If you have been in the vacation rental business, auto dealership business or hotel business for a while, you may have heard of ozone generators to improve indoor air quality and remove smells. Unfortunately, much of the claims and conclusions from companies that make Ozone generators to remove odors are not real. Ozone generators are actually dangerous and can cause severe health problems.
The EPA has published several documents which highlight the risks and dangers of ozone and why ozone generators should be avoided. Ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners or air purifiers intentionally produce the gas Ozone (O3). But Ozone is potentially dangerous and harmful to your health. The EPA has reported there is a variety of health effects associated with exposure to high levels of ozone. These may include: decreased lung function, throat irritation, severe asthma symptoms, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, irritation of lung tissue, and the higher sensitivity to respiratory infection.
4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Ozone Generators
Not only is ozone potentially dangerous to your health, it is also NOT an effective treatment to remove odors, purify the air you breathe or remove allergens and mold. Below are four reasons why you should never use an air purifier that produces ozone.
1. Ozone Generators Don't Work At All
Some manufacturers suggest that ozone will render nearly every chemical contaminant in the home harmless by producing a chemical reaction. This is incredibly misleading because scientific research has shown that in order for many of the dangerous chemicals found indoors to be eliminated the chemical reaction process may take months or even years. Other studies have also ozone applied to indoor air pollution does not effectively remove viruses, mold, bacteria, or other biological pollutants.
2. The Chemical Reaction Can Be Dangerous
Even if ozone generators were proven to be effective at eliminating biological pollutants, there are certain side effects everyone must be aware of. Many of the chemicals ozone reacts to result in a variety of harmful by-products. For example, when ozone was mixed with chemicals from new carpet in a laboratory setting, the ozone reduced many of the chemicals but created a variety of dangerous organic chemicals in the air. While the target chemicals were reduced, the dangerous byproducts rendered the process moved.
3. Ozone Generators Do Not Remove MOLD
A third factor to consider when looking at ozone generators is that they do not remove particulates such as mold spores, dust, or pollen from the air. This includes the particles which are primarily responsible for allergic reactions. To combat this, some ozone generators include an ionizer which disperses negatively charged ions into the air. In recent analysis, this process was found to be less competent in the removal of air-borne molecules of dust, smoke, pollen, and mold spores than HEPA filters and electrostatic precipitators.
4. It Is Impossible to Predict Exposure Levels
The EPA notes that it is increasingly difficult to determine the actual concentration of ozone produced by an ozone generator because so many different factors come into play. Concentrations will be higher if more powerful devices used in smaller spaces. Whether or not the interior doors are closed rather than open will affect concentrations as well. Additional factors which affect concentration levels include how many materials and furnishings are in the room to react with ozone, the level of outdoor air ventilation, and the proximity of a person to the ozone generating device.
How BioSweep's technology differs from Ozone Generators
Biosweep machines ARE an effective tool for surface decontamination and odor, germ and bacteria removal. Biosweep utilizes proven, proprietary technology called photo-catalytic oxidation (PCO) to eradicate airborne organic contaminants, which is more effective than old generation ozone generators.
BIOSWEEP DOES NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS - It simply utilizes the existing Oxygen and Hydrogen molecules in the air.
BIOSWEEP service providers do have a line of proprietary accessory chemicals for use in certain worst case scenarios such as fatalities or animal waste. However, these chemicals are supplemental. Biosweep's H2O2 technology is 100% environmentally safe! Biosweep's treatment is completely compatible with virtually all common materials. It will not bleach or harm carpet, upholstery or fabrics when properly applied. It will not react with other materials to create toxic chemicals in the air. Ask your local BIOSWEEP Service Provider for more information on specific materials.
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