Are Air Purifiers A Fire Hazard? (What You Need To Know)

  • Author: Irene Mills
  • Date: September 26, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.
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Fire hazards are a serious concern for any homeowner.

One accident could easily cause major damage to your home or even loss of life.

So this, caused me to wonder, are air purifiers a fire hazard? 

Perhaps you have wondered the same thing?

So, in this post I will address the safety concerns with air purifiers, and provide tips for preventing accidents and fires associated with these air cleaning devices.

Enough with the small talk let’s dive in…

Are Air Purifiers A Fire Hazard?

To put it simply, yes. Air purifiers are dependent on electricity to function and hence are at risk of catching on fire. At the end of the day they are just another technological device and can be a potential risk of over heating.

Your air purifier can catch fire if: 

  • It gets overheated 
  • There is a short circuit
  • There is a sudden high voltage increase

Thus, it is smart to make sure your air purifier is an energy saver, meaning it functions on lower amounts of energy than other devices. 

A lower requirement of energy means a lesser chance of a fire hazard. 

You should also keep your air purifier in an open space, where it can ventilate easily. 

Always use a good quality wire as well, because cheaper wires are bound to be a fire hazard.

It is also smart to buy a fire extinguisher and keep it around your air purifier, so you can be prepared in the event of a fire. 

Do Air Purifiers Overheat?

Air purifiers have the tendency to overheat. 

However, whether or not this will happen depends on your purifier’s quality and how you use it. 

If you use your air purifiers for hours on end without giving them a break, chances are they will frequently overheat. 

But, if you invest in a high-quality air purifier, you can probably keep it switched on for a longer period than a second hand or low-quality air purifier. 

Your air purifier is likely to overheat if:

  • You made it yourself without proper knowledge of circuit mechanisms
  • It has no brand and was bought from wholesale online platforms 
  • It is refurbished
  • The filter is overused, expired, or damaged 
  • Your main wire is damaged. This may also cause your air purifier to completely burn out.

Also Read: Can You Leave An Air Purifier On All Night? Is It Good Or Bad?

A short-circuit can wreak havoc on any device, including an air purifier.

Similarly, an unstable voltage can heat up and destroy the air purifier.

With that being said, air purifiers are a must have investment, and that’s why you cannot settle with a cheap device.

Do Air Purifiers Catch On Fire?

Negative Side Effects Of Air Purifiers

Air purifiers quite literally purify the air we breathe in and are hence very beneficial to have around. 

However, they also have some harmful a spects that you should be aware of.

Air purifiers are a fire hazard, but they may also be affecting your health. 

If you don’t clean your air purifiers, you could be breathing in dirty air – which is exactly what you were trying to avoid. 

Hence, you need to clean your purifier, change its filter, and maintain it religiously.

Also Read: How To Tell If Your Air Purifier Is Working?

Some Air purifiers are also popular for the generation of ozone and ions, which greatly affect people’s health. 

These purifiers are experts in removing impurities from the air and surrounding, but when it comes to toxic odors and gases, they aren’t the best.

● Ionizers

These are air purifiers that are responsible for eliminating negative ions. They are dependent on chemicals to do their job.

Negative ions target pollen and dust in their surroundings and attack them till they are forced to get stuck on the wall or ground. 

Ionizers can’t target these particles and aren’t permanently getting rid of the pollen and dust that contaminates the air. 

They are only brushing it under the mat (literally), which means you are still exposed to these particles, just not through the air you breathe but the solid objects around you.

Ultimately, these particles resurface in the air again after some time.

However, when you purchase an air purifier, you expect it to purify the air around you, but ionizers aren’t living up to these expectations.

● Ozone Purifiers

Ozone purifiers are actually a more dangerous option than ionizers.

If the ban on ozone purifiers isn’t alarming enough, let me break down some facts for you. 

Ozone purifiers have never been proven to actually have a positive effect on air quality, even temporarily. 

No results are showing us that ozone purifiers purify the air. 

Unlike ionizers, which can still temporarily hold back pollutants, ozone purifiers can’t even do that! 

Ozone found in ozone purifiers makes its way into the air we breathe.

In fact, when we inhale ozone, they react with the compounds in our bodies, triggering chest pain and asthma attacks. 

Those who suffer from frequent chest infections or already have asthma should not include ozone purifiers in their daily lives. 

It is proven that ozone purifiers can’t even independently remove particles.

Ozones also rely on negative ions to attract pollen and dust, which basically makes them useless as ionizers.

If you feel shortness of breath, irritation in your throat, burning, irritation in your lungs, chest pain, or congestion, the culprit might be that new air purifier you just invested in! 

It is important to look for an air purifier that does not give off ozone.

Not only can it effect you but it also effect your family and pets.

Final Thoughts- Do Air Purifiers Catch On Fire?

Air purifiers have been all the craze for quite a while now. If you still want to try them out for yourselves, you may. 

However, as mentioned above, try to maintain your air purifier and frequently clean it. 

If you do end up buying an air purifier, make sure it is high in quality and doesn’t require a lot of energy. 

This helps somewhat eliminate the chances of the purifier catching on fire. 

I hope this post answered your question on: are air purifiers a fire hazard. 

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irene mills author of freshairdevices

(writer & chief editor)

Irene Mills is eager to help others create an indoor allergen-free home. She has years of experience testing out air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and other products designed to help with indoor air quality. Learn more about me.