Best Air Purifier for Smoke – Cigarette, Cigar & Weed Smokers (2019)

3 July 2018Home Cleaning

A Buyer’s Guide & Reviews Of The Best Air Purifiers For Smokers of Cigarettes, Cigars & Marijuana

 

Table of Contents

 
Please note: Information and technical specifications used for the reviews in this guide was obtained from the publications below on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Indoor Environments Division’s website.

  1. Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home
  2. Residential Air Cleaners: A Technical Summary

 

If you smoke or live with a smoker, you’ll almost certainly face the dilemma of smoke and odors inside the home.

Even smokers who make a habit of going outside might be driven in by inclement weather.

It can lead to a tough choice between a happy smoker and an odor-free home.

But what if you didn’t have to make that choice?

Did you know that air purification technology has been proven effective at reducing particularite matter in homes with a smoker? (source)

Today, we’ll guide you through a selection of the latest & best air purifiers for smoke so you can determine whether you can cut through the smoke and smell in your house.

There are literally 100’s of air purifiers you can buy online and the seemingly endless options can confuse even the most savviest of shoppers.

So we did the homework for you and reviewed 9 of the BEST air purifiers you can find online to tackle the job of ridding your home of smoke and you can finally have house that smells good!

We broke them down into the top 3 based on the size of the room (large/open floor plan, medium and small) you want to remove cigarette, cigar or even marijuana smell from.

These air purifying devices are the perfect investment for your home while you are living there and will make it a lot easier for you to sell your house down the road.

Because having a fresh and clean smelling home is a critical step when preparing your home for sale.

Running an air purifier means you will not have to go through the large effort of manually removing smoke smell out of your home.

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Best Air Purifiers For Smoke Reviews

 

We’ll launch into the main event now with a actionable review of nine of the best air purifiers on the market split across three categories.

But keep in mind, these are the top 3, the best of the best and the difference between #1 and #3 is minimal.

You can’t go wrong with any of these picks, just decide which one has the features your are looking for in your home!

With each of these units, we’ll start by presenting the basic stats so you can determine type, square footage, and CADR rating at a glance.

Large Room and Open Floor Plan Coverage Area

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ImageProduct Name 
picture of Coway AirMega 400 Air PurifierCoway AirMega 400 Air Purifier

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picture of Rabbit Air MinusA2 air purifierRabbit Air MinusA2 HEPA Air Purifier

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picture of Alen BreathSmart Air PurifierAlen BreathSmart Air Purifier

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#1 Recommendation: Coway AirMega 400 Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon1560 square feet350

 

 

The first air purifier on our list is a powerhouse and it undeniably works extremely well and is efficient, if you have a large smoky space that needs serious attention.

This air purifier will automatically turns itself on when it detects even the slightest impurities, and will QUICKLY and QUIETLY eliminate smoke odors and other bad air.

Many cheaper purifiers work just fine up to a point, but they won’t be able to effectively work large spaces and they lack the level of engineering and technology available from the Coway AirMega 400.

So if you choose to invest in this high quality purifier, you should get many, many years of air purifying performance out of this unit.

This tech-driven model, alerts you to the air quality in your room with an LED ring that lights up to show you how good or bad the air is in real time.

This model will take care of purifying the smoke in the air with it’s four high quality filters. 

You’ll get a pair of washable pre-filters, an activated carbon filter ideal for eliminating the smell of smoke, and a true green HEPA-rated filter to catch even the tiniest pathogens.

With the HEPA filter working to suck away 99.97% of those miniature airborne pollutants and the charcoal filter getting rid of 99% of the noxious VOCs in cigarette smoke.

There is no doubt that this air purifier will leave your home without any smoke smells.

For the tech savvy buyer, you can purchase the “S” model, which includes WiFi connectivity with an intuitive iOS and Android app that renders your smart phone into a remote control.

You can toggle between Auto, Eco, and Sleep modes from a distance while monitoring the air quality and the status of the filters.

The app also has the capability to easily set a schedule for your air purifier to run according to what you think is best.

Also the “S” model is Alexa enabled to allow you to control the air purifier with your voice, pretty cool!

If you’re looking for an air purifier for a smoke-riddled house with some really cool technology included, this quiet and efficient AirMega is our stand-out recommendation.

