Best Air Purifier for Smoke

LakeAir manufactures high quality air purifiers for homes and businesses. A question we often get is what the best air purifier for smoke.  Removing tobacco smoke whether it be cigarettes or cigar smoke can be a daunting task. We manufacture many different air purifiers. Each one of our models is geared for different locations and uses. We will try to look at this question from a number of different angles. Our short answer is listed:

Air Purifiers for Smoke Removal

Model

Excel Electrostatic

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Excel Electrostatic Home Air Purifier

Room Size

15' x 15'

Uses

  • bedrooms
  • small dens

Filtration

  • electrostatic Cell
  • Activated Carbon
  • 97% to .01 microns

Price

$425.00

Model

Maxum Electrostatic

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Maxum Electrostatic Home Air Purifier

Room Size

24' x 24'

Uses

  • living rooms
  • smoking rooms
  • kitchens
  • garage

Filtration

  • electrostatic Cell
  • Activated Carbon
  • 97% to .01 micron

Price

$525.00

Model

LA1400 Electrostatic

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Refurbished LA-1400

Room Size

40' x 40'

Uses

  • game rooms
  • smoking lounge
  • commercial kitchens
  • shops

Filtration

  • pre-filter
  • electrostatic Cell
  • Activated Carbon
  • 97% to .01 microns

Price

$1245.00

Model

LAFC HEPA

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LakeAir LAFC HEPA in Black

Room Size

30' x 30'

Uses

  • waiting areas
  • smoking lounge
  • commercial kitchens
  • cigar bars

Filtration

  • pre-filter
  • HEPA
  • Activated Carbon
  • 99.97% to .03 microns

Price

$1545.00

Model

LAFC Electrostatic

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LAFC Electrostatic Air Purifier

Room Size

35' x 35'

Uses

  • waiting areas
  • smoking lounge
  • commercial kitchens
  • cigar bars

Filtration

  • pre-filter
  • electrostatic cell
  • Activated Carbon
  • 97% to .01microns

Price

$1545.00

Model

LA2000

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Refurbished LA-2000

Room Size

50' x 50'

Uses

  • shops
  • taverns
  • halls
  • cigar bars

Filtration

  • pre-filter
  • electrostatic cell
  • Activated Carbon
  • 97% to .01microns

Price

$1645.00

Reasons We Have All Heard

The horror stories of the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke are everywhere. We will enumerate a few and then quickly move onto the solution. Tobacco smoking is the number one risk factor in lung cancer and linked to as much as 90% of lung Cancers. In 2017, 234,000 new cases of lung cancer were reported. 3000 non smokers die each year from lung cancer. Second hand smoke is the leading cause of these cases. The very young and very old are most susceptible to the affect of second hand smoke. Asthma  and allergy sufferers have more episodes when exposed to 2nd hand smoke. Pets are adversely affected by 2nd hand smoke. Because they are smaller the affects can be much worse for our fury friends. The mess and contamination go beyond our lungs. Smoke from cigarettes and cigars leaves a toxic residue all over the entire house. We all know smoking is bad for you, but that does not make the people who smoke bad. 

The Easy Answer but Hard Choice

Best Air Purifier for smoke is no smoking

The best air purifier for smoke is you. Quit smoking or help someone you love quit. This will eliminate smoke from your home by removing the smoking source. It is not always possible to eliminate the smoke if you are not the smoker. Remember, Smoking is a deeply ingrained habit and quitting smoking takes a lot of effort, dedication and support. Even though smoking is dangerous for the smoker and the members of their families, the issues of smoking seldom go away easily..  Smoking can rip a family apart, but you love the smoker, but not the smoke. If you can work with the smoker, help him or her quit, that is by far the better. When quitting is not a reasonable answer there are other answers

Move the Problem

The Center for Disease Control estimates that the air inside a home is probably up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. That statistic does not take into account that some people smoke in the home.  Homes keep most of the air inside on the inside. This is because heating and cooling outside air is expensive. With all this air trapped inside,  IAQ becomes a serious issue. Just like the wonderful smell of cooking can be smelled everywhere at home, cigarette smoke moves throughout the entire home. The smoke affects everyone and everything inside the home. Not Everyone can quit, but it is possible to remove the problem from the members of the family. The second most effective way to remove smoke is moving the smoke outside.  Smokers should take the smoking habit outside if possible.. Hopefully this option will work in your home.

