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According to expert research, homes with ionizer air cleaners will likely experience the following:
  • Diminished dust
  • Less noticeable odors
  • Fewer common air pollutants
  • Positive effects to physical health including:
    • Better sleep
    • Mood elevation
    • Lessening of tension
    • Improvement of allergies
The Technology

Ionizers depend on charged electrical surfaces (or needles) to create electrically charged ions. Negative ions, produced by the ionizer, become affixed to miniscule airborne particles (particles like dust that can cause allergy irritation).  At this point the weight of the ion causes the particle to sink; it can no longer remain airborne for inhalation. Most units also contain a charged collector plate which electrostatically collects the remaining particulates.

The primary goal of ionizers is to fill the indoor environment with an abundance of negative ions. Outdoors there are as many as 4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter abound, indoors (without ionizers) the number diminishes to 100 negative ions per cubic centimeter. Experts believe ions are an essential part of healthy air. In correlation with this view, the world’s most pristine, non-polluted environments (the Himalayas and Antarctica to name two) have the highest natural abundance of negative ions.

Two Types of Ionizers
  • The fanless ionizer:
    • Energy efficient
    • Creates no noticeable noise
  • The ionizer with fan:
    • Cleaner than fanless ionizers
    • Re-circulates indoor air the most rapidly

Though like other units, ionizers produce trace amounts of ozone and other gasses, the byproduct amount does not surpass the industrial safety standard of less than 0.05 ppm of ozone in the air.

Ultimately, air ionizers have gained in popularity in North America because they are a smart choice. New designs take up minimal space, are quiet, and do not require cleaning or filter replacement. Ionizers are reasonably priced, easy to operate and noticeably improve air quality.

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