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Ionic breeze

  1. Mar 31, 2005 #1

    Pengwuino

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    Does anyone have this thing? does it really do much? Does it... *prays*... get rid of annoying smells rather quickly *stares at bathroom after sooooome people use it....*. My calculus teacher in high school had like 3 in his room... crazy guy i tell you what.
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2005 #2

    GENIERE

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    I have one of these things and it works well. Since I was 4yrs old I’ve taken things apart to see what makes them tick. This was no exception. The gist of operation is a pair of wires that have a static electric charge. This ionizes ((+) charge) the nearby dust particles, and molecules in general. Just in front of the wires are 4 thin metal plates that carry a (-) high voltage charge. The dust particles and air molecules are accelerated towards the plates where the dust particles adhere to the plates while the air moves through, the breezy part of the name. If the dust particles are aromatic, the odor they carry is removed. The main method of removing odors is due to the device having a UV lamp that produces Ozone. This highly reactive gas can destroy the aromatic molecules that cause odor. A chemist would better answer the how of that. I guess there is some risk associated with the Ozone gas but probably not at the quantity the device produces.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2005 #3

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    That surprises me. When I looked into these things, the filtration efficiency, i.e % removed as a function of particle size and volumetric flow, was never available as it is for standard HVAC systems and air cleaners. This made me very suspicious. Do you know how much area is effectively treated by one unit of a given size [watts or $]?
     
  5. Apr 3, 2005 #4

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    I probably should have said it seems to work well. The device is in a 15 x 15-foot room where we the TV set is. My wife and I both smoke. Our home is very tightly constructed and the room is almost unbearable if we’re both puffing away. That makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Anyhow I would estimate the device collects about an ounce or two of a tar/dust really foul stuff that sticks to the plates over a 2-day period. It shuts down and starts beeping indicating it’s time to clean it. Wonder what my lungs look like? They seem to be radio-opaque.

    We'll have the 9 grandkids with us for the week, next week, so it's to the garage for puffing we go.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2005 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Are you using a unit that sells for about $250?
     
  7. Apr 4, 2005 #6

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    Can't recall, but definately over $200.00.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2005 #7

    Pengwuino

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    Isnt their main unit like $400???
     
  9. Apr 5, 2005 #8

    FredGarvin

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    This just came out. It may be worth a read:

    I saw the article here:
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=509&e=2&u=/ap/20050405/ap_on_bi_ge/sharper_image
     
  10. Apr 5, 2005 #9

    Pengwuino

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    Yah i just saw that yesterday.... think ill hold off on that purchase for now :D
     
  11. Apr 6, 2005 #10

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    Before I got the device, mine’s the Ionic Tower brand, I was aware of the possible harmful effects of Ozone. My device has the option of turning off the UV lamp so Ozone is only generated when you want. There are many good reasons for using Ozone in the home, but one does need to be careful. I will soon convert my well water sterilization to an Ozone system and remove the existing Chlorine injection system. I think, not sure, Ozone is commonly used in large, publicly acessed buildings to maintain air "purity". If Russ watters is viewing this thread, he may shed some light on the matter.
     
  12. May 10, 2009 #11
    The Ionic Breeze Air Purifiers are not revolutionary in performance compared to Classic Air Purifiers and they are not very cheap. But I believe that they represent a progress. The advantages of using them instead of classic ones are the fact that they are completely silent and they have no additional costs.
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