The Right Air Purifiers and Vacuums for Mold

How to Deal with Mold Clean Up

Roof leaks, plumbing problems and damp basements can lead to mold growth. Mold exposure can lead to a wide variety of health issues, some quite serious. Clearly, the source of the mold problem needs to be addressed, but the right air purifier and vacuum can help you breathe easier before and after the clean up. I live in an older home and it seems like a couple of times a year, there’s a water problem to address sometimes at the worst possible time. Our last leak occurred over the buffet table during a party. Nice, huh?

Air Purifier For Mold

If you buy the right air purifier for mold, it is very effective at removing airborne mold. Look for a air cleaner with a true HEPA filter, the larger the better. And also focus on the pre-filter. It should be designed to be cleaned to extend the life of the core filter so you are not constantly running to the store to buy new filters. We recommend the Austin Air HealthMate Plus™. It removes 99.97% of mold and other particles in the air. The large size cleans up to 1500 sq. ft. while the Junior cleans up to 700 sq. ft. The filter lasts up to five years and the unit has a five-year guarantee. In addition to cleaning up mold, this well-designed purifier will also remove dust, pet dander, odors, smoke, gases, VOCs and more so your home will smell great and your indoor air will be much healthier.

Vacuum to Clean Up Mold

While your air purifier is busy cleaning up the airborne mold spores, you should be sweeping with a HEPA vacuum. The HEPA vacuum will allow you to clean carpets, floors, shelves, upholstered furniture and books to remove mold particles. HEPA vacuums trap the mold keeping the particles from becoming airborne. Other vacuum filters allow mold as well as dust to become airborne again.

Other Steps to Take When Mold Strikes

How to Remove Smoke Smell From Your Home

How to Remove Smoke Smell From Home

Let’s face it. The smell of smoke from cigarettes, cigars or even your fireplace can linger for a long time. And then there’s the danger of second-hand smoke and fireplace smoke. Your fireplace can produce ash dust, carcinogenic tars and carbon monoxide – none of which you want in your home.

Even if you don’t have a smoker living in your house, smoke can travel from your next door neighbors or even from outdoors. My neighbor smokes and with my windows open, smoke travels into my house. I used to hate having the cigarette smell and smoke in the house until I found a solution. The right air purifier or air cleaner is effective for removing the cigarette smoke and smell as well as fireplace smoke and pollutants. You can still enjoy your fireplace and live healthier with a smoker.

I certainly wish I had known about these air cleaners for smoke when my husband had his cigar habit. And, true confession, many moons ago I used to smoke and my studio apartment was simply awful. Things would have been a lot better with cleaner air. When my husband, then my boyfriend, visited my place, he used to joke that he needed a gas mask. That’s probably enough about one of my poor choices as a 20 something.

Air Purifiers For Smoke

To effectively remove cigarette and fireplace smoke, you’ll need an air purifier with a HEPA filter as well as an activated carbon filter. This will allow you to eliminate the larger particles AND the gaseous pollutants called VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. After thorough research of air purifier reviews, independent tests, ratings and benefits, we found the top rated air purifier was made by Austin Air. You’ll want the Austin Air HealthMate Plus™ which is what we use in our home and consider to be the best air purifier.

Suggested Reading:
The Facts About Your Indoor Air Quality May Surprise You
Air Purifier Ratings and Reviews
Eight Reasons You’ll Love Your Air Cleaner