Since 1999, Blueair has been putting our air purifiers to the test to ensure that our products do not release ozone. In fact, tests have shown that our products can actually lower ozone concentrations – in support of a healthier environment.
Blueair puts ozone concentration levels to the test.
A highly reactive form of oxygen, ozone affects our health in both good and bad ways. When high in the atmosphere, ozone protects us from damaging UV rays, however at ground level, this toxic gas has oxidizing properties that can damage our mucous and respiratory tissues when concentrations are above 50 ppb. Symptoms can range from coughing and chest pain to making conditions like asthma, heart disease, and emphysema worse. Some air purifiers have been linked to creating additional ozone in your home. You can breathe easy knowing that testing proves Blueair purifiers do not create ozone.
Blueair has been testing our purifiers for ozone since 1999. Testing continues to verify that no measurable ozone is released/emitted from our air purifiers. Using a very low electric current in a sealed steel housing chamber, testing has shown that the ozone concentration in our system’s output air is lower than in the incoming air.
Consumers became even more ozone aware in 2005 when Consumer Reports issued an article about ozone released when using Sharper Image’s Ionic Breeze. This was in addition to earlier reports about the Ionic Breeze being ineffective when it comes to improving indoor air quality.
Blueair tests all products in accordance with the California Air Resource Board (ARB) certification program, the most stringent requirements in the world for air purifiers. Working with Intertek, an ARB accredited test lab, Blueair products each undergo a comprehensive series of tests to measure ozone emissions. The tests go on for 8-hour long test periods. Air purifiers are tested on high and low speed – with and without the filter installed. The Intertek facility features environmental chamber technology, the most trusted and proven scientific method available for testing to see if products produce ozone.
None of the Blueair products tested and investigated produced detectable ozone levels. Not only were Blueair purifiers found to comply with the requirements of the UL Standard 867 Section 37.1.2 criteria for emitting a maximum ozone concentration of less than 0.050 ppm, but also no measurable ozone concentration was detected at all.
By selecting a Blueair purifier you will not add to ozone levels. Testing continues to show that the ozone concentration in our system’s output air is lower than in the incoming air. All so you and your family can breathe easy.
This article was written by Sarah Ghesquière of Blueair.com Apr 23, 2015.
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