Purchasing an air purifier to improve indoor air quality is a good idea. However, not getting the most out of air cleaning technology is a missed opportunity. To get the best results, it’s important to place the device in an optimal spot in your home or office. Doing so results in improvements to efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Read the following do’s and don’ts to find out where to put an air purifier.
Allergens in the Home
Air purifiers rid the indoor air of bacteria, mold, fungi, and other allergens. These tiny particles trigger allergic rhinitis which is a common reaction to allergens. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffy, itchy or runny nose, watery eyes, and sore throat. Common household allergies include pet dander, mold, dead skin cells, and the dust mites that feed on them. A DIY test kit gives homeowners the information to deal with allergens while air purifiers work to rid the air of them.
Where to Put An Air Purifier in Your Home
Many people use air cleaning technology to clean the air inside their homes. However, air purifiers aren’t just for residential use. They are also used in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and gyms. Use one in your office at work to keep the air in your workspace allergen-free. Choose a suitable model according to the space you work in. A professional commercial-grade machine cleans the air up to 1,100 square feet while smaller models work well for rooms up to 100 square feet.
A high-quality air purifier should use a combination of HEPA filter and an activated carbon filter. For example, the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower is designed to capture up to 99.97 percent of allergens and pollutants. However, to fully maximize the potential of your purifier, it’s important to find the right location for it. Consider these tips before deciding where to put an air purifier.
Do Place an Air Purifier:
1. Close to the Source
Choose a device that uses both a carbon and HEPA filter and place it close to the source of air contamination. For example, set up your air purifier near the refrigerator to clean the air and reduce odors. Place a unit in a doorway of your bedroom to keep pet dander from entering. Place one close to a cat’s litterbox or in a room where someone smokes to reduce the odor and harmful particles.
2. Away from Moisture
Air purifiers do not perform well in humid environments. Therefore, keep them out of bathrooms or they will absorb too much moisture which causes long-term damage. An air-cleaning device with moisture damage must work harder to clean the air and won’t be as effective. If you must use one in a room with high humidity, consider running a dehumidifier as well.
3. Move the Device as Needed
A portable model allows you the freedom to move the device to whichever room you spend the most time in. That could be the living room after work and then the bedroom at night. Most units are light enough to move easily. If moving them around is too bothersome, purchase a few models and keep them in a few different locations throughout the home.
Don’t Place and Air Purifier:
1. Place an Air Purifier in Tights Spots
Keep air purifiers out of tight spots. They need room to operate and are more effective away from tight areas. They also perform better with windows and doors closed against incoming drafts of air. Don’t place them in corners or tucked between pieces of furniture or any place that limits airflow.
2. Next to Electronic Devices
Don’t use these machines near electronic devices. This won’t impact the effectiveness of the device, but the static interference that results is annoying.
3. Place on the Ground
Placing the unit on the ground limits its effectiveness. Dust spores rise with air currents as people and pets enter the room. Therefore, placing the air cleaning machine on a shelf or tabletop limits their spread. Anywhere from three to five feet is recommended. Some air purifiers come with a stand so you can mount them off the ground.
Air Purifier Placement
It’s easy and affordable to keep the air inside your home or office clean. We hope this article helps answer the questions of where to put an air purifier. However, if you have questions about which device is right for your needs, give us a call at 727-572-4550.