With the RMCO (recovery movement order order), people are beginning to go back to normal lives and drive more often for work and other valid reasons. Our cars ur vehicles are our personality statements and maintaining them well not only reflects well on ourselves but also brings driving pleasure.
What you need to know about car air purifiers
Unlike home air purifiers, car air purifiers are actually ionizers, which work via a completely different mechanism than the (high-efficiency particulate air) HEPA filters that are so common in home or office environments. The fact is that ionzers don’t actually filter particulates out of the air. They do work, in that they do what they are designed to do, but that may or may not line up with your expectations for an air purifier.
Other types of car air purifiers work by generating ozone. These devices can certainly knock out some powerfully baked-in smells, but they're typically better left to professionals.
Types of Car Air Filters, Purifiers and Ionizers
There are three types of purifiers in your car: engine air filters, cabin air filter, ionizers and ozone generators.
Engine air filters: These filter the air that goes into your engine for the purposes of combustion. They don't have anything to do with the air quality inside your passenger compartment.
Cabin air filters: These filter the air that comes into your car when you have the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system set to draw in fresh air. They may also filter air that is recirculated.
Ionizers: These are electronic devices that are typically plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. They operate on the principle of ionizing pollutants and causing them to stick to surfaces where you won't be able to inhale them.
Ozone generators: These devices actually generate ozone, which can effectively destroy the molecular structure of pollutants and bad aromas.
This article offers five tips on ways to keep your car’s cabin clean and fresh.
Buy a car air purifier
A car cabin is vulnerable to dust and debris due to constant opening and closing of doors and windows. Also, the cabin air can get polluted from the gases and dust that come through the air vents of the car. A car air purifier comes with special air filters that remove dust, smoke, and odours permanently from your car’s cabin, leaving it smelling fresh and clean.
Get a cup holder liner
Drips and spills can leave your car’s dashboard and interiors sticky and smelly. Using a liner for your cup holders will prevent the liquid spills from dirtying your car’s upholstery.
Keeping food contained
It’s not advisable to eat inside your car, but if you do, try to keep the food contained inside the packaging to minimize crumbs from spoiling your car’s matting. Also, never leave leftover food or containers inside your car, as food spoils quickly and may cause permanent smells inside the cabin.
If your car already has a permanent unclean smell, buy a car air purifier with an activated carbon filter to remove them.
Knocking your shoes clean
The simple exercise of knocking your shoes clean before you enter the car’s cabin can prevent a ton of dust and debris from entering your beloved vehicles, especially if you are traversing through muddy conditions all the time.
All of the same pollutants and allergens you find outside are present inside your car as well, in addition to chemicals and particulates that come from the car itself. So, an air purifier is a good investment to keep air clean and fresh in your car.
Another air quality issue that a lot of people have to deal with involves lingering odors from tobacco and other sources. Purifiers and ionizers usually won't help with this type of problem, but you may have luck with adsorbents or ozone generators.