UPDATE: This article only applies to the discontinued Model WA-8800N & TM-708N only. The ionizer was removed due to free up space for more requested functions such as easy-descaling and storage mode.
Please Note:There was a printing mistake in our manual that indicated that ionizer is optional. However, the ionizer feature is not optional: it does indeed use the ionizer during any drying cycle.
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We at WABI BABY are always looking for useful and safe products for parents. While many parents love the odor removing function, some customers have concerns about the ionizer. We want to reassure our customers that the ozone amount our unit produced is very small, far less than what we normally encounter on a daily basis; however, If your child has a special condition, we suggest that you take a look at our information and consult with the doctor before use of this product. Due to the fact that there is no official standard or regulation for ozone level in consumer appliance in the US at this time, we are more than happy to list out the statistic value and references for you below:
Our ionizer is producing no more than 0.05 ppm. According to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), 0.075ppm of exposure 8 hours a day for 3 years is the maximumforprimary public, including the "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly.
According to most Home Ozone test kits, constant ozone levels under 0.05 ppm are considered good air quality. Moderate levels sit between 0.05ppm -0.075ppm. For at-risk groups, constant exposure to an ozone level over 0.075-0.105ppm can be dangerous.
Our unit’s ozone level per hour of operation is 0.00000384 mg/hr. This measurement is based on longest drying cycle of 45 min, with an average room size of 125 sq/ft, and with the machine's fan blowing.
Dr. Richard Corsi of the University of Texas at Austin, a noted expert on indoor air quality and indoor air chemistry, recently calculated maximum ozone emission rates for a residence, an office and a school - for both "best case individuals" with normal respiratory function and for a "worst case individuals,” or sensitive populations like the young, the elderly and those with respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. According to his results, the "best case" scenario allowed for an ozone-emitting ionizer to constantly produce 17.5 mg/hr of ozone in a home, 1.3 mg/hr in an office, and 9.9 mg/hr in a school. In the "worst case" scenario, where the ionizer would be used around people in the respiratory sensitive population, the ozone producing air cleaner was allowed to emit 0.45 mg/hr of ozone in a home, 0.041 mg/hr in an office and 0.13 mg/hr in a school. WABI BABY emits levels far below Dr. Corsi’s “best” and “worst” scenarios.
Last but not least, while our product is generally safe even for groups with sensitive conditions, we are not health care professionals, and cannot advise what’s best for unique and individual cases. We STRONGLY recommend consulting your child's doctor before use of our product.