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Smoke Eaters for Your Business and Home

LakeAir Smoke Eaters remove smoke from your home or business. They remove smoke caused by Cigars, Cigarettes, Hookah, Vape, Cooking, and Wild Fires. The standard air filters installed in our homes and businesses are not capable of removing smoke. We have units for Home. Lounges, Bars, Restaurants, Shops and Factories. Our smoke removers are effective in areas ranging from 50 to 50,000 square feet. They filter fumes and vapors from Welding, Plasma cutting, Laser and other manufacturing processes. LakeAir Smoke Eaters are made in the USA.

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LAFC Ceiling Mounted Smoke Eaters

The LAFC Line was designed to mount into a 2 x 4 ceiling grid. It works well hung from the ceiling or mounted flush. All LAFC models are available in black and white powder coat finish. They feature easy access swing down intake vents for unit service and filter changes. Each unit is 48 x 24, needing only 11 inches of head room for mounting. Our new 2x2CM Smoke Eaters mount into a 2′ x 2′ ceiling grid.

  • 400 – 1500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $2495.00

  • 300 – 800 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • 2 Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1995.00

  • 200 – 500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • 2 Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1695.00

Ceiling Mounted HEPA and Media Smoke Eaters

  • 300 – 900 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • True HEPA and Carbon Filtration
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $2295.00

  • 200 – 500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • True HEPA and Carbon Filter
  • 2 Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1695.00

  • 250 – 600 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • MERV 14 and Carbon Filter
  • 2 Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1495.00

MAX-Guard High Capacity Portable Floor Smoke Eater

The MAX-Guard line is a product people have been looking for, for a long time. Its is an attractive high air volume smoke eater for homes and businesses. This product is super sturdy,  and made to last 15-25 years. The blowers are rated for 60,000 hours of constant use. That should last you  over 5 years if you never turn the MAX-Guard off. More likely you will get 8-10 years before you need to change the blowers.  The blowers are super simple to change out. The average person can do this on their own. Beyond long life and heavy duty construction, these smoke eaters really work. 

  • 400 – 1500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Filter Cell 16 x 20 x 5
  • $2495.00 

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 200 – 900 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Pre Filter / HEPA / Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed control
  • HEPA Filter  16 x 20 x 5
  • $2295.00

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 350- 1100 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Pre Filter / MERV 15 / Carbon
  • Variable speed control
  • 95%  Efficient
  • $2100.00

  • Available for Pre-Order

Smoke Guard Wall Mount Smoke Eater

The Smoke Guard wall mounted  Smoke Eater  is the first unit designed to mount flush on your wall. The Smoke Guard includes a trim kit to make this unit look like a finished piece of your establishment. The unit has a friendly repair and service design so it will never need to be removed from the wall.  The unit should be mount with the top at 7 feet high. the clean air is returned to the room above your visitors heads. 

  • 500 – 1500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Mounts Flush or Hanging
  • $2495.00

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 250 – 900 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Pre Filter / HEPA / Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Includes Trim Kit
  • $2295.00

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 350- 1100 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • MERV 15 and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Lower Fitter Costs
  • $2150.00

  • Available for Pre-Order

Compact Ceiling Mounted Smoke Eaters

The CM2 Line was designed to mount into a 2 x 2 ceiling grid. The CM2 Shell is available in vinyl coated steel which makes this unit an attractive hanging unit.  All CM2 models are available in black and white powder coat finish. They feature easy access swing down intake vents for unit service and filter changes. Each unit is 24 x 24, needing only 13 inches of head room for mounting. 

  • 300 – 800 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1795.00 

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 200 – 500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Pre Filter / HEPA / Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1650.00

  • Available for Pre-Order
  • 250- 650 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • 2 Speed control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $1550.00

  • Available for Pre-Order

LA Series Ceiling Hung / Wall mount or Cart Mounted Smoke Eaters

The LA2 Series Smoke Eaters are available in radial fan and reverse curve versions. The Radial units move large amounts of air through free flow electrostatic filters. Reverse curve units pull air through dense filters to remove more smoke and odor. LA2 units have a vinyl covered steel skin with sturdy 14 gauge steel frames.

