Air Purifiers for Smoke Odors
Smoke is one of the toughest challenges to maintaining a healthy indoor air environment. Because once smoke enters a home, it is difficult to remove and can linger for months.
Alen HEPA air purifiers for smoke—when used with a HEPA-Fresh or FreshPlus filter—combines HEPA style filtration to capture allergens and tobacco smoke particles with filters that contain activated carbon to destroy tough smoke odors.
Try Alen HEPA air purifiers for smoke, and enhance your quality of life with a healthier, fresher smelling home today.
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Tobacco smoke can be one of the most difficult indoor pollutants to remove, but an air purifier for smoke can help. The best way to keep your home smoke-free is to ask the smokers in your life to do it outside of your home, but that is not always possible. You may live in an apartment building where a neighbor’s smoke finds its way into your apartment, or if the smokers in your apartment building hang out underneath your window, the cigarette smells can rise and enter your apartment that way. Regardless of how smoke particles get into your living space, you need the right air filtration technology to remove these dangerous pollutants from the air you breathe every day.
Dangers of Inhaling Smoke
Removing smoke particles from the air in your home is one of the most important things you can do for the health of loved ones, guests, and even pets. Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and vapes produce smoke or vapors that contain harmful chemical compounds. The tobacco and additives in these products release smoke that has a dangerous mixture of over 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are two kinds of smoke: sidestream smoke and mainstream smoke. Of the two, sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of carcinogens and smaller particles. It is more toxic because the carcinogen-dense, smaller particles can infiltrate your lungs and bloodstream more effectively.
Unfortunately, even if you do not smoke yourself, secondhand smoke exposes you to mainstream and sidestream tobacco smoke. When you inhale secondhand smoke, it’s called passive or involuntary smoking.
If you have children, this smoke is hazardous to their developing bodies. The primary way most children are exposed to secondhand smoke is in the home. Secondhand smoke exposure puts them at increased risk for many health problems, including acute lower respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, ear infections, respiratory symptoms, and more frequent attacks in people with asthma.
You’ve probably heard of secondhand smoke, but you may not have heard of thirdhand smoke, which refers to the residual nicotine and other chemicals that cling to surfaces and airborne dust mites. This harmful form of smoke can linger for months or even years. More research is needed to understand the impact of thirdhand smoke, but it likely poses the same dangers as secondhand smoke. Young children who frequently touch objects and put them in their mouths are particularly vulnerable to residual smoke.
Choosing an Air Purifier for Smoke
Tobacco smoke creates indoor pollution in the form of both smoke particles and odors. Many filters that are inserted into air purifiers remove particles, not gases. That means that these filters do not address lingering cigarette smells. It’s best to choose a filtration system capable of reducing all the harmful compounds that result from smoking.
HEPA Filters for Smoke Particles
Medical-grade True HEPA filters work in mechanical air purifiers. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are effective at removing 99.97% of airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns. Hospitals, laboratories, and other facilities where clean air is essential use trusted HEPA air filtration technology.
Activated Carbon Filter for Smoke Odors
Some HEPA filters also feature an activated carbon filter, enabling a filter to capture both cigarette smoke particles and odors. If you are concerned about cigarette smells, HEPA with an activated carbon filter is the best way to reduce these strong odors.
Optional Ozone-Safe Ionizer
Ionizers are electrical devices that emit positive and negative charges into the air. These charges enlarge particles by causing them to stick together, making it easier for the device to catch these larger particles.
You should avoid any portable air cleaners that intentionally produce ozone, a harmful lung irritant. The California Air Resources Board verifies which air purifiers produce little or no ozone, so look for models that have been certified by this trusted authority. Ionizers that can be switched on and off allow you to use this feature selectively, and you can turn it on whenever smoke is present.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a guide on how to select the right air cleaner for your indoor space. They recommend considering an air purifier’s fan speed, run time, and clean air delivery rate (CADR) when you select the right model for your space and air cleaning needs. The CADR is a figure that indicates how large a space the air purifier can serve. Its packaging will display the CADR score as well as the square feet of the area it can effectively filter.
You may wish to consider how loud the air purifier is. If it competes with Zoom meetings for work or naps on the couch, you may use it less or not at all. You want a quiet air purifier that still boasts a powerful fan for more effective air purification. If you like to keep your home stylish, you may want to consider the aesthetic appeal of an air cleaner, too.
You also need to consider how many air cleaners you need and where to place them. If possible, get an air purifier for every room in your home. That is the most effective way to improve your indoor air quality. If that’s not possible, you can keep an air purifier near the area where smoking occurs or by anyone sensitive to the resulting smoke. A portable, easy-to-carry air purification system can be moved throughout the day to wherever you need clean air.
Alen’s True HEPA Air Purifiers for Smoke Odors and Particles
At Alen, we take indoor air quality seriously. That’s why we offer top-rated True HEPA air purifiers that can remove these airborne pollutants that threaten the health of the people you care about.
- Our HEPA-Fresh or FreshPlus filters combine HEPA and activated carbon filtration to eliminate smoke particles and odors.
- Optional ozone-safe ionizers remove smoke particles and are certified by the California Air Resources Board to produce ozone emission concentrations less than 0.050 parts per million.
- Our powerful, high-speed fans force air through the filter quickly.
- We design our air purifiers for continuous, nonstop use to maximize air filtration.
- Energy-star certified, which benefits the environment and your electricity bill.
- Laser sensor technology auto-adjusts fan speed when airborne particles are present.
- LED color rings indicate real-time air quality.
- Stylish look with customizable panels in colors that coordinate with your space.
- Whisper-quiet air filtration.
- Thousands of five-star customer reviews.
- Every air purifier comes with a lifetime warranty if you register the product and use our filter subscription service.
Breathe easier by shopping Alen True HEPA Air Purifiers for Smoke Odors today. You can also shop our collection of air purifiers for wildfire smoke.