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The Trouble with Ionic Air Cleaners

Administration Staff

Caution Ozone Air Filter Sign-Clean Air PlusIf you've paid even a little bit of attention to advertising on television, the Internet, the radio or even at your local mall lately, you have almost certainly heard and seen spots for ionic air cleaners. These seem to be all the rage, and are being heavily marketed as an alternative to more well-known and trusted options like HEPA air purifiers. The manufacturers of ionic air cleaners list a bevy of appealing characteristics associated with their machines, but conveniently gloss over - or completely omit - one very important detail: ionic air cleaners do not actually clean the air or make it more breathable.

What Are Ionic Air Cleaners?

Clean air is a big deal to many people and the popularity of air purifiers has been quite high for some time now, and is rising continually as more and more people become concerned about airborne pollutants and other contaminants in the air that they breathe. Ionic air cleaners claim to use an innovative technology to tackle the issue, while remaining noise-free and not requiring any filters. As advertised, the technology behind ionic air cleaners sounds solid and reassuring. Upon closer inspection, though, it reveals a lot of gaping holes and major problems. Ionic air cleaners do not use fans to circulate air and draw it into or out various filters or screens; instead, they release negatively charged ions at a constant rate. These negatively charged ions are then supposed to attract dust, pollen and other airborne pollutants, picking them up and whisking them into the air cleaners. Inside the ionic air cleaners, these contaminants are attracted to collection plates and are supposedly safely taken out of air circulation. As noted, this entire process is conducted without the use of fans or other moving parts. These machines rely not on effective, innovative science and overlook the many glaring problems inherent with ionic air cleaners. People who truly need clean, purified air need to learn about their many downsides.

The Catch-22 of Ionic Air Cleaners

Considering that many people look for air purifiers to help with allergies, asthma and a host of other health issues, it is unfortunate that so many are taken in by the false promises of ionic air cleaners. Remember those negatively charged ions we mentioned earlier? Those particles are said to be drawn to the collection plates within ionic air cleaners; however, they are often just as easily drawn to other negatively charged items in the home like television screens and coffee table tops. In other words, they are not removed at all - just relocated, and left available to float freely in the air in no time at all. Amazingly, ionic air cleaners not only do not effectively remove any beneficial degree of airborne pollutants - but they actually contribute to air pollution in the home.

 A standard byproduct of the ionic air cleaning process is ozone. While we all know ozone to be a critical compound for the health of the Earth's atmosphere, it is actually a pollutant when inhaled in dense quantities. By running an ionic air cleaner, you are actually introducing a whole new kind of pollutant to the air that you and your family breathe. These fan-free machines can only impact the air immediately around them; without fans to circulate the air, pollutants elsewhere simply go untouched. Allergists, immunologists and other specialists do not refer patients to ionic air cleaners because they simply do not work. On top of all this, they will set you back a great deal of money; you pay handsomely for something that provides no real health benefits.

HEPA Air Purifiers: For True Indoor Air Quality

If you are looking for a proven method of removing airborne pollutants and other contaminants from the air in your home, you should avoid ionic air cleaners. Instead, investing in high quality air purifiers with HEPA filtration. These products are doctor recommended and can have a very beneficial impact on your health. Why let your loved ones inhale polluted air for one more minute? Turn away from ionic air cleaners and purchase HEPA air purifiers today; your lungs and overall health will benefit enormously.

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