Negative ion generators come in lots of different shapes and sizes. It may surprise you to know that when you step into your morning shower you are actually stepping into one. Don’t worry we are going to look at easier ways of generating negative ions in your home. You don’t have to stand in your shower all day to enjoy the benefits.
We are also going to explain what they are, and why they are great for you and your family’s health.
- 1 Negative Ions Naturally
- 2 Something in the Air!! How Do Negative Ions Affect our Mood?
- 3 SKY1057 Ionic Air Purifier/Ozone Ionizer
- 4 So What are Negative and Positive Ions?
- 5 IonPacific Negative Ion Generator
- 6 Air Purification Using Negative Ion Generator
- 7 How to Find a Good Negative Ion Generator
- 8 Combination Negative Ion Generator Air Purifiers
- 9 Negative Ion Generator Benefits for Your Health
Negative Ions Naturally
Although you probably didn’t realise it at the time you have surely felt the profound effects of both positive and negative ions on your mood and energy levels.
Maybe you have have noticed, particularly if we are living in a city, how pleasantly tired we are the first couple of days when we visit the country, or sea side.
We step out of our, car take a big deep breath of mountain air and “ Wow”. Just feel that fresh air filling your lungs. It’s always great.
Fresh clean air, especially in the mountains, or near moving water is supercharged with negative ions.
A typical office environment will measure just 100 – 200 negative ions per cubic centimetre. But just step out into the the country and the negative ion count starts to climb into the thousands. Normal good clean country air is actually measured at around 5000 plus. But take a trip to Yosemite National Park, and visit the falls. You will experience in excess of 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre.
The euphoric feeling being in Yosemite is not just because you’re on vacation. It’s actually caused by the supercharged ionic air that you are breathing.
Something in the Air!! How Do Negative Ions Affect our Mood?
Scientists believe that both positive, and negatively charged ions affect the body’s capacity to absorb oxygen.
Positive ions reduce the oxygen delivery. This can lead to significant oxygen deficiency.
Negative ions on the other hand cause a significant change to the delivery of oxygen. The presence of negative ions in the blood stream speeds the absorption of oxygen by the tissues. Thats when our mood changes. And we can sometimes experience a blissful feeling of well being and euphoria. Naturally !!
SKY1057 Ionic Air Purifier/Ozone Ionizer
The stainless steel and cherry wood Sky 1057 iconic ozone cleaner is not just a piece of furniture. It’s a state-of-the-art air purification system. The air purifier eliminates all kinds of odours. It covers up to an impressive 3,500 square feet of space. Moulds, pollen, dust, tobacco smoke, paint fumes, pet and cooking smells are all taken care of. A continuos negative ion stream keeps down dust and particulates. It is used in homes, locker rooms. restaurants and bars and high pollen environments. This is a top devices, that gives great results.
So What are Negative and Positive Ions?
Created naturally ions are molecules that have effectively “broken apart” and in the process gained or lost an electrical charge.
When enough energy acts upon a carbon dioxide, oxygen, water, or nitrogen molecule it ejects an electron, leaving it positively charged. The displaced electron then attaches itself to another molecule, causing it to become negatively charged.
It’s the desirable negative ion in oxygen that positively affects our body most.
Many weather events cause changes in the ionic make up of the air we breath, as well as simple sunlight and how and when air and water move. Man made environmental impacts also dramatically change the ion count and polarity in the air we breath.
Negative ions are generated by:
- Natural Environments
- Woodland, trees and forests
- Moving water
Negatively charged ions are carbon dioxide molecules that have gained an electron.
Positive ions are generated by:
- Modern living in general
- Man made fibres
- Air Conditioners and Central Heating
- Hair dryers
- Laundry tumble dryers
Positive charged ions are often carbon dioxide molecules that have lost of an electron.
Solution to Positive Ion Build Up in Your Home
Modern energy saving insulation systems are brilliant. But they do have the secondary effect of not allowing fresh air to circulate throughout the home. Well sealed windows give little chance of negative ions revitalising the air in sufficient quantities to make any impact on the positive ion build up sealed into the home.
Unless you are lucky enough to live in the country-side opening a window is not going to make a significant impact anyway.
Town and city dwellers live in an environment that overwhelmingly supports a massive positive ion percentage in the air anyway. Opening a window for “fresh air” can often just mean allowing dust laden and polluted air into the home.
The solution is to use a negative ion generator to regain a fresh clean air balance in your home or office environment. Fortunately there are many models available for home and office use.