 

#2 Recommendation: Rabbit Air MinusA2 HEPA Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon815 square feet193

 

 

Coming in second for a large space that needs purifying, the Rabbit Air MinusA2 is another incredibly capable unit.

From cigarette and cigar smoke to the pungent whiff of medical marijuana or the unwelcome smells from your pets, this combined HEPA and carbon purifier makes light work of any odor in its path.

A six-stage filtration system is set up to foil all the smells and irritating pathogens that shower off the end of your cigarette.

There’s a washable permanent pre-filter, a medium filter, true HEPA filter, carbon filter and negative ion generator, giving you the best of all categories in one fantastic package.

The added touch is being able to customize the fourth stage of filtration.

You can choose from a germ defense filter, pet allergy filter, toxic absorber filter and odor remover filter so you can fine-tune things accordingly.

Obviously, for smoke removal you will want the odor remover filter.

This combination of filters all come together to practically guarantee a smoke-free home without anyone needing to scurry outside in the rain to smoke.

This purifier has five speeds and even at the high end, it still runs with very little noise, so it won’t be distracting when it runs or perfect for any light sleepers.

Perhaps the most unique feature, is that you can even mount this purifier on the wall but you don’t have to, you can leave it freestanding too.

Either freestanding or mounted, the lights on this air purifier make for a sleek and cool display.

It is equipped with LED mood lights on the front panel, which can be turned on to produce a soothing spectrum of colors.

If the room is bright, your LEDs will stay on, but if the room is dark for more than three minutes, they will turn off.

But you can adjust how they react in the settings.

This air purifier also has an upgraded “N” model you can purchase that will allow you to connect to your WiFi network and control from anywhere with the Rabbit Air App but it is currently only available for Apples iOS devices.

The app allows you to remotely control the settings, set a schedule and change the mood light modes.

There’s a rock solid five-year warranty with 24/7 support in place showing you how much faith the manufacturer puts in this rugged appliance.

 

#3 Recommendation: Alen BreathSmart Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Proprietary Filter1100 square feet300

 

 

Last but by no means least in this list of recommended purifiers for large areas is another highly effective model, this time from Alen, a highly respected company in the air purifier industry.

There is no WiFi connectivity or iOS & Android app for this unit like the above two but if that is not a feature you are looking for than this is a VERY well engineered air purifier.

Alen’s website boasts that this is the quietest, most powerful air purifier in the world.

One feature that makes this unit different from the competition is that it is available in 15 striking finishes that you can pick out.

This guarantees that there’s something to mesh with any color scheme in your home and is perfect for people who have to customize to their exact taste.

You can opt for the regular style or you can focus on pet odors or household chemicals, so you get the right approach in place for your particular problem.

The HEPA FreshPlus filter can’t be beaten when it comes to wicking away those microscopic contaminants.

There are four of these proprietary filter variants, so if you also want to combat the smell of smoke, opt for the HEPA-OdorCell and you’ll soon be sniffing gloriously fresh air.

Alen’s support said their odor removing filters don’t contain charcoal but a proprietary filter that is like baking soda on steroids!

And we agree! It works great for getting rid of cigarette smells in your home.

This model even works well with much larger spaces, so you’ll be safe to purify areas well over 1000 square feet without spending a fortune.

Alen has intelligent sensor technology that lights up to always let you know the status of the air quality around you with a quick glance at the unit.

And when it’s bedtime it can switch to lights-off mode to cleans the air without disturbing your sleep.

Have you ever had an air purifier so noisy you were limited to using the lower settings?

There’s no such need with the Alen and you’ll be able to run it at full clip while basking in its whisper-quiet nature.

Don’t get us wrong, it is not silent, none of them are. But this machine has a gentle soothing white noise quality to it.

With exceptional airflow and a wide range of choices so you can really tweak air purification to your requirements, the Alen BreathSmart is a smart option if you have a budget that allows for the highest quality and you want all smoke and odors removed from your home.


