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Ionic Air Purifiers

Ionic Air Purifier

Everyone wants cleaner air. This can be achieved through a few different methods. One of the best ways to purify air is through ionization. Ionic air purifiers clean the air by emitting ions that interact with and deactivate contaminants such as bacteria, mold, viruses, allergens, VOCs, and odors.

One form of ionization also works by electrically charging molecules to remove fine airborne particles like dust, dander and other allergens.

Air ionization, or ionic air purification, is one of the most sophisticated technologies for removing microbes, odors and particulates. This creates a healthier living environment, reduces odors and improves well-being.

Read this article to learn more about how an ionic air purifier works and what kinds are available to purify the air in your home or place of business.

Air Ionization

People choose air ionizers because they provide a high level of cleaning for indoor air. Whereas HEPA filtration traps airborne particles, ionizers emit decontaminating ions that actively address contaminants in the air and on surfaces. Using ionization to purify air has been a practice for over 100 years. According to peer-reviewed research, ionization may improve:

  • Psychological health
  • Productivity
  • Well-being
  • Symptoms of allergies

The two most effective and commercially available forms of ionization are photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and bi-polar ionization, or cold plasma. Decades of research prove that air ionization is an important tool to enhance health.

What are the similarities and differences between photocatalytic oxidation and bi-polar ionization? Check out this reference to learn more.

Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), as the name suggests, uses an ultraviolet light (photo) and what’s referred to a catalyst. When companies tout “NASA technology” or “developed by NASA,” they are referring to photocatalytic oxidation. In fact, NASA did experiment with ionization as a means to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

Click here to see anHVAC whole house ionic air purification solution using the Air Oasis proprietary AHCPO® ionization technology — our version of advanced PCO ionization.

Bi-polar® ionization is sometimes referred to as cold plasma ionization. Cold plasma ions clear the air of airborne contaminants like dust, pet dander, allergens, mold spores, and even airborne droplets containing viruses. This airborne particulate matter is drawn together, becomes too heavy to float and drops from the air. That’s why we recommend the iAdaptAir® purifier and the Bi-Polar® 2400 for addressing PM in support of allergy and asthma sufferers.

Click here to learn more about how ionization alleviates issues related to mold, viruses, bacteria, VOCs and allergens.

Particulate Matter

The air pollutants that ionic air purifiers address are called particulate matter, or PM. Particulate matter includes everything that is suspended in the air. This can be solid or liquid particles, such as:

  • Pollen
  • Soot
  • Smoke
  • Liquid droplets
  • Dust

PM can be either organic or inorganic and differ in origin, composition and size.

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), particulate matter is inhalable and comes directly from various sources, such as fields, fires or construction sites. PM is harmful because it is so small it can get deep into the lungs and even bloodstream. The finest particles present the highest health risks.

PM Health Risks

The National Institute of Health explains that particulate matter from sources as varied as cigarettes and grilling food can cause health risks that include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Respiratory symptoms: coughing, irritated airways
  • Worsening asthma
  • Decrease in lung function
  • Non lethal heart attacks

As we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, even fine liquid droplets emitted by coughing, sneezing, and, in some cases, breathing may carry viruses.

Ionic Air Purifiers and Particulate Matter

In a two-part study, researchers found that air ionizers could remove nearly 80% of particulate matter in an indoor residential building. Air ions need to be repeatedly dispersed into an enclosed area to perpetuate these positive effects of reducing airborne particles.

Studies have found cyclical patterns in air ions in open spaces, which have led to the development of better technology for indoor air ionizers. In other words, the rate at which ions need to cycle through the air to continuously remove particulates has led to the development of systems like the nano Induct™ and the Bi-Polar 2400® both are systems which connect directly to your furnace or HVAC system.

How to Test Air Quality Outside

The EPA recommends Airnow.gov as a way to measure the air quality in your region. This is done by a scoring system, in which the air quality is ranked with these categories:

  1. Hazardous
  2. Very unhealthy
  3. Unhealthy
  4. USG
  5. Moderate
  6. Good

You will be able to look up the air quality in your zip code and state. Go here for an easy way to learn about the air quality in your area.

