Hello Orchidians, At the risk of offending someone, I do feel
compelled to make a comment and refer you to a website discussing
air cleaners. For those suffering from a lung condition, ozone is a
one of the best things I did was invest in an air conditioner
for my "shop". It's not an airconditioner that cools the air but
one that adds ions and ozone. The ozone makes the particulates
(dust) heavy so that it drops to the ground rather then floating
around going up your nostrils and into your lungs.
Ozone (three atoms of Oxygen bonded together) is actually an
irritant and can be a real health problem for people with asthema
and other lung conditions. Ozone is a key component of urban smog.
Adding ozone to one’s environment is not a good idea. Here is an
EPA website reporting on residential air cleaners:
According to the report, some ozone generators are manufactured with
an “ion generator” in the same unit - sounds like the one described
in the original posting. The ions are dispersed and attach to
particles in the air so that they have a positve or negative charge.
This charged particle is attracted to nearby surfaces (walls,
furniture) or to each other. Multiple particles clinging together
do settle out.
Research indicates that a more effective method of removing
particles from the air is a high efficiency particle filter (HEPA
filter) or electrostatic percititator.
OK, said my piece; soapbox gone. Just don’t want someone to invest
in a piece of equipment that might cause them additional problems.
Judy in Kansas
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
237 Seaton Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan KS 66506