Ever notice how some smells in the home just cannot be covered up? You may light scented candles or spray air freshener, but within a matter of minutes the smell is back. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to eliminate the smell for up to 5 years? Well, there is! Activated carbon filters remove common household odors from the home, including:
- Pet Odor
- Cigarette Smoke
- Cigar Smoke
- Cooking Fumes
- Chemical Fumes ( cleaning supplies and other harsh chemical based products)
Many homeowners spend hundreds of dollars on fancy air purifiers in hopes that they will remove unpleasant odors from the air in their homes. However, most air purifiers have no odor removing abilities at all unless they also have an activated carbon filter. Four Seasons offers their customers some of the most advanced air purifiers on the market, and they are also equipped with activated carbon filters!
What is Activated Carbon?
Most likely you have heard of carbon before, but what is activated carbon? Carbon is the most abundant molecule on our planet, and it naturally has the ability to adsorb molecules onto its surface. The bad smells in your home are caused by molecules that can easily be adsorbed by carbon. When carbon is activated, it is exposed to a treatment of extreme heat and steam that causes the surface of the carbon molecule to increase. The larger the surface area of the carbon molecule the greater the number of bad smelling molecules it can adsorb.
By having such a large surface area, activated carbon filters can last for many years. The larger and thicker the filter, the longer it will be able to adsorb the bad smelling molecules that are in the air of your home. These filters are often incorporated into whole house air purification systems or right into the duct work for the forced air furnace. You may want to consult a professional HVAC contractor before installing an activated carbon filter in the furnace because it may impact airflow if it is not installed properly or if it is too thick.
Choosing an Activated Carbon Filter
When purchasing an activated carbon filter, it is important to figure out exactly what smells you are trying to eliminate because different filters are engineered to adsorb different molecules. Also, If you purchase an activated carbon filter that is very thin, you will need to replace it much more frequently than a larger or thicker filter. Make sure to check for filter life on the packaging of the filter before you purchase it. With any luck you will be able to find the perfect filter to meet your homes specific odor removal needs, and in no time at all, you will have finally eliminated those pesky, offensive odors.