Designate an Area

When you choose an area for smoking a bit of thought is required. Putting an air purifier next to the ash tray will help some. Smoke can still filter throughout the entire home.  This is not the best answer. Choose a separate and isolated room. Several elements go into creating a safe smoking area. The room should be well sealed so smoke will not leak through walls or cracks. The floor plan below illustrates some of the more important aspects of smoking room design. You can modify this plan. This sample floor plan will work for most homes. A Key element to a good smoking room is providing positive air pressure to the room. Positive air pressure will force dirty air outside. The Air purifier in the room will help protect the house from residual smoke that could possibly escape into the home.

  • Room should have an exterior window to be opened slightly
  • The return vent should be blocked off
  • Install weather striping around door to provide good seal
  • Install a high quality LakeAir Air Purifier
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Using a home smoke eater to make a smoking room

Quality is Important

Air purifiers can be found in any department or big box store. There are hundreds of models available on the internet. It was recently reported that Amazon had over 21,000 air purifier products listed. Some of the products listed on Amazon are truly great products, others, not so much. When you are purchasing an air cleaner for smoke, look for these key elements.

Fan Power

Does the air purifier you are looking at have a strong enough fan? Some air purifiers have no fans at all, some have undersized fans. The amount of fan power to clean the air in a room is crucial. Many so called HEPA units on the market do not have enough power to pull the air through the filter. Or they will pull so little through there is not enough circulation to clean the room. The best air purifier for smoke should clean the air at least 6 times an hour in the entire room. More cleaning cycle at a lower efficiency is better than low cleaning cycles at high efficiency. The free flow design of an electrostatic air purifier shines in the number of cleaning cycles. LakeAir Products use high power fans and blowers.

Solid Construction

Most air purifiers for sale today are made of mostly plastic. While plastic is certainly acceptable for some applications. It is not a good choice in Air purifiers. An Air purifier should last more than 10 years. If you accidentally drop the average air cleaner of the table it is going to break.  An all steel construction air purifier from LakeAir is made to keep running even with not so gentle handling. A quality air purifier for smoke will be made of high grade components.  We use American steel, copper and aluminum. Your air purifier is only as good as the products used to build it.

Effective Filtration

There are many types of filtration that remove smoke. HEPA, Activated Carbon, Media and electronic methods can all be effective at removing smoke. No one technology is always the right answer. There are many factors to take into account. Cost, product quality, product warranty are all strong points of the LakeAir brand. If you need more help determining what is the right answer for you, or if you would like more information on how to design your smoking room feel free to give our customer service department a call. 800- 558-9436

Conclusions

The  best air purifier for smoke varies from use to use. For the home, to control cigarette, cigar and cooking smoke we recommend the Maxum Electrostatic. This powerful air purifier will do a nice job in a room up to 24′ x 24′. For small commercial applications like billiard rooms the LA1400 Electrostatic cleans the air well. One LA1400 can control moderate smoke in a room up to 40′ x 40′ Upscale locations with drop ceiling can benefit greatly from the LAFC HEPA. These quiet smoke eating monsters will off 99.97% efficiency for rooms up to 30′ x 30′.  LAFC HEPA units are often grouped to improve smoke handling. For the biggest of rooms and in heavy commercial and light industrial applications the LA2000 is the smoke eater of choice. If you have questions as to what is the right LakeAir product for you please call our customer service number 800-558-9436.