How to Test Air Quality Inside

Indoor air quality can be negatively impacted by:

  • Radon
  • Combustion pollutants, which are generated by:
    • Water heaters
    • Clothes dryers
    • Fireplaces
    • Space heaters
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), these can come from:
    • Paints
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Air fresheners
    • Furniture
    • Pesticides
    • Dry-cleaned clothes
  • Asthma triggers:
    • Mold
    • Dust mites
    • Pet hair
  • Secondhand smoke

You can buy at-home tests (and alarms) for the following indoor air pollutants:

  1. Carbon monoxide
  2. Nitrogen dioxide
  3. Radon

There are other ways to test indoor air quality (IAQ) with tests. When you shop online for an IAQ tester, you will need to investigate how much square footage it measures and look carefully for research-backed proof of results.

Air Ions and Mood Outcomes

One significant body of study addresses the psychological impact of negative and positive ions in the air. Between 1957 and 2012, there were thirty-three recorded experimental studies on this topic. Intensity exposure and contextual factors were carefully analyzed. Overwhelmingly, researchers concluded that consistent effects of ionization include:

  • Lower depression rates
  • Feelings of relaxation
  • Self-reported feelings: "pleasant and not stuffy"
  • Improved sleep patterns

There is enough data to confidently assert that air ionizers can improve state of mind and mood.

Click here to order an air quality test kit.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you find that you have poor indoor air quality, your family may suffer symptoms such as these:

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Lung and breathing issues
  • Nose and throat congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Fatigue

Adults, children and pets are all impacted by poor indoor air quality.

Some people suffer from inflammatory illnesses acquired by environmental toxins. One such ailment is referred to as CIRS, or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). Indoor environmental experts and healthcare professionals are increasingly adding ionic air purification to support their clients and patients.

Once you've measured your indoor air quality, you will want to take steps to improve it. The air you breathe outdoors is somewhat outside your control. In countries where environmental pollution is exceptionally high, people wear facemasks and observe air quality alerts very carefully. This protects their health.

While it may seem there are more threats outside your front door, studies have shown that indoor air pollutants may actually be 2-5 times higher than pollutants outside. This doesn't mean you should wear a facemask 24/7. It does mean that you should take steps to assess and improve the air quality inside your home.

There are some lifestyle steps you can take to reduce pollutants in your home. Be careful to:

  • Only use cleaning products in well-ventilated areas
  • Clean often if you have pets
  • Don't smoke indoors
  • Assess the pesticide use inside and outside your home

Want to learn more? Go here to get free access to an IAQ Calculator.

Lifestyle steps are important. In many cases, they are insufficient to eradicate all of the dangerous pollutants in your home. When you are ready to apply more aggressive measures to ensuring the health of your family, you will want to consider whole house or room air purifiers. One of the best options for cleaning the air in your home are ionic air purifiers. Here is more info on how they work and the benefits they provide.

Air Ionizer Technology

Air purifiers with ionizers work in a unique way. These powerful units remove airborne contaminants. They also reduce static electricity. The process is fairly straightforward, although it has roots in complex research and technology experimented with by NASA and others.

For example, Advanced Hydrated Photocatalytic Oxidation (AHPCO®) is Air Oasis' proprietary photocatalyst that maximizes safe and effective ion output. While complex processes happen, the streamlined processes is:

  1. An ultraviolet light shines on a photocatalyst
  2. Water molecules in the air are activated and reorganized
  3. Ions are produced such as H202 (ionized hydroperoxide)
  4. Ions interact with single cell contaminants like mold, viruses, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  5. Contaminants are deactivated when their RNA and DNA is interrupted and they can no longer replicate themselves

Go here to read more about the air ionizer technology.

Air ionizer technology has been implemented in many contexts.

Air Ionizers in Hospitals

Any location in which sick people gather is prone to have more viruses and bacteria. Hospitals have numerous protocols in place to stop the spread of disease. Air ionizers have been used to limit the spread of infection.

One study highlights how plastic medical equipment, such as ventilator tubes, can be sanitized with the use of air ionizers. Electrostatic charges work well to eliminate bacteria on many different surfaces, making air ionization a useful tool in medical facilities.

Air Ionizers for Paint Companies

Paint is a significant source of VOCs. As such, the employees of companies that paint cars or buildings are at a higher risk of inhaling VOCs and other pollutants. To control this risk factor, studies have been conducted on the use of electrostatic discharge through air ionizers.