 

Medium Room Coverage Area

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ImageProduct Name 
picture of Honeywell True HEPA Allergen RemoverHoneywell HEPA Allergen Remover

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picture of Coway AP-1512HH Mighty Air PurifierCo-Way Mighty Air Purifier

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picture of Alen T500 Allergen-Reducing 22-Inch Tower Air PurifierAlen T500 HEPA Air Purifier

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#1 Recommendation: Honeywell HEPA Allergen Remover


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon465 square feet300

 

 

Honeywell is a household name in the world of air purifiers and this HEPA-rated unit shows why this brand is the go-to choice for so many satisfied customers.

Although marketed for large rooms, we’d more conservatively suggest this purifier works best in mid-sized spaces of up to 465 square feet.

Achieving the full circulation and purification of all air in the room five times an hour, this true HEPA beast cuts through cigarette smoke, pet dander, spores, bacteria as well as the nasty smells that accompany them.

The pre-filter needs swapping out every three or four months, so factor this into your ongoing expenses.

The HEPA filter only needs yearly replacement.

You are well advised to stick firmly to Honeywell’s proprietary filters or you’ll invalidate the warranty and impair performance.

ENERGY STAR certified, this unit is not just effective but efficient in some of the most extreme homes that smell like smoke.

Clean air delivery rate (CADR) exceeds 300, placing this unit in the upper reaches of excellence in the air purifier market.

This is verified by The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), so you can place trust in the rating rather than needing to rely on the manufacturer.

 

#2 Recommendation: Co-Way Mighty Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon361 square feet233

 

 

As we continue with our best air purifier reviews, Co-Way pops up once again with this Mighty purifier tailor-made for mid-sized spaces.

We really like the design of this one, it almost feels like if Apple were to make an air purifier, this is what it would look like and perform like.

As with most of the purifiers we recommend, the Co-Way Mighty uses a combination of mechanisms, so bad smells and smoke will be history.

With a four-stage filtration system, including that all-important HEPA filter, they all come together to decimate even the smallest airborne irritants while leaving the air refreshed.

There’s an intelligent air quality indicator that reacts to the particle sensor technology and visibly shows you what the air quality is inside your home.

As with all Co-Ways, you can activate Eco mode if you want to save a few bucks.

Eco mode is when the unit detects no pollution for 30 minutes, it will power down.

Or, put it into Auto mode to take care of everything and ensures that speed is optimized and you don’t have to think about it or do anything other than turn it on.

If Auto mode isn’t your style and you want more granular control, there is a three-speed airflow control lets you fine-tune performance to the conditions.

Co-Way has a broad range of air purifiers and the Mighty will let you kiss goodbye to puffy eyes from all that smoke while, also effectively eliminating the smell.

While you can find cheaper purifiers, if you’re looking for aesthetics rolled up with results and brand you can trust, you simply can’t go wrong with this model from Co-Way.

 

#3 Recommendation: Alen T500 HEPA Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Proprietary Filter500 square feet159

 

 

Another one of the best air purifiers on the market, we would recommend another Alen, this time the compact and space-saving T500.

While we’ve slotted this unit into the medium room section, it will work well in most spaces up to 500 square feet.

Most air purifiers tend to be ugly slabs of metal with little imagination on the design front.

This Alen, on the other hand, has an unexpected elegance to it and comes in a small footprint and is designed for portability if you have the requirement to move around within your home or even to take with you when you travel.

You can also choose from a wide number of colors to match any room.

And no matter what room you decide to put this air purifier in to remove the smell of smoke from your home, it will be very quiet.

So quiet that even when it is working at it’s peak performance, you might even forget that it’s there!

You can choose from four HEPA style filters and for removing smoke smell we recommend the HEPA-Odor Cell filter.

The filters are very easy to replace in this model and the controls are very intuitive so you don’t have to take out the manual every time you want to change a setting.

As with all Alen air purifiers, this unit is both engineered to effectively and quietly purifier the air in your home and it looks really good in your home.


 

Small Room Coverage Area

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ImageProduct Name 
picture of GermGuardian AC4900CA 3-in-1 Air PurifierGermGuardian 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier

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picture of Blue Pure 411 Air PurifierBlue Pure 411 Air Purifier

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picture of Coway 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise MachineCo-Way 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise Machine

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#1 Recommendation: GermGuardian 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon200 square feet101

 

 

Do you live in a smaller house or apartment? If so, you’re in luck, since top-notch air purifiers for scaled-down spaces come in at a far more reasonable price point.

