Living Air Purifiers

Living Air air purifiers are one of the names under which the brand that is currently known as Vollara has marketed their air purifiers. The company was also once known as Alpine Industries. It then changed its name to Ecoquest, and finally to Vollara. The changes in name have been associated with changes in the ownership of the company, various legal difficulties and a number of complaints against the companies.

living air air purifiersThe air purifiers manufactured by these companies have been sold under a number of different names, including Fresh Air, Living Air, Living Lightening, Alpine Air and Flair Air.

The living air range of air purifiers are ozone air filters. These are a type of air purifying device that release ozone into the room in order to clean and freshen the air.

Ozone Air Purifiers: Understanding the Basics

Ozone air purifiers such as the living air range produce a chemical called ozone. Ozone molecules are made up of three atoms of oxygen and are therefore also known as O3. Some ozone air purifiers are branded as O3 air purifiers.

Ozone air purifiers usually have a fan, a filter and an electric plate that is used to disperse the ozone that is produced by these machines. This electric plate converts molecules of oxygen from the air, which are composed of two atoms of oxygen, into molecules of ozone. The ozone is spread throughout the surrounding room by the fan.

The ozone that is released by these air purifiers is intended to help remove odors from the environment and to replace them with a pleasant scent reminiscent of the fresh air after a thunderstorm.

Ozone air purifiers may also have HEPA or other types of filters to remove particles from the air as it is drawn through the machine.

Ozone is a naturally occurring substance that is safe at low levels, but toxic if the concentration is too high. There have been concerns over the safety of ozone producing air purifiers. Some people have claimed that the amount of ozone that is generated by these devices exceeds the safe limits and some people who have used these air purifiers have reported symptoms may have been caused by exposure to ozone at high levels. Ozone can cause coughing, chest pain, throat irritation and shortness of breath.

The efficacy of ozone air purifiers at reducing air pollution has also been called into question.

Strengths of Living Air Ozone Air Purifiers

The ozone that is produced by the living air air purifier can help to neutralize odors in the room. Many people also find the scent of ozone to be pleasing as it is similar to sea air or the scent of air after a thunderstorm.

Some living air air purifiers come with HEPA filters that are very effective at removing particles such as dust and pollen from the air.

Living air air purifiers come in a wide range of different styles, which means that it is possible to choose a model that suits the room in which it will be placed. Living air air purifiers are available in a number of different styles and colors, including silver, white and various colors of wood.

Weaknesses of Living Air Air Purifiers

Living air air purifiers are among those that produce ozone. Ozone emitters are designed to reduce odors at the same time as the air is being cleaned, but there are concerns over possible health problems being caused by these types of air purifiers.

In addition to the possible health risks of using ozone to purify the air, ozone air purifiers are not considered effective at removing visible pollutants or making the air healthier. A federal court ruled that Alpine Industries should stop making claims about the efficacy of its ozone air purifiers at removing pollutants from the air.

  • Numerous complaints have been made against the companies that are responsible for the living air air purifiers. Customers have complained of discomfort and coughing after using these air purifiers and they have also had problems finding replacement parts or trying to get their living air air purifier repaired.
  • The salespeople who market living air air purifiers are often considered pushy. These air purifiers are sold by large numbers of people across the country who are paid on commission and who are, therefore, very eager to make a sale.
  • Some of the living air models that are currently being sold are fairly old. This means that they may be louder and less effective than more modern models.

Warning – Ozone Emissions May be Hazardous

Some scientific evidence has shown that air purifiers that emit ozone can in fact worsen conditions such as asthma, rather than helping to prevent them as the manufacturers have claimed. Some states, such as California, have banned air purifiers that produce ozone because of this evidence.

Living air ozone air purifiers come with a warning that they should only be used on high ozone settings in unoccupied rooms. This means rooms that are cleared of both humans and pets.

Relative Costs to Expect for Living Air Air Purifiers

Living air air purifiers are available from about $300.00, particularly if they are being sold secondhand, but most dealers sell them for upwards of $700.00.

5 Responses to Living Air Purifiers

  1. Linda R. says:

    We have a Living Air Purifier that we purchased, I’m thinking, over 13 years ago. I leave it on all the time inside our condo. We live in San Juan Capistrano, CA just off the I-5 freeway and get a lot of carbon from cars and whatever else is producing it. I also get what I feel is an over abundance of dust! We also can get smoke from fires that might blow our way during “fire seasons” and smog, if the winds are just right. I have always thought it would give us a healthier air to breathe in our home. Am I worng?
    I have added a Hepa filter to the back and change it when it gets dirty. It is such a simple, uncomplicated device and I keep unit clean (inside and out) and just learned from a dealer that sells me the filters that the ozone plate should be replaced every two years. I have never replaced the ozone plate . . . so ordered a one. After installing it, we now have a very unpleasant, strong ozone smell coming from the purifier and realize the old plate wasn’t giving off any ozone smell. What to do??? Is it safe to breathe? To lesson this strong ozone odor, I have pushed the tiny switch on the far right side of the front panel to the low setting and also turned the Fan to the lowest setting. Our condo is 2300 sq ft. so I’ve set the Purifier knob to just under 2000. ( It was on a higher Purifier setting but with the ozone smell too overpowering I turned it down, too.) The other day, I placed a Febreeze air freshener in front of the purifier to give us a better scent because the ozone was soooooo strong! Although I don’t kow if this is healthy either! All this to inquire of any suggestions you may have to turn down the amount of ozone odor coming from the purifier? I keep thinking it will dissipate but it hasn’t yet. And, is it safe to breathe? We haven’t noticed any effects from it other than the strong smell. I’m interested in any thoughts, ideas or suggestions you may have. I purchased it years ago when Dr. Laura was raving about hers! Thank you. Linda

  2. karen neece says:

    Looking for a ozone plate for model 880 serial #66559 we bought this unit in 1997 plate is made with glass.the glass is broken cannot put it back in unit what is price and can we still use this unit thanks Garry Neece

  3. John Paul says:

    I have asthma and the Living Air unit only accesserbates my shortness of breath.

  4. Nancy Breuhaus says:

    Hi there! I purchased the model fresh air model 120 FA 251375 for $700 couple years ago. The bulb burnt out and I decided not to replace it and sell it to the Home Environment store where I bought it. Evidently my model is too old???? Can I sell this for more than $60 anywhere? I’m sure parts are worth more than that?

    Help,
    Nancy

  5. Jerry m says:

    i like my living air purifier. not sure what model i think its the classic wood box version. anyways its an ozone machine so obviusly there are risks involved. one night i forgot to turn it off and woke up the next day all kinds of messed up, hard to breath etc… anyways i find its best to use in short bursts. if i smoke up i turn the fan on high with the room size about 700 setting on normal until im done then i turn it off shortly after. otherwise i like to turn it on low then put the fan on about medium with the same 700 setting for about half hour or so which seems to work pretty good without stinking the area up with strong ozone that you get on higher settings. i think my favorite thing about it aside from the ability to eat up smoke (pot/cigs) is that if say the basement gets moldy smelling i can pop that bad boy in there turn it full blast for about an hour, come back air it out and all the mold is good n dead. if you want an all day air filter go buy a hepa box or something like that because this is more of a professional level tool and should be sold as such.

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