Air Ionizer Purifier Pros and Cons

More and more people are looking for an air ionizer purifier to improve the air around them. However, you should be aware of the pros and cons of these purifiers to determine if they are right for you.

Many people today are concerned with the quality of air that they breathe. From outside pollution to what is known as sick building syndrome there are all kinds of things you can breathe in that will make you sick. Which has led to the rise in air purifying machines, but most people probably do not that all these machines are not the same. You have ionizers, negative ionizers and ozone ionic.

Ionizers- Any machine that uses charged ions or particles to purify the air by attracting dirt and pollution, is known as an ionizer. You may have heard these called many names including, electrostatic, Ionic breeze, Truman cell and electric.

Negative Ion- It actually works in reverse to the ionizing air purifiers. Instead of drawing in the pollution, these machines put out negatively charged ions into the area. These ions trap odors, dirt and some pollution eliminating them from the air.

Ozone- an ozone purifier will take oxygen and its two molecules and create a third oxygen molecule that is released into the air. This third oxygen molecule is a very effective weapon against mold and odors in the home.


Air ionizer purifiers are a relatively inexpensive way to clear the air around your house. Many have removable plates that can be removed and cleaned periodically, unlike HEPA systems that have filters, which must be replaced periodically.

If you are looking for a way to clear tiny air pollutant particles from the air around your home, you want a machine that will get the tiniest particles possible. Many of the air ionizers will eliminate particles as small as.01 microns. This is especially helpful for individuals concerned about second hand smoke.


If you have a problem with dust or pollen, an ionizing model is probably not the best choice. In order to keep your air clear of these pollutants as well you may need to incorporate the use of HEPA filtration in addition to any ionizers.

While the ozone air purifiers are expected to release ozone into the air, you should know that all ionizing air purifiers will have this effect, at least to a small degree. The buildup of ozone in your home can be very irritating to sensitive lungs, so beware.


Can these air purifiers provide a better quality of air inside your home? Yes, these machines can be helpful; however, you must be aware of each models limitations and functions. This is very important if you have allergies or asthma concerns. Remember that even with air purifiers you will still need to vacuum and dust regularly to keep indoor pollutants down.

Source by Mark E. Richardson