CARB (California Air Resources Board) recommends that ozone generators not be used, except for approved industrial purposes where exposure to ozone is avoided. This is because not only are ozone generators ineffective at cleaning indoor air, but inhaling ozone can have serious health risks for humans and animals. Ozone has chemical properties that allow it to react with organic material found outside the body, which can cause harmful health consequences. When inhaled, ozone can damage the lungs and cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, and throat irritation.
It can also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and compromise the body's ability to fight respiratory infections. The susceptibility to ozone varies widely among individuals. Healthy people as well as those with breathing difficulties can experience respiratory problems when exposed to ozone. Exercise during exposure to ozone increases the risk of harmful respiratory effects as it causes more ozone to be inhaled. Recovery from harmful effects may occur after brief exposure to low levels of ozone, but health effects may be more harmful and recovery less certain with higher levels or with longer exposures. Whether in its pure state or mixed with other chemicals, ozone can be harmful to health.
Ionized air purifiers, also known as ionic air purifiers or electrostatic ionizing air purifiers, use charged ions to attract and remove airborne particles. In conclusion, it is important to note that ozone can be dangerous when inhaled and should be avoided in most cases. If you are considering using an air purifier, it is best to consult a professional who can advise you on the best option for your needs.