Should you use ionizer air purifier?

Ozone, a lung irritant, is produced indirectly by ion generators and some other electronic air filters and directly by ozone generators. While indirect ozone production is a cause for concern, even more so is the direct and deliberate introduction of a lung irritant into indoor air.

Should you use ionizer air purifier?

Ozone, a lung irritant, is produced indirectly by ion generators and some other electronic air filters and directly by ozone generators. While indirect ozone production is a cause for concern, even more so is the direct and deliberate introduction of a lung irritant into indoor air. There is no difference, despite what some marketers claim, between the ozone found in outdoor contaminated fog and the ozone produced by these devices. Under certain conditions of use, ion generators and other air filters that generate ozone can produce levels of this lung irritant much higher than levels considered harmful to human health.

The FDA can regulate a small percentage of air purifiers that claim to be beneficial to health as medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration has set a limit of 0.05 parts per million of ozone for medical devices. While ozone can be used to reduce odors and contaminants in vacant spaces (for example, eliminate the smell of smoke from homes that cause fires), the levels needed to achieve this are above those generally considered safe for humans. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been installing ionizers in offices and restaurants.

Even the small amount of ozone that comes from an ionizer can build up, especially if the ionizer is used in an area that is too small. There are also many ionizers, such as personal ionizers worn around the neck, that do not generate enough ozone to be detectable and their use does not pose any problem.

Trina Gerrits
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