Marketed as a three-in-one, does this unit really deliver?

The true HEPA filter does what it does best by safely trapping away all of the smallest particles down to 0.3 microns in size.

The air purifiers with charcoal filters ward off the smell of cigarette smoke along with any unpleasant smells issuing from the kitchen, bathroom, or animals in the house.

UV lights kill bacteria and viruses along with potentially harmful mold spores.

This really is the complete package.

Looking more like the tower of a PC than an air purifier, the streamlined design works perfectly in small, modern apartments.

The UV-C bulb and filters are all replaceable so you can extend the lifespan of the GermGuardian.

With an extremely impressive CADR to wattage ratio, the GermGuardian boasts the coveted ENERGY STAR rating.

Although the manufacturer doesn’t quote the decibel rating, this purifier is more than acceptable on the noise front.

Weighing just seven pounds and measuring up at a mere 7 x 10 x 21 inches, this compact purifier is a wonderful way to ensure you won’t be choked by the smell of smoke if you live in a smaller room prone to filling with fumes from cigarettes or cigars.

 

#2 Recommendation: Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
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HEPA + Carbon161 square feet105

 

 

Next up is another sleek unit, this time from Blue Pure, but is it a case of form over function?

The 411 is the smallest and slimmest of the enduringly popular Blue family of purifiers but it functions above its weight in terms of performance.

You’ll get a brace of washable pre-filters along with a carbon filter optimized to combat odors and a HEPA-rated filter to spirit away those menacing airborne pathogens.

As long as your room is in the 100 to 175 square foot range, you should find this multi-pronged attack against smells and rogue particles highly effective.

Maxing out at just 46 decibels, your purifier goes through the motions and gets rid of contaminants while making sure your room smells sweet and fresh, all without creating annoying noises.

Due to its portable nature, the 411 is ideal for a college dorm or office area where there are lingering smoke odors.

While there’s a twin-pack available, it costs more than double the price of a single unit, so pass on that option and save some cash!

You can place this purifier more or less anywhere and it will suck in air from all sides, so no stone is left unturned in your fight against cigarette smoke.

Using less energy than an LED light bulb and ensuring your house smells divine, the Blue Pure 411 is a smart investment.

 

#3 Recommendation: Co-Way 2-in-1 Air Purifier and White Noise Machine


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Filter TypeSquare Foot CoverageCADR Rating
picture of an air filterpicture of square foot coveragepicture of cadr icon
HEPA + Carbon155 square feet100

 

 

To round out our air purifier for small rooms, here’s another outstanding option from the stellar Co-Way.

This is actually a multi-purpose appliance, in addition to being an air purifier, the Co-Way features a white noise machine which is an excellent way to fight back against ambient noise that can ruin your sleep.

With six soothing sounds, this is a nice touch.

In terms of core functionality, the HEPA filter is teamed up with a carbon partner so you can keep the air clear of smoke while also hitting back against that a smell that seems to penetrate everything.

If you’re concerned about forgetting to change the filter and bringing your machine to its knees, you’ll appreciate the warning light alerting you to this.

There’s an intuitive timer you can use to work in some downtime if you’re out of the house and want to cut back on those power bills.

The timers work for both the purification and also the white noise feature.

While it’s not exactly a powerhouse, this purifier will push more than enough air if you reserve it for the smaller spaces that it’s designed for.

If you don’t fancy the idea of a white noise machine, check out the other two small room recommendations that are dedicated air purifiers.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to be soothed to sleep or just enjoy some noise to help with distractions, while also enjoying immaculate air quality, check out this nifty appliance that serves double duty.

 

Air Purifiers For Smoke Buyers’ Guide

First in this buyers guide we will get started with the very basics and take a glimpse at the various types of air purifiers at your disposal for removing smoke from your home.

Types of Smoke Removing Air Purifiers and Filters: What Are They and How Do They Work?

As with most appliances, you can get air purifiers and special smoke-wicking filters in a number of styles.

Some are more effective than others so we’ll walk you through the main types and you can see which would make the best fit.

HEPA Technology

HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filters are the gold standard.

