Ozone is a tiny molecule which is composed of three oxygen atoms. It is considered “natures deodorant”, so an ozone system is one of the best ways to get rid of bad odors. It will not only clean the space from pet smells but other unpleasant odors caused by fire, water damage, mold and mildew, and others.
There are several versions of ozone generators.
The most common are:
- Corona Discharge – air goes through an electrical field and the current splits the oxygen molecules and creates the ozone.
- UV – the best of the two types. The point is it has a more stable ozone output. The ozone from a UV ozone generator has the better smell and it is doesn’t produce nitric acids so it is cleaner.
Minor odor problems can be solved by homeowners who use their portable ozone generator and moves it rooms.
But if the problem is huge, there are 3 ways to fix it:
- a longer ozone treatment;
- use commercial models;
- call a professional to take care of this issue. He will do a “shock treatment” – a highly concentrated burst of ozone into a large space.
So if there are issues in your home that you can’t solve with popular cleaning methods you may consult a professional who deals with ozone treatments as a way of odor removal.
How is an Ozone Machine able to Remove Odors from Houses, Cars, and Clothing?
In fact, ozone destroys the reason of unpleasant odors – spores, bacteria, and molecules. O3 is a combination of atoms that has high reactivity. The atom of oxygen in the ozone comes into contact with other molecules and chemically changes their structure creating new ones. It attacks the outer shell of the molecule and breaks it down. When the outer shell degrades, the cell itself breaks apart and dies. This way nasty smells dissappear.
One reasonable benefit of ozone treatment – it is effective becaue this gas effectively cleans any place where air can go:
- cracks in walls;
- gaps between floorboards ceilings;
- carpet fibers, and more.
When Can Ozone Be Useless?
- In an experiment, ozone didn’t show any effect in formaldehyde reducing. It means that O3 doesn’t influence odors, where formaldehyde is the main producer.
- Scientists suggest that smells of a dead body may be only masked by ozone, but they are not removed in fact.
There is some controversy over the effectiveness of ozone as an odor remover. The information taken from Environmental Protection Agency’s site says that “there is evidence to show that at concentrations that don’t exceed public health standards, ozone is not removing odors from a home, but it is effective at eliminating many odors caused by chemicals.”
It is highly possible that some odorous chemicals may react with ozone. When it was mixed with chemicals from a new carpet, the ozone reduced many of the chemicals but created a variety of dangerous organic chemicals in the air. After ozone treatment open the window for some time before entering the room.
My name is Stanislav Matveev. Here, on this site I write articles about an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. I’ve been a raw vegan since July 2015.