Maintaining the carbon filters in your electrostatic air purifier

Posted on: 26 January 2016


An electrostatic air purifier is a good way to get rid of both dust particles and bad odour in the house. The purifiers work using multi-layered filtration systems to remove dust particles and odours separately, keeping the house dust and odour free. The first layers consist of plates, which are easily removable and almost maintenance free. When dust accumulates on them, you just have to remove the plates from the purifier and wash them using soap and water.

The carbon filters are part of the multiple layers of filtration systems and they are responsible for clearing the fumes and gaseous impurities in the air. Unlike the plates, there are a certain things that you have to do or avoid to ensure that the carbon filters are in good working condition. Here are a few of the things you should be aware of:


When do you need to replace the carbon filter? The other filter plates can function efficiently and remove dust from the air even when the carbon filters are not fully functional. Therefore, you should take note of persistent unnatural smell in the house whenever you switch on the air purifier as it indicates a worn out carbon filter. In case of such a scenario, replace the carbon filters to keep it fully functional.

Avoid using sharp objects

Some of the solid particles can penetrate the plates and make their way to the carbon filters. In such a case, you should not use sharp or pointed objects to dislodge the solid particles for the carbon-active synthetic fibres. They pose the risk of tearing the fibres and making the carbon filters dysfunctional. Preferably, you should remove the filters from the air purifiers and wash them using water to remove any solid sediments.

Cut down on the use of chemicals and aerosols in the house

The purpose of the carbon filters is to ensure that the air in the house is free from chemicals suspended in the air. Since the carbon filters wear out fast under intense use, reducing the number of chemicals that you use in the house will lengthen the period that you can use the carbon filter before replacing. Therefore, you should reduce the use of indoor aerosols such as insecticides, which increase the density of the odours and chemical content in the air within the house.

In addition, do not smoke tobacco within the house, or create a special smoking zone if you have to smoke within the house. Smoke particles also accumulate on the synthetic fibres and reduce the durability of the carbon filters.