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Air Purifiers to Remove Smoke Odors

Challenges of Cleaning the Air by Removing Tobacco Smoke

Tobacco smoke consists of tars, water vapor, carbon dioxide, nicotine and over 400 other chemicals. Tars accumulate on draped, furniture, clothing, walls and other surfaces and continue to release tar vapors and odors long after active smoking has stopped.

Smoke presents a unique air quality challenge. The complex mix of fine particles, widely ranging chemicals (depending on what’s burning) and penetrating odor requires a special air purifier. Units in the DS and DXS range come with a tar-trapping filter which traps sticky pollutants that would otherwise clog the main filters. DS and DXS models also come with a special carbon blend to better attract and trap smoke chemicals and odors. DXS is the largest of the smoking filters, while the DS is ideal for moderate levels of smoke.

Mass-market air cleaners as a whole are largely unreliable when it comes to most types of odor control, especially smoke. Even the most expensive HEPA-type air purifier can’t remove chemicals and smoke odors. That’s because a particle filter is not designed to capture the gases and chemicals that make up about 90% of second-hand smoke. To successfully remove chemicals, gases and odors an air purifier needs to have a filter capable of trapping pollutants.

Second-hand smoke and cooking odors tops the list of condo/apartment complaints along with other unpleasant odors. An AllerAir air purifier will solve these issues. The air in the room is effectively cleaned and recirculated. There is no need to bring in energy consuming outdoor air. Leaving the DS unit on while the area is inactive removes lingering odor from tars accumulated on surfaces leaving fresh air and a much more comfortable living space for you and your guests.


AllerAir Air Purifiers with the Tar-Trapping Filters, Combined with Activated Carbon Filtration

The tar-trapping filter traps tar in the same way a cigarette filter works. The activated carbon absorbs the airborne chemicals, gases and odors. Activated carbon absorbs up to 60% of its own weight of airborne chemical compounds. Remove your smoke odors permanently. AllerAir air purifiers do not mask odors and chemicals or move them to another area -they are removed permanently.

About Carbon Blends

Our standard “EXEC” carbon blend has a very large internal surface area and works exceptionally well for a wide range of air pollutants. 


The “Vocarb” carbon blend is our most recommended and best-selling specialty carbon blend. Vocarb stands for Volatile organic compounds or VOCs and this include a variety of chemicals that can cause a range of health problems including shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and eye, nose, lung and throat irritation. Some VOC's are suspected to cause cancer in humans and have been shown to cause cancer in animals. The long-term health effects caused by VOC's would depend on the concentration and length of exposure.


Some chemicals adhere better to different types of carbon materials and carbon blends. Over the years we’ve sourced and developed over 40 carbon blends. If you have an odor or chemical you need to remove, we have a blend to target it