  • 1200 – 1900 CFM
  • Heavy Smoke Removal /  Lite Odor
  • Dual Electrostatic Filtration
  • Two Speeds
  • Ceiling Hung / Wall / Cart  & Caster Mount
  • $2150.00

  • 700 – 1200 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and  Heavy Carbon Filtration
  • Two Speeds
  • Ceiling Hung / Wall / Cart  & Caster Mount
  • $1995.00

  • 300 – 900 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • True HEPA and Carbon Filtration
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Grid / Hung / Flush ~ Ceiling Mounts
  • $2295.00

Reverse Curve Smoke Eater Choices

LakeAir RC2 Stackable Air Purifiers
Choose Electrostatic and Odor Control Options
  • 600 – 1500 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and  Heavy Carbon Filtration
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Ceiling Hung / Wall / Cart  & Caster Mount
  • $2275.00

LakeAir RC2 Stackable Air Purifiers
Choose HEPA and Odor Control Options
  • 400 – 900 CFM
  • 99.97% HEPA  /  Heavy Odor Removal
  • 6 ” true HEPA  / 5 Chamber Carbon filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Ceiling Hung / Wall / Cart  & Caster Mount
  • $1975.00

LA2-RC1 750 CFM Commercial HEPA Purifier
LA2-RC1 with 6"HEPA and 5 Chamber Odor Control
  • 250 – 600 CFM
  • 99.97% HEPA  /  Heavy Odor Removal
  • 6 ” true HEPA  / 5 Chamber Carbon filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Ceiling Hung / Wall / Cart  & Caster Mount
  • $1750.00

MAX-700 750 CFM Air Purifier
Ideal for use in the HOME !!
  • 300 – 750 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Table Top / Floor / Wall Mount
  • $975.00

Maxum HEPA For Your Home
Ideal for use in the HOME !!
  • 300 – 750 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Table Top / Floor / Wall Mount
  • $775.00

Maxum White Air Purifier
Easy to move from room to room
  • 300 – 750 CFM
  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Electrostatic and Carbon Filter
  • Variable Speed Control
  • Table Top / Floor / Wall Mount
  • $650.00

Air Scrubber Smoke Eaters (Negative Air Machines)

LakeAir LAAS negative air machine
Remote Air Filtration no Ambient Sound
  • 400 – 2000 CFM
  • 13 Different Filter Configurations
  • HEPA/Electrostatic/Carbon/UVGI/Media
  • Variable Speed Control / Remote Location 
  • $1800 – $3000

LAAS Air Scrubber by LakeAir
Remote Air Filtration no Ambient Sound
  • 200 – 1000 CFM
  • 13 Different Filter Configurations
  • HEPA/Electrostatic/Carbon/UVGI/Media
  • Variable Speed Control / Remote Location 
  • $1500 – $2600

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More Smoke Eater Information

Smoke, fumes, and gasses are the byproduct of many manufacturing processes. These facilities often need a more industrial approach to fume control.  A LakeAir Industrial smoke eater is a perfect fit for this niche. We have supplied purification solutions for many industrial processes. Industrial applications include welding, laser, metal fab shops, rocket testing, plating, textiles, commercial bakeries, auto repair and host of other business. Call the experts at LakeAir to find the right products for your manufacturing Process.

Social Smoking Venues

Social smoking venues are becoming more popular. Cigars are more popular than ever. Our products are found in many fine cigar bars. Hookah lounges are very popular with younger smokers. The water-cooled and flavored smoke has to be removed from the air. Our commercial smoke eater cleans the air in your business establishments. Clean air helps to retain valuable customers. These units easily pay for themselves over time. They lessen the high cost of makeup air. Private Clubs like VFW’s FOE’s and Lodges often allow smoking and use our products regularly. Each smoking establishment has its own identity. LakeAir provides a wide variety of smoke removal machine options. Call us today to find your unique solution. 

