Woman breathing clean airAir Purifiers play an important role in the quality of your home or business’ indoor air. With old and dirty filters, you may begin to suffer symptoms connected to poor air quality, especially if you suffer from severe allergies. Regularly cleaning your air purifier both maximize its lifespan and allows it to function at the best quality possible.

A good air purifier can be costly and is usually a financial investment which means you want to get the most for your money by properly cleaning and taking care of your devices each month and replacing the filters as necessary.

Cleaning Your Air Purifier

Each air purifier has a different process for cleaning, so it is best to check your user manual for instructions on cleaning your specific device. The following steps are a general guide to the best practices when completing this process:

  1. Be sure to wear protective gear when cleaning. Wearing a face mask and gloves helps to keep the pollutants from harming your body, especially if you suffer from allergies.
  2. If someone with severe allergies is nearby, it is best to have them leave the room as some of the particles may be released into the air during the process.
  3. Before you begin to clean, make sure that you unplug your device to avoid any electrical mishaps.
  4. Use a damp cloth or washrag to wipe down the exterior of your purifier.
  5. Use a vacuum with an attachment to thoroughly clean the intake grill – ensuring any dust, dander, or other particles that may have settled there are removed.
  6. Carefully take apart the device, removing both the interior parts and any filters.
  7. As mentioned before, following the device instructions, wash under cold water or vacuum the filter and other parts gently. Avoid applying too much pressure as these parts are fragile and could be damaged during the process.
  8. Before putting the purifier back together, allow the parts enough time to dry completely as this will have an impact on the function of your device, or could facilitate the growth of mold within your device.
  9. Once the filter is completely dry, place it back into your device.

You Can Wash Your Air Purifier Filter.

Over time, filters become backed up with particles such as dust, dander, and pollen. Washing your air purifier is a safe and effective way to keep the air flowing through your home free from these allergens. It is especially important to do so if you or a loved one rely on the quality of clean air due to conditions such as asthma.

You Can Wash Some HEPA Filters.

First, a HEPA filter is a high-efficiency particulate air purifier, meaning it works to trap even smaller particles in your air. These particles still include your typical dust and pet dander, but also includes smaller ones such as mold and bacteria. A HEPA purifier draws air through a very fine filter that catches these particles before they enter the air in your home. However, just like a normal air filter, the more the filter captures, the less it will be able to as time goes on.

While some HEPA filters can be washed with cold water, others might not be washable. Always check your filter’s manual to ensure that it is safe to be washed using water. Those that aren’t washable can still be cleaned using a gentle vacuum to clear any particles from the filter.

You’re now ready to start using your air purifier again.

Air purifiers keep your home or business environment clean and healthy for everyone who comes through. Though cleaning the filter can help to ensure that your devices are functioning at the best quality possible, they are only part of the bigger picture.

It is best to have a professional assess your entire HVAC system on a regular basis. Twin Air in Manassas is here to help with all your heating and air conditioning needs in the Northern Virginia area and can give you the peace of mind in knowing your system is in good working order. Call us at (703) 754-1062 or reach out to us on our website.

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