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An air cleaner or purifier has a very important job description - to improve the air you breathe by trapping airborne particles such as dust, animal dander, cigarette smoke and pollen. But its efficiency can be severely hampered by a lack of proper care and maintenance.

Maintaining your air cleaner requires a little time and effort and you'll breathe better for it. You do your part and the air cleaner will do the rest. Here's a few simple care and maintenance tips for your air purifier.
  • Vacuum dust regularly around your air cleaner, especially the exterior grills and panels. See Does An Air Cleaner Eliminate Dusting? for more reasons to maintain a good dusting control.
  • Change the HEPA and other filters according to your operating manual. Filter lifespans vary slightly between products, but generally HEPA-type filters require changing every 12 months, and carbon filters should be changed every 3-6 months. Some air cleaner models have convenient filter change indicators. Remember that if you have more than the average amount of allergens or animal dander in your home, the lifecycle of your filters will be reduced and you may need to change them more often.
  • Washable pre-filters should be washed in warm soapy water and thoroughly dried before inserting in your air cleaner.
  • Order replacement filters in pairs so you always have one set handy when a change is required. HEPA-type filters are a little costly and may require budgeting - so plan ahead.
  • Maintain proper clearances around the air cleaner as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Ensure that clothing or other items do not cover or restrict the air flow of your cleaner.
  • If your air cleaner has a built-in ionizer, ensure that it is turned on. Read What Does an Air Cleaner Ionizer Do? for more information on ionizers.
Keeping your air cleaner working efficiently will also improve the lifespan of the unit itself. A little care goes a long way!

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