Whether it’s cigarette smoke smell, fresh paint smell, or mold odor, smell from certain sources are hard to eliminate through regular cleaning methods or the use of air purifiers. For removing these types of stubborn odors, ozone air purifiers are considered the most effective solution.
Ozone air purifiers generate ozone gas, which mask odors by changing the chemical composition of particles causing the odor. However, in order to effectively and safely use these purifiers, you need to take certain precautions.
This article will provide a guide on how to effectively and safely use an ozone generator to get the ideal indoor air quality in your space.
How Ozone Purifiers Work
Ozone purifiers are commonly used in offices, homes, and cars to remove undesirable odors as well as air pollutants such as germs and bacteria in a closed environment. They work on a general principle known as silent corona discharge where electrical discharge alters the chemical structure of air molecules, removing unpleasant smells and eliminating germs, bacteria, and other pollutants in the process.
An ozone generator needs to be used with great precaution because the amount of ozone required to eliminate molds, bacteria, viruses, and unpleasant odors is higher than what is considered safe for the occupants, as per public health standards. In other words, the quantity of ozone produced by an ozone generator to clean an open room can be hazardous to people or pets inside. This is why an ozone machine should only be used in a room or office when it’s completely vacant with no people, pets, and plants inside.
How Long to Use an Ozone Purifier
The duration of running an ozone generator for purifying a room’s indoor air depends on a number of factors. Eliminating unpleasant fumes, odors, smoke, and exhaust gases requires a milder treatment compared to killing off germs, bacteria, molds, and stubborn and heavier smells.
The size of the space is also a major factor in determining the duration required to effectively clean the area. Small rooms may require only as little as 3 to 6 hours for thorough disinfection while an entire office may require 30 hours or more of running time.
The capacity of the ozone generator also plays an important role in determining how long it takes to completely purify a room. It is advisable to take recommendations from your ozone generator’s manufacturer regarding the type of results you want and the duration required depending on the size of the space you’ll be working on.
When to Use a Space After Ozone Treatment
The wait interval or the cooldown period when it’s safe to occupy the room depends on the time it takes for the ozone to convert back to breathable oxygen. Roughly speaking, it can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 4 hours for an ozone molecule to convert back to healthy O2 oxygen. This means that after running an ozone treatment, you should wait for a minimum of not less than 4 hours to go back to the room. You should also keep the room as ventilated as possible by opening all the windows and doors to facilitate air circulation.
Once you’ve waited out the 4-hour period, you can let your pets, plants, and occupants back in. Your room or office will feel much fresher and more pleasant as a result of the ozone treatment. As long as you take proper precautions and perform the ozone treatment with care and diligence, you don’t have to worry about the treatment being detrimental to your or the occupants’ health.
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