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The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a sensational statement that polluted air can not only lead to the appearance of many severe forms of diseases, allergies, but actually takes about 15 or even 20 years of life from a person. And due to a violation of the natural electrostatic balance of charged particles in the air around us, there is an incomplete delivery of hemoglobin, oxygen molecules to the brain. Because of this, we experience dizziness, bouts of unreasonable fatigue, loss of concentration — signs of oxygen starvation. The air around us becomes «dead», although it has the necessary amount of oxygen.

To help make our environment more “alive” and less polluted, an air purifier with an ionization function will help. But if the principle of operation and the usefulness of the air purifier is more or less clear, then ionization is a function about which much has been written, but it is difficult to “touch it with your hands”. In this article, we will review the ionic air purifier, try to debunk a few common myths about them and tell you how useful this device is in everyday life.

The principle of the ionizer and why it is so useful

Let’s make a reservation right away, an ionic air purifier is not a panacea for all diseases and ailments, but it will help to improve well-being and cope with the causes of allergic reactions in your own home. Now everything is in order.

Photo: When discharged, charged particles are formed that interact with air moleculesThe principle of operation of this device is based on the natural movement of differently charged particles. The device contains a corona and several collecting electrodes, between which a discharge of about 20 thousand volts “jumps”, as a result of which ionization of atoms occurs. The air ions formed near the corona electrode move towards the precipitation ones, which have the opposite charge. Neutrally charged air molecules, colliding with ions moving in a certain direction, begin to move along with them. This effect is called «ionic wind», which is why ionizers do not have a fan, but the «movement» of air is felt physically.

This is over with the technical details, and now a few words about the usefulness of this unit. First of all, saturation of the air with negative ions. There is a stable but unconfirmed opinion that it is negatively charged ions that are beneficial to the human body.. Therefore, most domestic companies involved in the development and production of ionic air cleaners produce unipolar ionizers that emit negatively charged air ions.

Many manufacturers claim that pollution, passing through the ionizer along with air, acquire a charge and settle on special plates in the device. The statement is rather controversial. As experts explain, charged particles, moving along with air molecules, pass through the filtration system, where most of the pollution settles. With bacteria and viruses, an unpleasant smell and cigarette smoke, ozone is “understood”, which releases an ionic air purifier for the home.


How to choose the right ionic air cleaner

In this article, we will try to give you some tips on how to choose an air purifier with an ionizer, and how not to become a victim of scammers, whose task is to extort money from gullible and technically illiterate buyers.

  1. First of all, when choosing an ionic purifier, pay attention to the volume of the room that this device can clean. Important! Buy an air purifier with ionization should be with a double power reserve. Such a margin is necessary due to the possible opening of doors and windows in the room.
  2. Sometimes, instead of volume, the manufacturer indicates the number of cubic meters of air being cleaned in one hour. Knowing the volume of the room, it is easy to calculate how long the device will clean it. It is desirable that this process does not take more than 2 hours.

Now, it is worth talking a little about the choice of this unit according to the number of air ions emitted by it in a certain period of time. SanPiN regulates the amount of these particles in the air. In 1 cu. see air, should contain both positive and negative ions in the range from 400 to 50,000.

The manufacturer specifies the maximum ionization value. If the value is higher than specified in SanPiN, then the choice is yours, but remember that it is impossible to arrange an overdose of ions for yourself. Not a single case of poisoning by charged particles has been recorded yet.

The “harmful” ozone emitted by the device

Photo: The ozone molecule is made up of three oxygen atoms.Many people worry that using an ionic air purifier, you can get serious illnesses associated with the release of ozone from these devices. We confirm that in high concentrations ozone is harmful to human health, but in small concentrations, ozone exhibits a pronounced antibacterial effect. Being a fairly strong oxidizing agent, ozone does an excellent job with phenolic resins, pesticides, various toxins and viruses. The maximum allowable concentration of this gas emitted by the device is 30 µg/m. cube If, when choosing a device, you saw a higher value, then refuse to buy it.

Additional features of ionic air purifiers

Photo: AirComfort XJ-1100: UV lamp as an optionMany companies offer various functions as additional «bonuses» to these devices: a timer, a remote control, a UV lamp and air aromatization. It is worth paying attention to this and weighing whether you need all this. Such additions will make the use of such a device much more convenient, but will greatly increase its price. When buying this unit, pay attention to the noise level emitted by the device, because an ionic air purifier is a device that must work constantly, and noise can cause serious discomfort.

And finally: You can search the Internet and various literature for a long time for ways to purify the air, but buying an ionic air purifier will help save you and your family from the causes of many diseases. Treat its acquisition with all seriousness, and it will create a healthy atmosphere in your home for many years to come.


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