A high-quality air purifier is one of the best investments especially if you are looking to maintain a clean and healthy indoor environment. Knowing how air purifiers work is the key to getting the best out of your investment as high-quality air purifiers do not come cheap. However, you need to do some work in order for the air purifier to function effectively. With proper care and maintenance, your air purifier would be able to work for a long time. Unlike the early generations of air purifiers, most modern-day and top-of-the-line air purifiers in the market are much easier to clean and maintain.
Why is Cleaning Important?
It is normal for an air purifier filter to be clogged over time due to the frequent operation and it can cause resistance to the machine’s airflow. The amount of debris that an air filter can hold before it becomes too much for it to handle is determined by its efficiency rating. As the air filter becomes clogged, the air purifier will need to work harder than normal.
If the air purifier works harder than usual, it puts a lot of strain on the system, which reduces the air purifier’s lifespan. It also contributes to the increase of power consumption, which also increases the total cost of ownership. Additionally, when air purifier filters become clogged, they trap lesser air contaminants and tend to absorb fewer odors.
The frequency of filter replacement will depend on the type of filter that the air purifier has and the environment where the machine is located. As a general rule of thumb, the majority of air purifiers will need filter replacement every three to six months. However, it is best that you follow the specified schedule of replacement on the manufacturer’s manual.
How to Clean an Air Filter
Cleaning an air purifier filter can be time-consuming. Having the right tools for the job can make things a lot easier. This section of the article will guide you on how to properly clean air purifier filters.
- Make sure that you turn off and unplug the air purifier before cleaning.
- You can make use of a soft, damp cloth to clean the exterior of the air purifier.
- You can also use a small, soft brush to clean the top air vent.
- If you want to clean the internal part of the air purifier, you need to remove the filters first and clean the inside using a dry, soft cloth.
- Do not wash carbon or HEPA filters!
- Always remember that you need to make sure that main housing of the air purifier is free from any moisture.
Pre-filters need proper cleaning and maintenance. Here are some of the steps on how to clean a pre-filter:
- Turn off and unplug the purifier before cleaning the pre-filter.
- You need to check the condition of the washable foam pre-filter every 2-3 weeks.
- You need to do a physical check on the pre-filter by opening the air purifier’s front door and removing the pre-filter frame.
- In the event that you notice any signs of dust, lint or accumulation of particles on the pre-filter, you will need to wash it using warm, soapy water. The pre-filter needs to be washed at least once a month, or more often as necessary. You will need to have the pre-filter replaced in the event that it already is worn or damaged. Do not wash the pre-filter in an automatic wash. Gentle hand wash is only recommended.
Here’s how you can clean a permanent filter. As the name implies, permanent filters do not need any replacement. Nonetheless, you need to clean and maintain permanent filters for optimal performance. If the air purifier comes with filter clean indicator, it will alert you if the filter already needs some cleaning. Follow the steps below on how to clean a permanent air filter:
- Make sure to turn off and unplug the machine before doing any cleanup.
- Simply pull on the tab in order to remove the air inlet grill.
- You will need to remove and check the foam pre-filter.
- If it has already accumulated dust or lint over time, remove the accumulated particles using warm, soapy water. Before placing it back into the grill inlet, make sure that you have rinsed and drip it dry.
- You need to check the condition of the permanent filter and if found dirty, you can have it removed from the machine.
- Using a vacuum cleaner, you can clean the filter by running the brush attachment along both sides of the permanent filter and make sure to clean between the pleated layers. Remember that you should not wash the permanent filter using water, detergents or any household cleaners.
- If there any discolorations on the filter, even after vacuuming, you do not need to worry as it is pretty normal and does not affect the filter’s performance whatsoever.
According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), 90 percent of American spends most of their time indoors. Children and the elderly are the ones most susceptible to the dangers brought about by airborne contaminants. By simply following the simple steps above on how to effectively your air purifier filter can help you make the best out of your air purifier investment.