When it comes to air purification, it is essential to be aware of the type of device you are using. Ionizers are effective at eliminating smaller molecules such as bacteria and viruses, but they may not be the best choice for those with allergies or asthma. This is because ionizers produce ozone during the filtration process, which can be detrimental to those with respiratory illnesses and can worsen allergy symptoms. Moreover, ionizers do not actually remove particles from circulation.
Instead, they charge them so that they attach to something else. This implies that unless you are constantly cleaning hard and soft surfaces in your home, it can be difficult to remove particles that have fallen to the floor. However, a study has demonstrated the increase in dust mite mortality as the exposure time of a commercial ionizer increases. This suggests that the negative ions produced by an ionizer can be used to reduce natural mite populations on exposed surfaces such as floors, clothes, and curtains. In conclusion, while ionizers are effective at removing smaller molecules from the air, they may not be the best choice for those with allergies or asthma due to their production of ozone.
Furthermore, they do not actually remove particles from circulation and require regular cleaning of surfaces in order to remove particles that have fallen to the floor. However, a study has demonstrated that ionizers can be used to reduce natural mite populations on exposed surfaces.