LakeAir makes the most powerful Home Smoke Eater. We have several products designed specifically for your private smoking room at home. follow this LINK to learn about these products for your home.  If you enjoy cannabis, now that is legal in many states you may appreciate a smoke eater for weed.

More than Smoke

LakeAir air purifiers are great on smoke. They remove so much more from the air. Smoke is one of the thousands of pollutants that our products remove. Our electronic air cleaners remove dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites, and a host of air pollution particles. Each unit has an activated carbon filter that removes gases, fumes, and odors. No matter what you need to clean from the air, LakeAir products do the job for you.

Sometimes buying a new smoke eater isn’t the answer. Sometimes you just need to figure out what is the problem with the unit you already have. The smoke eater trouble shooter is  dedicated to helping you find the right fix. The advice given here should apply to most smoke eater brands, but leans more heavily towards trouble shooting problems with LakeAir products.

Choosing the Right Commercial Smoke Eater

There are many questions to ask yourself when choosing which smoke eater product is best suited for your business:

  • How do I want to mount the smoke eater?
  • What is the best Filtration for my business?
  • How much filtration do I need
  • How will I control the smoke eater

Commercial Smoke Eater Mounting Options

LakeAir Provides 7 different ways to mount your Smoke Eater

  • Flush Ceiling Mount
  • Attached to Ceiling
  • Ceiling Hung
  • Wall Mounted
  • Flush Wall Mount
  • Remotely Ducted (Air Scrubber)
  • Cart Mount

Flush Ceiling Mounts

The LakeAir LAFC was designed to fit easily into a 2′ x 4′ ceiling grid. These units weigh about 100 pounds and require only 11 inches of head room. Our New 2x2CM  models flit into a 2′ x 2′ ceiling grid. Both of the units can also be mounted flush to the ceiling in a dry wall or plaster ceiling. You will need create a frame in the ceiling for non drop ceilings.

These models are equipped with 4 eyebolts for easy hanging. Their relatively light weight allow them to be hung in most any structure. You should be able to hang them from the same supports that the drop ceiling is hung from. you can find more information on the hanging procedures in the product manuals.

Direct to Ceiling Mounts

It is possible to mount our LAFC and 2x2CM directly to the ceiling. We make mounting brackets that will allow you to fasten the commercial smoke removal machines directly ceiling rafters. The brackets are sturdy and use a 24 inch center configuration common in many commercial buildings. The LAFC and 2x2CM models have galvanized steel exteriors that you may want to paint or cover with the appropriate skirting kits available as a separate option.  

Ceiling Hung Mounts

Ceiling Hung Mounting is very popular for our LA2 line. These units are cubbish in design. They are very good at moving large amounts of air or absorbing large volumes of odors and fumes. LA2 units , like our LAFC and 2x2CM units are equipped with (4) 1/4-20 welded nut inserts and include eyebolts for ceiling hanging. 

Hanging allows for easy placement and relocation of your smoke air purifier. Sometimes it take a bit of experimentation to come up with the best location of you units. Every establishments has its own unique set of challenges for optimum smoke removal. The ability to hang from the ceiling often make this process easier to achieve.

Wall Mounts

The LA2 line of  Commercial Smoke Eaters can be mounted on any wall using our wall mount bracket. This is sturdy bracket made from heavy duty steel tubing and angle iron. The brackets position the air purification so it moves along the wall. We suggest you plug these units into switched outlets for easy on an off operation. All LA2 units can be equipped with variable speed control. Move clean air along the perimeter of your business to provide a great environment for employees and visitors.

Flush Wall Mounts

In February of 2022 we will be introducing a new line of flush to wall mount smoke eaters. This new product will allow you to mount a powerful smoke eater in your wall.  The design will be to mount the unit about 5 or more feet above the ground. The exhaust will be at the top of the unit and will help circulate clean air throughout the room. For more information and pre-order options please call our customer service at 800-558-9436.

