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This article explains the question: are indoor ozone generators effective in controlling indoor air pollution? For almost a century, health professionals have refuted these claims (Sawyer, et. al 1913; Salls, 1927; Boeniger, 1995; American Lung Association, 1997; Al-Ahmady, 1997). The purpose of this document is to provide accurate information regarding the use of ozone-generating devices in indoor occupied spaces.

This information is based on the most credible scientific evidence currently available. At OZONE AIR PURIFIER WARNINGS we reported on situations in which ozone air cleaners are not recommended, we explained why ozone gas indoors can be harmful to people and other animals, and we presented some EPA information on indoor air and chemistry where ozone generators are used.

As reported by the U.S. EPA, Ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners intentionally produce the gas ozone. Often the vendors of ozone generators make statements and distribute material that lead the public to believe that these devices are always safe and effective in controlling indoor air pollution.



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Are Ozone Generators Effective in Controlling Indoor Air Pollution?

The EPA says that available scientific evidence shows that at concentrations that do not exceed public health standards, ozone has little potential to remove indoor air contaminants.

Some manufacturers or vendors suggest that ozone will render almost every chemical contaminant harmless by producing a chemical reaction whose only by-products are carbon dioxide, oxygen and water. This is misleading.

Can I Use Ozone Air Purifiers to Get Rid of Odors?

Can I Use Ozone to Prevent Mold Growth ?

Watch out: see OZONE MOLD / ODOR TREATMENT WARNINGS

Question: ozone generator to get rid of cigarette smoke odors caused new problems

2017/07/01 Sherry said:

I am purchasing a home that smelled cigarette smoke. The seller's friend has an ozone generator that was brought in on a Saturday. I entered the house on Thursday and had chest pains, dizziness and burning on my skin. The house was aired out but still has the smell.

I am now afraid to purchase this home and now worry about the effects it may have on my health. Any feedback would be appreciated

Reply:

Cigarette smoke odors are tough to eliminate without a combination of cleaning of all surfaces and perhaps removal of carpeting or heavy upholstered items.

An ozone generator used as you described not only did not help, it made problems worse by oxidizing some materials in the home.

Odors resulting from an over-dose of ozone during a mis-use of an ozone generator to attack cigarette smoke odors are a second layer of trouble.

These problems can be fixed; the remedies for both odor sources (cigarette smoke and ozone-generator overdosing) are about the same.

You'll need to track down the smell source and remove, clean, or seal it.

Our SMELL PATCH TEST to FIND ODOR SOURCE is an inexpensive way to identify the primary odor emitting surfaces or materials.

Following a thorough cleaning of walls and ceilings and hard-surfaced floors the walls and ceilings may need to be sealed and then painted using an odor-control procedure the same as is used following a building fire.

Carpets get tossed out; drapes can be professionally cleaned.

See ODOR DIAGNOSIS CHECKLIST, PROCEDURE

Watch out: see OZONE MOLD / ODOR TREATMENT WARNINGS

Question: Can I sue the company who ruined my car using ozone?

(Sept 2, 2015) Rose Delalla said:

Can I sue the company who ruined my car using ozone to get rid of a car odor

Reply:

Perhaps, Rose, if the ozone generator was not properly used.

See details about the ozone-damage to a car described at CAR SMELL - Mold DEODORIZING

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