How To Clean and Replace Your Air Purifier Filter

Having weighed the pros and cons of owning an air purifier, you’ve finally decided to invest in one. You’ve enjoyed putting it to use and all shall be well. Except, you’ve also forgotten that air purifiers – like all electrical appliances – need proper care and maintenance to last long enough.

Unlike most electrical appliances, though, maintenance of air purifiers is not simply down to proper usage and simple maintenance. While certain filters in air purifiers need occasional cleaning to keep them safe for use, the vast majority require regular change. Thus the cost of owning and maintaining an air purifier outweighs the cost of just purchasing one.

To Clean or to Replace?

Whether you’d clean or replace a filter in your unit would depend on the type of filter and the manufacturer of the unit. HEPA filters must be replaced not cleaned. HEPA filters will remain effective, purifying your air, until they reach the point of no return where they must be changed to have any use.

Carbon filters are less rigid. They should be changed more frequently than other filters; while some models allow removal and cleaning – this is also true of other filter types present in air purifiers. If your air purifier is fitted with a “pre-filter”, cleaning not replacement is necessary.

When do I Clean or Replace my Filters?

Most air purifiers come pre-fitted with a filter indicator. This indicator tells you if and when a filter within the unit requires cleaning or replacement. Some air purifiers also indicate how long you have used your filter and how long you can continue to do so until replacement. HEPA filters are to be replaced after 12 – 18 months of usage. As a rule of thumb, replace other permanent filters every 3 – 6 months, depending on usage.

Tips to Keep in Mind about Cleaning or Replacing a Filter

  • Make sure the unit is turned off and unplugged from a power source.
  • Pre-filters made from foam can be washed using warm, soapy water and should be washed every 30 days at the most.
  • HEPA filters are not to be washed. Carbon filters mostly are not to be washed either, but this might vary by manufacturer.
  • All reusable filters and component parts of an air purifier unit should be thoroughly dried (without using an automatic dryer) before they are returned to the unit.
  • Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instruction on timing and procedure of cleaning and/or replacement.

Finding the Right Replacement Filter for Your Air Purifier

The market is littered with generic replacement filters that can seemingly fit into any brand. While some of these may be good enough for your brand, it is always best to ensure that your replacement is compatible with your unit. For the most part, your brand will have replacements available. On the other hand, having your air purifier model number handy will help you shop for compatible replacements.

Maintaining an air purifier as it should be can be expensive. Still, if you want your air purifier to function properly for as long as it lasts, it is a cost you would have to put up with. Cleaning on time and replacing as due can save you from health hazards and protect you from the expensive replacement of a full unit.

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Key Benefits of Using an Air Purifier in Your Kitchen

The increasing presence of pollutants and contaminants in the air have led to an increased pursuit of solutions. Every day we get exposed to organic pollutants, toxins and carcinogens which could build up to become damaging to your health.

Recent research has shown that despite all of the pollution risk faced outside the home, the kitchen could have even worse air pollution than any city center. Indeed, indoor air pollution can be thrice as noxious as high traffic areas. Gas cookers have been seen to produce toxic levels of carbon dioxide, with air fresheners contributing their quota to air pollution within the kitchen.

With the use of air purifiers, some of these pollutants and air microbes can be removed; cleansing the air for your consumption. There are many benefits that make having an air purifier in the home and in your kitchen a no-brainer.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters

Every air purifier is fitted with HEPA filters that help clean the air around. These filters attack and get rid of air impurities and contaminants. HEPA filters can remove dust particles (dust, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, etc.) bigger than the standard 0.3 microns, up to 99.9%. It thus renders the air dust free.

Health Considerations

Air purifiers come with a number of health benefits. Studies have shown that indoor air pollutants account for (cause or worsen) about half of all major health issues. Air purifiers work at removing most of the airborne particles within an environment. As a result, air purifiers help prevent problems such as allergies to air particles – which may be indicated through eye and nose irritations, headaches, and asthma among others.

