Let's take a look at how a NaturAir Negative Ion Generator / Air Ionizer can improve indoor air quality, improve energy levels and aid health in a very real way.
We are constantly reading or hearing about negative ions and how they are good for us but it's hard to find concise, good information on them.
Yes negative ions are great, but we need some more information than just that. Let's dive right into some of the most important questions being asked about Negative Ion Generators and how they function.
1. What are negative ions
2. How does an air ionizer work and are there any side effects
3. Do negative ion generators produce ozone
4. How does a Negative Ion Generator increase air quality
5. Health Benefits of negative ions
6. Do negative ions improve meditation
7. How to choose the right Negative Ion Generator
1. What are Negative Ions
A negative ion is very simply an Oxygen particle that has acquired an extra electron. This gives the oxygen molecule a negative charge and that negative charge is what makes all the difference. Studies are showing, over and over, that negative ions improve the function of our bodies. A number that consistently comes up is 20%. We absorb on average about 20% more oxygen if the oxygen is negative charged. This even though not a huge number, makes a big difference to our overall metabolic processes, our ability to heal and fight off diseases, our concentration levels and mood to name but a few. You can learn more about negative ions here
2. How does an Air ionizer work and what are the side effects?
The "Corona Discharge method" is the the best and safest method to generate negative ions. This method relies on a negative DC electrical charge to be pushed into the point of a wire or needle. Electricity is caused by electrons moving and that movement, paired with the natural state of two negatives repelling each other, causes electrons to jump onto the closest thing they can find at the end of that wire. Normally an oxygen or Nitrogen molecule. The nitrogen negative ions play a very important part in air quality which we will discus later.
Put simply - A tiny current of electrons flow down a needle to its point. The nearer the electrons come to the needlepoint, the closer they are forced together. Since electrons naturally repel each other, when they reached the very tip of the needle they are forced off into the nearest air molecule and become a negative ion. Negative ions repel each other as well, so as more and more are produced they are emitted further and further out into the room they are in. The more powerful the ionizer, the more beneficial ions they can produce and the larger their range.
NaturAir ionizers are high density corona discharge Negative Ion Generators that produce ions in the most effective and safe way possible. The best ionizers are those which use the corona discharge method.
Side effects - No negative effects have been noted in over 50 000 studies done which is pretty damning evidence if you ask us.
3. Do negative ion generators produce ozone?
Ozone is an oxygen molecule that consists of 3 Oxygen atoms instead of 2. Ozone is exceptionally important high in the atmosphere where it protects us from the suns harmful UV rays, but extremely bad for our lungs and eyes here closer to ground level. No Negative Ion Generator that claims to aid health, should not be producing Ozone in levels that can be detected. Luckily for us, ozone has a very distinct smell and it's not hard to notice if the Ionizer you own is producing it.
ALL negative ion generators will produce Ozone as a by-product. Luckily ozone degrades almost instantly which means a GOOD negative ion generator will produce only a little bit which won't ever affect you. Unfortunately many people confuse negative ion generators with ozone Generators and think both are good for health because both are used in medical therapies.
Ozone therapy does not include inhaling ozone, inhaling ozone is extremely damaging to your lungs. We want an ionizer that produces very little ozone so it never reaches our lungs. The stronger you make an ionizer, you harder it is to keep this level low. Luckily, we found a way with our products, they produce so little ozone that it can't even be measured with a professional ozone meter 10 inches away.
4. Pollution and how an Air Ionizer can greatly improve your homes air quality.
We cover the effects of pollution quite thoroughly on our Pollution page, therefore here I want to talk more about pollution and negative ions and how they affect each other. Pollution most often is listed as a figure. The PM2.5 levels of a city refer to the particles of pollution smaller than 2.5 microns. A human hair is roughly 70 microns thick.
Anyone living in a big city, close to motorways or in areas where a lot of industrial activity is happening can attest to the affects of pollution on our health and quality of life. We may not always be able to affect what happens outside our homes, but we can definitely affect the indoor air quality that we expose ourselves and our family to.
Negative ions will attach to all the particles in the air, no matter how small they are, and drag them to the ground. There is no requirement for filters and there is no getting away from negative ions if you are a dirty bit of pollution floating around in the air.
A powerful negative ion generator will in no time lower the PM2.5 levels in your home to below 30. Please see our Pollution page where I reference the different numbers and the effects on health they have. Anything below 100 is considered healthy but really we want figures to be below 50. The closer to zero we can get them, the better.
5. Health benefits of negative ions
6. Meditation and how a Negative Ion Generator can improve your results.
Key meditation practice manuals stipulate the best places to practice are in caves, near waterfalls and the ultimate location is a cave behind a waterfall.
Trying to understand why some areas were considered good for meditation and others bad, is a confusing topic but we can look at some of the characteristics of these places. A key figure that kept popping up in areas said to be good for meditation was the Negative Ion count. Near waterfalls, in caves and especially caves behind waterfalls are well known to be places Yogis and Taoist masters would seek out for their meditation.
Locations including the amounts of negative ions present at these locations
As we can see from the table, those areas have a Negative ion count, much higher than any city could ever possibly wish to have. Those adepts, those who are the healthiest of us all, seek out areas high in negative ions to further enhance their bodies. This is worth noting and looking further into.
A group of practitioners practising (Vipassana meditation) in a hall found that having increased levels of negative ions helped them to focus more clearly and stay within a focussed state of mind for much longer than if a NaturAir Ionizer were not present.
7. How to choose the right Ionic air purifier.
There are as with all products in life, good ones and bad ones. It is the knowledge to be able to distinguish a good product from a bad one that will either have you have a positive experience and see the wonderful health benefits that come from having increased negative ions, compared to experiencing the terrible effects having an Ionizer that produces ozone or positive ions too.
Often people will tell me the terrible experiences they had with negative ions, and upon further investigation we always have the truth come out. The bad effects were because those "Negative Ion Generators" were in fact not only producing negative ions. I cannot stress enough how positive ions and ozone should be avoided.
Key points to note are:
1. How many negative ions are produced
Negative ion count drastically drops the further away you move from the Generator. If you are given a figure of 3, 6 or 20 million without it being stated where the reading was taken, then you are most likely buying something that doesn't produce enough negative ions to really make a difference.
Being told where the figures have been taken is key. A NaturAir Ionizer produces trillions of negative ions right at the emission point, but by the time you are 30cm (12inches) away from the unit it has already dropped to just over 100 million (Standard Unit).
As a general guide these figures will help you choose a powerful negative ion generator.
2. What is the ozone output
3. Are positive ions also being produced
4. Do they offer a warranty or a money back guarantee.
8. NaturAir Negative Ion Generators