Remotely Ducted (Air Scrubber Smoke Eater)

Air Scrubber for remote air filtration
Remote Air Filtration no Ambient Sound

LakeAir manufactures a line of Air Scrubbers. These products remove pollution from a room via vents and ductwork. The air scrubber is generally located outside the room to be treated. One key advantage is maintenance can be performed away from the eyes of your clients and visitors. You don’t have to close an area for maintenance. This is particularly helpful in 24 / 7 establishments like Casinos. Another big advantage is less noise. With the air purification located in another room or area, the noise associated with it will be greatly diminished. Often times companies avoid smoke eater technology because it drowns out the conversation in the business. Not so with a LakeAir Air Scrubber.

Cart or Caster Mounted

This is not the conventional method for mounting. It does however give you the ability to have a high quality portable smoke eater. We have see this  system used for  poker tournaments and other  non regular functions. The great thing about this method is it work s perfectly well for units that have been mounted in other ways. Each LA2  unit has (4) 1/4 -20 welded nut inserts on the top and bottom for greater versatility.

Mounting Options Condensed

For most smoking venues the mounted flush to the ceiling is usually preferred. The most popular unit going into these lounges is the the LAFC-RC2-S. For establishments with open rafters or steel girder structure ,ceiling hung is the most commonly used and the LA2000-S is the air purifier of choice. In the future we expect many smoking establishments will be making use of our new flush to the wall unit. Regardless of your space, LakeAir has the smoke eater and mounting solution that will work for your business.

Smoke Eater Filter Options

LakeAir Smoke Eliminating products offer 4 types of filtration. Each filtration type has its positive and negative attributes.  The LA2 platform will allow you to combine these types of filtration and even add other options as well.

  • HEPA
  • Electrostatic
  • MERV 15 Smoke Guard
  • Activated Carbon

HEPA Smoke Removal

HEPA filters are the most effective at removing smoke. LakeAir True HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles. Along with the highest efficiency, they have a highest cost of maintenance. It is more expensive to produce this high quality product, so it has a higher filter replacement cost. No proven filter technology removes smoke and odor on its own. A HEPA filter must incorporate activated charcoal filtration to be effective on the odor.

Why Choose HEPA Filters for Smoke Removal

PRO’S

  • HEPA filters don’t have to be washed, they change out quickly
  • HEPA Filters captures 99.97% of all indoor pollutants
  • HEPA Filters produce no Ozone

CON’S

  • HEPA filters replacement cost $175- $250 (1 or more times a year)
  • Discarded HEPA filters add toxic waste to landfills
  • HEPA Filters Unit typically have lower CFM Capacity

How Air Filters Trap Smoke.

Filters work in an air purifier in 3 ways. These methods of trapping dirt particles are called mechanical methods. The first method is impaction.  When smoke tries to go through the tight weave of a filter it is trapped. The second method is interception: When a smoke particles gets close enough to a filter fiber it is caught and trapped. The third mechanical method is diffusion.. In a filter, diffusion causes the smaller particle to move out of the main air stream. The small particle matter moves slower. Then, it is trapped by the first two methods.

How a filter traps dirt in a home air purifiier

Electrostatic Smoke Removal

The Electrostatic Precipitator (filter cell) is the most popular technology for smoke filtration. It is highly effective and has a low cost of maintenance. All of our smoke air purifiers  are available with electrostatic filtration. While this air filtration method is quite popular it does have its own drawbacks.

Why Choose Electrostatic Smoke Removal

PRO’S

  • Electrostatic filters are washable saving you money
  • Electrostatic filters are open and allow more air flow
  • Electrostatic filters reduce landfill use

CON’S

  • Electrostatic filters produce 0.5 parts per million Ozone
  • Electrostatic filters need regular cleaning to be effective
  • Electrostatic filters sometimes make a “popping” noise

The Electrostatic Smoke Filtering Process

Electrostatic air purification is a 2 stage filtering system. In the first stage, the smoky air is drawn through the particle ionizer. Here the smoke in the air is given a negative charge. The second stage is a series of collection plates. The  charged smoke particles are attracted to the plates and are trapped. The smoke remains on the filter plates until they are removed when the filter is washed. 