Odors

No one likes odors. An odorous room or building repels individuals and might pose minor health concerns to others. Spices, curry and onions carry strong odors that can last long after you are done cooking. If you desire your kitchen to smell fresh, without the risks associated with air fresheners you might consider an air purifier. Air purifiers contain ozone purifiers. These ozone purifiers expel medicinal odors, residual smoke (cigarette or other), cooking odors (onions, spices, vegetables, etc.) and any other odors present. Some air purifiers are specially equipped to tackle stale home odors.

Bacteria

There is no shortage of bacteria in every household. Sneezing and coughing spreads bacteria in the air, and the warm, humid nature of certain areas in the home breeds bacteria and can cause serious maladies. Kitchen with all of the food it houses also has the potential of housing more bacteria than other parts of the home. Ionic air purifiers with UV-C sanitizers use electrostatic purification to remove allergens, unfriendly odors, irritants and dust. With an ozone power of (03) < 0.05ppm, UV-C sanitizers are effective at removing allergy causing pollutants in the air.

Not all air purifiers are ideal for your needs. While some are better at breaking down residual smoke, gasses and odors in the air; others are much better in handling allergy-causing particles; others tackle toxic gasses and chemicals that could cause lung cancer; and so on. Be sure what your target is and be sure that your air purifier can actually achieve that target. Most importantly, before purchasing an air purifier make sure your kitchen and home have been assessed by an air quality specialist.

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Ways To Make Sure Your Air Purifier is Working Properly

 

Air purifiers are especially useful in preventing respiratory illnesses and allergy attacks, while ensuring your home is free from bad odors. They are great in elimination of mold, dirt, dust mites and any other harmful allergens. However, you cannot just purchase an air purifier and expect it to perform wonders. There are things you must do to get the best of your air purifier.

Site Air Purifiers Properly

To get the best out of your air purifier, it should be placed in the right position – not too low or too high so it can be effective. The air purifier should be placed in such a way that clean air flows in a direction you would feel it best. This would be possible if you make sure that the air purifier has reasonable feet of clearance on the front, top and sides so air can circulate properly.

Use a Filter Indicator

An air purifier with a filter indicator light is invaluable! Over time, air purifiers lose their ability to purify the air and remove air contaminants as the filters get older. Filter indicators measure the performance of air purifiers, so you would know when the filter should be replaced. When the filter indicator is on, it only tells you that the air purifier is not working as it should.

Regularly Inspect your Filter System – Manually

While filter indicators are great, you cannot totally rely on them as there is a slim chance it could give a false read. It is therefore important to conduct manual checks of your filter from time to time especially if you suspect the air purifier may not be working as it should. If an air filter is working properly, you would definitely find debris, dust or hair inside, but the dirt should not be enough to clog it up. If you notice the filter is dirty, you may need to replace it. Remember too, this only works for HEPA purifiers. Carbon filters do not show outward aging signs.

Avoid Extreme Temperature Environments

Extreme temperatures can restrict the flow of air and strain an air purifier, affecting its capacity. Ensure you avoid very hot or cold temperatures to ensure your purifier functions to its full potential.

Manage Your Pets

If you have pets at home, it would be ideal to restrict them to certain areas at home or keep them outside if possible. This will minimize the presence of allergens in the home and increase the efficiency of your air purifier – and your indoor air!

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Household Items That Cause Indoor Air Pollution

While it is common knowledge that second-hand smoke, molds and radon gas impair the quality of air indoors, there are other sources of air pollution indoors that are not as obvious. Findings from the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. This is especially harmful to those who spend more time at home than out of it. There are a number of these indoor pollutants that are more commonly known than others and here, we take a look at a few sources of indoor pollution.

New Carpet

As much as the smell of a new carpet may feel okay, it is actually emitting dangerous volatile organic compounds including benzene, ethylbenzene, bromine, acetone, styrene, toluene, and formaldehyde. Regular exposure to these organic chemicals has been to cause eye irritation, headaches, drowsiness, allergies, and throat irritation.

Paints

Homes coated in old paints could cause damage to the brain and lungs. Some individuals may still live in older homes coated in lead paints which have been banned since the late 1970s. Even after decades of using a lead to coat a room, it could still be toxic. As the paint pills off into chips, these chips break down into microscopic pieces that become a part of the dust you breathe. Newer paints can also be harmful as many of them contain hazardous volatile organic compounds and can emit these chemicals for even months after the room is coated.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are great for covering up bad indoor odors. However, they could actually worsen the quality of indoor air by emitting toxic pollutants that are harmful to the health. Phthalates – especially harmful to children and newborns, are used to support the fragrance of many air fresheners. They contain endocrine disruptors, could hamper the development of male sex organs and lead to the abnormal development of the male genitalia.

