Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about air purifiers.
So, can air purifiers really filter out germs, smoke, and dust?
For many individuals, the promise of purified air is an enticing offer, especially for those that have common breathing issues, like asthma.
Not to mention, with the recent medical issues in the world, air purifiers have become popular for helping to get rid of germs and other harmful substances that are transmitted in the air.
However, there are still some doubts in people's minds about how good an air purifier is at cleaning the air and if they truly work.
We'll answer all of these doubts and more. In this definitive guide, you'll learn:
- How air purifiers work
- How to make sure an air purifier is effective
- Other ways to improve the air quality indoors
- How to choose an air purifier
- And much more
So, keep reading.
How Do Air Purifiers Work?
Generally, air purifiers will come with a single filter, but many newer models actually have more than one filter.
Each of these filters is designed to filter out different things from the air, and it also utilizes a fan to help to suck in the air, which allows the circulation of air from the room.
As the fan pulls air into the purifier and moves it through the filter, different pollutants and particles are captured in the filter before the air is pushed out of the air purifier.
Generally, these filters are made from mesh or paper, and they need to be replaced frequently, which is one of the things that many people forget.
If the filter isn't changed on a regular basis, the air purifier will not be able to work to its fullest capabilities, which can be perceived as not working or doing any good.
This also means that you have to consider the price of the filters when considering which air purifier you are purchasing. Some require more expensive filters to run properly.
How Often Should An Air Purifier Be Run?
Well, in order to gain the most benefits from the device, you should try to keep the air purifier running consistently.
Most models have an operational cost of approximately $50 annually, and you should add on an additional $100 at least annually for replacement filters.
This amount could vary depending on the type of filters the model uses and the number of filters that the purifier will use at the same time.
That being said, there are some filters that are reusable and washable, which can help to cut down the cost of purchasing filters.
The downside to using these types of filters is the fact that they can be meticulous to maintain.
Some of the purifier models can use UV filters, which are designed to help destroy some biological impurities, but there are some that are UV-resistant.
Finally, there are some air purifiers that can use ionizers to help attract different types of particles.
It's important to be careful that the air purifier's mode doesn't produce ozone, which is a gas that has been known to aggravate various asthma conditions and irritate the lungs.
Generally, these air purifiers will have this on the packaging or should be mentioned in the marketing description.
If you are unsure, you should inquire to make sure, especially if anyone in your home already has issues with asthma or other breathing conditions.
Do Air Purifiers Work With Filtering Air From Outside The Home?
If you find yourself asking this question, then you should continue reading.
There are a lot of times when there might be some sort of pollutants in the air that are generated from outside your home.
Generally, these pollutants are not around frequent enough to warrant an air purifier strictly for this reason.
That being said, if you live in an area where there is a persistent environmental threat, like wildfires, then it could warrant an air purifier.
Oftentimes, if you live in one of these areas or in an area with other environmental threats, you should look into a model that is capable of equipping a HEPA filter inside of the purifier.
HEPA filters are designed specifically to help filter out larger particles from the air that may clog a regular filter and air purifier model.
So, the final answer to this question is yes.
Air purifiers can help in filtering air from outside the house effectively, but in most circumstances, this will not be needed for most environmental air issues.
Will An Air Purifier Actually Filter Out What I Truly Need?
The most common things that air purifiers are meant to filter out are basic dust and pollen particles.
It's important to note that most air purifiers are not capable of catching volatile organic compounds or radon particles.
The filters in your air purifier should be changed frequently, at least every three or so months, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Many cleaning products, adhesives, and paints can produce radon particles and other VOCs that air filters are not capable of filtering out.
However, most allergens, like dust and smoke, can be filtered from the air, which can help to keep them from getting embedded into flooring and furniture.
Things To Consider When Using An Air Purifier To Ensure It Is Effective
Although it is apparent that air purifiers are effective, there are many factors that you need to consider when using an air purifier to ensure that it will be as effective as possible.
Here are just a few of those factors:
Some people might not realize that the location of an air purifier can cause it to be less effective.
For instance, an air purifier works by using fans to pull air into the device, filter it, and then release it back into the room.
If the air purifier is positioned too close to an object, the fans can be obstructed, which can cause the purifier not to run properly.
