The HALO-LED is a Smoke and Odour Eliminator
If you live in a wildfire area, wear a mask approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to protect yourself from smoke particles. Consider also wearing goggles and a face shield when cleaning your home.
Air purifiers with a HEPA and carbon filter can help remove smoke odors. They can also reduce the harmful chemicals found in thirdhand smoke.
Smoke particles in your home can cause long-term health issues. They are small and can enter the lungs, which is why it’s important to use an air purifier that filters out these particles. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filters are designed to do just that, as well as remove any other particles in the air like dust, pet dander, or mold spores.
In order to make sure your air purifier will work to remove smoke particles, it needs to have a high quality HEPA filter that can capture the smallest particulates in the air. These are usually 2.5 to 10 microns in size and can enter the bloodstream, causing long-term health issues. A good HEPA filter can reduce the amount of these particles in the air by at least 90%.
HEPA filters capture particles through three mechanisms: diffusion, interception, and impaction. The diffusion method causes particle size reduction through collisions between the particles and the filtered fibers. This type of filter works best for particles that are smaller than 0.3 microns in size. Interception occurs when a particle is unable to avoid the HEPA filter fibers and is forced to embed into them directly. This method is more effective for mid-sized particles, including smoke particles.
Some HEPA filters can even eliminate odors from smoking, but it’s important to look for a model with an activated carbon filter to be sure. Most air purifiers that SMOKE PURIFIER claim to be able to remove gases and odors from the air will have a carbon or charcoal filter. You also want to make sure the air purifier has a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR), which measures how fast the unit can remove contaminants of different sizes from the air.
Cigarette smoke and even wildfire smoke contain harmful chemicals that linger in the air. These harmful chemicals, such as benzene, formaldehyde and arsenic can cause disease and illness in non-smokers. The only way to remove these chemicals and the odour of smoke is to use an air purifier that can effectively adsorb these gases and odours.
Unlike HEPA filters that are comparable to a sieve carbon filters work like a magnet for specific matter (PM). Activated carbon is extremely porous, and when it comes in contact with chemicals, odours, or gasses, they become adsorbed into the surface of the filter. The amount of carbon in the carbon filter determines how well it performs. Typically the higher the carbon content, the better it is for smoke odours.
The speed at which the odour molecules travel through the carbon filter is also important. The longer odor molecules stay in direct contact with the carbon, the more they are adsorbed into it. Often, air purifiers with carbon filters will also state the amount of carbon in them to help you choose the best one for your needs.
When shopping for an air purifier to reduce odours and harmful gasses, look for a model that is equipped with both a HEPA and carbon filter. A combined filter system is more efficient than a separate carbon and HEPA filter. Also, avoid SMOKE PURIFIER models that rely on UV-C sterilization or ozone generation to remove odours and harmful gasses. Both of these methods can actually increase VOC levels in the air, and ozone has been shown to be a lung irritant.
The UV filter destroys bacteria and viruses in the air by sterilizing them with rays of ultraviolet light. It does this without actually removing the particles from your environment, which is why it’s best used in conjunction with a pleated HEPA air filter as a supplement rather than as a main form of filtration. It also works best with high-quality filters and a powerful motor that moves the air around the room fast enough to expose contaminants to UV for the extended contact time needed to sterilize them.
It’s important to know that regular exposure to second hand smoke contains thousands of chemicals, hundreds of which are harmful to our health. These chemicals can irritate and damage our lungs and respiratory system, and can lead to more serious conditions like heart disease and cancer. That’s why it’s vital to have a high quality smoke eater air purifier in your home or office.
The LEVOIT Smoke Eater Air Cleaner is one of the best-rated air purifiers for cigarette and cigar smoke and wildfire smoke, as well as other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It has three levels of filtration that remove smoke, odors, and VOCs in large spaces up to 1,500 square feet. The advanced filtration system includes 360-degree filtration, a MERV 11 filter media that’s been treated with GOLDSHIELD antimicrobial nanotechnology, and a photocatalytic UV light for germ and pathogen control.
The HALO-LED is an in-duct, whole home air purification system that works proactively to reduce airborne and surface contaminants through bi-polar ionization and revolutionary, patent pending REME-LED technology. It is mercury free, zero ozone compliant and features a washable catalyst that lasts the lifetime of the device. It safely disinfects ceiling space with a commercial grade UVC light (254nm) and then circulates sanitized air. The HALO-LED also features a hybrid, energy efficient 145Watt programmable LED high bay lighting. The LEDs are rated to last over 2.5 times longer than traditional linear fixtures. This is the only LED high bay with an integrated air filtration system.