As your air purifier works to remove dust, allergens and other contaminants from the air, it will eventually overflow with these pollutants. Therefore, to ensure your air purification system functions optimally, you must clean and change filters regularly.
This guide discusses how to clean an air purifier, as well as how often you should clean it.
How Do I Deep Clean My Air Purifier?
So, what happens if you don’t clean your air purifier?
If you want your air purifier to do the best job possible, then you must clean it thoroughly. This includes cleaning or changing filters as well as washing exterior vents and various surfaces both inside and outside the purifier.
How Do I Know if My Air Purifier Filter is Dirty?
First, take a look at the filter. If it appears grey or black with dust and debris, then it’s time for cleaning or a change depending on the type of filter.
Another sign that your air purifier filter is dirty is the reduced efficiency of the purifier. As a filter becomes more clogged with dust and other particles, the appliance has to work harder to promote airflow.
How to Clean an Air Purifier Filter
If your air purifier has a washable or permanent filter, then the steps to clean it are fairly simple. Please keep in mind, though, that this filter is full of allergens, irritants and toxins. Inhaling a concentrated amount of these pollutants at once could be extremely detrimental to your airways and health. Therefore, you must wear special PPE to clean the air filter.
Follow the steps below to safely clean your air filter:
- Unplug the air purifier and place it in a well-ventilated area, ideally outside or near a kitchen fan or window.
- Wear a mask and gloves and open the filter compartment.
- If the filter can be removed, wash it with warm water and leave it out to dry per the manual’s instructions.
- While your filter is drying, wipe out the internal filter compartment with a damp cloth and dry with a paper towel.
- Similarly, wash the front grill of your air purifier and wipe down the whole unit.
- Use a dry bristle brush to remove dust and debris from the air outlet and intake vents to remove any debris that might be obstructing airflow.
- Return your dry filter to the unit, discard your mask and gloves and plug the air purifier back in.
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How Often Do You Change a HEPA Filter in an Air Purifier?
If your air purifier uses disposable filters, then you should know when to change them for the best air quality and efficiency possible. How long each filter lasts depends on the size and model; therefore, it’s best to refer to your air purifier’s instruction manual. Generally, though, HEPA filters should be changed out every 6-12 months.
How to Clean a Non-Washable HEPA Filter
Are you stuck with a non-washable HEPA filter but want to reduce waste? There are a few ways you can keep this type of filter clean without getting it wet.
For instance, you can wipe it down with a dry cloth or brush to remove dust and debris. Or, use your vacuum to remove dirt, dust and other particles.
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