Simple Ozone Generator Purifies Air in Home

SCREEN WIRE OVER WOOD FRAME

WOOD BASE 5,000 OR 7,500-VOLT, LUMINOUS-SIGN TRANSFORMER

SWITCH

BATTERY JAR USED INSTEAD OF TUMBLERS IF TRANS. HAS SECONDARY VOLTAGE OVER 7,500 VOLTS

4 TUMBLERS CONNECTED IN PARALLEL

CARDBOARD HOLDS INSIDE SCREEN OUTSIDE SCREEN GLASS TUMBLER WOOD BASE

INSIDE SCREEN

This inexpensive ozonator will quickly freshen the air in a room or destroy unpleasant odors. Ozone, which is produced by the generator, is a form of oxygen that is unusually active. The odor of ozone often is noticeable after a thunder storm when lightning produces it from oxygen in the air. In its simplest form, which is adequate to purify the air in an average room, the ozonator consists of a luminous-sign transformer of 5,000 to 7,500 volts having the secondary or output side of the transformer wired to a couple of screen-wire sleeves on a glass tumbler, which serves as an insulator between them. Because of the tendency of high-tension current, which

the transformer produces, to arc through the air between closely spaced wires or electrodes, the lead wires must be kept at least 2 in. apart, and the screen wire sleeves must be located at least 2 in. from the top of the tumbler. The outside sleeve is held on the glass by friction of a close fit on the slightly tapered sides of the glass, and the inside sleeve is kept in place by a rolled piece of cardboard. For an ozonator of greater capacity, four glass tumblers wired in parallel can be used as indicated in the lower right-hand detail. If an ozonator to take care of several rooms is desired, larger containers, such as glass battery jars, can be substituted for the tumblers. A transformer having an output greater than 7,500 volts is needed to operate the larger ozonator. A wirescreen enclosure, the top of which can be opened, prevents any danger of receiving shocks.—J. F. Weber, Mauston, Wis.