To be HEPA-rated, a filter must effectively dispatch 99.97% of particles down to as small as 0.3 microns. As a reference, you could fit 1000 individual microns on the head of a pin.

Whether you’re smoking a cigar, a cigarette, or some medical marijuana, all will kick off particles in the 0.3 to 0.5 micron range, so you’re in safe hands with a HEPA unit if you’re a smoker.

However, while a HEPA filter can work wonders on removing smoke that is currently in the air, be aware that a HEPA filter will do nothing to address the lingering smell of smoke in your home.

Activated Carbon Technology

There’s no argument that HEPA filters do a miraculous job when it comes to the smoke hanging in the air, but how about the odor?

Not only does smoke taint the air, it also works its way into furniture, curtains, and your carpet.

This is where an activated carbon technology comes into play.

The tiny pores in a carbon filter do a great job of adsorbing cigarette smoke.

And no, that’s not a typo. Unlike absorption, where liquids are collected, adsorption is when molecules go from their gas state onto a solid surface.

Choose from a range of filters according to the gravity of the smoke issue and bring back some much-needed freshness to your home.

Pick one with enough charcoal to comfortably deal with the area you have in mind.

UV Technology

Ultraviolet light can be harnessed to help you fight back against smoke in the house.

This does not involve filtration per se.

As the tiny particles pass, rays of UV light incinerate them.

While UV air purifiers are highly effective, since they are still in their relative infancy, they remain pretty pricey.

Negative Ion

The key to a strong negative ion air purifier is to get one kicking out beneficial negative ions rather than potentially harmful ozone.

This type of purifier copes with reducing odors admirably and it will filter out some airborne pollutants as well.

Safe and efficient, negative ion air purifiers are well worth putting on your shortlist.

Ozone

Ozone gets a bad rep but ionizing, anion and ionic air purifiers principally produce ozone rather than negative ions.

As long as you stick below the CDC limit of 50 parts per billion by volume, you should be fine. Breach this limit and you’ll run the risk of developing irritated lungs.

So…

With the main categories of air purifier covered, we’ll look into some broad features worth taking into account when you’re on the buying trail.

Overall Features of Air Purifiers That Will Remove Smoke Smell

Price

OK, so the price doesn’t directly do anything for the smell, but if you spend a little more, you’ll generally get a unit that’s more capable of wicking away the odor as well as those irritating particles.

As with anything in life, you generally get what you pay for.

It’s sound practice to set a budget and stick to it before you even think about research.

That way, you’ll be able to whittle down your options before you even make a shortlist.

If you have a serious smoke problem, it’s worth investing a little more for a long-term solution.

Smoke CADR Rating

CADR stands for clean air delivery rate.

Much like HEPA, you’ll see this acronym everywhere when you’re hunting down air purifiers.

The CADR scale translates to the amount of air cleaned of contaminants in cubic feet in units per minute.

This rating will usually be plastered front and center on the packaging of the purifier.

Performance varies considerably.

As a benchmark, sub-100 CADR units are likely to underwhelm.

The hardest hitting air purifiers are rated at 350 CADR and above.

Size and Weight

Air purifiers can be incredibly portable or hulking units that are tough to move around once installed.

You should carefully analyze the dimensions of your room and think about where you’ll set up your purifier.

It’s senseless to search for a huge unit if it will end up dominating a tiny apartment.

Similarly, portability might not be a driving factor if you live in a sprawling house.

Size and weight should always be secondary concerns to performance.

As long as the unit you have in mind will deal with the space you need it to, you can then make decisions based on the size factor.

Room Coverage and Air Changes per Hour

It’s obviously key when you’re looking at air purifiers to get something fit to clean the desired space.

An otherwise solid-unit will fail dramatically if you expect it to do too much work.

When calculating what coverage you need, you should look for an air purifier that will filter all the air in a given room five or six times an hour.

This is often labeled air changes per hour (ACPH).

Since this variable is crucial to the effectiveness of an air purifier, don’t be suckered into focusing on quoted room size alone.

Look for the ACPH rating so you can buy with confidence.

Operating Costs

Some air purifiers can cost you a few hundred bucks a year on your power bill.

Fortunately, you can easily work this out in advance and determine whether you find those running costs acceptable.

