One of the most frequent questions people have about air purifiers is “Do air purifiers remove odor?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t just a simple Yes or No.

The reason being is that some air purifiers do remove odors while other types do not.

The real secret to getting rid of smells inside your home by using an air purifier is to make sure that the device includes an Activated Carbon Filter. Without this feature, the product won’t be very effective at removing smells.

Photo of Austin Air HealthMateAn Activated Carbon Filter is able to get rid of odors because it has such a large surface area per unit volume. Located on this surface area is a network of submicroscopic pores that absorbs particles that make up smells.

Physical absorption takes place because molecules exert attractive forces and these surface molecules seek to adhere to other molecules.

One of the best air purifiers for eliminating odors is the Austin Air Healthmate 400. This is due to the fact that this product includes 15 lbs. of Activated Carbon. Odors and smells don’t stand a chance of escaping from this device because it packs so much carbon inside its filter. And, with a 5-year lifespan, this filter keeps your home odor free for a long time before needing to be replaced.

Activated Carbon is excellent at removing smells that are caused by pets, cooking, smoke, chemicals and gases.

What you’ll find is that many air purifiers that include this type of filter enable you to wash it with soap and water to get it clean. This means that you can continue to reap the benefits from the carbon molecules without having to replace it too often.

Here at Home Air Quality Guides we can help you find a high quality air purifier that uses an Activated Carbon filter. Take a look at our product reviews section to find out more.