This published study found that the electrostatic precipitators distributed by ionizers dramatically reduced cement dust and paint particles. In addition to cleaner air, this study actually found a huge change in the amount of particles present on the vehicles and other items. A vast difference was found between simply wiping objects down and placing them, clean, in a room with an air ionizer.

Air Ionizers for High Technology Manufacturers

Companies that manufacture high technology items, such as disk drives and flat panel displays, have to control static charges. This is important due to conduction and insulators. The need is present at multiple stages of production.

Air ionizers are the most highly recommended technology for controlling air ions and reducing static electricity. By releasing charged ions, air conductivity is controlled and charge neutralization is achieved.

Air Ionizers for Airborne Viruses and Germs

The transmission of airborne illnesses can be stopped by ionizers. Devices like these have been tested and published in mainstream journals. Research has shown their effectiveness in impacting bacteria and viruses in the air. This can slow the spread of infectious diseases.

Air Oasis has published articles on germicidal air purifiers. Our ionic air purifiers effectively remove germs and bacteria both in the air and on surfaces. Air Oasis air ionizers are used in numerous places to keep viruses, bacteria, germs and other unwanted particulates out of the air. Air purifiers are great for use in:

  • Libraries
  • Childcare facilities
  • Schools
  • Offices
  • Hair salons
  • Locker rooms
  • Pet stores
  • Bathrooms
  • Hotels
  • Cars

Benefits of an Air Ionizer

When choosing between air purifier technologies, you need to assess the benefits. It's evident that numerous industries—from medical to manufacturing—can leverage air ionization to improve their processes and sanitize surfaces and air. As you choose the right air purifier for your family, consider some of the proven benefits of air ionization:

  • Natural antidepressant effect
  • Improved mood from increased serotonin
  • Decrease airborne viruses and bacteria
  • Improve respiratory health
  • Relief from allergy symptoms
  • Decreased asthma
  • Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Improved sleep
  • Mental clarity
  • Enhanced concentration
  • Improved physical performance and stamina

Air Oasis customers testify to the effectiveness of these units as well:

“My mother has serious food allergies and sensitivities to odors, so everything is an issue. The first thing my mom noticed was that her nose dried up and she could breathe easily, felt clear throughout her head (me too) like after the horseradish effect but without the associated sting. Like I said I am very impressed in light of the extreme sensitivities my mom suffers.”
Peter Tarapcik

“I am completely blown away from the quality of air that is put out by this Air Oasis machine. My wife and I sleep so much better now that this air purifier has cleaned our home. People that visit us even make comments about how fresh the air seems and how easy they can breath in our home. It is such a good feeling to know that my family is breathing healthy air again. We will never be without this Air Oasis machine ever again. We even take it on trips with us touse in our motel rooms.”
Roy Parker

“I recently purchased an Air Oasis unit and I'm so pleased. I went to visit my brother a few weeks ago and had a bad allergic reaction to his rugs. By coincidence, he just received a couple of units in the mail the next day and put one in my room. In a few hours my symptoms subsided and I was hooked! I'm waiting for my second one in the mail. You have made my severe allergies so much better. I want to thank you so much! I live in San Francisco where things bloom all year round so I'm so happy to be able to breathe. What a lifesaver!”
Nina K.

“This new technology simply produces a blanket of redundant oxidizers that not only clean your air, but sanitize surfaces as well. This air purifier quickly and effectively reduces carbon-based contaminants, providing fresh, clean smelling air in only minutes. Eliminates odors left behind from cigarette smoke. Cleans up to 1000 square [feet] too.”
Miriam R.

Want to visualize how a product like the Air Oasis nano Induct™ could work in your home? Click here for a video illustration.

