Does EPA certify air cleaning devices?
The information below is taken from the Indoor Air - Publications page at http://www.epa.gov/iedweb00/pubs/ozonegen.html:
There is a large body of written material on ozone and the use of ozone indoors. However, much of this material makes claims or draws conclusions without substantiation and sound science. In developing Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners, the EPA reviewed a wide assortment of this literature, including information provided by a leading manufacturer of ozone generating devices. In keeping with EPA's policy of insuring that the information it provides is based on sound science, only peer reviewed, scientifically supported findings and conclusions were relied upon in developing this document.
Several brands of ozone generators have EPA establishment number on their packaging. This number helps EPA identify the specific facility that produces the product. THE DISPLAY OF THIS NUMBER DOES NOT IMPLY EPA ENDORSEMENT OR SUGGEST IN ANY WAY THAT EPA HAS FOUND THE PRODUCT TO BE EITHER SAFE OR EFFECTIVE.
Please Note: EPA does not certify air cleaning devices. The Agency does not recommend air cleaning devices or manufacturers. If you need information on specific devices or manufacturers, one resource you can consult is the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) 1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 872-5955, email@example.com, www.aham.org . AHAM also provides information on air cleaners on their AHAM-certified Clean Air Delivery Rate site at www.cadr.org AHAM conducts four certification programs for each category - room air cleaners, room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refrigerator/freezers. The air cleaner certification program is known as AC-1.
Additional indoor air quality publications are available online at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/index.html
Here are more related publications and websites:
- Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airclean.html
- Residential Air Cleaning Devices: A Summary of Available Information, http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/residair.html
Additionally, the Office of Indoor Air Quality maintains the following FAQs:
- Will air cleaners reduce health risks? http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=25200
- What are ionizers and other ozone generating air cleaners? http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=21070
- Should you use an air cleaner? http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=20346
- Does EPA certify/register or provide lists of acceptable air cleaners? http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=15428
- What guidelines are available to compare air cleaners? http://iaq.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23007&task=knowledge&questionID=21868
You may also wish to visit the EPA Indoor Air Quality website: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/.
To get information about your EPA regional Office (Each EPA Region Office is responsible within its states for the execution of the Agency's programs), state or territory relating to indoor air quality issues. Visit www.epa.gov/iaq/whereyoulive.html, and click on your state.
You may also contact the Office of Air and Radiation Indoor Environments Division at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/contactus.html.
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- Date Created: 08/05/2004
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