Proactive Air Purifier Maintenance Tips

How do you make an air purifier last and work well? We'll explain. Read about how often to clean different air purifiers and change their filters.

How to Make Your Air Purifier Work Better and Last Longer

If you want to be certain that your air purifier lasts for an extended period, then you should pay attention to maintenance tips offered.

All it needs is upkeep and proper care to ensure the air cleaning system in your home works efficiently.

Come to think about it, some of the top brands work tirelessly to capture airborne bacteria and germs while simultaneously removing smoke, pollen, and pet dander.

This type of air purifier usually does not require filters. However, periodic maintenance will do wonders to ensure it operates effectively.

Why Proactive Maintenance Is Best

Most of the high-quality purifiers need to be cleaned monthly or when the fault light is lit. One should unplug the unit from the wall and let it rest for a minute so the internal blades can stop turning.

You can access the blades by pulling the release latch of the collection blade unit. From here you may pull the latch out to get the main door open. From here you can touch one of the blades and ensure it is next to a metal faucet to ensure the electrical charge is discharged. Then, it is merely a case of wiping the dirt away on the blades using a damp sponge or rag.

The blades should be allowed to dry thoroughly before re-inserting it into the base of the air purifier. To be secure, let the blades dry for at least three hours to prevent moisture from damaging the motor.

How to Maintain Electrostatic Air Purifiers

These are usually very easy to maintain. Wash the plates at least once a week. To do this, you would either dip the plates into the bathtub or sink or place these in a dishwasher.

The reason for having to clean these regularly is that the electrostatic air cleaners pull air into the unit only to pass it through an electrostatic field where it would trap dirty particles onto the plates. In time due to a buildup of air pollutants, the efficiency of your purifier starts to diminish.

How to Maintain Air Purifiers Equipped with Pre-filters, Carbon, and HEPA Filters

Among the most popular units, these days are air cleaners that utilize filters to purify the air.

Brands that make use of pre-filters are a lot easier to maintain as these can just be washed or replaced at minimal cost, depending on the model you bought. The weave of this filter is a lot looser than that of a HEPA filter and is, therefore, easier to clean.

HEPA filters, on the other hand, are made to attract the tiniest of pollutants and trap these permanently. Due to their superior air-purifying abilities, HEPA filters are costly to replace. Some of the more sophisticated brands feature filter monitoring systems that notify a person when it's time to change the filter.

Carbon filters that consist of activated carbon would trap or absorb odors and chemicals from the air. These come in a variety of thicknesses and densities. The bigger these filters are, the better it will work in cleaning the air around you. In time, the carbon filters.

It 'doesn't matter how big or small your carbon filter is, you need to maintain it. What we need to remember is that an air purifier that makes use of a carbon filter must be changed more often than other filter operated units. It would depend on how regularly you run your purifier and the conditions of your indoor environment. Tobacco smoke tends to saturate a carbon filter a lot quicker than other air pollutants.

How to Maintain External Surfaces

It is suggested that while you are busy cleaning the blades or plates of your air cleaner that you take care of the external surfaces too.

All you need to do is mix five ounces of water with an ounce of detergent then apply this mixture to the outside of your purifier using a damp sponge. Ensure no water trickle into the machine while cleaning as it will most likely result in damage to the components on the inside. Allow the entire air cleaner to dry for 24 hours before switching it on.

Your air purifiers only require minimal maintenance. Some of the best brands that feature carbon filters do an excellent job at eliminating odors and chemicals from your indoor area.

Resources— Hunker, Sylvane, HVAC