Best Ionic Air Purifier

Ionic air purifiers have a few essential distinctives. These include:

  1. Fan based
  2. Filterless
  3. Low maintenance

There are many options to buy an ionic air purifier online. Each company has distinctives based on their unique ionization processes, mechanical systems and end products. Here is an overview of what you should look for and what is available for purchase:

Air PurifierSpecificsPriceCoverageAdditional Features
Kalavan 5 in 1The Kalavan five in one has an auto timer, is ultra quiet and uses five kinds of air purification, including a negative ion generator$99.9910 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondFive in one means that utilizes five types of air purification
Airthereal Pure Morning APH260This air purifier has a seven-stage air filter system and a negative ion generator that can be turned off or on$119.7520 million negative ions per cubic centimeterSeven in one system uses UV-C light, cold catalyst, an activated carbon filter and more
OION B-1000 Permanent Filter Ionic Air PurifierBoasting ultra-low energy consumption and no filters, this air purifier uses air ionization, carbon filtration and ozone power as well as UVGI technology.$89.9510 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondComes in silver, black or white. This air purifier has “whisper quiet” purification fan as well as a night light.
Ionic Pro 90IP01TA01W Turbo Air PurifierThis tall air purifier claims to filter 500 square feet three times every hour and has a washable filter.$149.9910 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondHas a filtration cleaning alert, is very quiet and has a sleek, tower design.
Green Air Encore with Ion ClusterGreen Air makes a HEPA air filter with non-ozone negative ion technology and air purifying ion clusters.$319.003 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondThis has a sleek, futuristic design with an air quality color changing light ring, four operating modes and coverage of up to 1,000 square feet.
Rabbit MinusA2 Ultra Quiet Air PurifierRabbit air has added negative ionization to one of their classic air purifiers. This uses negative ionization as part of a six-stage purification system.$549.95UnknownThe negative air ions can be disabled. There are numerous filters,fanspeeds and particle, odor and light sensors.
Pro Breeze 5-in-1 Air PurifierPro Breeze sells this small and low-priced air filter that includes a negative ion generator.$108.99UnknownThere are five stages of filtration to this small room air purifier. It also has smart timers and sleep mode. The negative ion generator can be turned off or on.
Vortex VI-3500 Room Ionic Air PurifierWein makes this small air purification system that claims exceptionally high output to about 800 square feet of space.$169.003.4 trillion ions per cubic centimeter per secondWein claims that this air purifier is designed to not disrupt computer systems and has an easy setup. It is filterless and outputs 150 feet per minute of clean air.
Natur Air Twin Air Pro Negative Ion GeneratorNatur Air makes this dual-head negative ion generator with country-specific plugin adaptors and a unique, futuristic look.$239.99200 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondThis model has been updated and has no filter. It is a creative, dual-head design and only comes in a stainless steel color.
Air Oasis G3 Series & Surface PurifierAir Oasis makes a G3 series filterless air purifier. This is an air purifier and surface sanitizer. Its advanced technology reduces 99% of viruses, bacteria, mold, allergens and VOCs.$399-$549Two powerful ionization technologies in one no-nonsense air purifier.This air purifier will noticeably improve the air quality in your home. It is compact and a sleek, tower design. It has no filter and is virtually maintenance-free.
Air Oasis Bi-Polar® 2400This whole house air purifier is filterless and connects directly to your HVAC system, blanketing your entire house with ionization technology, known as cold-plasma.$899200 million negative ions per cubic centimeter per secondThis unique technology destroys contaminants by as much as 99%. It is very small but has an impressive output that can reduce and even eliminate particulates in your home or building.
Air Oasis nano Induct™nano Induct™ is a whole house central air purifier. Attached to your furnace, it provides a blanket of air ionization throughout your home or office.$899AHPCO® technology by Air Oasis addresses germs, unwanted odors, and VOCs.Installation is simple. Enlist a licensed HVAC professional to install into your HVAC system within minutes. Hidden from sight, your nano Induct™ will produce results immediately.
Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Air PurifierSharper Image was one of the first companies to broadly offer commercial air purifiers with air ionization. They have a couple of models, the more popular of which is the Ionic Comfort Quadra Air Purifier.$349.9920 million negative ions per cubic centimeter
Air Oasis iAdaptAir® PurifierAir Oasis is the leader in combining the best of ionization and filtration in a single smart air purifier.$399-$799True HEPA filter, carbon filter, AHPCO® ionization, Bi-polar ionization, and UVThis purifier is CARB certified, has a smartphone app and works with Alexa.

Ionic Air Purifier Shopping Tips

While the vital components are compared above, here is a basic overview of the facets and features that an ionic air purifier should include. When you are shopping, this is the prioritization of what an air purifier like this must have, should have and optional or bonus features.

