There has been much discussion in recent years about the health benefits of air purifiers, or ionisers, as they are also known. Several independent medical studies have been carried out which appear to support the theory that using an ioniser can have a number of beneficial outcomes, especially for those who suffer from allergies and respiratory problems, such as asthma.
How do ionisers work?
Molecules in the air contain positive and negatively charged ions; the latter are thought to have a positive impact on human health. Positively charged ions are thought to have the opposite effect and can be harmful, leaving people feeling tired, irritable and sometimes even depressed. Ionisers work by outputting negative ions into the atmosphere, where they attach themselves to harmful particles such as dust, pet hair, pollen mould and bacteria causing them to become heavy and unable to remain airborne.
Additionally, the use of an ioniser in the home leads to amplified oxygen levels, which means increased levels in both the brain and blood leading to a better state of mind and health. Air purifiers produce oxygen molecules which not only cut out airborne contaminants caused by positively charged, carbon dioxide based damaging particles, but also oxygenate the body.
As the world has become more polluted, so the levels of oxygen in the air has reduced, this has led scientists to become more and more concerned with the potential cost to health that this situation might afford.
According to one report “this staggering decrease in the oxygen content of air has aroused a surge of concern among many respected cutting-edge researchers. They see a direct correlation between decreases in oxygen levels and seemingly concurrent increases in human illness and disease. This is particularly true among those who have followed the pioneering research of Nobel Prize-winning German biochemist Dr. Otto Warburg.”
“Dr. Warburg, who was awarded the Nobel prize for his research into the cause of cancer, was convinced that cancer cells can only begin to proliferate in the human body when the cells become oxygen deficient. Furthermore, his research showed that cancer cells cannot proliferate at all when exposed to an oxygen-rich environment.”
Hence, whilst no claims are being made that using an ioniser can cure cancer or other illness, it’s easy to see that using an air purifier can have nothing but a good impact of health.
Who should use an ioniser?
Negative ions occur naturally over the world and can be found at high levels following rainfall and in places where the air is less polluted and especially in places where running water can be found. At Niagara Falls, for example “you’ll experience more than 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre”. However, since we no longer live in a world where we’re at one with nature on a daily basis, it’s necessary to have an ioniser in the home to compensate for modern-day living.
Everyone can benefit from having an ioniser in the home; whilst there is no such thing as a ‘cure all’ and much will depend on an individual’s lifestyle as to the state of their health, ionisers have been clinically proven to be beneficial.
Ionisers also have the added benefit of removing undesirable smells from the home such as pet odours and cigarette smoke, thus acting as an air freshener and resulting in a cleaner, fresher smelling home.
As ionisers are now inexpensive both to purchase and run, it’s worth thinking about investing in an air purifier if you are a sufferer of asthma or allergies as an ioniser will remove airborne allergens. It has long been known that dust mites, pet hair and other floating molecules can exacerbate conditions such as those above, so an ioniser will greatly reduce the risk of attack and improve quality of life.
Which ioniser should I choose?
Everyone’s needs are different so it’s worth looking around and doing some ioniser research before choosing which model is best for you. As a rule, if you are looking to reduce odours around the home as well as boost health, then it’s recommended that you choose a unit with a built-in carbon filter. Should a member of the family smoke, then this is important as it will reduce the effects of passive smoking on others.
Otherwise, the choice of air purifier will depend on the size of your home and the individual needs of your family. We have already touched upon the benefits for people with respiratory problems, but it has also been proven to be helpful for those who suffer from conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADS). It has also been reported that air ionisers promote restful sleep as they help to reduce tension, making them ideal for those who suffer from sleep conditions or insomnia.
"Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness,
decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy," according to Pierce J. Howard, PhD and author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, NC.
Heaven Fresh Ioniser Range
Heaven Fresh produce a range of ionisers at competitive prices which start from as little as £15.99 for small units ideal for bedrooms and offices to top-of-the-range models which cover much larger areas and have more features.
For example, the Heaven Fresh NaturoPure HF 380 is a high-end model which is ideal for large rooms and bigger families and costs around £200; this represents a very inexpensive solution when compared to other branded high-quality air purifiers.
For those who require an all-round solution, ionisers come in a variety of shapes, costs and sizes so shoppers can choose a combination of units suitable for the home. Additionally, ionisers can be purchased for use in vehicles, which is a very good idea considering the level of pollution on the roads.
The Heaven Fresh HF60 Air Purifier for Car & Vehicle is a low-cost unit which is attached to the dashboard to face the inside of a car. Using an ioniser whilst driving is not only a good idea for health reasons, but can also help to keep drivers alert, reducing the risk of accidents on long journeys. This is also ideal for smokers who want to reduce the smell of stale smoke in the car as the ioniser will also act as an air freshener.
Whilst we have covered some of the potential benefits of ionisers and air purifiers, the number of reported health advantages are too numerous to list here. As we are all individuals, some ionisers will be better suited to one person than to another, but there seems little doubt that no matter what your circumstances, ionisers will be advantageous to you and your family in one way or another.