Smoke comes in many forms and can be present inside and outside of the home. All of them can be dangerous if inhaled. Some smoke is generated by actions out of your control and others can be triggered by yourself through cooking, an open fire or smoking cigarettes.
No matter the cause, if your home is regularly filled with smoke then an air purifier can help, alongside good ventilation, to keep the particles at bay and greatly reduce the quantity inhaled.
How can an air purifier help with smoke?
A Hoover Air Purifier pulls in the ambient air and traps small particles within its three filters before blowing out purified air.
Inside a Hoover air purifier is a HEPA (H13) filter as part of the H-TRIFILTER system, which traps particles up to 0.3 microns in size (for scale, the human eye can only see 25-micron particles). Wi– The HEPA filter traps the harmful particles whilst the active carbon filter traps odours. Perfect for filtering out smoke and cleaning the air in your home.
Smoke particles range in size from 0.1 to 1 micron in cigarettes, 10-100 microns in cooking smoke and 0.4-1 microns in exhaust smoke. Hoover home air purifiers capture particles as small as 0.3 microns, which means they can capture the vast majority of smoke particles – enough to feel, see and smell the difference.
Hoover air purifiers can purify a room in just 10 minutes* and will continue to monitor the air while it’s on, which is great for areas which regularly have smoke. The 360-degree multi-sensor monitors the air quality of the indoor air and accelerates the air purification if there’s a moderate or high level of particles in the air to bring it down to safer levels, perfect for whilst you are cooking alongside your regular ventilation.
The air purifier will reduce the number of these particles over time as well as remove the particles causing odour – this will make the air cleaner and neutralise the odour.
However, the air purifier does more than just pull in smoke, it will draw in dust, pollens, bacteria and other harmful particles at the same time.
So, if you have smoke in the home regularly or it enters from outside of the home the air purifier can significantly improve the air quality indoors and prevent lung damage which leads to better quality of life, reduced allergens and a better night’s sleep.
Which H-PURIFIER is best for smoke?
The diffuser feature can be really useful for households that experience a lot of smoke – the purifier can periodically release a pleasant aroma which can combat the bad smells created by the smoke – be it cigarette, cooking, fire burning or machinery.
How to use an air purifier for smoke effectively
An air purifier alone won’t rid your house of all smoke as some particles may be too small, however it can significantly reduce the amount and it will continually monitor the air quality and increase the air purification speed as it detects more smoke. Here are some tips on how to keep on top of it all with your new Hoover air purifier:
- Keep the air purifier working in the room with the most amount of traffic
- Bring the air purifier into the room in advance for when there will be planned smoke – cigarettes, cooking etc
- Ensure the house is well ventilated
- Close windows when the smoke is coming in from the outside
- Move the air purifier periodically to new rooms
What is smoke?
Smoke, like dust and pollen, is a term to describe a collection of particles. Particles which are termed to be smoke are materials created as part of combustion or pyrolysis – fire and heat. These particles are solid materials which did not burn completely – when enough of it is produced it becomes visible and it is this visible gas we call smoke.
Unlike dust and pollen, listing all the chemicals in smoke would be almost impossible, but the rule of thumb is that no smoke should be inhaled and all particles can be harmful.
Is smoke harmful?
Smoke is generally harmful to inhale and can lead to coughing and wheezing in the short term and chronic problems with over exposure – this is certainly true of second-hand cigarette smoke.
It is easy for smoke to get into the house and stay in the house despite the best precautions.
What is generally present in smoke are carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide volatile organic compounds (itself a category), carbon, ash and soot – particles which can damage the airways and lungs.
Second hand smoke can linger in the air until it blows away or is inhaled, however third hand smoke is also a danger when it has settled on surfaces. These materials are no safer once they are out of the air and can still be inhaled when they are disturbed or when laying on the surface, such as a cushions, clothing or bed sheets. This is evidenced by clothes which have a cigarette smell long after it has been extinguished.
*Considering an average UK living room of 20m2 (with a height of 2.4m), based on LABC UK data and a CADR of 330.