Electronic Air Cleaner Illustration for home air purifiers

Electrostatic Filter Cell Essentials ( Regular Cleaning)

For your electrostatic filter cell to do its job quietly, you HAVE to CLEAN it Regularly. A dirty filter cell is far less efficient than a freshly cleaned filter cell. The electrical attraction used to capture smoke weakens as your filter collects smoke out of the air. Not only is the filter cell less efficient , It is also likely to make a snapping sound like a bug zapper. The videos below shows (1) how to clean your filter cell, and (2) how to fixing an snapping filter cell.

Dirty Electrostatic Cell Needs to be washed regularily
A Dirty Filter Cell is Less Efficient

MERV 15 Smoke Guard Filter

Starting in 2022 LakeAir is offering a 3rd Smoke Removal Filter option. The MERV 15 Smoke Guard filter will remove most smoke caused by tobacco. This filter has a lower back pressure rating than the True HEPA filter. This allows more air to pass through the Commercial Smoke Eater. The replacement cost is lower than that of the HEPA. The new product offering comes after requests from customers looking for a lower cost and non  electrostatic smoke air filter option. This filter can be used in place of either the true HEPA or Electrostatic Filter Cell. Call our customer service number 800-558-9436 for ordering information.

Activated Carbon Smoke Odor Removal

The best and safest way to remove smoke odors is via activated carbon filters. Each LakeAir product includes carbon filtration. When choosing your commercial smoke air filter system you will likely have options as to how much carbon filtration you want to purchase. Some venues don’t care about odor, for others it is a primary concern. Whatever camp you are in LakeAir has the smoke odor removal product for you.

Effective Odor Removal

Granular Carbon Filters

Close up of a LakeAir carbon filter

Pass through granulated carbon filters provide a higher level of odor removal. Many commercial smoke eaters provide large beds of carbon. But for the highest level of odor removal the air must pass directly over and through the carbon. Filter beds will absorb odor, but at a much lower level.

 LakeAir Super and Ultra Carbon Filters use a traditional carbon filter designed. One or more honeycomb cores are coated with an ultra-fine mesh to contain the carbon crystals. Each core is filled with a proper amount of carbon. A second mesh is applied and the filter is mounted in a galvanized steel frame. The resulting filter provides excellent odor and VOC control.

Air passes over the irregular shaped carbon crystals. As the air tumbles over and through the carbon bed the highly reactive virgin carbon absorbs the smoke odor in the air stream. Like a standard carbon filter, a granular carbon filter should be thrown away after it has removed all the odors it can.

How Many (CFM) do I need?

The biggest mistake business owners make is under filtering the air.  Installing an undersized commercial smoke eater system is just like installing to small of an HVAC unit. To dissipate the heat of the air you need a certain tonnage of cooling. To small of an air-conditioner will not cool a room and too small of a smoke eater wont remove the smoke and its odor.

Air purification and smoke eaters are expensive. Keeping your smoke eaters well maintained will help, but in the end you still need a sufficient amount of cleaning capacity. We have developed tools to help show you the volume of air purification required to clean the air of smoke.

Smoke Eater Capacity Calculator

Understanding the Calculator Results

The smoke eater capacity calculator will give you a good idea of  how much air purification you need in CFM (cubic feet per minute). It allows you to choose from different smoking activities like hookah and cigars. It also shows you how many of what different types of LakeAir smoke eaters you will need to keep the air clean.

The calculator does not take into account the number of smokers or how heavily or lightly they might smoke. So, the results aren’t perfect but they will give you a good idea of  how many you need. The cost provided is strictly MSRP. If you are buying 3 or more units you will more than likely be qualified for a discount. We invite you to give us a call and get our advice and special pricing.

Controlling Your Smoke Eaters

All of our smoke eaters have on and off switches on the unit. Some are equipped with variable speed controllers on the units themselves. In most case the customer controls the air purification from a wall switch. All of our units can have variable speed controls on the wall. If this method is being used, it is very important that the units are wired correctly. We send wire instructions with every unit, but often these instructions are ignored and the units either do not function properly or is damaged. Your warranty does not cover you for improper wiring that damages motors or controllers. You can find examples of our wiring diagrams on this wire diagram page.

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