Winix air purifiers with PlasmaWave technology are popular because of how fast they clean the air. However, some people worry that this air purification feature produces ozone gas which can be harmful to your health. Ozone is a toxic chemical that can irritate the lungs and cause breathing problems like asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. If you are worried about the safety of PlasmaWave, keep reading to find out more.
What is PlasmaWave Technology?
PlasmaWave is a special kind of ionization that uses electricity to create both positive and negative ions in the air. These ions circulate in the air and bond around pollutants, breaking them apart at a molecular level. This process is similar to the way nature eliminates pollution. It helps to get rid of viruses, bacteria, germs, mold spores, odors, and chemical gases such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The PlasmaWave process creates a short electrical discharge to create dual polarity ions from air moisture. These ions are dispersed into the air and then interact with pollutants in the air to form hydroxyl radicals that seek equilibrium by stealing an oxygen atom from the molecules of the pollutant. This breaks apart the molecules of the pollutant and allows it to be trapped by the ion particles, which then move through the filtration system of the Winix air purifier.
Unlike traditional air ionizers, PlasmaWave does not produce any potentially hazardous ozone gases. This is because the ions are created through a safe, short electrical discharge. They are then released into the air in very small amounts which are well below the ozone level at which it is considered to be dangerous to human health.