Read our blog on the best air purifiers for bushfire smoke removal.
What makes the best air purifier for bushfire smoke removal?
What makes the best air purifier for bushfire smoke removal? 

With so many bushfires active in Australia at the moment, many people are buying air purifiers to protect themselves from breathing toxic smoke, which in many cases is worse than second hand cigarette smoke. 

Smoke consists of high concentrations of particles, ranging from large to ultra fine. The ultra fine particles can travel hundreds of kilometers and remain airborne for long periods of time. There is also the smoke vapour, which consists of gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. 

When looking for an air purifier for filtering bushfire smoke, it is important to understand the basics of how an air purifier actually filters particles and smoke. 
Health authorities warn that wearing particle respirators are mostly ineffective against bushfire smoke.

This is because the particles are only half the problem; the gases from the smoke will cause irritation to throat, nose and lungs, and will pass through particle filters, including HEPA filters. 

The majority of air purifiers found in appliance stores are ineffective against smoke because they contain very little activated carbon, usually only a pad which is a few millimeters thick. Activated carbon works like a sponge, it adsorbs the smoke from the airstream. It is used in gas masks by firefighters and in professional grade gas respirators. Too little activated carbon, and the smoke will pass straight through. The more activated carbon in the filter, the more contact time with the smoke, and the better it will be removed from the air; it will also last significantly longer. 

At InovaAir, we manufacture our filters with the largest amount of activated carbon filters on the market. Our E8 model includes 2.5kgs and the E20 series contains 6kgs, which makes them highly effective in smoke removal. We also protect the carbon filters with an H13 medical-grade HEPA filter, so no particles can clog the activated carbon and make it ineffective. 

So when looking at air purifiers for smoke removal, don’t make the mistake of buying a system which relies primarily on a HEPA filter, as it will only do half the job and still leave your home smelling of smoke. Read the product specifications and find out exactly how much activated carbon the system contains before making a purchasing decision. 



PLEASE NOTE:

Due to the unprecedented demand with the bushfires there is a delay with delivery and lead times will vary (currently more than 4 weeks). Please contact us for the most up to date information on when an order can be sent.  We value your business and will strive to get your order shipped ASAP.

We know delays aren't good but it is worth the wait as many air purifiers on the market are ineffective against smoke, better to wait and get a system which will do the job with a high capacity activated carbon filter with kilograms of carbon to adsorb the smoke, most air purifiers only contain a few grams of carbon. Another alternative to waiting is to buy a cheap HEPA air purifier to remove particles in the meantime while waiting for delivery.