With so many brands of air purifiers in the market, choosing the right one for your home can be difficult. This article will attempt to explain the different types of purifiers, in particular the Ionic Breeze Air line of products.
When you shop around for an air purifier, the first thing you will notice is that different models work in different ways. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. As there are various kinds of air contaminants, so there are various kinds of filters available for tackling them. You need to select the air purifier that fits your air quality needs, budget, room area size, and other factors. The major issue, especially for allergy sufferers, is the type of air contaminant(s) you want to be rid of. Are you allergic to dust mites or tobacco smoke? Does the smell of a particular household product make you ill? Are you paranoid about bacteria and viruses?
The standard HEPA filters are ideal for general purpose air cleaning. Activated carbon filters work best against gases and chemicals. For major air purification needs, an ozone generator may be used with care (i.e. making sure the room is vacated during use). Then there is ultraviolet light for destroying bacteria and other micro-organisms. Besides having a limited functionality, most air purifiers also need to have their filters replaced or cleaned often. This adds to the long-term cost of maintaining air purifiers, especially if you need several.
There is also the ionic air purifier. An example of this is the Ionic Breeze Air brand. The major strength of these models lies in their quietness, low-energy consumption rate and affordability. Unlike most air purifiers, an ionizer has no fan or filter. It doesn’t move air into itself. Rather the ionizer changes the polarity of air contaminants – usually giving them a negative charge – and makes them cling to either the device or to other objects in the room. In other words, it “magnetizes” the foreign particles causing them to fall from the air as dirt. The air purifier uses very little electricity – just 10 watts – and makes no noise at all. Best of all, you never have to replace filters.
However the Ionic Breeze Air is not without its flaws and limitations. The particle collector needs to be cleaned often. If you let the dirt stay, the purifier won’t be able to do its job well and the particles may rise up and pollute the air again. The area coverage may be small too since no fan is used to circulate and change the air.
Lastly, an ionizer leaves ozone as a by-product when it runs. Ozone can have undesirable effects. It is therefore wise to check the amount of ozone your ionizer creates and ask your physician if it’s safe to use or not.