Ozone Generator Technology

It is very important to learn the truth about Ozone Air Purifiers before you consider a purchase.

When ozone forms with the moisture in your lungs, it is harmful.  It is our opinion that an air purifier that adds no ozone or relatively no ozone to the air is the best option and the safest one.    Our site carries units that use UV lamps; however, these units have been tested and reduce the ozone in the environment because of the technology and design of the unit (Blueair is a great example of this).  We carry no ozone generators on our site.

Ozone Air Purifiers - Is an Ozone Air Purifier Safe? (From PRWeb)

safe-air-ozone-sized.jpg Ozone air purifiers - is an ozone air purifier safe or not? You may think that the best home air purifier may emit some ozone or even a lot of ozone. But just how much is too much? When is the breaking point met that it is no longer purifying our air, but it is hurting you. Most individuals realize that with the indoor air quality being 9 times worse than the outdoor air quality, it is becoming a necessity to use some sort of purification in the home. By using a filter-less one, you gain the advantage of having 100% effectiveness (or close to it) every day. However, at what risk. If it is purifying the air with a potentially toxic fume, then it isn't worth it. This is what the ozone emitting purifiers are doing.

Unfortunately, with the ones that use filters, you run the risk of the filter getting clogged or dirty (if it is doing it's job) so you need to clean this filter or change it regularly. However, if you don't maintain a clean filter all the time, the effectiveness drops drastically. Furthermore, as the filter begins to get dirty, the quality also begins to go down. This isn't a good thing. Many people use these home air purifiers to reduce the risk of allergies. Therefore, their problem is not solved. Even worse, it may be increased because now they need to change or clean these dirty filters. There is no maintenance free solution if you really want healthy air. You must learn to make a conscience effort to keep these filters clean and maintenanced: your health depends on it. Make a chart or keep it on the family calendar. It really isn't that big of a deal - in fact, you probably are already doing something similar with your water purification. Right?

Let's examine the home air purifiers that can emit ozone. If the ozone is too great, an individual with asthma may have more difficulties breathing. We certainly don't want to add ozone to the atmosphere. Sensitive individuals may experience headaches from the aroma. A few years ago, studies showed that we should just wean in to full use of these purifiers. Let them run a bit and gradually increase the hours that the unit is on.

However, more current research has shown that NO OZONE is the BEST OZONE. We know ozone can cause lung cancer when combined with hydrogen and water in our lungs so need to learn to choose other options to protect our health to the fullest.

So where is the happy medium of an home air purifier that can reduce the risk of allergies and still work effectively all the time. Since California is the strictest of the environmental laws, it is a good rule of thumb to cross check your air purifier against the California list of Potential Hazardous Ozone Generators  that are sold as air purifiers. By checking this list, you are assured that it does not emit too much ozone. 

Further investigation has shown that no ozone may be the best ozone. This is a change from the past thought that a little is ok. With this new information, California invoked a new law stating that any air purifier that emits any ozone will no longer be able to be sold to California residents. The Shaklee Corporation has discontinued production of the AirSource, however, will continue to sell the module as long as there is demand.

With this in mind, we highly recommend that when you use an air purification system, it is critical to make sure you keep your unit's filters clean at all times: your health depends on it.

Courtesy of: Air-Purifiers-101.com
Let's start at the beginning before we discuss ozone air purifiers and what to watch out for. Ozone is a normal trace element that exists in the Earth's atmosphere. Activated oxygen, another name for ozone, is a three-atom form of pure oxygen (which has two atoms). When ozone comes into contact with pollutants it loses one of its atoms and "oxidizes" the pollutant, thereby destroying it. 

Ozone air purifiers use electricity to produce ozone and then release into into the air to "seek and destroy" pollutants. Sounds great, but there are some important drawbacks to consider.

First, ozone in high doses causes irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. At very high doses, it can be poisonous to humans. Now, most ozone air purifiers are not capable of producing those levels of ozone, but it is something to keep in mind.

Second, ozone air purifiers tend to cause an unpleasant "sweet" odor or smell in the room being cleaned. Most people find this smell objectionable.

Lastly, ozone air purifiers have no affect on solid particles like dust. Ozone is simply not effective at removing these types of particles.

Of course, along with these negatives comes some strengths, as well. Ozone air purifiers can be effective against odors. Ozone also is capable of destroying chemicals and bacteria. Also, ozone generators do not need to draw air into the machine to be effective, thus it is capable of oxidizing a large area.


How does activated carbon compare to ozone?


Activated carbon the safe, effective and economical choice
  • Effective: Widely used by the military and heavy industry for chemical and odor control
  • Economical: Carbon canisters can be refilled, low electricity draw
  • Reliable: Simple, yet effective technology that is more reliable and easier to maintain
  • Safe: Does not create or aggravate respiratory problems, which makes it a safer technology for staff and clients during and after use
  • Versatile: Ideal for occupied buildings, can be used in any type of environment
  • Responsible: Does not create new pollutants
The drawbacks of ozone machines
  • Expensive to run, high electricity draw
  • Ozone must reach toxic levels to be effective against microorganisms, consequently ozone "blasts" are usually over Federal safety limits
  • Not suitable for occupied buildings
  • May cause serious respiratory problems for staff or clients
  • Not useful in high humidity environments
  • Oxidation can create other pollutants
  • Complicated maintenance, higher incidence of product or component failure

                                                                     --- Electrocorp