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In my Ionic Pro Ionic Air Purifier review I have to warn you about the ozone problem with them. You see I bought my 1st ionizer air purifier back in the 1969 hoping to relieve asthma and severe allergies. Did it work? It did the reverse: It brought on an asthma attack.
This problem was why the Sharper Image Ionic Breeze model was removed from the airwaves and went bankrupt. Any guess why the Ionic Pro Ionic Air Purifier creates ozone?
(Hint: It's basically the exact same design as the Ionic Breeze)
There are some applications and times I would recommend getting one however - you can find that in the pros and cons and in my conclusion.
Some ionic machines create ozone, and some don't. Generally the bigger the plates the more ozone is likely. Perhaps the important major point about ionizers is that they are not particularly good for pollen and dust. The plates simply do not work well since most dust and pollen does not have very much electrical charge. The static electricity from the plates, which also creates the zapping noise often complained about, however will attract some of the dust.
1 - Inexpensive To Buy
2 - Inexpensive to maintain
3 - Will remove smoke and odor
1 - Without HEPA not good for allergies, dust, pollen
2 - May harm lungs, especially sensitive lungs
3 - No technology for germs, bacteria, viruses, etc.
Retail Price: $177.00
Purification Technologies: 1
Square Footage: 500 SQ. Ft.
Replacement Filter Costs: 0
Yearly Costs: $15
Decibel Level: N/A
Warranty - None
Number of Speeds - 0
Filters - 0
2. Particle Removal (Allergens, Dust) 1
3. Immune System Threats (Germs, Virus, etc.) 0
4. Gas Removal (Odor, Chemicals, Smoke) 5
5. Longevity/Quality 4
6. Noise Levels 9
7. Ease of Use 9
8. Warranty 0
9. Customer Service/Reputation (reviews) N/A
10. Price Value 3
Score: 32 = Poor-Fair
I would stay far away from it if you have asthma because of the ozone potential, and save your money if you have allergies to pets, dust or pollen. Without a HEPA filter it simply won't remove the allergens in the air.