Activated oxygen most commonly known as Ozone is one of the most powerful disinfectants in the world that is widely used to kill harmful pathogens, bacteria, and bad odors. Ozone is naturally present in the atmosphere through ultra-violet rays that protects humans from harmful ultra-violet radiation. One of the easiest ways it is naturally created is when lightning occurs during thunderstorms. However, the ozone present in the ground level is considered dangerous for humans and can lead to a number of respiratory issues. The good ozone, though is a powerful oxidizer lasts for a very short period of time. It makes contact with the pathogens and destroys it through the oxidation process and reverts to its natural state, oxygen. Hence a need was identified to produce ozone onsite through ozone generators.
Facts About Ozonators
Ozonators, ozone machines, or ozone generators have been in vogue to harness the benefits of ozone in treating spas, water treatment plants, sewage treatment, swimming pools, indoor air, odors both in commercial and residential areas. Ozone is also used in the Food industry to keep food fresh. Ozonators are marketed as activated oxygen or air purifiers to purify the quality of indoor air. Ozone can be produced through corona discharge or ultra-violet radiation. While the benefits of ozone generators have been hugely touted, there are many disadvantages to using them which has been widely debated. In many provinces in the United States, there are strict regulations on the quality of air purifiers that can be sold in the market to ensure that ozone levels are not produced beyond the expected levels. Given the mixed reports, it is important to research the ozone generator of your choice before making the final purchase.
One of the biggest claims made by manufacturers is the ability of the ozone generator to cleanse polluted air. This is based on ozone’s ability to attach itself to the pathogen and destroy it. However, there is no clear evidence to support these claims. In the case of treating molds, ozone is required to be produced at unsafe levels to humans and hence ozone treatment is not recommended as an effective treatment for controlling molds. Similarly, while eliminating odors, while ozone is considered effective since it destroys the source, it has to be produced at levels exceeding 6 ppm, known as the ozone shock. This is because it is only at this level that ozone is at its maximum best. Ozone used in air treatment while effective in purifying the air does not remove allergens and is believed to be not very effective in the treatment of gaseous pollutants. Before you buy the generator, check for certifications such as NOAI approval and ratings to ensure it is of standard quality.
Alternatively, you can also try simpler solutions before resorting to an ozone generator. Keep the house well ventilated to improve air circulation. Second, ensure there is no source of pollutants around the vicinity. You can also consider using air purifiers that are non-ozone based.