Ionizers and Ozone Generators

Do you know the difference between an ionizer, an ozone machine, or a HEPA filter?  Each perform a specific function that can help clear the air in your home.  Some machines may actually combine these functions in one unit which tends to make the unit complex and costly.  The goal is to improve the indoor air quality particularly for those with allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues.  Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a kind of science that tries to identify the real problem and bring a real solution rather than half-fix.

Ionizers are pretty simple in their purpose, they include a fan and some kind of electrical grid.  Ionizers will apply an electrical charge to the particles which caused them to clump together.  When the particles stick together, they are heavier and tends to drop out of the air and land on surfaces where they can be removed by dusting or vacuuming.  Ionizers are often used with HEPA filters making the HEPA filters more effective.  Ionizers and HEPA filters are not a process to sanitize the air.

Ozone generators are used for short periods in a vacated treatment area.  Ozone uses a process called "Oxidation" to neutralize IAQ threats.  Oxidation is the use of an available oxygen atom to attach to and neutralize a variety of threats.  Oxidation works to neutralize bad odors, kill mold, improve the toxic threats, and kill mold.  You can use an ozone generator at the same time as a HEPA filter to remove particles since an ozone generator is not an air filter.

People with allergies, asthma, and respiratory problems often experience relief of symptoms because the air is less of a threat to their vulnerabilities.

Ozone is a well-known sanitizing process that can be used nightly to kill virus and bacteria when workers and others are out of the building.  Ionizers and HEPA filters can be used 24/7 as a general process to remove particles in the air.  Ozone is used strategically for a specific need like, odors, sanitizing, mold, etc.  

There is a version of oxidation that should be considered if there is a need to treat the air 24/7.  A hydroxyl generator is more expensive, but it is built to run 24/7 for several years.  Hydroxyl generators have no odor and no threat to anyone in the building.  Other than the sound of the fan, most people will never know that the hydroxyl generator is running.  We highly recommend the hydroxyl generators as they can neutralize odors in the building, sanitizing the air minute-by-minute, and effectively reduce the toxic condition.  See