Ozone Generators

In a bid to clean up indoor air and improve the quality of breathable air, ozone generators have been produced to get rid of toxins. However, some of these devices contain large concentrations of ozone – a potent lung irritant. While the smell of ozone could feel sweet and pleasant, routine exposure to it has been linked to the aggravation of chronic lung diseases like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Liver Disease (COPD).

Kitchen Stove

A gas stove is a very important item in the kitchen and you do not necessarily have to get rid of it. However, they emit nitrogen dioxide – a highly reactive gas that creates toxic organic nitrates when mixed with air. This could lead to irritation of the lungs, increasing the body’s susceptibility to respiratory infections.

This could be even worse when gas stoves are used in a poorly ventilated kitchen. Ensure the kitchen is well ventilated during and after cooking – a ventilation fan of high quality would be ideal. Where a ventilation fan is not available, try to cook close to open window to improve the quality of air in the kitchen – and indoors!

 

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Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Grill Clean

Grilling involves the application of dry heat from above or below to the surface of food for cooking purposes. Grilling is more of a skill; therefore, to be a great griller, an individual must be great in the techniques involved in the art of cooking. However, grill maintenance must not be ignored as it is a big part of the techniques involved in becoming a great griller. There are a few steps to follow in order to avoid common mistakes individuals make when their grill is all but fired up.

Clean the Grill Up

A dirty grill could cause your food to have a bad flavor as there could be uncontrolled smoke flaring up from it. It is very important to clean up your grill – this you can achieve when you take out the burner covers and grates at least every six months, clean them, clean up food, ash deposits and excess gunk that may have gotten in there. It is also a great idea to turn the grill up high for 10-15 minutes every week to burn off excess gunk.

Keep Your Grill Covered

Most grill brands make their covers which you would have to buy separately and it is important to use a grill cover when a grill is not in use. This protects your grill from elements that could lead to rusting and accumulation of dirt on your grill.

Check for Propane Leaks

With the propane turned on, run soapy water along the gas connections and lines. If you notice bubbles form, there is a leak and the connection would need to be tightened or you replace the line. This should be done monthly.

Prevent Food from sticking

To avoid doing much hard cleaning job after cooking, apply high smoking temperature oil such as peanut oil lightly before you turn the grill on. This would prevent food from sticking to the grill.

Clean off rust Surfaces

A fine steel wool pad would help you remove rust on the exterior of your grill. Once you are done with this mild cleaning, spray the rust area with grill paint.

Storage

Ensure you store your grill at least 10 feet away from your apartment, far away from any contact with flammable materials. Also store the grill propane tanks outside under shelter from sunlight.

Inspect the Venturi Tubes

The venturi tubes feed the burners by allowing for mixing of air and gas. In order for these tubes to function properly, they must be clear, free from spiders and other insects that could cause blockage. Clean it up using clean and soapy water, using a wire brush to clean the holes. This would prevent fire hazards.

Care of the Surfaces

Different brands make their grill using different materials. Porcelain-coated still lids are fragile and must be clean with mild dishwashing soap, while stainless-steel lids should be cleaned with hot soapy water. Knowledge of the type of grill surface is important for its cleaning – always consult the owner’s manual.

Check the Pressure Regulators

Has your ignition system stopped producing a spark? Ensure the pressure regulators are tight on the tank, then try lighting your grill up manually. If it lights up, check the ignition batteries and clean or replace the electrodes. There are directions on the owner’s manual to guide you through the process.

Inspect the Heat Tents or Flame Tamers

The flame tamers directly cover the grill burners. Keep them clean by using a wire brush and avoid applying oil on flame tamers after the cleaning process.

