Is Ethylene a VOC? How to Eliminate Ethylene

is ethylene a VOC? how to eliminate ethylene

You’re working with an invisible threat all the time. A volatile organic compound, or VOC, is a gas that’s emitted from certain solids or liquids. They contain chemicals that cause adverse health effects depending on the concentration and length of exposure. If you work with fruits, vegetables, or even flowers, you may be aware of spoilage-causing ethylene gas. Ethylene is produced by ripe fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers – so is ethylene a VOC?

What is Ethylene Gas?

The answer is yes, ethylene gas is a VOC. And if you store fruits, vegetables, or even flowers for extended periods, you interact with this invisible threat all the time. It builds up in storage spaces and transportation, speeding up spoilage and reducing the shelf life and quality of your products. It’s a hormone produced by mature plants that causes other plants to mature faster and spoil – and controlling it is paramount to successful storage and transportation for your product.

How to Eliminate Ethylene

You want to control ethylene without producing any harmful emissions in return, like ozone. The best way to eliminate this gas and other VOCs, as well as viruses, mold, and bacteria in your facility, is with commercial air purification with an Airocide unit! Protecting your indoor air quality by destroying ethylene gas will ensure your products’ shelf life and extended vibrancy, whether in cold storage, a warehouse, or even during transport in a sealed truck. And, using an Airocide unit will ensure that no harmful byproducts or gasses circulate in your facility’s air supply.

What Happens to Ethylene in an Airocide Unit

As the VOC ethylene passes through the processor of an Airocide unit, the unit breaks it down via a process called photocatalytic oxidation, or PCO. Proprietary PCO lamps inside the unit activate a catalyst bed below. The catalyst reacts with organic molecules in the air, reducing them to carbon dioxide and water vapor. The only thing that circulates out into your air supply is pure, clean air. No emissions, no ozone, and no more ethylene gas.

Protecting Your Whole Facility

So ethylene gas is a VOC, but it’s easy to control with the right equipment. Airocide and AiroPro HO from KesAir are the VOC-fighting air purification solutions that can protect your product, your facility, and your bottom line. Learn more today about how PCO can be put to use protecting more than just your storage areas, reach out to one of our commercial air purification experts.