Ozone Air Purifiers

 

 

Ozone Air Purifiers

Ozone is an unstable oxygen molecule (O3) that oxidizes anything it bumps into.  So if it "bumps" into iron it makes iron oxide or rust. These air purifiers work by propelling the  ozone by a fan, whatever the ozone bumps into it oxidizes.. This is great for removing odors, killing mold and mildew (and small animals with enough exposure).  So, if a home is flooded or has a sewage backup These air purifiers are often used by professionals to help clean up the mess.  This is an appropriate use of the technology since people and pets are removed while the ozone is applied and are only brought back after the ozone is removed.

Unfortunately there are several MLM firms that sell ozone air purifiers for home use. This is horrible because exposure to ozone can bring on asthma symptoms and with a high enough level of ozone scar the lungs!  The tip that these people are selling "snake oil" is that they often claim that the ozone air purifiers work through walls. Since this is in the category of magic it lets you no that these folks are charlatans. The other really dangerous practice is that they tell the user to turn up the air purifier until they smell a fresh laundry smell.  Since the human olfactory system becomes accustom to smells over periods of time this means that week to week the ozone air purifier has to be set to deliver a higher concentration of the dangerous chemical.

I have personal experience with ozone.  Years ago I was a marketing manager for a computer printer company.  We were introducing a line of upgrades for the popular HP LaserJets.  This is back in the days of the LaserJet 2 and 3.  At that time, the transfer corona (now a charged foam roller is used) put off a lot of ozone and the printers had carbon based ozone filters that were supposed to be changed yearly (no one ever did by the way).  Back to the story.  We bought a bunch of used HP printers to try the upgrades in.  These were placed around the office.  About 4 weeks after the printers went in the complaints started.  People mostly had headaches or sinus problems.  The smaller the person the more intense the problems appeared to be.  I guessed that the ozone filters had never been changed and wondered if that was the source of our problems.  Without telling anyone I had a technical support person buy new ozone filters and put them in the printer.  I waited a couple days and then started to ask people how they were feeling.  All of the problems went away.  I was amazed. Even more amazing is that people are greedy enough to sell ozone generators to the unsuspecting public.

Please don't  buy one of these ozone air purifiers or use one around people if you already have one.  Ozone is needed in the atmosphere but is dangerous around you and your loved ones.