Do Air Purifiers Get Rid of Smoke?

Did you know that cigarette smoke contains thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

The same is true for secondhand smoke, and it can get stronger if the smoke stays trapped in your home without a way out. VOCs will continue to circulate throughout your home again and again.

Smoke and secondhand smoke is notorious for clining to your home’s interior. This includes the walls, carpets, rugs, drapery, furniture, and even your clothing.

Before doing deep cleaning of your home, you may want to consider an air purifier. But, do air purifiers get rid of smoke? How about secondhand smoke?

We’re going to answer those types of questions below.

Can Air Purifiers Help With Smoke?

Yes. An air purifier with the right types of filters can help you with your smoke problem.

You’ll want to ensure that you pick out a quality air purifier though because not all air purifiers are created equal.

All air purifiers come with several filters that it cycles your home’s indoor air through. This is what helps to catch and contain the smoke chemicals and even the smell if you have the correct filters.

A common question people have is, “Do HEPA filters remove smoke?” The answer is yes, but only the smoke particles you can see. Ideally, your air purifier should have a HEPA filtration system because this is a more dense filter that catches more contaminants.

If you’re worried about the smokey smell, your air purifier should have an Activated Carbon filter as well. We explain more in detail why this is the case in another post titled, Will an air purifier get rid of cigarette smoke smell?

When you combine those two fitlering technologies, you have a powerful tool that you can run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help deal with your smoke problem.

Depending on the severity of the smoke problem, it may take a few days before you really start to notice a difference in the levels of smoke in your home. You should notice a reduction in the smell earlier though unless there are people actively smoking still.

Additionally, you may want to invest in more than one air purifier, especially if you’re worried about the smoke chemicals around your home.

If you’re a smoker or live with someone that does smoke tobacco, it’s best to have one air purifier in your bedroom and another air purifier in the room (or rooms) that are used most. This will ensure that you’re removing as much smoke as possible from the air.

Do Air Purifiers Get Rid of Second Hand Smoke?

Secondhand smoke means that you don’t smoke yourself but someone in your household smokes and you get unwilling or unwanted exposure to the cigarette smoke as a result. Air purifiers can definitely help with secondhand smoke. Take a look at our free guide on the best air purifier for second hand smoke to see what’s available.

If someone is smoking in your home, the secondhand smoke in the air can get sucked into the air purifier and removed from the room as long as the device has a HEPA filter. If it’s the secondhand smoke smell that you’re worried about, an air purifier can help as long as it has an Activated Carbon filter.

Bottom Line

Do air purifiers get rid of smoke? Yes. As long as you get a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter and Activated Carbon filter then you’ll get rid of both secon hand smoke and the odor.