Use your HVAC system to safely and continuously reduce pathogens in the air and on surfaces

by Brianna Crandall — February 19, 2021 — Global climate innovator Trane Technologies recently announced it has joined forces with antimicrobial technologies developer Synexis to provide its customers with innovative technology in indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The technology, which can be integrated into a building’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) duct system or applied as a stand-alone directly to individual rooms or spaces, uses dry hydrogen peroxide (DHP) to reduce pathogens in the air and on surfaces.

The technology is currently available as part of the comprehensive products and services portfolio for K-12 schools offered by Trane, a brand of Trane Technologies, with plans to expand to applications for the company’s residential and transport customers. It is provided by Trane experts and available through the company’s expansive sales and distribution network.

Rasha Hasaneen, Trane Technologies vice president for innovation and product management excellence, and executive director for the company’s Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces (CHES), remarked:

We’re pleased to join forces with Synexis to add this innovation to our comprehensive approach for assessing, mitigating and managing indoor environmental quality. Synexis is part of a safe and powerful mitigation strategy to reduce certain viruses, bacteria, mold and other contaminants in the air and on surfaces. It can also continuously mitigate contaminant spread as DHP is pushed into the occupied space.

Eric Schlote, CEO of Synexis, commented:

Synexis is excited to partner with Trane Technologies and to have dry hydrogen peroxide included in its CHES initiative, allowing more businesses to experience our proprietary, differentiated solution. Our testing and patents validate our technology, making DHP a unique option that can help customers reach their indoor environmental goals.

Paul Camuti, Trane Technologies chief technology and strategy officer, noted:

For decades we’ve been bringing deep expertise and leading technologies to HVAC and transport, including buildings’ performance, sustainability and indoor environmental quality. Now, we’re expanding that leadership through the Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces by leveraging internal and external expertise and working with technology-forward companies like Synexis to help customers create safer, more sustainable spaces through and beyond the pandemic.

Trane Technologies pointed out that there is strong evidence from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and other sources that HVAC technologies can mitigate the risk of exposure to infectious aerosols in built environments; however, the transmission and mitigation of COVID-19 in buildings is yet to be fully tested and confirmed.

Synexis innovates technologies that achieve microbial reduction in treated spaces, and is the sole developer and designer of patented technology that creates hydrogen peroxide gas or Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP) for occupied spaces. Synexis technology takes what is naturally in the environment, ambient oxygen and humidity (water molecules in gas form), to create hydrogen peroxide gas (H2O2), or DHP.

The patented Synexis DHP technology is considered effective at reducing certain bacteria, viruses and mold in the air and on surfaces within occupied spaces where the device has been installed. The Synexis system is UL Certified to produce no ozone and is designed to work continuously without disruptions in normal operations or workflow. Synexis systems are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state governments as antimicrobial devices. Accordingly, the company’s systems are produced in an EPA-registered facility and packaged and labeled in accordance with EPA regulations appearing at 40 CFR 152.500. Synexis currently holds 13 US patents, with 16 pending.

Trane Technologies brings efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation through its strategic brands Trane and Thermo King, and its portfolio of environmentally responsible products and services.