Here is a short walk-through of how to best get rid of certain odors and pollutants.
Odors can vary greatly by how offensive they are, and also by source. The air filters that eliminate bad smells tend to tackle the most common problems that people have, which I have listed below.
- Cigarette, Cigar and Marijuana Smoke
The smoke that you inhale and exhale when using smoking products is essentially a collection of chemicals that smell bad and linger. Ozone generating devices can effectively break down bad smells, whether it is smoke based or not. Activated charcoal devices are also adept in filtering out bad odors because the particles in the filter literally attach to the unclean particles and change them chemically.
- Other Disgusting Smells you Don’t Want
Most people come across an issue in their home or other space, every so often, that needs to be addressed with an air purifier. Volatile Organic Compounds like mold, and other living organic material that smells bad (smoke is also one) for example, and the best filters for these odors are ozone generators/sanitizers andair purifiers with activated charcoal.
- Perfumes and Pets
Things around the house like cleaning products and perfumes are also pungent, sometimes in a bad way, and overexposure can in fact be dangerous to your health. See the toxicity notice on the label. Experts typically recommend activated carbon filters for these kinds of smells.
The same is true for pet smells and particles left by pets, which can linger and be quite offensive. Again, experts suggest the activated carbon filter to address this and create a fresher environment in your space.
Pollution – yuck
You know the most undesirable smells, so let’s talk pollutants.
- Pet Dander
Pet dander is an allergen, which many people are severely allergic to, and many more people also experience mild allergic reactions. A HEPA filtered air purifier is most often recommended for pet dander because they are effective for larger particles.
- Pollen and Dust
A HEPA filter is also the best choice for other common pollutants like dust, pollen and dust mites, and is recommended by experts for in home use to stabilize an environment containing these allergens.
Some people recommend ionizers also, which can eliminate dust, but also create ozone, and are also more difficult to maintain.
- Bacteria, Germs and Viruses
If you want to take the advice of the CDC in dealing with airborne illnesses, the best air treatment option is a germicidal ultraviolet lamp, which destroy microorganisms using radioactive UV rays that breakdown DNA.
- Mold and Mildew
If you have humidity issues in your home, you really ought to be on guard against mold and mildew. Mold generates airborne spores that are very dangerous. A certified HEPA filter is the best option to eliminate spores. If it comes with an inbuilt ionizer it will probably be twice as effective.
There are many effective options in dealing with your air treatment issues. You should be sure to pick the best air purifier for your specific needs, whether they are allergens, airborne illnesses, smells, spores or other kinds of pollutants. Good luck!