Air Ionizer Must Have

  • Sound ionization technology that produces effective ions without excessive ozone
  • Adequate emission of ions to deactivate contaminants in the air and on surfaces
  • The correct rate of production per hour and for your space

Air Ionizer Could Have

  • Small to large square footage range, depending on your needs
  • Quiet or nearly silent operation
  • Maintenance reminders or alerts
  • Multiple fan speeds

Air Ionizer Bonus Features

  • Smart features that integrate with apps or can be remotely controlled or monitored
  • Sleek designs that match your home decor
  • Touch-screen interface
  • Data reports on air quality and performance

Ionic Air Purifier vs. HEPA

HEPA air filters were invented for military use, as a way of protecting soldiers from chemical warfare, functioning as a gas mask. This approach to “block” (and thus remove) airborne contaminants and dangerous particles has remained virtually the same. In contrast, ionic air purifiers use ions to interact with and damage contaminants so they die off. Some ions even have the effect of attracting airborne particulates so they drop out of the air, leaving indoor air cleaner. Some products have a multi-stage filtration system where they utilize both ionization and HEPA. These processes are not mutually exclusive but they are completely different ways of cleaning air.

You don't always have to choose “either-or”. Air Oasis, for example, has iAdaptAir®: a smart home air purifier that gives you a full spectrum of air purification, including HEPA, carbon, UV and ionization.

Ionic Air Purifier vs. Carbon Filters

Activated carbon filtration traps particles even smaller than those captured by a True HEPA filtration. Gases, smoke and VOCs won't make it past a good carbon filter. Particles this small are things like viruses. One thing to keep in mind regarding carbon filters is that, because of their tight pores, it's not as easy for air to flow through them. In addition, as with HEPA filters, they require replacement on regular intervals according to manufacturer recommendations.

Want a more thorough compare and contrast? Learn the difference between ionic air purifiers and filter-based purifiers by clicking here.

Ionic Air Purifier Plugin

There are numerous plug-in air purifiers available for small spaces. These claim to emit a smaller amount of ions in proportion to the space in which they are used. Some of these products, like the Oransi OV200, do not actually use ions. Others, like the PureAir 50, do use ionic air purification methods but cover extremely small spaces. You will want to investigate your options carefully if you are shopping for a product like this online.

Ionic Air Purifier Car

Want cleaner air in your car? That may be a possibility with a variety of companies making air purifiers that you can plugin to your cigarette lighter. Sharper Image sells one that claims to emit 600,000 ions per cubic centimeter per second. It also has two USB ports and is designed in a sleek white and black.

IQAir, FriEQ and a few other brands sell air purifiers for your car. You will have to shop carefully, as many of these products either emit minimal ions or are actually just low-grade filters.

Ionic Air Purifier Portable

Some brands make a portable version of an air ionizer. IonPacific Ionbox has a negative ion generator that claims to output 20 million negative ions a second. It is filterless and marketed as a travel air purifier with USB.

InvisiClean is one company that has taken portability a step further and created a wearable air purifier. This has a small negative ion generator and is powered by a lithium battery. The negative ions it releases may be minimal, but of course they're designed for a one-person range.

Air Oasis Ionic Air Purifiers

Air Oasis offers research-backed air ionizers. Our products have been thoroughly tested and proven effective against viruses, bacteria, mold, mycotoxins, allergens, smoke and a wide range of VOCs. We offer air purifiers that can cover your entire home with contaminant-combating ions as well as smaller air purifiers that can be placed in each room. Our customers have seen enormous benefits to their health and well-being from these products.

Air Oasis sells:

  1. Portable ionic air purifiers
  2. Portable HEPA air purifiers
  3. HVAC whole house air purifiers

Each of our air purification products is subject to rigorous testing before going to market. We manufacture our products locally in the United States and are a family-owned business. Having served our customers for multiple generations, we are confident of the quality of craftsmanship in our items.

In terms of air ionization, we have a significant body of research that is the foundation of our negative ion technology. Leveraging the best in the industry and by research and development, our air ionizers set the industry standard for addressing poor indoor air quality

The G3 Ionic air purifier series has been lab tested and shown to effectively reduce MERS-CoV and H1N1 Flu viruses. Go here to see a video of the mighty G3 air purifiers in action and get more information about the positive and negative ion concentration.

If you are looking to improve your air quality, and quality of life, go here to learn more.