IonPacific Negative Ion Generator
The budget Ionbox by IonPacific is small, light weight and portable. It contains a powerful negative ion generator that releases up to 20 million negative ions per second. No Filters to worry about with the IonBox. Smoke odours, airborne bacteria, allergens, pollen, dust and pet odours are neutralised and removed without needing them. No fans or ozone smells either. The manufacturer claims that it can cover an area of 500 square ft. Not a huge space but still impressive from a device this size. The built in dual voltage power supply makes it great choice if you are an international traveller.
Air Purification Using Negative Ion Generator
There are many good air purifying products on the market. But they can easily be confused with true negative ion generators. The term used by many manufacturers “ionic air purifier” generally does not mean the device creates any or significant quantities of negative ions. Careful understanding of the product on offer often shows it to be and ozone generator. These products do work, but use the less desirable method of ozone generation to clean the air. Ozone certainly eliminates odours and many air born toxins, but does have a distinct bleach smell that many people find offensive. Most people would not be wanting the breath it in for long periods anyway.
We will be looking at several of the best real negative ion generators on the market. Some are just ion generators and other combine significant ion generation with other air purification methods in a single unit.
How to Find a Good Negative Ion Generator
Ozone is a bi-product of ion generation. What we are looking for are particular devices that just generate high levels of negative ions without producing high levels of ozone. In fact we would like zero emissions, or at least under 0.005 ppm (parts per million)
Most manufactures of real negative ion generators have clear ion out puts per second published. If no specification is published, then it is fair to assume they are not there. Don’t assume the word “Ionic” in the product title means it generates just negative ions. It usually means it generates ozone.
No large fans are involved in many negative ion generators making them very cheap to run,. In fact even when running them 24 hours per day running costs should be just pennies per month,. They have no expensive annual filter changes either.
Combination Negative Ion Generator Air Purifiers
Dreval D-950 Air Purifier
The Dreval D-950 combines a negative ion generator with multiple other air cleaning systems. It’s combination of multiple filters insures effective filtration of up to 99.9% of airborne pollutants. On board sensors detect the pollutants and odours and adjusts fan speed to changing air quality.
Other built in features include an ultrasonic humidifier and a UV lamp for specific purification. A cold catalyst and activated carbon filters break down harmful gases, and remove foul air borne odours and allergens. The HEPA filter can take out dust particles down to a minute 0.03 um. A three colour system red for poor, orange for normal, and green for excellent lets you and the machine know the air quality.The fan will adjust speed accordingly to achieve optimal quality. This is the complete package but comes in the mid $300.00 price range.
Surround Air Multi-Tech 8500
As well as it’s five other air purifying functions the Multi-Tech 8500 has a built in ion generator. which produces high densities of effective negative ions.
The Multi-Tech 8500 offers an air-purifying technology for virtually every airborne pollutant in your home. A powerful fan and sensor technology combines with a professional-grade HEPA filter to clean dust an allergens from the air.
An activated carbon filter takes care of chemical cooking and smoke odours. It also has a germicidal ultra-violet lamp to destroy airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and mould spores. It has an energy saving auto mode function that senses and measures the pollution level and adjust the fan speed according. This means no wasted power usage or unnecessary noise. It is one of the most complete air cleaner you can buy in the $100.00 price range.
Negative Ion Generator Benefits for Your Health
There is a huge body of very diverse scientific work on negative ions. Studies have shown the importance of negative ions in treating many disorders. From asthma, depression, headaches through to sleep and even healing of patients with burns.
Just some of the most recognised health benefits.
Sense of well-being is enhanced with negative ion treatment. Mental clarity is improved. Negative ions are called “vitamins of the air”
Asthma. Perhaps unsurprisingly has been extensively studied. Negative ions are demonstrated to significantly reduce asthma and allergy symptoms.
Sleep. A European study found that negative ion generators helped to regulate the production of the serotonin. This is important to help with getting a good nights sleep.
Headaches. Another effect of good serotonin regulation is people suffering from migraine headache were effectively treated with just high negative ion levels in the air.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Although normally treated with drugs or bright light therapy SAD sufferers have also used negative ion generation as an auxiliary treatment to help overcome their winter depression.
Air-born Allergens. Dust, pollen, pet dander and mould spores are effectively cleared from the air. Negative ion generators can also decrease airborne viruses and bacteria.
Mental concentration. Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. This results in higher alertness and decreased drowsiness and more mental energy. Tests have shown that subjects exposed to high levels of negative ions perform better in mentally challenging tasks.