Ozone Generator

Everybody has heard of the ozone layer, which is a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere that protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet light. However, not everybody is familiar with what ozone actually is. Ozone is a molecule made up of three parts oxygen that is actually harmful to most mammals in a high concentration. In fact, much of our industrial pollution produces high levels of ozone, and it has been attributed to the high rate of lung disease in people who live in certain urban environments. Ironically, ozone can actually have some beneficial uses in small doses as air purifiers.

The primary benefit of ozone generators, especially ionizers, is that they can operate as deodorizers. Ozone generators are also capable of sanitizing the air, because ozone is capable of breaking down some harmful compounds. Ozone is naturally present in low concentrations in much of the air we breathe, and it helps to purify the air. The purpose of ozone generators is to mimic this process by creating a higher concentration of ozone indoors without creating a high enough concentration to be harmful to us. However, ozone generators do show conflicting results: many science and government agencies claim that ozone cannot substantially clean air at levels that are still safe for people to breathe.

Most ozone generators built for consumers are air purifiers, but ozone can also be used to sanitize water. Water that is purified with ozone can be suitable for both drinking and cleaning. This type of purifying is generally shown to be more effective and safe than air purifying with ozone. It is safer because ozone does not remain in water for a long enough period of time to be digested by a person after the water is processed. However, the actual compound that is ozone is volatile enough that it kills much of the bacteria in water – much in the same way as bleach does, except that ozone dissolves into water istead of mixing with it.

Ozone generators are best used in short, powerful burst with no people or animals present. At low enough levels for people to breathe, ozone will not purify the air of any harmful mold or bacteria. However, at high enough level to kill these pollutants, ozone will also harm anybody who breathes it. This method of cleaning the air is called shock treatment, and it involves raising the ozone level of the environment to dangerously high levels, which sanitizes and deodorizes the air around the ozone generator. After the process is completed (it is usually timed), the environment needs to be vented out, and then will be suitable for inhabitants to use.

For personal use, the most popular type of ozone generators is actually called ionizers, or ion generators. These are actually not meant to be ozone generators, per se, but they generate ozone as a byproduct of their innate function. These devices use negative ions to “clump” together with positively-charged molecules in the air. These then solidify and settle on the ground, being removed from the air. A misconception with these is that they actually use ozone to help purify the air. This is not true, as the ozone exists only in very low levels, and cannot actually clean the air at all/.

Ozone generators, as personal air cleaners, are generally completely ineffective. During the 1990’s, many companies advertised their ozone generators as being able to remove virus and bacteria, promoting good health. This has been made illegal in many countries, and has been largely disproved. Today, ozone generators are best used for shock treatment; which is a fairly limited market that doesn’t include most consumer who want air purifiers for personal use.

This Ozone Generator Review is Written/Updated on Apr 20th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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