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Are Ionic Air Purifiers Dangerous?

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Recently, a major ionic air purifier manufacturer lost a lawsuit against a publication. This publication claimed that the tested air purifier system removed very little matter, but it did significantly raise ozone levels in the room.

The air purifier company wanted a judge to find for them.

Unfortunately for this ionic air purifier company and for thousands of its customers, the judge found the publications' claims were true!

Some ionic air purifier systems can raise ozone levels.

Understanding Ozone

Ozone is found naturally in the earth's atmosphere. It can be beneficial; it protects us from the sun's harmful rays.

In your house, however, ozone produced by air purifiers can be harmful. Companies selling these air purifiers claim they are using the ozone at safe levels to clean the air, but the truth is that the same ozone emitted by the air purifier can cause respiratory illness.

Are you willing to risk your health?


One of the major problems with these type of air purifiers is that the unit has no control to prevent over-exposure to the ozone. Sure, the ozone can kill the spores in the air, but the ozone can also cause problems. As levels of ozone rise in your room, the air purifier continues working. More ozone continues to be emitted by the air purifier. Ultimately, the level of ozone moves from safe to unsafe in just a matter of time.

Damage to Your Home and Health

Studies have also found that ozone can cause rubbers, upholstery, and paint to deteriorate more quickly.

If ozone can eventually crumble the paint on your walls and the material covering your sofa, what can it do to your lung tissue? Do you really want to put your money into an air purifier that can eventually turn healthy lungs into a big mess? Even if an ionic air purifier is only a "little" dangerous, there is still some danger there.

The Other Side

There are two sides to the story. Some will say the ozone produced by an ionic air purifier is only a danger if you use it in an enclosed room. You realize they may be right; perhaps the ionic air purifier isn't so bad.

It's the use of the word "may" that might cause you concern.

Again, you should find your brain turning to the "may or may not" situation. If there is a risk there, why play the odds with something as simple as an ionic air purifier? Why put your faith in an air purifier that may cause more harm than good? In essence, the air purifier you are trusting to remove irritants from the air are not working.

Instead, your allergies or asthma are now irritating your lungs because of the ozone.

The truth is that while allergens are being removed, a new, possibly deadlier irritant, is replacing the air you breathe. Why run an air purifier, specifically an ionic air purifier, if you are making the condition worse?

Think about it! Why risk your life with an air purifier that might be making your symptoms worsen? It's a waste of your money. It is also a bigger risk in the long run.

Instead, turn to a HEPA air purifier. These air purifiers help reduce allergens in the air without adding something new, something deadlier.

Provided by MedicineNet