2) Purifier Size
The next factor that you should consider is the size of the room that you are placing the air purifier in.
You will need to think about if the air purifier you are purchasing will be large enough to properly circulate the air in the room.
If it is too small of a unit based on the room, you could still have issues with the quality of air in the room because the air purifier will have to work twice as hard to try and clean the air.
3) Health Conditions
If you have any sort of health conditions, like asthma, then you need to take this into consideration because you may require special filters or features in your air purifier to ensure that they are taken care of.
This should be considered before you even look at models; this will help ensure that you are looking at the model that will meet all or as many of the features you need.
4) Type of Filter or Filters
If you are just in need of basic air purification, you might be able to get away with a model that uses a single filter.
If you live in an area with environmental issues outside, you might be better off with a model that uses a more sophisticated filter like a HEPA filter or other types of filters that are possible to make air purifiers more effective.
What Other Things Can I Do To Help With The Air Quality In My Home?
Although purchasing an air purifier will help to keep the quality of your air clean, there are a few things that you can do to help further improve the air quality in your room.
After all, air purifiers cannot perform miracles, and it is important that you do everything you can to help keep the air quality in your home the best it can be to keep any health conditions from worsening or developing.
1) Keep Your Air Filters Changed
Merely keeping the filters in your air purifier can greatly increase the air quality in your home because it will allow your air purifier to run properly and do what it was meant to do.
2) Use Exhaust Fans As Needed In Areas
Kitchens are notorious for creating odors and pollutants that can affect the air quality in your home.
For instance, there is oftentimes some sort of smoke that might get into the air, and this is where an exhaust fan will be able to help with the air quality of the room.
It can help to diminish the amount of effort the air purifier will have to do to get rid of such pollutants in the air.
The exhaust fan will primarily help to circulate the air along with the air purifier to improve the overall quality of the air.
3) Reduce Pollutant Sources In-Home
There are many things that can put pollutants inside the home. For instance, lighting candles or wood fires can cause the air quality in your home to decrease drastically.
Therefore, you should minimize these activities to help with the overall quality of air in your home.
Also, if you or anyone in your home is a smoker, you could have them smoke only outside, which will help to keep the pollutants from inside the house, which is one of the biggest air quality things you could do.
4) Keep Windows Open Periodically
If you live in an area where outside environmental pollutants are not common, one easy way to help improve the air quality of your home is by opening your windows.
Doing this periodically will allow natural air circulation to fill the room.
This can help if for some reason you are having issues with your air purifier or if you need to change your filters at any time.
Do I Really Need An Air Purifier?
The first thing that you should understand is that buying an air purifier is not a cure-all solution.
There is very little medical evidence that is available that helps to support the idea that the use of an air purifier will directly help with all respiratory or any allergy symptoms.
Due to this, it can be difficult to know if an air purifier will actually help with these conditions, but many have expressed that the use of an air purifier has made them feel better overall.
If you do suffer from medical conditions and allergy symptoms, it could help to choose an air purifier that is capable of using HEPA filters to help reduce the fine airborne particles that could cause some issues.
Therefore, if you feel that the air in your home is thick or you are having minor issues, you could greatly benefit from getting an air purifier to assist with these issues.
It never hurts to take precautions with the air quality of your home.
How To Choose An Air Purifier
Air purifiers can kill allergens floating in the air and make your home a healthier, and more comfortable, place to live.
Not all air purifiers are created equal, however. Some are better than others at killing certain allergens.
Others may offer other benefits. Learn how to choose the best air purifier in our guide.
It's surprising how many pollutants can actually fill your home.
In a recent HVAC industry study we conducted, we learned a lot about HVAC systems and air pollutants.
Air pollutants pushed through the air due to an unfiltered HVAC system, they come in our clothes, and they can be tracked in through our pets.
An air purifier kills those pollutants, as well as allergens, which can make your home a healthier place to be.
Choosing an air purifier isn't always easy.
There are a lot of considerations that first need to be made to ensure you're buying the right one.
Otherwise, you could buy one and not notice any real effect.
Here's what you need to know in order to buy the air purifier best for your needs.
Calculate the Size of Room for the Purifier
Air purifiers are only designed to clear a certain size of a room.
