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Ionizer want to know exactly how an ionizer works and whether it can be fitted in an air cooler or not ?

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Re: ionizer

IONIZERS to not PURIFY indoor air. IONS are either NEGATIVE or POSITIVE. In this case, the NEGATIVE IONS are the 'GOOD GUYS!"

An ionizer will usually put some negative ions into the air while trapping, just like positive/negative magnets would do- SOME of your airborne live contaminates onto a metal plate inside the ionizer. When you pull out the plate with this smorgasborg of contaminates to wipe it, some of them can go airborne again, plus you have a dirty cloth ripe with contaminates on which you should then throw away. You haven't PURIFIED your air-you've just added some negative ions to your air, which will make your air feel light and lively- but still not PURIFIED.

Our SUN AIRE purifiers not only PURIFY indoor air SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY like SUNLIGHT, but one of the side-benefits is that we replenish your NEGATIVE ION balance in your air because of our SUNLIGHT process of purifying your air.

We DO NOT LIVE in our ductwork, therefore, our SUN AIRE purifiers purify your air in your living spaces FIRST and then the allotropic oxygen can be sucked through your ductwork.

POINT-OF-CONTACT is the key to our SUN AIRE purifiers effectiveness. We recommend you place your SUN AIRE purifier as FAR AWAY from your cold air return as possible because we want you to use the allotropic oxygen FIRST, before it's sucked through your ductwork.

Thanks for your question. Please let us know if we may assist you.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007

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Is this invrioionizer safe for people with heart or lung disease

Those devices use a process call IONIZATION to clean the air. What this does is make high voltage that jumps out into the air and attaches to particles in the air. Those particles are now attracted to anything with an opposite charge. In some machines there is a plate that has the opposite charge and a fan that pulls the air into the machine. When particles that are charged come into the machine, they are drawn to that plate and stick. The plate gets dirty pretty fast and has to be cleaned. The problem comes when the ionizer begins to spark. This creates ozone and ozone is harmful to people and animals, rubber and many other things. I looked up the name of the machine that you listed and the closest I can find is a really old reference to a radio shack device. the Environizer™ (630-0612/630-0613) This device was made just after regulation by the federal government that says 50 parts per billion is the limit so that device SHOULD be ok. However it has to be maintained and cared for. There is a great article here:
Just keep in mind the difference between ozone generators and air ionizers, they are not the same thing. If you need more info let me know.

Mar 11, 2016 | Air Air Purifiers


Sharper Imaage Ionizers

Ionized air purification systems have been proven to be ineffective for cleaning the air. These reports have been published by Consumer Reports as well as the EPA. Sharper Image filed a lawsuit against Consumer Reports and lost. They were ordered to pay Consumer Reports legal bills as well.

Sharper Image issued a recall on all Ionic Breeze Ionizers and filed for Chapter 11 at the same time.

Ionizers have been proven to create an ozone that is harmful to anyone with breathing problems.

Here is a link to the EPA report

Here is an article from about The Sharp Image

Support for Ionic Breeze isn't possible since Shaper Image has recalled the product.

Your best bet to keep the air clean in your house is to use a hepa filtration system.

on Jul 12, 2008 | Sharper Image Professional Plus Ionic...

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Red light will not go off

The only other light I'm aware of is the light in the back of the machine attached to the radio frequency ionizer. This light lets you know that both of the ionizers including the needle point ionizer are working. When the light is off, it means the ionizers need cleaning or service. When I clean my machines, I always clean off both ionizers w/ a 50/50 solution of Ammonia w/ a paper towel. I do this the same time I clean the ozone plate. If you're machine is still under the 3 year warranty, you can send it back to be fixed for no charge except shipping. I hope this helps.

Jul 25, 2011 | Alpine Air XL-15 Air Purifier

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We purchased this at a thrift store. Can you tell me what the ionizer setting is for

The ionizer cleans the air. If it's working properly, it will smell like the air right after a lightning storm. You should use as little as possible, based on the size of the area, you're using the unit in. Do not allow it to blow directly on you or anyone else. The higher you can place the unit, the better it will work. Match the fan speed to ionizer setting.

