When you or someone else smoke inside your house, all members of your family, have an increased passive exposure to second-hand smoke as well as third-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is the smoke that the smoker exhale as well as the smoke that comes from the burning end of the cigarette.
Third-hand smoke is the toxic particles that settle on the surfaces in your home. These particles can stay in your home for days. Exposure to these smoke particles can pose serious health risks to you and non-smoking members of your family, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory diseases.
A cigarette smoke particle is typically anything from 0.3 – 0.5 microns big. Since these particles are small, they are easy to inhale and difficult to remove from the inside of your house. Opening doors and windows may not be sufficient, especially if there is poor indoor ventilation.
The most effective way to rid your home’s interior from cigarette, cigar or wildfire smoke is with an air filter removal machine. This machine works as an air filter for smoke. There are many different types of air purifiers, and not all of them will work well to clear your home of smoke.
In this article we take an in-depth look at the best air purifiers for smokers. Based on real world testing I’ve compiled a list of the 8 Best Air Purifiers For Smoke. In my review I’ve focused on all the pros and cons listing the specific products technology, dimensions, weight, coverage area, particle filtration, sound, energy efficiency and price. I've reviewed 5 higher end products and 3 products priced less then $ 100.
Keep reading to learn more about the top rated smoke filtering systems and make the best purchase for an air purifier for smoke.
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Based on real world testing combined with customer feedback, we've listed the best of the best air purifiers for cigarette smoke removal.
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The Winix air purifiers feature a 3-stage filtration system that operates at a molecular level. This sophisticated filtration system consists of a True HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns. This system also includes an activated and deodorized carbon filter to eliminate lingering smells from cigarette smoke, ashtrays, and cooking. The activated carbon filter is washable and has a long lifespan.
In addition to the activated carbon filter and True HEPA filter, the Winix features PlasmaWave technology that breaks down odors and chemical vapors, making this product one of the most effective in reducing the effects of smoking in your home.
The Winix can purify a room with a size of up 360 square feet and is perfect for use in bedrooms. This air purifier has smart sensors that adjust the fan speed in accordance with the quality level of the air. It also has a sleep mode for operation at low volumes. The LED auto dim feature allows you to sleep without being disturbed by the unit’s lighting. If you want an air filter for cigarette smoke this product is the best option available.
The four fan speeds allow you to control how fast the air circulates through the filtration system. Lower fan speeds are more suitable for long-term or night time air circulation. When it is time for a filter replacement, the control panel will display an LED alert to let you know. You can expect to replace the activated carbon filter once every six months and the True HEPA filter once a year.
Apart from smoke particles, the Winic will also cleanse your indoor air from pet dander, pollen, and other allergens. The pre-filter will also capture larger pollutants such as dust and pet hair. All in all its a great air filter for direct and second hand smoke removal.
The Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier measures 15 x 8.2 x 23.6 inches and weighs 15.4 pounds. It will clean an area up to 360 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns. It has a sleep mode setting for quiet nighttime operation - otherwise it operates at a quiet 27.8 dB (decibels). It is Energy Star certified, and uses 70 watts of power.It requires Lithium Polymer batteries which come with the unit. It will remove smoke, smoke particles and household odors from your home and will also cleanse your indoor air of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, VOC’s and other allergens. The pre-filter will also capture larger pollutants such as dust and pet hair.
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The Honeywell air purifier features high-end SurroundSeal technology that minimizes air leaks and optimizes its performance.
The 3-level air cleaning system makes the Honeywell the perfect purifier of smoke particles. This system consists of a True HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of microscopic allergens that include airborne smoke particles bigger than 0.3 microns. Apart from tobacco smoke particles, you can also use this model for removing pollen, pet dander, and dust from your home.
This product also has an activated carbon pre-filter to reduce tobacco odors and capture larger airborne particles such as pet fur. You have to replace this pre-filter once every three months, especially if you use the Honeywell every day. Replacing the filter doesn’t require any tools, and an LED light alert will remind you when it is time for a replacement.
