When it comes to air purifiers, ionizers are a popular choice. But are they safe? Ionizers use an electrostatic precipitator to produce negative ions, which can help reduce pollutants in the air. However, they can also produce ozone, a dangerous by-product that can cause throat irritation, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Negative ions occur naturally near waterfalls or after rain, and they can have positive effects on humans, animals, and the environment.
But ionic air filters are not as benign as they seem. When released into indoor air and inhaled, ozone is a powerful lung irritant that can worsen allergies and asthma. Ionizers are generally safe because they aren't energized enough to be harmful. However, to avoid the dangers of second-hand smoke from my roommate, I now plan to keep my ionizer turned on for only 30-40 minutes when no one is in the room.
It's important to be aware of the potential risks associated with ionizers before purchasing an air purifier. As more information is disseminated about the dangers of air ionizers, consumers will be better informed before making a purchase. Air ionizers are designed to help provide cleaner air and they do so through the use of ionized particles.