3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Home Smoke Eater

Breath mints.  Room deodorizers.  Cologne and perfume.  These are just a few things you usually find in a smoker’s possession. Why? Because most smokers don’t want their breath, clothes or houses to smell like smoke.

When you get tired of the sprays, air fresheners and candles that do limited good, it’s time to move up to a more effective solution: a home smoke eater.  With so many on the market, how do you choose which one would work best for your house or apartment?

A good start is to answer these three questions:

#1 – What Shape is Your Room?

If you have a single designated smoking area (a room, a basement, etc.) that is square shaped you can accomplish your goal with one smoke eater. However, L-shaped, rectangular or adjoining rooms would do better with several smaller smoke eaters as opposed to one large model.

#2 – What Size Smoke Eater Will Do the Job?

The bigger your home and the more smokers you have in it, the more powerful your smoke eater will need to be.  Here are some factors to consider:

  • Size of area – What’s your square footage?  How tall are your ceilings? What type of ceiling do you have?
  • Mounting preference - Do you care whether the smoke eater is surface-mounted, flush-mounted, or wall-mounted?
  • How many smokers are in your home at any given time?
  • Adequate CFM – “CFM” stands for cubic feet per minute and it relates to how many times the air is cleaned. The standard is 10-12 air changes per hour (ACH).   You can figure up the CFM by multiplying your smoking area’s length x width x height. Then you divide by the ACH.

#3 – What Type of Home Smoke Eater Do You Prefer?

There are two types to choose from.

  • Media Type – These units have filters that will need to be changed regularly. Although they are lower in maintenance, media units have a higher cost over the long run due to filter replacement.
  • Electrostatic – This type of smoke eater will trap smaller microns and particles than a media-type unit will. In addition, these smoke eaters don’t use filters. Instead they use electronic cells. The cells don’t have to be replaced, but they do have to be cleaned.

Still have questions about home air cleaners? We’d be glad to help. Just give us a call toll-free at 800-237-9199.

How to Choose the Right Smoke Eater for Your Cigar Bar

Part of the enjoyment of cigar bars is the atmosphere and the actual smoke. The lingering aroma of the cigars mixed with a little friendly conversation, big-screen TVs, and other must-haves are what keep patrons coming back.  What you don’t want, however, is so much smoke that you can’t see or breathe.

That’s where commercial smoke eaters and air cleaners come into play. But, how do you choose the right one for your cigar bar?  Start with these questions.

What Type of Smoke Are You Cleaning?

Your answer will usually be cigar, cigarette, hookah or all three.  Cigar smoke is the heaviest and most difficult to handle. Hookah is the lightest smoke.

What Size Smoke Eater?

Commercial smoke eaters are more powerful than residential models. But, obviously, the larger your cigar bar and the more smokers you have in it, the more effective your smoke eater will need to be.  Think about this:

  • Size of area – Square footage, ceiling height and ceiling type must be taken into consideration.
  • Do you need/prefer a surface-mounted, flush-mounted or wall-mounted smoke eater?
  • How many smokers are in your bar at any given time?
  • Adequate CFM – You want enough cubic feet per minute (CFM) of airflow to achieve about 10-12 air changes per hour (ACH) – the number of times the air goes through the air cleaner.  Calculate the CFM by multiplying your room’s length x width x height, then dividing by the number of ACH.

What Type of Smoke Eater?

Once you decide on the size of unit that would handle the output of smoke, you’ll want to look at the various types of smoke eaters.

  • Media Type – Media units use filters that will need to be changed on a regular schedule.  The biggest pro of media smoke eaters is their low maintenance.  However, you will have higher filter replacement costs.
  • Electrostatic – On the other hand, electrostatic smoke eaters have electronic cells instead of filters. These need to be cleaned, but not constantly replaced like media filters. Electrostatic models trap smaller microns and particle sizes, and are quieter than media-type smoke eaters.

There’s a lot to consider when choosing just the right smoke eater. If you still have questions, give us a call at 800-237-9199.  We would be glad to help you decide.