Affordable air purifiers are usually only good for a single room. More expensive purifiers clear larger-sized rooms.
It's important to know the size of the room that you intend to use the purifier in because you could be wasting your money otherwise.
If you purchase an air purifier that is designed for use in a small room, then place it in a large room, then you're not going to get much out of it.
The immediate area around the purifier might be cleared of allergens, but the entire room will not.
The purifier will also be working beyond full capacity. It may wear down faster.
A similar problem is encountered when you buy a large air purifier for a small room.
While it will likely easily keep the room clean, it's also doing more than the room needs. You could have wasted your money based on the kind of service that you're receiving.
Calculate the size of your room, then look for air purifiers that are capable of purifying that size of a room. That purifier is one to consider.
However, there are a few other variables to consider before making your final choice.
Understand How Air Purifiers Work and What CADR Means
You shouldn't expect an air purifier to completely purify your room. That's because air purifiers only clean what's in the air. It can't clean allergens that are settled on surfaces.
Those allergens have to be disturbed and carried back through the air in order for the purifier to kill them.
With that in mind, you need to pay attention to the CADR of a purifier. CADR stands for clean air delivery rate.
The higher the rate is, the cleaner the room is in a shorter amount of time. Each air purifier is classified by its CADR.
The EPA gives the following examples to help you understand the minimum CADR rating you should look for in your air purifier.
A 100 square foot room should have a minimum of a 65-rated CADR air purifier.
A 300 square foot room should have a minimum of a 195-rated CADR air purifier.
A 600 square foot room should have a minimum of a 390-rated CADR ar purifier.
Anything less than the minimum means your room won't be purified efficiently.
If you have a room smaller or larger than those estimates, then you'll find plenty of calculators online that help you determine the minimum CADR that you need for the room.
Know Your Type of Allergens
Allergens come in two main categories. They're either particulates or gases.
Knowing which allergens you primarily want to kill can help you choose the right kind of purifier.
Each one uses a filter that is particularly effective again certain allergens. Some may be able to filter both.
However, you need to know what kind of filter you need in the air purifier to get the most out of it.
Particulates cover allergens like pollen, pet dander, dust, and other large debris.
These are the allergens that can be seen, though usually with a microscope. If you have a problem with dust in your area, then you may want to choose an air purifier that is specifically designed to filter out dust.
If you're allergic to pets but have pets, then you may want to use an air purifier that specifically removes pet dander from the air.
You'll want to choose a purifier that has a high CADR number and a fan speed. These variables can remove allergens from the air faster than those with a slower CADR number or a slow fan speed.
Most manufacturers will list in their description whether or not the purifier uses a filter specifically designed for a particulate.
Gases are another allergen that homeowners don't always think about. Fresh paint is one of the most obvious allergens.
If you recently painted a room, a project, or you work as a painter, then the gas of the paint could mess with your allergies.
An air purifier specifically designed for the removal of the gas around fresh paint can be extremely helpful.
Gases can be potentially toxic and harmful. You may find yourself sneezing in their presence, they may also be doing other serious damage to your body if you remain exposed to them for a long time.
One concern is older construction materials.
As they grow older and start to degrade, they can give off formaldehyde.
Inhaling too much of that gas can be seriously problematic. An air purifier can remove the gas from your home, keeping you and your family safe.
Even certain plastics in your home may give off toxic gases over time.
Those that are used in furniture, countertops, and even certain coverings can start to give off a gas that can cause you harm.
An air purifier that is designed for the removal of gases can effectively keep your home safe from toxic fumes.
It can decrease the allergies you experience in their presence and keep the rest of your body safe, too.
As with air purifiers made for particulates, you'll want to check the filter for those meant for gases. CADR is especially important for gas allergens because you want to eliminate them as much as possible.
In most cases, you'll find that an air purifier that uses an activated charcoal filter is one of the most effective for both particulates and gases.
It absorbs and holds both toxic gases and larger debris like particulates. If you want the most out of your air purifier, then an activated charcoal filter should be combined with a HEPA filter.
You may find that other filters work better for you. However, a combination of HEPA and activated charcoal is usually effective in most cases.
Noise Level is Important for Peace of Mind
Besides how well the air purifier works, you also need to consider the noise level. No one likes a noisy machine.
