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Where in my home should I put an Air Purifier?

In an ideal world, you’d have an air purifier for each room in your home (with every unit size corresponding to the room in which it’s used). This, however, could become costly!

So how can you make the most of one or two air purifiers?

This is where unit positioning comes in; to optimise air purification and device efficiency. Follow these 5 rules to help you decide where to put your air purifier at home:

  1. Place in areas where air pollution is worse.

There are many sources of indoor air pollutants; from cooking and cleaning products to wood burners and pet dander. It might sound obvious, but air purifiers should be placed where the concentration of pollutants – or pollution causing activities – are at the highest.

To determine where the higher pollutant areas are within your home, LearnMetrics advise using your senses.

  • Eyes: Pollutants such as smoke and mould are clearly visible. Place air purifiers near the mould infestation for better results, or where high levels of smoke occur in the home.
  • Nose: Odour is a distinct indicator of high pollutant concentrations, so positioning your air purifier where it smells is a good place to start!
  • Allergies: Which room sets off your most severe reactions? Where your allergy symptoms are aggravated is indicative of higher air impurity levels – so it may be worthwhile to position your air purifier in these areas.
  1. Allow your air purifier space to ‘breathe’.

It makes little sense to cage an air purifier amongst obstacles such as furniture and corners of rooms (or even the floor!)

The air flowing through the air purifier shouldn’t be obstructed as this can reduce its ability to function properly. Avoid the corner of rooms, for example – where the fan is blocked in two directions. If possible, allow at least a 1m space around the air purifier to enable it to function at its maximum capacity.

Positioning in a place with low indoor airflow can also affect functionality, particularly if you have a smaller air purifier. Elevating your air purifier off the ground may increase the floor-to-ceiling cleaning efficiency, since airborne particles near the ceiling can be trapped faster.

Another option would be to consider positioning an air purifier near to a front door or open window, capturing pollutants at entry points. This can help create a first line of defence against outdoor pollutants entering the home.

  1. Avoid rooms with high humidity

High humidity rooms have ‘heavier’ air; a more difficult environment for air purifiers to work in effectively. Generally, bathrooms and kitchens are the most humid rooms within the home, however they’re often the rooms in need of air purification too!

Aeris Health recommends using a dehumidifier alongside an air purifier for maximum efficiency.

  1. Choose the right size room

The ‘right’ size room for your air purifier is dependent on the size of your unit. Instant Air Purifiers carry a maximum square footage rating on their specifications list, to help you choose the right size for you and your home.

A simple calculation can be used to determine the square footage of the space you want to purify:

Measure the two perpendicular walls of a room and multiple these numbers together.

If you require an air purifier that will clean the air for multiple connected rooms, then just measure the length and width of each room separately and add up the totals.

Instant Air Purifiers are available in 3 sizes, so you can make sure you’re using one that’s suitable for your needs:

  • AP100: home office, hallway and small bedroom – cleaning up to 126 sqft / 12 sqm per air delivery rate.
  • AP200: bedrooms, kitchen and dining rooms – cleaning up to 228 sqft / 22 sqm per air delivery rate. 
  • AP300: large living rooms and open plan kitchen/diners – cleaning up to 388 sqft / 36 sqm per air delivery rate.
  1. Move your air purifier around for maximum efficiency

Take full advantage of your air purifiers’ portability! AirPurifierFirst suggests using devices in the kitchen during food preparation, and once you move to the living room or other areas of your home, bring the air purifier with you! Later at night, the unit can be moved to the bedroom to clean the air whilst you sleep.

If you’re planning to use your air purifier in multiple rooms, then be sure to buy a unit that will work effectively in your largest room.

Find out more about the new range of Instant Air Purifiers and find the right model for your house.

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