Air purifiers have become a necessary consideration in many households, and ion generators or ionizers have become a popular tool. Ionizers are useful for those with allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities, as they more effectively remove contaminants ranging from pollen, mold, dust and pet dander to viruses, smoke, odors, and chemical toxins. But what does an ionizer actually do? How do they remove particles from the air or improve odor in a room? And do they really improve indoor air quality? We will examine what ionizing air purifiers do and their possible negative effects. In the case of air ionizers, they rely on the use of electrically charged air molecules, or ions, to perform the same work as a typical air purifier which would use fans or filters to help remove contaminants and purify the air.
These ionizers turn on for 8 hours every day, and I have a Therapure TPP300D with UV+ ionizer that turns on for 8 hours in my living room. Ionizer air purifiers are generally safe because ionizers aren't energized enough to be harmful to you. However, even the small amount of ozone that comes from an ionizer can build up, especially if the ionizer is used in too small an area. Since the conflicting data associated with the ionizer remains persistent, I usually keep my ionizer option turned off. In conclusion, while ionizing air purifiers are very effective at disinfecting air, they should be used with caution.
If you have allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities, an ionic air purifier may be a good choice for you. However, it is important to remember that even small amounts of ozone can build up if the ionizer is used in too small an area.