One of the most important aspects of creating a great cigar room is having heavy duty ventilation or air filtration. There are many ways to go about accomplishing this. The first step is to look at the size of your cigar room. Is it a small basement room in your house or a large commercial space connected to a business or something in between?
Smaller Cigar Room Filtration
The Rabbit Air MinusA2 SPA-780A is our recommended option for home use. It is rated for up to 815 square feet. If you have a cigar room close to 800 square feet you will probably need two of these units to clear the cigar smoke quickly. These units do a great job of clearing the smoke and most of the smell but it is like you will still want to add an air freshener or source of fresh air into space. These units are HEPA filter based on a filter that needs to be changed yearly or more often with heavy use.
HEPA based filters are ideal for cigar smoke. They filter a very high percentage of the particles in the air much more efficiently than other types of air filters.
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Custom Cigar Room Filtration
For custom cigar rooms at home or larger commercial applications, custom systems are the way to go. Custom cigar room filtration systems give you many more options than off the shelf systems.
Filtermate.com offers great custom HEPA based filtration systems. These systems are reasonably priced and built to order. These systems allow you the flexibility to move the air through your space much quicker and more efficiently. It is recommended to intake the air at the ceiling into the filter and return the air at floor level to keep the air moving properly.
These custom cigar room filtration systems from Filtermate can be built to move up to 50,000 cubic feet per minute of air. This will exchange your entire air volume every few minutes for most spaces.
Cigar Room Ventilation
Along with a strong HEPA based filter, it is also highly recommended set up up a source of fresh air into your cigar room. Fresh air helps keep the space smelling fresh and odor free.
You will need a fan to pump air into space and a vent to let air out preferably on opposite sides of the room to create good airflow. It is very important to spec this to the size of your room.
The key to all of this is to over spec everything. Cigar smoke is difficult to filter and on average takes twice as much filter power as expected to be effective. Overdo it!
It is highly recommended to consult a qualified HVAC company when decided how large to build your cigar room filtration and ventilation system. They will be able to do the necessary calculations for cfm and balance with ventilation.