ionic fans, cleaners [edited title]

Do these ionic fans do much? After blowing the air around like any fan, and some dust gathering on them, like any fan, do they actually do anything else productive relative to indoor air quality?

Thanks. :wink:

Not really.

Oh, ionic fans…

By the thread title, I thought this was going to be about that guy in the stands at the Cubs’ game.

We’ve got the sharper image one in our house and I love it.

I’m not sure what their point is in saying that “Our tests show, and independent experts confirm, that these air cleaners don’t work fast enough to be effective”.

I clean my purifier every 10 days or so and it is amazing how much crap it pulls out of the air. Also, it gives off a “clean” smell which I like.

I have not done any scientific research on how healthy the air is in my home before and after, but I do know that all that gunk that goes down the drain after I clean it had to come from the air – so I know it’s doing something.

It means that the ionic cleaners do not remove stuff from the air very fast. They remove stuff so slowly that the normal every day processes of coming in and out of a room fill the room with stuff faster than the ionic cleaners can remove it.

I can go vacuum my back yard and I will get a bunch of dirt in the bag so I am removing something. I am not however making my back yard less dusty in any appreciable way. That is what the article is saying.

I will say: The ionic cleaner you stick in your shoes to get rid of odour is amazing. Ozone just zaps the “stink” bacteria overnight.

I just got something similar at Radio Shack for about $100.

I just put it im my room (which smells of Man Fumes, if ya know what I mean) and close the door. A few hours later, the manfumes are replaced by the fresh scent of atmosphere after a thunderstorm.

A week later the collection element has some dust and a lot of black crud wiped off on the damp sponge.

I’m satisfied.

Thanks for the link. I have wondered why the Sharper Image keeps focused on “it’s quiet” and “it does not use a lot of energy” and “no filters to change” but then seem to ignore an objective comparison of how much clean is going on.

My neighbor has two and he does not believe it makes any difference.

My BS detector goes off when they show people attempting to change an air filter, and the air filter replacement act looks like an attempt to brush the teeth of a trapped bobcat.

Thanks, all. I didn’t mean iron, but I guess if a fan cleans you of money and not pollen, it’s kinda ironic.

Here’s a good link with testing info. I think…

Cann’t tell if this group is sound or not:
http://www.cadr.org/consumer/index.html

Important note: The biggest problem with many ionic air cleaners and air ionizers is that they produce ozone. Breathing ozone is not good for you. If you have that fresh/thunderstorm smell then you should turn it off and contact the manufacturer about returning the defective product.

I have edited the title to correct the spelling.

bibliophage
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I’ll see if I can find the exact quote. I almost bought one then I read in Consumer’s Reports how bad they are. In fact CR rated the IONIC BREEZE as “slightly better than nothing”.(that is a quote) It didn’t remove allergens or dust as they claimed EVEN after 12 hours.

The smell is the ozone produced which makes you think it is doing something.

I’ll see if I can find the exact quote. I almost bought one then I read in Consumer’s Reports how bad they are. In fact CR rated the IONIC BREEZE as “slightly better than nothing”.(that is a quote) It didn’t remove allergens or dust as they claimed EVEN after 12 hours.

The smell is the ozone produced which makes you think it is doing something.

not to mention that ozone can have effects on photos. i’m not sure about older prints, but digital prints, even quality ones, can shift colors more quickly when lots of ozone is present.