Let me see if I understand your smoke problem...
- You are a smoker and your family or spouse is always nagging and complaining about the smell of smoke!
- You live with a smoker and their smoking is making you sick!
- You are embarrassed by the dirty, ashtray like odors in your home.
- You are a smoker and your spouse or kids have allergy or asthma symptoms. You feel guilty that these symptoms are likely being caused or made worse by your smoking.
- Your neighbor smokes like a chimney and causes your apartment or condo to smell.
- You are trying to create a game room or poker room down the in basement and don't want the smoke and odors to linger or affect the rest of the home.
- You want to enjoy the occasional cigar without catching a lot of heat.
Was I on target with your smoke challenge?
I'm sure I was.
I speak to dozens of customers each week and the majority are calling about smoke problems. As a result, I have more experience in home smoke removal than any other website owner out there.
You have come to the right place to solve your smoke problem. However...
Some available options:
Just HEPA filters – By themselves, a single filter HEPA based air cleaner will do an ok job collecting the airborne particles of smoke, (the stuff you can see).
A few negatives: They load up quickly. They also will do nothing to remove the odors and harmful gases. HEPA Filters
can be expensive and the fans are usually fairly noisy on the cheaper models, that
you might find at a local department store.
The point I'm trying to make
is that for smoke, mere HEPA filtration is insufficient. If you decide to
go with a HEPA based unit for smoke removal, it needs a quality pre-filter to
capture the majority of the larger smoke particles so you don't load up the more
expensive HEPA filter too quickly. It also needs the capability to remove
the many gases, fumes and volatile organic compounds from tobacco smoke.
Carbon or various carbon composite materials are often used for the gas and fume
side of the problem.
Recommendation:Check out the PR6 Home Smoke Eater above for our recommended solution.
Ultraviolet Air Purifiers
– Companies making this
technology often promote the fact that there are no filters to change and
therefore you save money. They are right; however, the results are partial
at best. While this type of purifier CAN help with smoke odors, it does
NOTHING for the millions of airborne smoke particles floating throughout your
entire home. As a result, this type of purification technology is
definitely not my top pick for those looking for the most complete smoke removal
results for their home. They may be the right application when odors are your
Recommendation: Check out the Biozone Air Purifiers above if neighbors smoke or if odors are your only concern.
Ionic Air Purifiers – You know the "Breeze" purifiers seen on TV and advertised all over the place. This unit is best suited to collecting
some dust and airborne particulates. However, this product does nothing for the harmful gases and odors
from smoke. Independent tests show that the effectiveness of this
type of technology is worse than most air purifiers on the market. Don't
buy the hype you see on a paid TV Commercial. I can't tell you how many
consumers I speak to who have tried these Ionic Breeze purifiers for smoke and had
nothing but complaints.
Recommendation: Stay away.
Electrostatic Air Purifiers
– Here is another type of technology that
promotes the fact that you don't need to buy replacement filters. I’m sure you’ve seen the infomercials
on TV with the vacuum cleaner company flying a balloon around and doing a demonstration in a glass case showing their unit removing smoke from the air. I agree, it is an impressive visual display. And while this device WILL capture
some of the visible airborne smoke particles into a metallic collection tray, they don’t mention a thing about the odors and harmful gases. That's because odors and chemical fumes from smoke pass right through this unit un-treated.
Recommendation: Stay away.
The other REALLY important thing to note about these "no filter" air cleaners is
that the metal collection trays QUICKLY get covered by a layer of smoke and dust
particles. Once dirty, this type of technology loses its ability to
capture smoke. Basically - once dirty - IT STOPS WORKING. Combine poor performance,
no ability to handle gases, fumes and odors with the messy job of cleaning the collection trays, this is an
air cleaning technology I strongly recommend against using for smoke.
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