Activated Charcoal Filters

Written by Norene Anderson
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Smoke, smog, and a variety of household odors seem to penetrate every fiber in a home. When the indoor air is not cleaned as it is circulated, it tends to perpetuate the growth of odors. Many of these odors cannot be captured by just any filtering system. Activated charcoal filters are designed for significant reduction of the gaseous pollutants in the air.

Charcoal is such an effective odor-reducing agent that it is used in vacuum cleaner bags and kitty litter. It is even used in truck cabins to remove the odors from truck exhaust and other harmful odors. The fumes from the fuel combined with odors from some of the merchandise (particularly pigs, turkeys, and other animals) can be overwhelming. Breathing clean, fresh air is vital to supporting healthy lungs. If charcoal can effectively remove sulfur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxide from vehicle cabins, it will certainly make a vast difference in the indoor air of your home.

Effects of Activated Charcoal Filters

The success of activated charcoal filters is enhanced by the type of filtering system utilized. A pleated filter with multiple layers is the best way to capture the most environmental offenders. Each layer is designed to remove certain sizes and types of contaminants. As the air is processed through the various layers, it progressively loses the particulates. Odors are among the last to be captured. The charcoal filter is generally the last layer.

Many household appliances can emit fumes. A gas furnace, water heater, cook stove, and fireplace can contribute to the accumulation of fumes. If left in the air, these fumes can cause serious health issues such as dizziness, headaches, or worse. It is important to keep the air inside the home as pure as possible.

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