Buying ozone/oxygen generators and air purifier machines to filter the air in the household is becoming increasingly common.
Many are using these machines to effectively clean indoor air pollution and odours. However ozone is associated with adverse health effects.
For those who do not know what ozone is
Ozone is a naturally occurring product; its germicidal properties were first utilised over 100 years ago but it wasn’t until recently that we began to explore its true possibilities. It can be a natural bleach, fungicide, germicide or just a fumigator, all done without chemical intervention.
But available scientific evidence shows that ozone concentrations that are safe to breathe are unlikely to be effective in controlling indoor air pollution.
An ozone generator is a device designed to produce the gas ozone. Ozone is used effectively in water purification, but ozone in air must reach high levels to remove air pollutants.
Health experts warn that it is important to control conditions to ensure that no person or pet becomes exposed to high levels of ozone. Ozone also masks the odour of some pollutants by impairing a person’s sense of smell.
Further, ozone is not effective for killing bacteria or mould in materials such as air conditioning duct lining and ceiling tiles.
Exposure to ozone
- Can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, cough and shortness of breath.
- May exacerbate chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma.
- Is likely to increase hospital admissions and emergency room visits for respiratory disease.
- Can also adversely affect indoor plants, and damage materials such as rubber, electrical wire coatings, and fabrics.
How Ionic Air Purifiers Work
Ionic air purifiers release a continuous flow of negatively charged ions into the air. Those ions connect with airborne particulates, making them negatively charged as well. Over time, all of those negatively charged particles group together, become heavy, and fall to the ground or onto nearby surfaces. They are removed from the air, but not removed from the room. Instead, they create a film of sorts on things around a room and can even be stirred back up into the air. As beneficial as ionic air purifiers may sound, they come with one very negative side effect: ozone production.
FoodieGuru strongly suggests not to use any of these unnatural machines in your home as it will affect your health significantly!
You can try other methods such as: Ventilation
- Install an exhaust fan close to the source of pollutants or moisture such as the cooking stove, dishwasher and washing machine.
- Keep the windows open as often as possible to allow air to circulate.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering.