If you have been researching the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED, you may be asking 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 both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED to make a good decision about 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 make a decision about which product is best for you.
What Do the reme halo and reme halo LED have in common?
Both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED have much more in common that most people realize. This is one of the reasons why it can be so hard to decide which one to purchase. Keep reading to see how they're both similar.
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 the process of photohydroionization. We go into more detail about how the Reme Halo works in a separate article if you'd like to learn more.
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 get 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 claim that one has dual ionizers, while the other doesn't. However, both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED utilize bipolar ionization to purify the air. They also both have dual ionizers which helps with increased bi-polar ionization.
If you aren't familiar with bipolar ionization. It's a process by which the air is charged. As the 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 have the effective of neutralizing 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 these particles.
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 both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED. However, at this time, only the Reme Halo has been officially tested against the coronavirus.
How Are The Reme Halo And Reme Halo LED Different?
While the Reme Halo and Reme Halo LED are both extremely similar, there are a few minor issues that are important to understand.
They Use Different Light Sources
We already mentioned that both products use a process called photohydroionization to release hydrogen peroxide into the air. This process requires a light source. The key 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 key 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, by using an LED light, the Reme Halo LED is able to achieve an officially certified zero-ozone status.
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 in order to maintain a high level of output. The Reme Halo cell should 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 still maintaining a high level of output.
They Use Different amounts of power
The Reme Halo LED only turns on when you air handler is running while the Reme Halo is always turned on. This means that 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
Because the Reme Halo is always turned on, it continues to release small amounts of ionized hydrogen peroxide even when your air handler isn't running. This causes a buildup of plasma that gets released when the air handler starts running. Some compare the smell to the 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 comes with an adjustable shroud that controls the output level. If you notice the smell, your technician can adjust the setting for you. Secondly, you can run your thermostat in circulation mode. If your air is regularly circulating in your home you are less likely to notice the smell.
The Reme Halo Has Been Tested Against the Coronavirus
As we've shared before, the Reme Halo has officially been tested against the coronavirus. This is an extremely important distinction between the two products. However, it also comes with a caveat. Just because the Reme Halo LED hasn't been officially tested against the coronavirus doesn't mean that it isn't also effective against it.
As I've already mentioned, both the Reme Halo and the Reme Halo LED utilize the same process to release hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, it's likely that both products will be effective against the coronavirus. The manufacturer of both these products is in the process of testing additional products, but has only tested two products at this time (both of which have been found effective against the coronavirus).
Therefore, while we can only say that one product is definitely effective against the coronavirus, additional tests will likely be released for the Reme Halo LED in the future.
Conclusion: Which Product Should you Pick?
When it comes to deciding between the Reme Halo vs. the Reme Halo LED, it will mostly likely come down to a few deciding factors.
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 to replace the internal cell because of increased life of the LED unit.
How important is it to you that the product has been tested against the coronavirus? If you are looking for a product that has specifically been tested against the coronavirus, then you probably want to choose the Reme Halo. While future test results may prove that the Reme Halo LED is effective against the coronavirus, we just don't know conclusively at the moment.
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 are the kind of person who notices smells and you 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 Central Florida, we invite you to contact Pro-Tech Air Conditioning & Plumbing Service today to purchase a Reme Halo or Reme Halo LED for your home or office.