 

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The Top 5 Reasons Why You Need An Air Purifier

7 Million deaths are recorded annually due to air pollution, according to the World Health Organisation. This is a shocking figure, but what you might not know is that it’s the air in your home and office that puts your health at the most risk. Read through to find out how an affordable counter measure like an air purifier can change that…

Prevent Air Pollution in Your Home

We work hard to keep our homes clean and as dust free as possible. The problem is that air pollutants are invisible to the naked eye and come from the very sources we use to keep our houses sanitised. Carpeting and varnishes contain ingredients like formaldehyde and benzene and long term exposure to these can cause anaemia and cancer. The average cleaning product contains around 62 toxic chemicals which linger in the air, making an air purifier a must-have.

Protect Your Children from Allergies

Air pollution has the potential to cause allergies and asthma in young children. Children don’t have fully developed immune systems and their bodies can’t protect them from pollutants and allergens like pet dander, second-hand smoke, mould spores, dust mites and pollen. Air purifiers can destroy particulates that come through windows; up from foundations or which cling to smoker’s clothes. It will also reduce mould spores and dust mites that collect in hard to get at nooks in the house.

Keep Illnesses Away

Like children, people who are ill have weaker immune systems which can be compromised by being exposed to chemicals and allergens. Air purifiers will help sick members of the family sleep better and clean air will aid recovery. People who suffer from chronic bronchitis and diseases such as emphysema, who have sensitive airways and difficulty breathing, will be able to breathe easier and avoid exacerbating their condition.

Sleep Easier with Clean Air

Air purifiers can give you a better nights’ sleep. The unobtrusive machine will freshen the stuffy air and reduce bad odours, giving you a better quality of sleep. It will also capture pollen and dust that congests your sinuses and makes you snore – if you have a partner, you will both wake up feeling more refreshed after a snore free night of sleep!

Beat Viruses in The Work Place

Germs and viruses proliferate in our places of work. Airborne virus particles mean that when one person catches the flu, it’s likely the whole office will also come down with it. This is because offices are closed environments – windows are kept shut and air cooling systems circulate the air and viruses around the tight space. Over the course of their life, the average employee will spend 57% of their waking hours at the office and will be bombarded daily by micro-organisms in the air. To help employees manage their health, stress levels and productivity, businesses need to improve the quality of office air with air purifiers.

Introducing air purifiers where you live and work will boost your day-to-day health, as well as safe guarding your long-term health. All air purifiers are environmentally friendly and will purify contaminated air. 

 

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HOW TO GET CLEAN AIR FOR YOUR NURSERY

Indoor air quality for adults is very important as polluted air could lead to cancer. Babies are even more susceptible to air pollution than adults. It is important to note here that babies could even spend more time in the nursery than at home on most days so it is necessary to give this some serious thought. Indoor plants add color and life to a baby nursery and they also act as natural air filters to keep air pollution to the barest minimum. The plants have to be in a safe place, though so it will not fall on the child especially those who are still crawling. Here we take a look at plants and cleaning products that could be of help to get a cleaner, fresher nursery.

Warneck Dracaena

This plant grows really well at room temperatures. It could be a great source of clean, fresh oxygen for your babies in the nursery.

Organic Crib Mattresses

Since the babies spend most of their time on the laid mattresses, it is only appropriate to get an organic crib sheet that will allow for proper air flow for babies in your nursery.

Spider Plant

This is a great plant especially for beginners. It looks great for a baby nursery and works well under room temperature. You could easily place the plant in a hanging basket to provide ta fanciful, stylish look. Keep the soil slightly moist to avoid Brown leaf tips which is common to spider plants. Also avoid using fluoridated water on the plant.

Air Purifier

Air circulation in the nursery must be taken seriously too. In fact, it should be given paramount concern because if air does not circulate properly, there would be an accumulation of poisoned, unwanted air in the nursery. The use of recommended air filters can achieve this aim – removing dust, toxins, allergens and any other unwanted gases from circulation in the indoor air of the babies.

You can go to Renaud Air and get the exact air purifier that fits your nursery.

The importance of clean, fresh air for babies is primarily for the development of their lungs which are not fully developed at birth. Babies breathe an average of 30-60 times every minute, which surpasses the breathing rate of adults by far. This means they inhale a greater quantity of air during this period. When your babies take in quality air, you do too and you all can really live a long, happy life.

 

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