Divide wattage by 1000 then multiply this by number of kilowatt hours (KWH) your utility company charges.

Assuming you’ll run your purifier around the clock, multiply the number above by 8760 and you’ll arrive at your annual electricity cost.

Noise Levels

You can’t escape the fact that most air purifiers give off some degree of noise.

This is unavoidable.

Noise is rated in decibels (dB), but what does this mean in plain English?

We’ll look at some common decibel ratings and liken them to a real-world sound…

  • Whisper Mode: produces 41.5 dB, which is as whisper quiet as the name proclaims.
  • Speed 2: 44 dB steps things up to something like light rainfall.
  • Speed 3: You’ll hear a noise in line with heavy rainfall at 50 decibels as you slip your purifier into higher gear.
  • Turbo Mode: The 56 dB generated by turbo mode is as loud as a box fan.

 

Think about placement of your purifier and whether or not the sound will disturb you and others.

After all, it’s pointless having a smoke-free bedroom if the racket stops you from sleeping.

That said, even fan-based models tend to run pretty quietly on the lower settings so you shouldn’t let the noise factor put you off.

Fan Speeds

Fans on air purifier don’t need to be particularly rapid.

While they do move and circulate the air in your room, they do not do so with the drone of a standard electric fan.

Because of the extra work they do purifying the room, you won’t end up with that same rapid speed of the fan blades.

Even when negative ions are pushed around the room, the air purifier will harness the natural airflow of the room so the fan doesn’t need to do much heavy lifting.

Service Indicators

Once we’ve reached the stage of extras like service indicators, we’re out of the territory of essentials and looking at added bonuses.

With all elements of this purchase, you should focus on what’s right for you rather than expecting a one-size-fits all solution.

If you feel that being given the heads up when it’s time to get your unit serviced is a worthwhile privilege, look for models offering this functionality.

If not, pay attention to the instruction manual and make sure you keep on top of things manually.

Programmable Timers

If you’re tech-savvy and enjoy the convenience of setting your air purifier up to run at set times even if you’re not at home, a model with a programmable timer makes perfect sense.

If, on the other hand, you don’t like gadgetry and you prefer a simple, no-nonsense unit, you can save yourself on the purchase price…

However, keep in mind that the presence of a timer will certainly be capable of slashing your utility bills if you have a habit of dashing out with the purifier still running.

Remote Control

As with the previous two elements, a remote control is nothing more than a convenient add-on.

This is unlikely to be the sole reason for your decision.

Depending on where you house your air purifier, if it’s a freestanding unit you may not even feel the need for a remote anyway.

Warranty

You simply won’t know how well any given air purifier will perform until you’ve got it up and running.

Many manufacturers understand people’s skepticism with air purifiers and offer a money-back guarantee period of usually one month.

If you’re still on the fence, this can act as an incentive, since you have nothing to lose but a bit of time and some postage costs.

Beyond this, look for an air purifier with a comprehensive and lengthy warranty.

Read plenty of user feedback, as poor customer service and failure to honor guarantees usually rate a mention.

Air Purifiers For Smoke FAQs

We’ll round out this buyers’ guide for smokers with a glimpse at some of the most common concerns with air purifiers.

1) Why should I use an air purifier in a home to remove smoke smell?

If you live in a smoky environment, it’s not just irritating to your eyes and throat but potentially extremely harmful.

Especially if you have a pregnant woman or infants who live in a home with a smoker (source).

While we are well aware of these risks from second-hand smoke, how about the smell?

Simply blasting a spray of air freshener from time to time won’t pass muster.

If you want to cut through and neutralize the smell of smoke, a purifier – particularly one packing an activated carbon filter – is arguably the most effective method of achieving this.

2) How are smoke air purifiers different from other types of air purifiers?

Cigarette smoke is tough to shift since you’re faced with a double problem.

First, a purifier must comb out the ash and byproducts of combustion measuring around 0.7 microns.

The additional threat comes from VOCs (volatile organic compounds), so it pays to get an air purifier designs to deal with this twin issue.

Even a strong HEPA filter will not do anything much to combat those pesky VOCs or toxic gases so you’re best advised to consider a dedicated unit if you want both the smoke and the smell gone.

