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Capt Al, My mom uses an air cleaner in her bedroom to help with allergy problems. I'm going to check out what brand she has and find out about it. Could you please tell me what web site you looked at that had the lowdown on these aircleaners? Thanks. Although, if I find out it might have been a factor in making my dad worse I think my mom would be really upset. She would put 2 and 2 together even if I were just talking to her about potential harm to her health at this point.
 

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This is the site I found out about the Ozone issue is called the Allergy buyers club and I also found out about this Government site from them:
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html

I know this site sales things but they have a lot of good information on comparing air purifiers.
This following quote came from them,
My air cleaner,
"The "air cleaner" that you describe is actually two different devices in one package. It consists of a component that generates ozone(O3) which is supposed to remove odor-producing chemicals as well as organic compounds such as formaldehyde and a variety of solvents. The ionizer part produces either positively or negatively-charged ions which become attached to dust particles and various building surfaces. The ionizing module is supposed to remove airborne dust particles from the air of your home. Such devices are widely sold and are highly controversial. Legal action has been filed by several State Attorney's General with one high profile case in trial at this moment.
There are several major issues associated with such devices. The primary one is that O3 is a very toxic substance that poses health risks to those exposed. Should manufacturers be selling a device to consumers that may injure their health as well as other family members? The other major issue (associated with O3 generators) is that they are not effective in controlling contaminants as claimed. Ozone is a potent respiratory irritant even at low concentrations (> 0.10 ppmv) if the exposure occurs over a period of hours. If an O3 generator/air purifier is limited to O3 production below the level that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires ( 0.05 ppmv), there is no way that there would be enough O3 in your home to "remove" the chemicals that the "air cleaner" is theoretically designed to do. It is impossible from a chemistry standpoint.
So you can see, research before taking action may save you or a loved one a trip to the hospital, or maybe even worse.

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One thing I do know is that when I was in the fire restoration business for about 17 years is that when we used an ozone generator to try to kill the smoke smell no one was allowed in the room or house. They just said the extra O molecule in O3 was bad for you.
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Thanks for your input AL.

The key selling point they used was there is nothing wrong with just an extra oxygen molecule. For those of us dummies who never took Chemistry in school,:oops: it sounded plausible. Just goes to show, research before jumping into anything. It might just save your life.
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Thanks for the links. I'm going to see my mom on Friday, and I plan on checking out what kind of product she has.
 

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Thankfully my mom's air cleaner has a carbon filter. No questionable ozone or ions.
 

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Air Purifier

I was thinking of buying an air purifier to place in the bedroom when my mum can be discharged.

If air purifiers generating ozone is bad, I wonder about those releasing negative ions - ioniser. My bedroom collects dust easily - we are at the 14th level with too much wind carrying all the dust in - and it seemed like one having an ioniser is a good option.

I was actually looking one that also has an absorbent deodoriser that removes foul smells, in addition to an ionizer (Don't know if I can name the product here, so I'm not putting it in). This is impt for me since my neighbour downstairs barbecues just outside his apartment along the common corridor, resulting in all the smoke entering my apartment.

Anyone has any other info or recommendations?
 
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