How to Clean Your Air Purifier to Fight Springtime Allergies

Indoor air quality is one of the most important aspects of a healthy home. If you do not clean and regularly maintain your air purifier, it can become a breeding ground for springtime allergies. Fortunately, cleaning an air purifier is as simple to do as washing the dishes. 

Reasons to Purify Your Air  

Common household allergens include pet dander, dust, mold, and smoke. In addition, your air can harbor viruses. The constant exposure to these allergens and toxins can lead to long-lasting, chronic conditions that affect your respiratory system.  

An air purifier plays a vital role in removing and neutralizing allergens and viruses to keep your family safe and healthy. Needless to say, if you do not maintain and service your purifier, it will be unable to run at peak performance.

Air purifiers come in all shapes and sizes. If your purifier has a permanent HEPA filter, you will be able to wash it and replace it in the unit. However, if you have a purifier with a disposable filter and black carbon filters, you will need to replace these with regularity.  

Perform service checks throughout the month. If you notice that the filter is clogged or unusually dirty, it is a good idea to clean or replace it right away. It is also good to get an idea of how many visible allergens are present in your air. Always check with your manufacturer or service providers to note the recommended frequency for changing the filter.

How to Prepare Your Air Purification System for Filter Changes

Begin by unplugging your unit. Wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself from the collected material in the system. If you have a permanent HEPA filter, remove it and set it aside to hand wash with hot water and mild soap. Allow enough time for the filter to dry completely before replacing it in the purifier.  

Using a sponge and mild dish soap, take care to wash all of the parts of the unit. Once all of the debris and dirt have been washed away, dry it with a soft cloth or towel. A vacuum can help to ensure that there are no loose hairs or dust clumps that you may have missed while washing. It can also help you to get into all of the nooks and crannies of the filter, which can be hard to reach.

Once all of the filters and parts to your air purifier are thoroughly washed, clean, and dry, you can reassemble the unit.  Make one last check to ensure that the filters are properly replaced and that all removed parts have been put back in order. Plug your unit back in and check to see if it operates normally. Periodically listen for unusual noises and routinely check for cord damage.

Keeping Your Purification System Running Right  

A whole-home purifying system requires regular service, cleaning, and maintenance to perform at its best. When you want to make sure that your in-home air purifier is operating at its best, turn to the pros at Hearn Plumbing Heating & Air. Whether you need a yearly tune-up, repairs, or installation of a new air purification system, we can help. Contact us today to learn more!