How Air Purifiers Can Remove Odors

odor bundleIndoor air pollutants such as mold, dust, pollen and pet dander can not only cause breathing problems, but also be a source of offensive odors. Discover how using a quality air purifier can remedy such indoor air quality problems.

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Fifteen to twenty percent of North Americans have breathing problems made worse by scented products such as perfume or after-shaves

Above 78°F, air quality starts to decline and people perceive odors more intensely

Many aerosol sprays, including air fresheners, actually release harmful chemicals known as VOCs

New materials, particularly construction materials or furniture, are a common cause of odor and chemicals entering your home

Common Causes of Odor

  • Cooking smells
  • Chemical fumes
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pet Odor
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Organic solvents, like those from newly painted materials, furniture, vinyl or hardwood floors, and cleaners
  • Sewer gasses whose odors resemble that of rotten eggs
  • Personal care products, including perfumes or after-shaves that can aggravate breathing problems
  • New furnishings and construction materials that have odors associated with formaldehyde and VOCs
  • Ozone and VOCs present in carbonless copy paper, transparencies, and labels

Tips for Controlling Odor

  • Choose materials that have no or low odor levels
  • Keep temperatures between 68°F and 78°F, and humidity levels between 40 percent and 60 percent, and use enough fresh air
  • Clean regularly and take out the garbage
  • Avoid air fresheners or deodorizers that mask other odors by introducing additional VOCs and odors into the environment, as these can exacerbate allergies
  • Keep bathrooms, basements, and attics clean and dry to prevent mold growth
  • Air out new furnishings and materials before bringing them into your home
  • Identify the cause of your odor and use an air purifier that targets it

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