Your air purifier will likely be working day and night. If it's loud, then it may impact how well you sleep.
This is especially true if you intend to use the air purifier in your bedroom.
Most manufacturers will include a noise level rating on their products.
Don't trust a manufacturer that simply states that their purifier is quiet. It's a relative term. What may be quiet for them may not be quiet for you.
Instead, you'll want to look for something around 50 decibels. This is widely held as the appropriate noise level for a device indoors.
Anything smaller than 50 decibels will be incredibly quiet. Anything louder than 50 decibels may be louder than you appreciate.
Noise pollution should be a serious concern. It can quickly drive you crazy if it's loud enough.
You may never want to use the air purifier because it's so loud. A quiet air purifier can keep your room sanitized without so much as a whisper.
Some air purifiers carry a large price tag. It's important to know that buying a purifier means you're likely going to face more costs down the road.
You need to make sure that you're prepared to make the investment. One of the costs you'll face is an increase in your utility bills.
Air purifiers need to run all of the time in order to keep the room free of allergens and toxins.
That means it'll constantly be taking energy from your house.
To ensure your utility bill doesn't skyrocket, you'll want to choose an air purifier that has a high energy star rating.
Not every air purifier is rated for its energy cost.
You'll want to investigate those that are if you're concerned about saving money on your energy bill.
Energy star rates devices based on how energy-efficient they are.
You'll want to look for an Energy Star on the purifier. This means that it meets with the energy-efficiency standards held by the EPA.
Another cost to consider is that of filters. Like anything else that uses a filter, you're going to need to change the filter inside of the air purifier eventually.
Some filters can be extremely expensive. They may be even more expensive than the actual air purifier.
You need to determine whether that's a cost you can afford.
This is also where the lifespan of the filter is important. You may be able to afford a $50 filter that lasts every six months, but can you afford a $50 filter that lasts only for a single month?
Because there are several different types of air purifiers on the market, you may be able to find some that don't use a filter. This can save you a lot of money in terms of maintenance.
Others may use a different way of keeping themselves clean. It's important that you understand how the air purifier works and what you're expected to replace to ensure you have the budget for it.
Consider Other Features
You may also find some air purifiers that offer additional features.
One of the most popular is an air purifier that also acts as either a humidifier or a dehumidifier.
These can be effective devices that keep your room at the perfect humidity level and purity.
However, you'll need to put a little extra maintenance in them.
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers require water to be either added to them or removed from them.
Without cleaning those units, you could end up growing mold in them. That might make the air purifier have difficulty in purifying the rest of the room.
Some air purifiers that come with humidifiers may do so at the expense of the quality of the purifier.
You may need to determine which is more important to you. Do you want purer air or a more humid room?
While additional features can give you more bang for your buck, you want to make sure that you're not buying something that ultimately defeats your original purpose.
What Not to Buy
There are a few air purifiers that you should absolutely avoid. The first is those that produce ozone.
These are purifiers that often use ionizers, electrostatic precipitators, or UV light to purify the air. As a result, they can also produce ozone that you breathe in.
This can result in lung cancer or other types of lung disease.
You'll also want to check that the air purifier has a UIL listing. If it doesn't, then these air purifiers are not safe. They can start an electrical fire.
Finally, you'll want to check that the air purifier has a CADR rating. All purifiers that were tested in a lab have the rating. Those that don't should be met with a skeptical eye.
Find Your Air Purifier
Choosing an air purifier can be difficult thanks to the several variables you need to consider before choosing one.
This guide can help organize your thoughts and make you aware of your needs.
That can make choosing your air purifier an easier decision.
Check out our air purifier reviews to make finding your purifier even easier.
Most Common Issues Found In Air Purifiers
Air purifiers are necessary for many people with allergies or other more serious ailments, like asthma or other breathing diseases.
However, just like all mechanical devices, several issues are common when using an air purifier.
If you are having any issues with your air purifier, we have compiled a few of the more common issues with these devices, and we have researched what you should do if your air purifier is acting up in such a manner.
What is the purpose of an air purifier?
The simple answer to this question is that it is a mechanical device that is meant to purify the air in a room to make it easier to breathe, but some models are capable of a lot more.
