Ozone is a gas that we’ve always known to be a saviour of sorts for human kind.
It is a pale blue gas that is available in low concentrations (0.6 ppm) in the Earth’s atmosphere – where it’s primary role is to absorb certain radiations coming from the Sun.
It is created by a process called Chapman Cycle, where the oxygen in the stratosphere combines with a photon (from Sun’s light) and combines with another oxygen molecule to form Ozone.
Essentially, the Sun’s radiation provides the energy required to carry out this chemical reaction – and in turn, Ozone filters out certain sunlight wavelengths that are harmful to life on Earth.
The problem is, Ozone is good as long as it is up there, above the stratosphere. The moment it comes down to the lower levels, it becomes a pollutant – and a rather hazardous one at that!
Ozone is a type of air pollutant and is formed, at lower levels, due to other air pollutants.
Ozone at the Lower Level
Cars, factories and other forms of hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide pollutants are released into the air around us on a regular basis.
When these hydrogen and nitrogen pollutants encounter sunlight, it forms Ozone.
They are part of what we know as Smog.
Ozone is heavy and deposits on the ground, resulting in a variety of health and environmental issues.
It hurts agriculture by lowering the yield-potential of farm-lands – a direct result of blocking sunlight required for photosynthesis.
It also acts as a greenhouse gas, and as a greenhouse gas, Ozone is about 1,000-times more powerful than Carbon Dioxide!
However, it only lasts for about 22-days in the Troposphere, making it shorter-lived than CO2.
That good news, though, is short-lived as more Ozone is being produced all the time, constantly restoring its levels in the lower atmosphere.
Raising it even!
How does Ozone Affect Us?
Ozone is dangerous to young children, older adults; people with asthma; anyone who is active outdoors; works outdoors, and people with lack of Vitamin C & E as well as with specific genetic characteristics that makes them susceptible to Ozone poisoning.
Breathing Ozone can lead to chest pain, coughing, throat irritation and inflammation of the airway.
Lung functions are reduced while lung tissue is severely damaged through prolonged exposure.
If you suffer from asthma, bronchitis or emphysema, your condition will get worse!
In fact, even after the primary symptoms have disappeared, Ozone continues to attack the lungs, making them susceptible to infection and weakening them.
Even healthy adults can develop these issues through prolonged exposure.
So how do we Safeguard Ourselves?
Most people turn to regular air purifiers as a means of cleaning the air they breathe – unfortunately, their filters are powerless against molecular pollutants like Ozone.
Ozone molecules can only be removed from air with an activated carbon-based air purifier like Cair.
The activated carbon molecules attract heavy Ozone molecules and latch onto them with a process called adsorption.
This removes the Ozone from the air as they stay attached to the activated carbon in Cair air purifiers.
It is difficult to eliminate Ozone from the lower atmosphere for as long as we have vehicles and industries.
The only thing you can do is protect your family, friends and colleagues with an activated carbon-based air purifier like Cair and clean the air around you.
The Ozone in the stratosphere is good for us – for the bad kinds, you need Cair!