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Re: air filters

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:08 pm
by mhaxim
bodhi wrote:greetings Turning Blue, welcome to the forum...
here are a couple of links to check for info about air filters and cleaners:


This will enlighten you the same way it does to me. Just follow the requirements they have and breathe with ease.

Re: Air Purifiers.....what's the best for wood smoke?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:05 pm
by Mack
Hi, Ernest do you think the Austin standard Healthmate or Allergy Healthmate with the HEGA and HEPA or the Helathmate Plus filter work pretty well with the wood smoke?

Re: Air Purifiers.....what's the best for wood smoke?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:17 pm
by Wilberforce
Unfortunately I have not personally investigated the claims made by various air cleaner manufacturers, per se.

You know how that is, Mack... company A claims that their product is superior to company B's product (and vice versa) It would be a good project to sleuth out university research on this, or perhaps a hunt through Consumer Reports Magazine or other unbiased investigation.

I can say this: a standard HEPA filter for particulates along with activated charcoal for chemical fumes ought to do the job, at least at a minimum level of satisfaction.

Activated Charcoal: The Wonder Substance

This is interesting: In your kitchen stove hood, there is probably a pull-out wire mesh filter. It might have both large and small grill, or "fabric." I spray this grill with spray on cooking oil. In theory, this can trap VOCs, as they are similar in chemical composition as the oil (hydrocarbon-like).This seems to work when frying foods, so perhaps a larger version might be as effective as a whole-house air cleaner, at least for the nonwater soluble components of smoke?

A caveat: avoid "ion" or other electro-static air cleaners. these generate ozone. While they are effective in trapping ultrafine particulates, they should not be used in enclosed living spaces, for the same reason that ozone generators cannot be used (around people and pets)

I think there is actually an article on the Zeolite over on the main site, but I will have to look for it, (as I am not as familiar of that part of the site as I am The Forum.)