VOC and ODOR filtration

How can odors, volatile organic pollutants (VOCs) or gases from household chemicals and other sources be removed from indoor air? An air purifier with an activated carbon filter is recommended here. If you also reduce exposure to pollutants, your home will smell as fresh as it looks - with cleaner, healthier air.

Not all smells are the same. It can be pleasant or uncomfortable, harmless or even harmful to health. Most chemical contaminants occur indoors, but they can also get into the building with the outside air.
Household chemicals and your health
Odors come from either organic or inorganic compounds. There are a variety of sources of chemical contamination. Typical sources of odors in living and business premises are so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As carbonaceous organic compounds, VOCs disperse quickly in the air. This increases the health risk for living and working in a poorly ventilated environment.
Typical sources of VOCs in the interior

  • Air fresheners and scented products such as perfume, shampoo, etc.
  • Cleaning products
  • Carpets and vinyl floors
  • Gaskets, sealants and coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Paints, varnishes and stains
  • Fuels and chemicals intended for incineration
  • Fabrics and furniture


How much the contact affects your health depends on the amount of chemicals in the air, the frequency of contact, the harmfulness and your personal sensitivity to this chemical. Symptoms can range from mild (itchy eyes) to severe (damage to the kidneys, liver, or central nervous system).
Air purifier against odors, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and gases
An air purifier with special filters harmful gases and unwanted odors in your home is particularly effective. A standard particulate filter is not designed to remove gases and odors. To remove these successfully, the air purifier should have a filter with activated carbon. A filter like the Blueair SmokeStop is particularly efficient at catching smoke, odors and other harmful gaseous chemicals.

With the combination of 1–2 kilos of activated carbon with magnesium dioxide and copper oxide, the SmokeStop activated carbon filter is excellently equipped to remove harmful chemicals and unpleasant odors. The high volume and weight of the activated carbon as well as the low density design and the large surface area of the mechanical filter medium ensure that the filters last a long time without clogging. The ultimate solution for removing smoke and gases (up to four times faster) is a Blueair DualProtection filter with powdered, highly porous coconut activated carbon.

The SmokeStop and DualProtection filters, in combination with the HEPASilent® technology, achieve a particularly high level of performance and efficiency. The HEPASilent technology

combines the advantages of electrostatic and mechanical filtering. This combination developed by Blueair provides a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) with whisper-quiet operation and high energy efficiency. In fact, a Blueair air purifier works so quietly that not only is it easy to sleep next to it, but there are times when you need to look closely to know if it is on at all. What's more, a Blueair air purifier consumes less power than a small lightbulb at its lowest operating level, but still achieves a filtration efficiency of 99.7% on airborne particles down to a minimum size of 0.1 microns.
Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals
In addition to using an air purifier to remove odors and gases, we also recommend inspecting the entire home environment to determine which products may be emitting VOCs. For more information on potentially hazardous products, refer to the associated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), which you can obtain from the product manufacturers. This will give you full information about the products you bring into your home and how they are used safely.