Installing an air purifier is one of the best ways you can improve the air quality inside your home. These handy little systems eliminate contaminants from the air, preventing you from breathing in substances that could trigger allergies, discomfort and illness. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), harmful contaminants can get into your home via the outdoors, cooking, cleaning, secondhand smoke, building materials and even through your furniture.
This small but amazing appliance will purify the air from all the discomfort-causing airborne particulates from the aforementioned culprits–including dust, smog, pollen, dander, mold, bacteria and viruses–leaving behind fresher, healthier air. Once you’ve selected the right air purifier for your home, it helps if you know a few helpful tricks so you get the most out of it every time you run it. Here’s where to place an air purifier so that it works at its best.
- In the Air Conditioner—One of the challenges of perpetually running an air purifier is that it takes up space! If you’re not keen on the idea of having it out in the open, consider using an air conditioner with a built-in air filter to combine two appliances in one. Another great way to purify the air without introducing bulky equipment is to place high-quality air filters in your central air conditioner and furnace for whole-house purification.
- In the Bedroom—If you tend to wake up with a stuffy nose during cold or allergy season, you could definitely benefit from running an air purifier in the bedroom while you snooze. The fact is that you breathe deepest when you sleep, which means that you open up your airways to more harmful particulates than you might when you’re awake. Running your purifier can help rid the air of common bedroom contaminants, including dust mites and pet dander. Make sure to look for an ultra-quiet model with a low-decibel output, such as a Dyson air purifier.
- In the Basement—The basement is a great place to install your air purifier, since it tends to harbor mold, mildew, bacteria and all your harshest chemicals in the form of cleaning supplies, paint and other household products. It’s a good idea to run your purifier alongside a dehumidifier if your basement tends to get humid. As always, make sure to select high-efficiency, Energy Star rated models to keep your energy bills low.
- Near the Kitchen—The kitchen is one of the house’s hazardous hotspots, emitting chemicals, gases and smells that tend to permeate the entire home. Because of this, it’s never a bad idea to run a purifier in or near the kitchen. If kitchen odors are a primary concern, we recommend selecting an air purifier with a carbon filter, as it will be better equipped to zap the air of even the most stubborn grease and burn smells.
- Anywhere You Need—One of the best things about modern appliances is that they can pack a serious punch with a much smaller footprint than they once could. There are a variety of lightweight, portable air purifiers that weigh under 10 pounds. In fact, one of our best-selling air purifiers (the Blueair Blue Pure 411) weighs just 3.5 pounds, so you can cart it from the kitchen to the bedroom to the office to wherever you just so happen to be!
The Dyson Pure Cool Me Personal Purifying Fan purifies and cools at just 6.17 pounds, so you can take it with you anywhere!
Things to Know Before Buying
An important thing to note before settling on an air purifier model is that each unit is rated according to the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) rating scale, which indicates how much air volume a device can effectively filter. The CADR correlates with room size and can help you determine whether or not a unit will be powerful enough to filter the entirety of your room. At Abt, we also list the coverage area (in square feet) of each purifier for a simple approach to sizing.
Another important thing to note is that air purifiers rely on their filters to run efficiently and at their best, so it’s vital that you regularly swap out your filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you have any additional questions on sizing, placement or selection of your air purifier, get in touch with Abt and we’ll happily assist so you can breathe easier at home!