Using air purifiers to combat bad odours

Using air purifiers to combat bad odours

The presence of bad odours in a home is very common, whether it's from the kitchen, the toilet, DIY projects, or cleaning. All home activities can give off odorous gases which are not necessarily pleasant.

An air purifier is a device with a simple and very effective goal. It is a device that circulates air (by means of a motor that powers a fan) and passes it through various filters and pollution control technologies. It therefore eliminates bad odours, not by covering them up but by capturing them and destroying their components. Cigarette smoke, fishy smells, frying smells, mouldy smells, or even the smell of paint, our air purifier will allow you to find a fresh and healthy air.

Beware of air fresheners and air fresheners 

Unlike diffusers, an air purifier does not replace a bad smell with a good smell, i.e. one form of pollution with another perceived as “more pleasant”1. Yes, odour diffusers carry risks, and can also cause irritation or allergies.

Some devices that are supposed to refresh indoor air actually mask bad odours and release polluting products such as benzene or formaldehyde. The Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) warns the French: combustion air fresheners, chemical air freshener sprays, and products containing natural substances such as essential oils "emit pollutants in your indoor air 2.

Say goodbye to bad odours

Even when it’s properly aired out every day, a house contains different smells, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. The odours we smell are actually molecules present in the air we breathe. All it takes is to cook for a few moments, to practice a physical activity, to burn a scented candle, or to smoke a cigarette for the air to be polluted. These fine particles, invisible to the naked eye, settle on our clothes, our furniture, or even our belongings. Some bad odours are simply unpleasant, but others can be toxic like VOCs (volatile organic compounds). What’s worse is that there are odourless pollutants; for example, formaldehyde is an odourless gas that is very dangerous for our health. It is one of the main components of indoor pollution.

It is important to remember that tobacco is the primary source of pollution in the home and promotes cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in smokers and those around them. Cigarette smoke also generates a strong atmospheric pollution which can take some time to fade and which, in time, leaves its traces everywhere in the house: walls, surfaces, clothes, furniture, etc.

And that's the purpose of a high-performance air purifier like ours, which works just as well on cooking, grease, and fish or frying odours as it does on cigarette smoke. It cleans the air of smelly particles and all the pollutants that can play a devastating role on our health: formaldehyde, ammonia, aniline, benzene, fumes, etc.

Our solution: an air purifier to fight bad odours

An air purifier captures the bad odours contained in your indoor air by passing it through its powerful filtration system. Thanks to its cylindrical shape designed to mix the air more efficiently, AIRVIA Medical cleans the air of an indoor space of 100m2 in just a few minutes. The air drawn in goes through different stages of filtration, each designed to target a different form of pollution: germs, fine particles, chemical pollution, etc.

The AIRVIA Medical air purifier uses, among other things, a HEPA H13 filter to capture 99.97% of polluting particles with a diameter greater than or equal to 0.01 microns.

Among the 8 stages of filtration, one filter in particular is very effective in getting rid of bad smells: the activated carbon filter. This is a very versatile filtration technology that can retain both gaseous and aqueous pollutants (hence its common use in air and water filters).

Cylindrical in shape (allowing them to increase their contact surface and their volume), the activated carbon filters are treated in such a way as to eliminate impurities and increase their absorbent properties. Thanks to their highly porous structures, they have a high capacity of fixing and retaining pollution particles and gases.

For example, a single gram of activated carbon can absorb the pollutants present in an area of 400 to 2500 m2.

The filters of our purifiers are all equipped with activated carbon: the PRO 150 model contains 1280g of activated carbon, and the AERO 100 model contains 640g. This allows our purifiers to eliminate impurities while absorbing bad smells.


¹ 20 minutes : source.

² ADEME : source.