It is sad, but true. This air we breathe is dirty, and getting dirtier. The air we even breathe in our homes may be dangerous to our health. It’s been estimated that in the average American home, the air inside is at least 5 times more polluted than the outside air. Even in the most metropolitan location!
The solution? Using an air purifier to eliminate impurities, and deliver fresh air into the home is a perfect solution for proactively lowering your risk plus exposure to interior air pollution. However, after some use these air purifiers themselves can become dirty, and this may also pose problems of their own, defeating the purpose of why you bought one in the first place. They need to be cleaned. But how? Follow these simple steps.
Guideline on how to clean air purifier.
First thing first. Before cleaning your air purifier, you should ensure you have the right equipment with you Next, Consider perfect time (morning or afternoon) and weather, as cleaning your unit may sometimes be time consuming.
Turn it off and unplug it before performing anything else. The air purifier shouldn’t be operating even if you only want to clean the exterior part.
Move the unit to an open space, or some well-ventilated location before you remove the filter. This may prevent any allergens or dust from being re-released into the air, and trapped inside the house.
Utilize a soft cloth or damp microfiber to wipe the outside or exterior. And for outlet vent, you may utilize a soft brush with vacuum cleaner to help you scrub off narrow as well as unreachable areas. For those stubborn dirt, you should dump the cloth with a mixture of lemon and water before you scrub it off. Don’t utilize any household cleaning products or detergents to clean your unit particularly the filter.
Majority of air purifiers will have a handle, or even a button to help ease you in the opening of the cover. If this is not the case, you can always open the cover of the air purifier by grabbing both sides of its top corner, carefully pulling it outwards. Only use a minimum force. In order to close the cover, you just repeat the steps accordingly, but you push it in instead. You’re going to hear a firm “click” sound, and the cover should be snugly closed.
Open its cover and remove the filters-both HEPA and carbon filters. Employ a vacuum cleaner to help you in removing excessive dust. For those extra stubborn dust, you may rinse it with some little water and gently hand wash them. Note: Never ever soak Carbon or HEPA filters. And don’t wash them with any washing machine.
If your unit comes with humidifying features, you should remove the humidity filter, and soak it in bucket or sink filled with normal temperature water. You wait at least 10 minutes then wipe it with some soft cloth. It’s normal when the filter has faded color.
The next step is to dry the filters under the sun and a well-ventilated location. Let it completely dry. Depending on the temperature and how wet the filter is, this might few hours. Therefore, you should try not to clean your unit very close to evening time You may also dry the filter using hair dryer. However, ensure to employ the mildest setting (without heat), and keep at least 1-2 inches away from the filter. You may use also a dry cloth and dab out the extra moisture.
Double check whether you missed out on any steps. When no, restore the filters accordingly, and snugly close everything. Generally there’s arrow pointing on the side the filter ought to be oriented. You turn on the unit, letting it operate normal mode. When there’s no “grumbling” sound emanating from the unit, congratulate yourself, for your air purifier is clean completely. When there is, try again to remove the filters and check if there’s any misplacement, or large piles of dirt clogging the unit If there is, try removing the filters again and see if there is any misplacement or large piles of dirt clogging the air purifier.
This is general guideline on how to clean air purifier. While most of the steps are applicable to all kinds of units, when you have still the manual of your unit, you should go through it at least once to find out if there’s any unique steps which you should be aware of.