One of these devices can be beneficial for all sorts of ailments, but it can also be helpful for other reasons as well. Here are just a few of the other benefits that they are capable of helping with.
1. Neutralizes Unpleasant Odors: Regardless of how clean a home might be, there are things that can give off several unpleasant odors that can cause an issue.
Some air purifiers have specialized filters and features that are capable of ridding the home of these odors.
2. Improves Sleep: Air purifiers will purify the air, which will make it easier for most people to breathe, while they are sleeping.
Therefore, this will help to provide people in the room with better sleeping habits than those without an air purifier, especially if that person has any sort of breathing problem, like asthma.
3. Removes and Eliminates Various Harmful Radons and Particles: In purifying the air, an air purifier actually does eliminate various types of harmful radon and particles from the air, which will be helpful for everyone in the household and not just people that might have breathing issues.
4. Assists In Reducing the Chances of Airborne Diseases: In a world of uncertainties, there are diseases that can easily be transmitted through the air, and using an air purifier can actually help in reducing the chances of these diseases being transmitted because they actually pull the diseases from the air. However, by itself, an air purifier/cleaner is not enough to protect people from diseases, including COVID-19.
1) High-Pressure Indicator Light Is On But Fan Does Not Turn
Most air purifiers have a high-pressure indicator light that should cause a set of fans to kick on to help ensure that the air is circulated.
However, what should you do if the light is on but the fans are not turning?
This is a common issue that many people have found when using air purifiers, but there is an easy solution that can help in figuring out if this is broken and needs to be replaced or if it can be fixed.
The first thing that you should do is check the fans and see if there might be a foreign object that is obstructing the fans from turning.
This could easily happen depending on where the purifier is stationed in the room. If you find an obstruction, then the solution is easy. All you have to do is remove the object and the fans should start up once again.
If you do not find anything obstructing the fans from turning, then you will have to move on to the next problem check, which is the fan motor.
You should check to see if the motor lead has been broken or damaged because this will cause the winding to be halted.
If you find that the winding is open or there is an open circuit near the motor wiring, then you will want to find and purchase a replacement for the fan motor to get your purifier back operating properly.
2) Negative Ion Output Concentration Is Low
If you have issues with this particular setting, the most likely culprit for this malfunction is there is an issue with the filter or something wrong with the electrode dirt.
Therefore, you should remove these two things and make sure that they are cleaned and in good condition before putting them back in.
Once you have put them back in if the issue still happens, you can move on to the next solution for this problem.
You will want to check out the high-voltage circuit, boost transformer, capacitors, and rectifier.
These are most likely where the issue lies in order to fix this problem. You will find that if the air purifier can be fixed with this issue, this will be the most likely course.
3) High-Pressure Indicator Light Does Not Turn On And The Fan Does Not Turn
If this happens, then the first thing that you need to check is to see if there is a fuse that has blown in the air purifier. If the fuse has been blown, you will want to see what the cause of it blowing out was and replace that part.
Sometimes fuses might be bad, and in that case, if you don't see any cause for the fuse to have been blown, you will want to swap out the fuse.
If you find that there is nothing wrong with the fuse, the next thing that you should check is the boost transformer coil.
If it is burned, you will want to replace that, and you can use the multimeter to weather the resistance of the coil for an open or short circuit.
If you find that it does, then the next step will be to replace it with the same type of transformer.
Finally, if you have checked the above two things there is one last thing that you can check to try and fix this particular issue.
You should check the voltage rectifier circuit rectifier. If the capacitor is damaged then the oscillator will have stopped vibrating.
You can use the multimeter to check all of the components one by one to see if any of them are messed up.
It will allow you to rectify this particular issue, but if none of these fixes work, it might be time to replace the purifier with a newer model.
4) Negative Ion Generator Between The Fire
The ion generator is what will allow harmful particles to be pulled out of the air, and if an air purifier can't do this, then it will severely limit the usefulness of the device.
If you realize that the ion generator is not operating properly, the only thing you will need is a basic set of tweezers to help figure out if it is the issue.
5) Strange Odors Come From Purifier
Purifiers are meant to cleanse the air in a room, but there are some instances when they might be having issues with the consistency in the air.
This could cause the air purifier to give off strange odors, and this comes into play when there are strong odors like smoke and cooking odors in the air.
