When someone is smoking in an aircon room, other people in the room are exposed to second-hand smoke. The chemical compounds in the smoke would cause lung cancer and other diseases. As such, it is advisable to disallow smoking in the aircon room.
Action Against Smoking in Aircon Room
In Singapore, the government is stepping up action against smoking in many public places and public transport. However, you are no stopped from smoking at home or in your room. What if your love ones smoke in the aircon room? It is time to tell them that they are also harming you when they do so.
Can Aircon Filter the Harmful Chemicals from Cigarette Smoke?
Aircon may remove visible smoke in a room but it is not able to filter most of the harmful particles from cigarette smoke. These particles or chemicals harm our body when we breathe them in. As the room is enclosed, the concentration of these harmful chemicals or particles increase as the smoker puff out more smoke into the room. It means the people inside the room inhale more and more of the chemicals and particles.
Besides the harmful chemicals and particles, the odors from cigarette smoke will also penetrate beyond the surface of your furniture, carpet, walls, etc. The smell will not be easily removed.
Can Air Purifier Filter the Chemicals and Particles?
By placing an air purifier in your aircon room, it may filter some but not all the chemicals. It may reduce the rate of some chemical compounds build up in the aircon room as the smoker continues to smoke. However, before the air is filtered by the purifier, you might have already inhaled it.
If you wish to share a room with someone who is smoking in the aircon room, perhaps the safest way is to wear a N95 mask. They should be quite effective in filtering the chemicals and particles if it is properly fitted.
Smoking in aircon room also means that aircon servicing needs to be performed very frequently. This is because the filter and other aircon parts will be become dirty quickly. We would recommend a combination of aircon chemical cleaning and steam cleaning every 3 months for someone who smokes in an aircon room. Perhaps an aircon overhaul of every 1 year should be better.