What is an Ionizer Air Purifier?
- Releases negative ions
- Removes particulate pollutants
- Can stop the growth of pathogens
- Offer additional health benefits
Air pollution is a hot topic nowadays, especially when it comes to the quality of the air we breathe indoors. Many are looking for ways to make their homes, schools, offices, and stores safer places for people to be in.
In your search for a solution, you might have seen our Ionizer Air Purifiers — but what is an Ionizer Air Purifier? While the technology behind this device may seem scary (and confusing), we’re here to give you all the information you need to help you decide whether you need one to make your indoor spaces safer.
Releases negative ions
To understand what an Ionizer Air Purifier does, you need to first learn what air ions are. These are small molecules — invisible to the eye — that have an electric charge. Negative ions are those that have gained an electron, while positive ions have lost an electron.
A regular air purifier uses a combination of airflow and filters to trap harmful and dirty substances from indoor air. An Ionizer Air Purifier serves the same function, except by releasing thousands of negative ions into the air. What these do is bind to all the positive ions in the air that they can find — which are usually dust, germs, bacteria, dirt, odorous gasses, and the like.
By binding together, the negative ions weigh down these airborne pollutants. They then become too heavy to remain in the air and instead fall to the ground. They are essentially rendered useless and can be easily cleaned or vacuumed up off whatever surface they’ve landed on.
Removes particulate pollutants
Ionizer technology, by itself, is somewhat limited as to what it can remove from the air. It mostly removes particulate pollutants — which cover everything like dust, pet allergens, dander, pollen, mold spores, and the like.
However, it can still be effective against other kinds of pollutants (such as smoke and odorous gasses) and even those that are microscopically small (like bacteria and germs). This function of theirs is further improved when combined with other air purifying technology, such as HEPA filters, and UV-C light, like the models we carry at UV Care.
Can stop the growth of pathogens
We mentioned that Ionizer Air Purifiers work against dangerous pathogens. It can not only prevent them from harming your health but also stop the further growth of such pollutants in your indoor spaces.
This is because the negative ions released by this device interact with the genetic material and membranes of pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and mold. In this reaction, ozone — a colorless gas — is made. Ozone then damages and inactivates these pathogens, and prevents them from multiplying or affecting your body.
This means that Ionizer Air Purifiers are effective in stopping the spread of airborne diseases in enclosed spaces, such as tuberculosis, influenza, measles, whooping cough, and the like.
Offer additional health benefits
Did you know that negative ions not only help remove the number of pathogens in the air but also provide other health benefits? Our Ionizer Air Purifiers also help to:
- Reduce static electricity.
- Promote happier and stable moods.
- Ward off stress and fatigue.
The mechanism behind these benefits is something we see in nature. Have you ever visited the beach and immediately felt a sense of calm and relaxation? This is, in part, thanks to the high negative ion density provided by the open water.
The same thing happens when you have an Ionizer Air Purifier in your space. It releases negative ions, which we absorb. These ions reach the bloodstream and start a biochemical reaction — resulting in healthier blood flow, serotonin production, and a more alert mind. This helps in creating a more positive mood while also reducing stress and tiredness.
Are negative ions dangerous for my health?
One of the biggest concerns that people have about these kinds of air purifiers is if it’s safe to use. This fear comes from the belief that the negative ions created by this device will result in dangerous levels of ozone, which we know to be harmful to both the environment and our health.
But, despite popular belief, Ionizer Air Purifiers are safe to use and don’t negatively affect your health. Their bad rap comes from people getting them mixed up with ozone generators, which emit much higher amounts of negative ions and consequently ozone gasses.
The good news with these devices is that you don’t have to worry about the negative ions floating around the air. These negative ions already naturally occur in our environment, as we mentioned previously.
Furthermore, many government-mandated standards restrict the number of negative ions that these kinds of air purifiers can give off. These restrictions ensure that Ionizer Air Purifiers, like our Clean Air 6-Stage Air Purifier, avoid overexposure and the negative side effects of using our devices indoors.
Now that you know what an Ionizer Air Purifier is, then you know that it is an effective device for trapping and killing airborne pathogens, such as allergens, dust, and viruses. Using such devices indoors, whether it’s at home, your office, your store, or others, will greatly help in improving air quality.
Want to learn more about how our air purifiers work, and how to pick the right model for your needs? Contact UV Care today! Our team will be more than happy to help you make a perfect choice and protect your (and others) health indoors.