If you want to breathe fresh air indoors, you will need a guide on how to use an air purifier effectively. We care about the quality of air that you breathe in your home, which is why we wrote this guide to help you out.
As a device to clean air in the home, an air purifier is more than just something that you place somewhere, turn on and that’s it – air purifiers need to be placed strategically and used properly to make them more efficient in cleaning the air.
For instance, proper placement, changing of filters as scheduled, and other factors will come into play. Keep these in mind if you want your air purifier to work effectively in your living space to clean out dust and pollution.
Should I run an air purifier on all the time?
Yes, air purifiers should be run all the time because they will significantly clean the air as you go. Pollution knows no time of day so it’s best to let it run the entire time to feel its effects. With that said, here are some air purifiers that we think you’ll find great for all-day cleaning:
For rooms around 403 square feet, the LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home is a great bedroom unit that’s capable of home automation (Alexa) through Wi-Fi. It uses an H13 True HEPA filter so we recommend it to allergy sufferers.
It doesn’t make a lot of noise at only 24 dB on the lowest setting. What’s more, it is ozone-free for its air-filtering capabilities.
For rooms up to 465 square feet, the Honeywell HPA300 HEPA Air Purifier is another allergy-friendly unit because of its Turbo Clean mode. With its filter change reminders, you can simply run it all day and it will tell you when it’s time for maintenance.
There’s also a dimmer to keep the lights low at night. What’s more, it has up to 120 air exchanges per day, making it suitable for allergy season and it has a 5-year warranty.
Yet another sleek-looking unit is the RIGOGLIOSO GL2103 Air Purifier for Home, which is also ozone-free so it’s good for you and the environment. It has an automatic shut-off feature after 8 hours and it’s also less than 30 dB on its noise levels.
With a True HEPA filter and a portable design, we think it’s ideal for bedrooms. It is backed by a 1-year warranty.
For rooms up to 840 square feet, the MSA3 Air Purifier for Home is a large-room unit for you. It has a 3-stage filter and a sleep mode to help you at night.
With a Turbo mode for allergy season, it is also ozone-free and will operate on quiet levels as low as 25 dB to help you sleep better.
Which way should an air purifier face?
Now that you have an idea of the best HEPA air purifier for the money from the above-mentioned picks, the next problem is where to place it in your home. Fortunately, we have some tips just for you:
1. Don’t put them in corners
Make sure that your air purifier faces the direction of the source of pollution but don’t place it in a corner! That’s because you’re essentially blocking its airflow, reducing its cleaning capability.
We recommend putting an air purifier next to your dresser or fridge. Don’t put them in a cramped place and make sure they have about 1 foot of area around them.
2. Position it like a club bouncer (or a security guard)
Okay, so we’ve heard about club bouncers, who act as security guards to prevent troublemakers from entering an establishment. We like positioning an air purifier opposite the room where you want to maintain clean air.
To do this, simply put the air purifier near the doorway of your intended room and make sure it faces outwards as if they are security guards.
3. Avoid putting it near electronics
By electronics, we mean TVs, stereos, and microwaves, which can cause electronic interference and it could ruin both your air purifier and the appliance in question.
How long should you run an air purifier?
A good 12 hours is already enough when running an air purifier. We recommend running it for longer periods, especially if you experience any of the following in your living situation:
|Concern||Reasons to run it all-day||Extra air purifier tips|
|Pets at home||Having pets at home will cause your air to be stuffed with pet dander, which is why you need to run your air purifier all day to clean it up.||
|Asthma and allergies||Asthma and allergies will attack quickly once there’s dust and other pollutants in the air – there’s no telling when and where such allergens will strike.||
|High pollen count (pollen season)||A high pollen count will result in allergies and asthma so it’s best to run your unit all day.||
|Industrial smog||If you live in an urban area with factories, we recommend running your air purifier all day for protection.||
|Flu season||During flu season, running your air purifier all day will help lessen your chances of getting sick.||
|Wildfire season||During wildfire season, air purifiers will continuously filter out smoke from outside fires.||
All in all, air purifiers are great devices to clean the air with. However, it all comes down to how you use them to get their best effectiveness. We hope that by using these tips that we mentioned above, your air purifier will serve its purpose properly and that your lungs will thank you eventually. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!