
Here are some of the test results from university and independent lab tests and major corporation studies:
- Inactivates SARS-CoV-2 by 99+%, commonly known as the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19
- H1N1 Swine Flu with 99+% kill on surfaces
- 99+% surface bacteria/virus reduction
- Over 85% VOC reduction
- 99+% of microbes in human sneeze killed at 3 feet
- 99+% airborne bacterial reduction
- 99+% reductions of Ecoli, Listeria, Strep, Tuberculosis, Bird Flu, etc.
- 72% odor reduction
- 99+% mold and fungus inactivation
- US Military approved for mold protection in field hospitals
- Hospital approvals infectious diseases – US and International 99% reduction of Staph (MRSA)
- Major US city school reports a 20% reduction in absenteeism
- Additional REME HALO product test results
How Are The Reme Halo And Reme Halo-LED Different?
They Use Different Light Sources
Both products use photo-hydro ionization to release hydrogen peroxide into the air. This process requires a light source. The critical difference between the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED is that the Reme Halo uses a UV light, and the Reme Halo-LED uses an LED light. As we’ll see, this fundamental difference provides a few additional benefits.
The Reme Halo-LED is Certified ozone-free.
The UV light used in the Reme Halo releases a tiny amount of ozone, barely approaching the limits to be measurable and far below recommended levels. However, the Reme Halo-LED can achieve an officially certified zero-ozone status by using an LED light.
The Reme Halo-LED cell lasts longer.
Both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED have an internal cell that needs to be replaced to maintain a high output level. The Reme Halo cell must be replaced every 2-3 years. However, because LED lights last longer, the internal cell in the Reme Halo-LED can be replaced every 4-5 years while maintaining a high output level.
They Use Different amounts of power.
The Reme Halo-LED only turns on when your air handler is running, while the Reme Halo is always on; this means the Reme Halo-LED will use less power than the Reme Halo. While both use very little electricity, the Reme Halo-LED uses less.
You Occasionally Smell The Reme Halo Working
The Reme Halo is always turned on, releasing small amounts of ionized hydrogen peroxide even when your air handler isn’t running. This causes a buildup of plasma to be released when the air handler starts running. Some compare the smell to what it might smell like after it rains. However, some find the smell bothersome.
There are two ways to deal with the smell. First, the Reme Halo has an adjustable shroud that controls the output level. If you notice the smell, your technician can adjust this setting for you. Secondly, you can run your thermostat in circulation mode. If the air is regularly circulating in your home, you are less likely to notice the smell.
Conclusion: Which Product Should you Pick?
It will likely come down to a few deciding factors between the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED.
How much do you want to spend initially? Your initial cost for the Reme Halo-LED will be slightly higher than the Reme Halo. However, you will spend less over time replacing the internal cell because of the increased life of the LED unit.
Do you want an ozone-free product? If so, you should go with the Reme Halo-LED. It has officially passed all certifications necessary to be promoted as an ozone-free product.
Are you sensitive to smells? If you notice smells and are concerned that you’ll find the occasional smell of the Reme Halo bothersome, then we recommend you purchase the Reme Halo-LED.
No matter what you decide, both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo-LED are amazing whole-house air purification products that will leave your home a safer place to breathe. If you live in Northeastern Ohio, we invite you to contact Beckwith Heating and Cooling today to purchase a Reme Halo or Reme Halo-LED for your home or office.
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