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Old 09-02-2003, 08:16 AM   #1
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Ozone Generator

Anyone had experience with Ozone Generator for mildew and rodent control?

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Old 09-02-2003, 09:21 AM   #2
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Old 09-09-2003, 06:16 PM   #3
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I saw a demo for " Living Air " Air purifier, its a small box size of a bookshelf speaker.It can clean the air of a 2,000 sqft hause. I understand it works by generating ozone.Check it out its in the internet.
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Old 09-10-2003, 06:18 AM   #4
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Be wary of air purifiers that tout "ion generators". The problem with these is they charge the dirt particles in the air, and then the dirt particles stick to the ceiling and walls. They also stick to the air purifier itself.

I love my ozone generator. Best $450 I spent. It is running now in a musty smelling 32X32 outbuilding, in the continuous mode.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:55 AM   #5
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They work Great!

We own several Ecoquest air purifiers and they work great! We have one in the car,the home, and in our camper. They will eliminate any odor, mold, musty smells,etc. They also have a sanitize setting that works well. We have been using these for years now and would not be without one!
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:25 AM   #6
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ozone and rubber don't get along...

that part is true. I'm seeing accelerated aging (cracking of sidewalls) on a vehicle stored in a garage with an air purifier. I'm not totally convinced this is the cause but keep meaning to investigate.
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:43 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by B25guy
that part is true. I'm seeing accelerated aging (cracking of sidewalls) on a vehicle stored in a garage with an air purifier. I'm not totally convinced this is the cause but keep meaning to investigate.
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:26 PM   #8
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I have been in a room with an Ozon Generator (book shlef type) My sinuses go crazy and my throat gets dry ans scratchy
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:21 PM   #9
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Smile Ozone Generator

We had one in the bathroom of our boat and it worked great at getting rid of odors. We sold the boat and kept the ozone generator. I've rewired it for a cigarette lighter plug and now use it as needed in the Airstream. It gets rid of the musty odors when the rig is closed up for a period of time.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:48 PM   #10
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I would not use it for extended periods of time - meaning leave it on constantly for days or weeks. Ozone can damage plastics.

My parents had a small one going in their den near the TV. When that TV died, I put it on a dolly and when I went out the front door with it the case broke into pieces and the whole thing crumbled. The plastic had turned extremely brittle.
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:42 PM   #11
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Ozone generators are GREAT for intractible odor cases. For this use, you'll need to spend pretty big bucks for an industrial strength one.

Ozone is VERY reactive, it will accelerate aging in plastic, fade some fabric, that kind of thing. You want to use it for a few days as a "shock treatment" not a constant always-on device. For that, use a HEPA filter with or without negative ion generation.

DANGER! Ozone is dangerous to living things! A mechanic I know was running one in a boat he was working on, and he ignored the warnings. He almost died, literally. For months afterward, he was having lung problems, and coughing up dead, sloughed bronchial tubes! DON'T use it in an occupied space, and air out your trailer (or whatever) before going inside!
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:02 PM   #12
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I have heard ozone generators remove the oxygen from the rooms that they are in, Be very careful!
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:40 PM   #13
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I have a small commercial ozone generator, but not the smallest, that I use to eliminate smoke and other odors when restoring fire damaged houses and have used it in my airstream. They way I understand it, ozone can affect different people in different ways. Some are allergic to ozone. I have researched this some and learned that using a very low setting (mine has a variable range setting) it can run inside without an adverse affect. If set too high, it can cause breathing problems or worse.

I would say research it before using one to understand how and why it works, and how the particular one you purchase can be used in confined quarters. It is true as posted above, that a shock treatment is normally the best if trying to get rid of an odor that does not continuously re-occur. When I have to stay in a motel and perfumed deoderizor has been used, I will turn it up mid way and leave for dinner to give it enough time to kill the odor. Then I usually open the window and turn on the a/c to air out the room.
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Old 11-16-2008, 07:36 AM   #14
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The word allergy implies a particular medical condition including an immune response. A better description of the effect of ozone is that it acts as a chemical irritant. It can cause irritation to all of the mucous membranes including mouth, throat, lungs, eyes and sinuses. The Sharper Image air purifier models have been described as the most expensive ozone generators ever. Clean and dry works a lot better for me but things are not always perfect
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:52 PM   #15
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We picked up 2 "Sharper Image" models at Bed, Bath & Beyond about a year ago. They were about 2-3 year old models that were being clearanced, but do the same thing as the newer ones.