The fan has three speed settings. At the highest setting, the purifier can circulate most of the air in a 390 square feet room up to five times per hour. The lower fan speed settings are ideal for continuous and silent air purification around the clock.
The Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier measures 8.00 x 18.00 x 19.00 inches and weighs 21 pounds. It will clean an area up to 390 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns. It is not quiet. It cycles 5 times an hour in a large room, 12 times an hour in a medium room and up to 25 times an hour in a small room. It has 365 degree intake for efficient filtering. It will remove smoke, smoke particles and household odors from your home and will also cleanse your indoor air of pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria and some viruses , VOC’s and other allergens.
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This Quietclean is an oscillating air purifier that draws in polluted air from all around the room. It has a 3-step filtration system that removes up to 99% of allergens with a size of 2 microns or larger. The pre-filter captures larger pollutants such as pet hair
The permanent HEPA filters are washable, so you don’t have to buy and replace filters. Since you don't have to buy new filters, it reduces the long-term costs of the unit. An indicator will tell you when to wash the filters.
You won’t only save on filters, but also on utilities, as the Quietclean is Energy Star-certified. As you may deduct from the name, the Quietclean operates at quiet levels, which makes it suitable for bedroom air purification.
This unit can circulate all the air in a room up to five times per hour and covers a room size of around 170 square meters. In a room with a floor size of 300 square feet, the Quietclean will circulate the air up to 2.75 times.
When it comes to longevity, this model from Honeywell outperforms all the others in this list. You will be able to run this fan on the highest speed every day for many years without running into any issues.
The Quietclean does, however, have a few issues when it comes to removing smoke particles. For optimal smoke removal, you need a True HEPA filter. Although this model has a HEPA-type filter, it only removes particles that are bigger than 2 microns. Smoke particles are significantly smaller.
Honeywell HFD-120-Q QuietClean Air Purifier measures 28.7 x 11.2 x 10 inches and weighs 16.85 pounds. It will clean an area up to 170 square feet. It removes 99% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.2 microns. It is very quiet. It is Energy Star certified and cycles up to 5 times an hour in a 170 sq. ft room. It will cycle less frequently in a larger room. It will remove tobacco smoke odors household odors from the air and will capture allergens including dust, pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke and mold spores. It will not remove cigarette residue particles.
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This high-end air purifier from GermGuardian has all the features you need to clean your home’s interior from smoke particles.
These features include a True HEPA filter that received an antimicrobial treatment to protect its filters against mold growth. This filter can remove 99.97% of all smoke particles bigger than 0.3 microns from the room. The filtration system also includes an activated charcoal filter to eliminate odors of tobacco smoke.
The filtration system takes care of larger particles as well. These include things like pet fur and dust.
The GermGuardian doesn’t only protect your room from smoke particles. You can choose to add a UV-C light that works in combination with titanium dioxide to eliminate airborne microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores.
This model from GermGuardian is CADR-rated and Energy Star-certified to ensure maximum energy efficiency and low running costs. In a room with a size of 153 square feet, this air purifier will circulate all the air in the room up to 4 times per hour.
The GermGuardian is one of the most user-friendly models on this list. It is lightweight and portable, and the electronic controls are easy to use. Its maintenance requirements consist of a filter replacement once every six to eight months. A filter change indicator will alert you when it is time to do so.
This air purifier offers three fan speeds with the lowest one being completely quiet. You can leave the unit running throughout the night without experiencing any disturbances. The sleek design looks great with any interior style. This makes it great value for money.
The GermGuardian is22 x 6.83 x 8.88 inches and weighs 9.45pounds. It will clean an area up to 135 square feet. It removes 99.97% of contaminates in the room, down to 0.3 microns. It comes with a carrying handle for easy transportation from room to room. It operates very quietly – almost silently at the lowest speed. It is Energy Star certified, uses 55 watts of power and cycles up to 4 times an hour. It will remove odors from smoking, cooking and pets, and reduces airborne microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores. Clean Air CADR (clean air delivery rate) of 100 or more.