The washable pre-filter can be cleaned by hand in warm, soapy water. It is recommended to check the condition of the pre-filter every 2-3 weeks and wash it if it has accumulated dust, lint, or other particles. After washing, rinse and thoroughly dry the pre-filter before reinstalling it.
On the other hand, the permanent filter of AER1 filters should not be washed. Instead, it should be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Gently run the brush along both sides of the permanent filter, cleaning between the pleated layers. It’s important to avoid using water, household cleaners, or detergents on the permanent filter.
By following these instructions, you can maintain the cleanliness and optimal performance of the AER1 filters without damaging them.
Dos and don’ts
5-step guide to cleaning AER1 filters
Before starting the cleaning process, ensure that the air cleaner is unplugged and turned off to ensure safety. Gather all the necessary cleaning supplies, including warm, soapy water, a soft brush, and a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Having these items ready will make the cleaning process more convenient.
Removing the Pre-filter
To access the pre-filter, open the air cleaner’s door. You will notice an indentation on the right side of the door—carefully place your fingers there and gently pull the door forward. Once the door is open to approximately 90 degrees, pull the grill up and forward to remove the pre-filter from the air cleaner. Take care not to damage the filter during this process.
Washing the Pre-filter
Inspect the pre-filter and check if it has accumulated a noticeable amount of dust, lint, or particles. If it appears dirty, wash it by hand in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub the pre-filter to remove any dirt or debris. After washing, rinse the pre-filter thoroughly to eliminate any soap residue. To dry the pre-filter, avoid using an automatic dryer. Instead, dab it gently with a dry, cloth hand towel until it is completely dry.
Cleaning the Permanent Filter
Using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a brush attachment, clean the permanent filter. Run the brush along both sides of the filter, ensuring that you clean between the pleated layers. It is crucial to avoid using water, household cleaners, or detergents on the permanent filter, as these substances can damage its functionality. Cleaning the permanent filter with a vacuum cleaner will help remove accumulated dust and debris, improving its performance.
Reinstalling the Filters
Once both the pre-filter and permanent filter are clean and dry, it’s time to reinstall them. Carefully place the pre-filter back into the air cleaner’s door and ensure it is securely latched in place. Confirm that both filters are correctly positioned and secure. Close the air cleaner’s door tightly to prevent any air leakage. Finally, plug in the air cleaner and turn it on to resume normal operation, now with the clean filters in place.
How often should I clean the AER1 filters?
The washable pre-filter should be checked every 2-3 weeks and washed as needed, typically at least every 30 days. The permanent filter should be cleaned every few weeks or when the Filter Clean Indicator alerts you to do so.
Can I wash the AER1 filters with water and soap?
The washable pre-filter can be washed by hand in warm, soapy water. However, the permanent filter should not be washed with water or soap. It should be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment.
Can I use household cleaners or detergents to clean the AER1 filters?
No, it is not recommended to use household cleaners, detergents, or solvents to clean any part of the AER1 filters. These substances can potentially damage the filters’ performance.
Can I put the pre-filter in the dishwasher?
No, the pre-filter should not be placed in the dishwasher. It should be washed by hand in warm, soapy water and thoroughly dried before reinstalling.
How should I clean the permanent AER1 Holmes filter?
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the permanent filter. Gently run the brush along both sides of the filter and clean between the pleated layers. Avoid using water, cleaners, or detergents on the permanent filter.
Can I clean the inside of the air purifier?
Yes, you can clean the inside of the air purifier, but only use a dry, soft cloth to wipe it down. Avoid using water or any cleaning agents on the inside.
Can I dry the filters in an automatic dryer?
No, the pre-filter should not be dried in an automatic dryer. It should be dried by gently dabbing it with a dry, cloth hand towel. The permanent filter should not be washed or dried with water at all.
Can I replace the AER1 filters?
The washable pre-filter and permanent filter are designed to be reused. However, if any of the filters are worn, damaged, or not functioning properly, they should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
What should I do if the Filter Clean Indicator alerts me?
If the Filter Clean Indicator alerts you to clean the filter, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the permanent filter using a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. Do not ignore the indicator, as a dirty filter can affect the performance of the air cleaner.
How do I know if the filters need cleaning?
Regularly check the condition of the filters visually. If the pre-filter appears dirty or the permanent filter shows visible dust or debris accumulation, it is a good indication that they need cleaning.