"Why do some people say ozone air purifiers are bad, but others say using ozone is just fine?"
The simple answer is that they're both right.
You can take two ozone generators (same make and model) and put them in two different
locations (same square footage, etc.) In one location, the ozone may be nearly zero five feet from
the ozone generator. But in the other location, the ozone smell may be overpowering.
Why the difference?
- The air in the room where no ozone can be detected had higher levels of pollution and/or odors,
which are both destroying the ozone and being destroyed by the ozone.
- The air in the room where ozone can
be detected had very little pollution and/or odors.
Nothing to destroy the ozone. (And no need for ozone in a room like that!)
And that is why we offer some products that also generate safe levels of ozone for tougher odor reduction problems.
Too much ozone is certainly bad for you. Having said that, there are machines
available that intentionally generate very large quantities of ozone (we sometimes use one here in
our shop to eliminate occasional manufacturing odors), but if the level of ozone
produced even from those machines is properly adjusted, the ozone and the odors in the air cancel
each other out and little, if any, ozone remains. Those ozone generators probably put out millions
or billions of times the amount of that our negative ion generators do.
Popup information about ozone misconceptions
We actually sell very few ozone generators. And we will
only sell ozone-only units to people who actually need them (they must be ordered by phone), so the ozone will
be destroyed by the odors they need to get rid of, and so will not build up. Our main products are
non-ozone-producing, such as negative ion generators and the
Air Probe Sanitizer.
"What is ozone good for?"
Ozone is unsurpassed for neutralizing stronger odors and pollutants. Even strong chemical odors, for
people with multiple chemical sensitivities (also called multiple chemical intolerance, MCS or MCI).
Around people, though, the level of ozone has to be controlled; see the note at the bottom of chart
Ozone can be used to purify and sterilize water. It is replacing chlorine to disinfect water in wastewater treatment plants in many cities
throughout the USA.
Ozone can permanently remove tobacco smoke and mildew
smell from cars.
Ozone is used to sterilize items and areas.
One thing people overlook about ozone 'pollution' in big cities: it is only
present at harmful levels when man-made pollutants are there first. It is a scientifically proven
and accepted fact that the ozone
"pollution" in big cities is a product of hydrocarbon emissions (from cars and industrial
pollution) and ultraviolet light from the sun.
Although high levels of ozone are certainly not good
for you to breathe, it is our firm belief that if sunlight did not produce ozone, then pollutants would built
up until they killed many people (until they made cars and smokestack emissions illegal). In other
words, the ozone destroys the pollution. Remember, you read it here first.