If you’ve been looking for an air purifier lately, you may have noticed several that include ionizers. Though they’re beginning to appear practically everywhere, ionizers are common features found in air purifiers, fans and air circulators, heaters, and swamp coolers. But what, exactly, is an ionizer—and why should you invest in a product with one?
In short, ionizers emit ions—charged particles—to help an air purifier’s filters trap contaminants in your indoor environment. Many of our air purifiers, such as the Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower air purifier, now feature ionizers to capture particles that otherwise would be too small to filter out. This is extremely helpful if you have allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities, as ionic air purifiers more effectively remove pollutants ranging from pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander to viruses, smoke, odors, and chemical toxins.
But in addition to boosting air quality, ionic air purifiers also reduce static electricity, improve your mood, and help ward off fatigue. So how can such a simple mechanism have so many positive effects?
Think about this fact: our everyday surroundings are filled with positive ions. They’re what’s in the air before a storm or why your basement always feels stuffy. They’re also given off by monitor screens and vehicle fumes. Positive ions are far more common in our environment than negative ions—which is unfortunate, because positive ions produce fatigue, increase hypertension, exacerbate bad moods, and (despite their name) generally have a negative effect on overall health.
Negative ions do just the opposite—they help reinvigorate us. Negative ions contribute to that fresh feeling you get near bodies of water, in the mountains, or following heavy rainfalls. In fact, taking a shower is a great way to experience a rush of negative ions.
Negative ions have also been said to promote relaxation, decrease irritability, and improve sleep, and although not yet conclusive, preliminary studies show that negative ions could help relieve depressive symptoms. So when you tell someone you need some “fresh air,” you may really be saying that you need more negative ions.
Many products offered here at Sylvane have ionizing capabilities. The majority of the Blueair air purifier lineup includes ionic air purifiers, and all three of our Winix air cleaners feature PlasmaWave technology ionizers.
Ionizers are also found on heaters, fans, and evaporative coolers. Sunpentown is particularly good about including ionizers in a variety of products. The Sunpentown SH-1508 Ceramic Tower Heater features both an ionizer and air filter to keep air warm and breathable, the Sunpentown SF-610 Evaporative Air Cooler has an ionizer on its oxygen bar, and the Sunpentown Microcomputer Fan uses an ionic air purifier to refresh you while it cools.
If you would like to find out more about our air treatment products with ionizers and their specific benefits, you can browse our product pages or contact us with your questions.