Low air quality has been associated with more than 7 million deaths per year, and so the first step towards healthy living is to mind the air quality you take into your body. You can improve the air quality in your house by equipping yourself with an air purifier that uses a HEPA filter. However, not knowing where to place the air purifier can limit its purifying potential. In this article, we are going to look at the best place to place the air purifier in your house.
Are you wondering where to place the air purifier in your house? You can use the Airthings Air Quality Monitor to determine the spot with the highest concentration of pollutants and then place the air purifier right at the source. In case the source of the pollutants has high humidity, you can avoid interfering with the efficiency of the air purifier by combining it with the Shinco Dehumidifier.
Where To Place Air Purifier In Bedroom
Most people breathe the deepest when they are sleeping, making air purifiers most effective during this time. That means you will want to maximize the potential of the air purifier by placing it in the best place in your bedroom. However, the best spot to place your air purifier in the bedroom will depend on the model.
For instance, some models function well when placed near the wall, others when mounted on the wall, and others when placed in the center of the bedroom. Regardless of the model, it is advisable to place the air purifier around 6 to 10 ft from your bed’s head with the directional registers of the air purifier pointed towards you.
Placing the air purifier further away from this distance can hinder the benefits you are getting from the filtered air while placing it closer than the recommended distance can make you feel a draft. Also, air purifiers produce some noise and might disrupt your sleep if you place them too close to your head. Typically, the quieter models are the best options for bedrooms.
For air purifiers that need to be located in the middle of the bedroom, go for ones that can be placed squarely on the floor. In the case of an air purifier that needs to be placed near a wall, look for one that has 360-degree filtration and that can be located around 6 inches from the wall.
How To Find The Best Place To Place An Air Purifier
Homes are different, and so the best place to place the air purifier will vary from home to home. Here are some considerations you can make to find the best spot to place an air purifier in your house.
An air purifier sucks in the air and passes it through a series of air filters to remove the pollutants. Placing them in a spot with the highest airflow allows them to pull in the air much more quickly, maximizing their potential. It is therefore advisable to place the air purifiers close to a doorway or near a window.
Considering that moving air can also lift large-sized pollutants such as mold spores and dust, Placing the air purifier at the entrance will help eliminate these pollutants before they get into your home and spread in the air.
In case you have pets in certain rooms in your home, you can also consider placing the air purifier near the doors to prevent pollutants from seeping into other rooms.
Space To The Walls
Considering that many air purifiers suck in the air using the front-facing vents, you should place them with a space of around 1 foot on the sides, back, and front. That means placing an air purifier near a corner can significantly reduce its effectiveness.
High humidity makes the air heavier and the air purifier will need to use more power to generate an airflow of heavy air. Also, air with high moisture content reduces the capacity of the air filters especially if your air purifiers use a HEPA filter.
However, mold breeds well in high-humidity places such as bathrooms, and you might need to use an air purifier in such rooms.
Keeping in mind that the relative humidity for an air purifier to work effectively should be below 50%, combining a Shinco Dehumidifier with an air purifier might be the best option. Typically, the dehumidifier will help reduce the humidity before the air purifier filters the air.
Many air purifiers come with a coverage specification indicated in square feet. Before deciding where to place the air purifier, consider the room size with the purifier’s coverage specification.
For instance, an air purifier with a coverage of 100 square feet will be ineffective if placed in a huge basement. On the other hand, it will be a waste of energy to place an air purifier with a coverage of 1100 square feet in a tiny kitchen or bedroom.
Where To Place An Air Purifier To Benefit The Whole House
The best spot to place an air purifier to benefit the whole house is right at the source of the pollutants in your house. You can find the spot in your house with the highest concentration of pollutants by using the Airthings Air Quality Monitor.
Keep in mind that some sources of pollutants such as mold and smoke can be seen through the eyes. You can also use your nose to determine the source of the foul smell or odor in your house.
In case you are sensitive to allergens, you can use your allergy reaction to know which rooms have the highest concentration of allergens. By placing the air purifier right at the source of the pollutants, you will minimize the chances of the pollutants spreading into other rooms in the house.
Final Thoughts About Where To Place The Air Purifier
Knowing where to place an air purifier in your house can help improve its efficiency by around 20%. Avoid placing an air purifier in high humidity rooms as this reduces its efficiency. Use the Shinco Dehumidifier to reduce the humidity if you want to use the air purifier in such a place. If you want to benefit the whole house, place the air purifier near the source of the pollutants. You can use the Airthings Air Quality Monitor to determine the source of the pollutants.
Dave Pearson is a Canadian musician, sound editor, and audiophile. He is also the founder and owner of the website SoundProofGeek. On SoundProofGeek, Pearson offers advice and resources on audio equipment, including how to assess and improve audio quality, how to troubleshoot and repair audio equipment, and how to improve the music listening experience.