Hope this helped you.

Jul 09, 2011 | Duracraft Air Purifiers

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I have a Living Air XL-15 purifier which was taken apart for cleaning and repair. I am now trying to put it back together and have one part that I do not remember where it goes. It is a metal needle-like...

That's a needle-point ionizer, should thread into a little arm/fitting in the fairing forward/front of the fan blades. The red wire (high voltage) should attach to this little arm (probably with a spade terminal). It provides the high-power ionization used to attract particulate air pollutants out of the air.

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Nov 10, 2009 | Alpine Air XL-15 Air Purifier

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Will not turn on

Try this link:

I've heard if the plates aren't working, it doesn't turn on.

Now for the disclaimer:

Sharper Image has recalled the units. Consumer Reports released a report on all ionizers and the quadra failed. Sharper Image tried to sue Consumer Reports over the findings but they couldn't prove that the unit cleaned the air. Sharper Image was ordered to pay all legal fees forcing the company into Chapter 11.

EPA data has proven that ionizers not only are ineffective at cleaning the air but they are harmful to use as well. has a report on it.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is going to release a report on all ionizers. It's possible that they will no longer be for sale in the U.S. next year.

Sharper Image also recalled the ionizers for $35. Since there in bankruptcy now I don't think the program is no longer available.

Sep 26, 2008 | Sharper Image Professional Plus Ionic...

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XL-15 Classic Living Air emmitting Foul Odor!!

Ionizers do cause a bad odor to happen. I work in the copier business and do work around machines that can cause an ozone to happen when there are ran. Copiers like ionizers can cause an ozone to happen because the air particles are being electrically charged. The smell isn't good to be breathing in as well.

Here is an EPA report about ionizers

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is going to be making a decision about the health effects on ionizers by the end of the year. Their decision can effect selling ionizers all together.

This industry should have been regulated years ago and after what happened to Sharper Image this year due to their arrogance it isn't doing the industry any favors. They went out of business because of Consumer Reports findings and tried to sue them for it.

If you really want the air in your house cleaned, the best way to do it is using a hepa filter.

Jul 26, 2008 | Ecoquest Living Air Classic Air Purifier

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Ionic Breeze Silent Air Purifier GP

Ionic Breeze products are no longer being supported because Sharper Image has gone into bankruptcy because the units were proven to be ineffective for cleaning the air by Consumer Reports magazine and by EPA studies. In face they have proven that ionizers can be harmful to use if you have breathing problems.

Here is an article about Sharper Image

Here is the EPA article

Jun 30, 2008 | Sharper Image Professional Plus Ionic...

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When ionizer is on even

Hi willy,

The ionizer itself shouldn't smell. I wonder if you're smelling O3 (aka ozone or activated oxygen), or if there's a short-circuit of some kind that is causing electrical components to overheat/burn. Burning electronics and singed hair smell more alike than ozone (which isn't the same as ionization, incidentally.

Write back with more details if you can, preferably with any details about your observations.

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Jan 17, 2008 | Ecoquest Flair Air Purifier

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Annoying ticking

My air purifier was doing the same thing. The ticking noise you are hearing is caused by dust build up on the ionizer pins. When the ionizer pins collect too much dust, they tend to start making the clicking/ticking sound caused by static electricity. The solution is simple. Take the filter out and clean it real good (follow directions on filter on how to clean). Now, with the filter out, if you look down inside the vent where the filter was, you'll see a white piece of plastic with nine holes in it that are about the size of a silver dollar. Directly in the center of each hole there will be something that looks like a needle, those are the ionizer pins and they will probably have dust built up on them. Next, with the filter out, blow out the air purifier with compressed air to clean all the dust off the ionizer pins. This should take care of the problem, it worked on mine.

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