Air ionizers are a type of air purifier that use electrically charged particles to remove pollutants from the air. Commonly referred to as “ionizing air purifiers”, “electrostatic air purifiers”, “electrostatic precipitators”, “ion generators” and “ionic air purifiers”, these devices are generally safe to use, but there are certain safety precautions that should be taken when using them. HEPA air purifiers are often used in combination with ionizers to remove particles from the air. These filters are more effective at alleviating symptoms of asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions because they prevent particles from re-entering the air.
When using an air ionizer, it is important to make sure that it meets the UL 2998 standard certification (Environmental Declaration Validation Procedure (ECVP)) to prevent ozone emissions from air filters. Portable air quality monitors can be used to check the air quality in a space before using an ionizer. In the early 2000s, Sharper Image sold the Ionic Breeze ionizing air purifier in shopping malls in the US. However, very little research has been done on the efficacy and side effects of additive air cleaning methods such as ionizing devices.
Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with using an ionizer and take all necessary safety precautions. When using an ionizer, it is important to keep in mind that they are not a substitute for regular cleaning and maintenance of your home or office. Regularly changing filters and vacuuming carpets and furniture can help reduce airborne pollutants and improve indoor air quality. Additionally, it is important to keep windows and doors closed when using an ionizer to prevent pollutants from entering the space. It is also important to note that some people may be sensitive to ozone emissions from ionizers. If you experience any adverse reactions such as headaches or nausea after using an ionizer, it is best to discontinue use immediately. Overall, air ionizers can be a great way to improve indoor air quality and reduce airborne pollutants.
However, it is important to take all necessary safety precautions when using them.