They are great dust collectors. We use them around the house. If I face the unit, it clears my sinuses instantly. But that is just a one-time thing. Our daughter claims some irritation when we had it in her bedroom. Ozone is not a good thing in any concentration. (Think acid.)

But these units have their place.

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:01 AM   #16
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Ozone is considered a pollutant in the atmosphere. It can aggravate allergies or other breathing disorders and I would think it can cause breathing problems over a longer period of time, but you wouldn't notice it at first. Ozone is good for antibacterial uses in certain places such as hot tubs, but I wouldn't use it in such a confined space.

I don't know what is in those plug in room deodorizers, but i have read it's not good for living things either. When in a motel where there is one plugged in, I unplug it.

I'm not happy with the chemical smells in the trailer when it's been closed up for a while. It may be formaldehyde. Periodically we air it out with one of the fans running. When we use the trailer, we air it out frequently, if only to reduce moisture, food odors, formaldehyde, etc. Haven't seen any rodents, but a mousetrap is not dangerous to humans (usually).

Those air cleaners sold by Sharper Image were rated as useless by Consumer Reports. Sharper Image sued CR. I don't know if that suit was ever resolved, by CR is still alive, Sharper Image is gone.

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Old 11-28-2008, 01:24 PM   #17
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Thumbs up Ozone Gens worked for me

See "ALUMIN8" post on previous page.
Ozone is a strong irritant to those of us with bad lungs or other allergies. Be carefull when using.
That said, here is how I used an Ozone Generator.......

The PO of my 34' AS was a VERY HEAVY SMOKER and had 2 little dogs that never went outside.. There was about 1/16" tar & nicotine on everything. A fingernail scraped down the wall left a grove.
After removing all fabric, cabinet doors & hardware, carpet and anything else not bolted down (and some that was) and 3 hard scrub downs,(had to hire it cleaned) I rented an Ozone Generator and ran it for a day with the trailer closed up.
I then left all windows and door open w/ fans running for 2 days. I was finnaly able to be inside the AS for more than 3 minutes without my heavy duty air mask. I have COPD. After removing the rear section of floor (7') I rented the O.G. again.
Painted the exposed frame with Por-15, installed new insulation, sub floor.
And again rented the O.Z. for another day.
The cost was $40.00 a day but now there is ZERO smell of the tobaco or molds.
I am going to rent one again come spring but then will only need it for about 4 hours. Very effective and for $15.00 for a part day, well worth the $$. I will just open all cabinet doors and fire it up, followed by a good ventilation process.

So, if it is mold or odors you want to get rid of, the O.G. is the way to go.
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....ours is a peak 03 purifier...left knob turns ozone on and off...right knob controls ionizer. The ozone can 'clear' the air...I however had not heard of its effects on plastics. So heres my question....what is ion or ionization, and what does it do....I know people who live near large bodies of water feel better and feel worse when they are much further inland (away from water) Tell me I want to know!
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:13 AM   #19
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I use an OasisAir purifier and am most pleased with it. Kills mold, fungus, viruses, and helps keep insects away. Air Purifier - UV air purifiers for Indoor Pollution

I also have a salt lamp, which generates negative ions, and like it very much.

But, the Airoasis has made such a drastic improvement, that I'll make sure I always have one.

I run it all day, all night, every day.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #20
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You should also know that ozone deteriorates rubber, plastic, paint etc.

When your tires dry out and crack, or when plastic panels in an old trailer crumble, that's ozone at work.

I have an ozone generator and use it to dispel smoke and bad odors in my home renovation work. But you should use it cautiously and as little as possible. Close up the room, turn on the generator and leave. Let it run as short a time as will do the job. Then go in, shut it off, open the windows and leave for at least half an hour so the room can air out.

The ozone works by oxidizing everything it comes in contact with.
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