Are you a smoker or do you live with one? Are you fed up with that lingering smoky smell from cigarettes in your home? These air purifiers for smoke can help you to achieve a fresher, healthier indoor environment.
The best way to remove cigarette smoke from the home is to simply stop smoking or ask those around you to do so. However, this is not always possible.
An air purifier can be extremely helpful for removing stale smoke odours and particles. It can also remove toxic chemicals from the air you breathe. Smoke from wood stoves and open fires can also cause a problem in the home. A good air cleaner will filter away the associated combustion by-products which are bad for your health.
There are 3 key factors in air purification for smoke: particulates, odours and VOCs. You can combat these unwanted particles through filtration, activated carbon & enhanced carbon respectively.
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Smoke particles are typically tiny (less than 1 micron). An efficient True HEPA, HEPA-type filter or equivalent (like a SEFF filter as seen in the Meaco AirVax) is needed to remove these particles. For example, True HEPA filters remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns.
All of the above air purifiers are able to tackle smoke particles.
An activated carbon filter or equivalent (like a SEFF filter) is needed to filter lingering smoke odours that can stop your home from smelling fresh. Its large surface area quickly adsorbs stubborn smells permanently, rather than just covering them up!
Cigarette smoke contains over 30 different types of VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). Certain VOCs, like benzene, are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). In order to remove these impurities, you’ll need an air purifier with a VOC filter.
The Roomaid units are available with a dedicated VOC filter or Multizorb canister. The Multizorb removes VOCs as well as other chemicals such as heavy metal vapours, ammonias and aldehydes. These are portable so you can use these in the car if you’re an in-car smoker, or a member of your family is.
The SEFF filter in the Meaco AirVax is capable of capturing VOCs such as benzene, toluene and formaldehyde, along with carbon monoxide.
The high-efficiency activated carbon filters found in the Heaven Fresh and Blueair air purifiers also tackle VOCs.
If you’re chemically sensitive then we advise choosing a unit with a metal casing, such as the Blueair or Roomaid units.