Pro Tip: If you have pets check out our article How to get rid of dog smell if you want a detailed step by step guide to getting the smell of dog out of your house before running a pet air purifier to keep the smell away!

3) What is the best type of home air purifier for removing smoke smell?

This is debatable but it’s a toss-up between appliances with active carbon filters and negative ion air purifiers.

While effective at masking smells from smoke, activated carbon can cause the filter to clog up pretty quickly, so think about how much you’ll use your purifier and decide accordingly.

As long as you avoid those kicking out too much nasty ozone, negative ion models are relatively good at drawing away the smell of stale smoke, but they don’t have quite the impact of those with carbon filters.

4) What is a whole house air purifier versus a portable air purifier?

A whole house air purifier is far more than a single device.

This type of unit forms part of your home’s integrated HVAC system and as such needs professional installation.

Whole house units are strongly recommended if you have any allergies or asthma.

Portable units, on the other hand, can be up and running straight out the box.

While they are not as expensive, they might not be as effective either.

That said, you should choose based on costs and personal preferences since there’s no right or wrong answer.

5) Why shouldn’t I use an ozone air purifier in my home to remove smoke?

Ozone gases are bad news.

Since the whole purpose of your venture into air purification is a healthier environment, it doesn’t make sense to purchase a model that will put harmful ozone back into the air.

While most purifiers don’t create ozone in dangerous levels, most will release at least some of these contaminants back into the air.

Manufacturers often hold back with regard to this information so you’ll need to dig a little deeper into the models you’re considering if you feel ozone output is a concern.

6) How do I determine what size air purifier I need to remove smoke?

As mentioned above in the buying guide, you’ll need to think about those air changes per hour as well as the square footage of the area you want to rid of smoke.

You should look for a purifier capable of filtering all the air in a room every ten minutes or so for best results.

Make sure you do your own calculations based on the formula we outlined above rather than relying on often questionable data used by manufacturers to better market these products.

7) When should an air purifier be run to remove smoke smell in a house?

This depends entirely on your needs and budget.

If cost is of no real concern, there’s no problem allowing your purifier to run around the clock.

It obviously pays to give it some downtime rather than simply working it into the ground, but a robust unit can stand up to plenty of use.

If you prefer purifying in bursts or are looking to keep electricity costs low, look for a model with a programmable timer to streamline this process.

8) What is the proper place to put an air purifier to eliminate the smell of smoke?

This depends on the size and type of unit in question.

If your air purifier is portable, you need to think about which areas in your residence need attention and set up the unit there.

If you’re buying a single unit for the whole house, think about what room you want to target and position it wherever works best.

Whole house units are already tucked away out of sight so if you want a solution for every room, these make most sense.

But it is recommended to have several placed in various rooms to achieve maximum benefit. (source)

9) What type of maintenance is needed for a smoke air purifier?

Air purifiers don’t require much by the way of maintenance.

You’ll be able to clean the outside of your unit with a damp cloth.

Remove filters and wipe them down with a dry cloth. HEPA and carbon filters should not be washed.

If you keep your filters clean and you replace them as suggested in the manual, you’ll get many years of service with little upkeep needed.

10) What are the best ‘nice to have’ features on a smoke removing air purifier?

Tech-driven extras like programmable timers and remotes are always nice but we’ll be blunt here…

With an air purifier, these extras are just that, something thrown in for the sake of convenience.

They are not essential and your primary focus should be on performance and how much smoke and odor can be removed at the most cost-effective price point.

Final Thoughts on Smoke Air Purifiers

We hope you’ve enjoyed this detailed rundown of air purifiers for smoke.

With minimum research, you should now be well-placed to find the best model for your requirements and the size of your home.

Focus on what type will fit most neatly into your home, and then concentrate on the noise factor and size so you’ll end up with a personalized solution to the issue of smoke in your home.

Question or Comments? Leave them below and we will get back to you…

 

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About the Author: This article was written by Kris Lippi, the Broker and Owner of Get LISTED Realty. He enjoys writing about real estate related topics such as buying and selling homes, how-to guides for around the house and home product recommendations. He has been featured in Inman, Readers Digest, American Express, Fit Small Business, Policy Genius, Lending Tree, GoDaddy, Manta as well as others. Want to know more? Read more here.

 

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