So – we have good news and better news: If you own an air purifier with a true HEPA filter, then you have one of the best, most efficient air purifiers for your apartment, house, office or dorm room. That’s the good news. The better news is that the HEPA filter in your air purifier can be easily cleaned, so you don’t have to spend any extra money to ensure that you always have the cleanest and healthiest air for yourself and your family.
Before you start, you will need to know which type of HEPA air filter you have. Check your owner’s manual (or do an online search if you don’t have a manual ) to see if you have a washable filter or one that needs to be “dry cleaned”. This is extremely important because if you try to wash a “dry” or “permanent” filter, then you will ruin it have to buy another one. And they can be very pricey. HEPA based products work extremely well for removing smoke smell and dust among others.Next, before you clean any of your appliances with HEPA filters, disconnect the unit from the power source, remove all batteries, and make sure all switches are tuned to “off”. If you can, move the unit outside before you remove any parts (there may be chunks of nasty stuff, and there certainly will be dust). If you are not sure how to find, remove, or re-install your HEPA filter, double check with your manual. This is not the time for an expensive “oops”.
Now that you’ve cleaned HEPA air filters on your air purifier, you are probably thinking, “Great – now all that smoke and dust and all those allergens are on the HEPA filter in my vacuum cleaner. Can I change the HEPA filter on my vacuum?” Yes, you can. But this is a job that definitely should be done outsideif at all possible. Otherwise, you will just be sending all those pollutants and allergens back into your home. If you cannot do the entire cleaning process outside, at least take your vacuum outside – on the balcony or even in the hallway outside your apartment. Disassemble the unit and remove the HEPA air filter away from the room or area that you are trying to keep clean.
Yes, if the manufacturer says that you can.
No. Vacuum it instead.
No. Let it dry completely. If you put a wet or damp HEPA filter back in your air purifier, it might grow mold which could endanger your family’s health.
Of course. In some situations – like if you have smoke from wildfires, second-hand tobacco smoke, or just poor indoor air quality – you will want to clean your filters more often.
Yes – but try to do it outside. At the very least, disassemble it outside.
I your air purifier has a “change the filter” reminder feature, reset it each time you clean your HEPA filter.
If you are in a construction zone, are having issues because of environmental conditions or wildfires, or you have a smoker in the house, feel free to clean your HEPA air filter more often. You will have healthier air and a healthier family.
Personally, I have always been fascinated with home items. I’ve learned long ago that when buying these products, there needs to be a balance between functionality and creativity. Otherwise, they get old and boring, and I don’t get to use them as much.