Your Odor-Eating Ionic Air Cleaner
There are many types of ionic air cleaner systems available and the best choice for you will depend on the type of impurities you are trying to remove.
The Ionizing Air Cleaner
If you need to get those smells out of your room, you might want to consider an ionizing indoor air cleaner. Many professionals consider these to be the best systems available for cleaning out a smoke-filled room or to take care of any smells that are irritating your nose.
The Ionic Breeze, which costs about $300, is probably one of the most popular of the ionizing air cleaners on the market. These air cleaners send out ions that are negatively charged. The ions bond with the positively charged particles in the room (since negative and positive attract), which include that nasty smoke and those bad smells you are trying to get rid of.
After the negative ions make a connection with the positive ions, they become too heavy to continue floating in the air. So, they fall towards the collection plate located inside your air purifier. These dirty particles can be easily removed with the wipe of a cloth. You should be aware, however, that Consumer Reports has released a report stating that ionizing air cleaner systems are not effective in removing particles such as dust from the air.
The Low Ozone Air Purifier
Low ozone air purifiers are another option available to allow removal of harmful pollutants and smells. This type of air purifier works by oxidizing the pollutant. As a result, you get purified air to breathe. If you are overly concerned about smells, though, a low ozone air purifier may not be the answer for you because it tends to leave behind a metallic smell. In addition, you need to be careful with these air purifiers because they do emit ozone, and too much ozone can be harmful to your health. It is usually best to combine ozone air purifiers, which cost about $500, with ionizing systems.
The Air Purifier with an Air Filter
If the odors that you are trying to remove are related to dust and pet dander, you may want to try an air purifier which uses an air filter like the 3M Filtrete air purifier. Filter air purifiers typically cost about $70 and the filters need to be replaced four times a year. These are best used in small spaces, so you would need to pick up a few for your home.
The HEPA Air Purifier
HEPA filtered air purifiers are currently quite popular. They are ideal systems for removing allergens, dust, and dirt from the air. However, these air purifiers typically don't do a great job on odors or smoke. In addition, they can be a bit on the pricey side.
The UV Air Purifier
The most complex of all the air cleaner systems are based on ultra-violet light (UV) technology. UV air purifiers work by killing viruses and bacteria from the air as they pass over a UV light bulb, usually installed in the air ducts of the building. UV air purifiers are often used in hospitals and government buildings. While these air purifiers are great for sterilizing air, they don't necessarily work against odors.
You might also want to consider a low-tech air purifier. This type of air purifier has been shown to work in both the home and in the office. On top of that, they are simple to use! All you need to do is change your air conditioning and heating system air filters once every month. If done routinely, they can reduce the dander, dust, and allergens in your home by as much as 50%. These systems are not really effective against odors. You might also try to run a dehumidifier in your home. But, you will need one for every room in your home.
Dehumidifiers can help improve air quality while also helping to reduce molds in the air. Many types and models are available on the market, with the average humidifier costing about $30. Generally, one humidifier is needed for every room. Some humidifier models available now also have an optional scent reservoir to release fresh fragrance into the air.
In the ever-increasing battle to separate not only the good air from the bad, but also the good customer from the bad money, it all comes down to one thing. Either do your homework or pay the price.