It can cause the air purifier to mess up and not filter through the odors as well as possible.
You will want to make sure that the air purifier that you choose is capable of deodorizing things, and as long as this is true, it should have a different type of filter that is classified as a deodorizer.
Therefore, if you smell any strange or unpleasant odors, then you should first check the deodorizing filter and make sure that it is clean and able to trap the odors in the air.
If you live in an area where there are things like wildfires or in a house with cigarette smoke, you will need to change these filters more often than in homes that do not have these challenges.
6) Air Purifier Makes Weird Noises When Operating
There are several reasons behind this issue, but most of them are easy to fix. The main reason for this issue is simply that the air purifier's filter is not properly installed.
It could also mean that the filter is in need of replacement.
You should replace the filter and make sure that it is installed properly, but if this does not fix the problem, you can look deeper into the unit to see if there is a foreign object that has made its way into the purifier.
If you find that it does have a foreign object in the purifier, you should not attempt to get it out on your own.
You should turn off the purifier and then unplug it from the outlet.
Then, you will need to contact the support team for your model and wait for them to walk you through what to do next to ensure that you do not harm the purifier or yourself.
7) Unresponsive Controls
Most modern air purifiers have push buttons or touch controls that are meant to assist with setting the air purifier to work properly.
However, there are times when the controls for these air purifiers are not responsive, which can make it difficult and inconvenient.
If you find that the controls are unresponsive, there are generally two reasons for this: the power cord is unplugged, and the filter cover is incorrectly placed.
8) Improper Airflow
Have you noticed that your air purifier has reduced the airflow over time? There are several reasons why this might have happened.
If this is a newer air purifier, you should check all of the vents to make sure that all of the packaging has been removed properly.
Oftentimes, there are packaging pieces that can easily be missed when getting ready to use the air purifier.
Once you have checked for all of the packaging pieces, you should check and see what the fan speed is set to.
The lower the fan speed, the less circulation that the air purifier will provide.
So if the airflow is not good enough, you should change the setting of the fan speed to be faster and see if that helps.
A lot of air purifiers also have an auto mode that can cause the airflow not to be optimal. If that mode is turned on, you should turn it off and physically set the fan speed, and see if the auto mode was causing the airflow issue.
Once you have done all of these things, if the airflow still does not suit your needs, then you should change the position of the purifier unit.
It should always be at least 15 cm from any and all objects, including the wall.
This should help any airflow issues that it has as long as the other settings are working properly, and if they are not, then you will need to contact the support team.
Air purifiers are an excellent way to counter any sort of pollutants in the air, but like with any sort of mechanical device, there are several kinds of issues that can happen to make it run poorly.
Therefore, you should know everything that you can about how to fix minor issues that way you know when it is time for a new model or just need to replace things, like filters or minor pieces that are easy to manage.
So, you should expect some of the above common issues to happen at some point, but you shouldn't panic if they do.
You should take a deep breath and see if any of the issue fixes will help, and if the push comes to shove, then you should contact your model's manufacturer and their helpline to see if they can help with the given issue. Both of these things are easy to test and fix.
If the power cord is unplugged, you will merely have to plug it into the outlet and see if the controls are fixed.
If they are not, then you should check the filter and make sure that it is properly placed, and if it is not, then you can remove the filter and replace it to make sure that the controls will once again become responsive.
If either of these fixes does not help, you should contact the support team for the model and they might be able to shed different fixes for that particular air purifier model.
How To Use An Air Purifier
It's not enough to simply purchase an air purifier and think that everything will be alright.
There are different things that you need to consider when using these devices to ensure you are getting the fullest out of the experience.
Many people believe that simply plugging in the air purifier is all you need to concern yourself with, but there are right ways and wrong ways to use an air purifier that will greatly impact the experience of using these devices.
Here are ways you can use an air purifier at home or work.
Keeping this in mind, we have decided to share our knowledge to help you better figure out which ways will best work for you and what you should do to make sure that your air purifier is working to the best of its ability. Let's get started!
Boost the Air Circulation in the Room by Using Extra Fans
All air purifiers have three different things that have to do with the air circulation in the room: the room coverage, the air exchange rate specification, and the clear air delivery rate. These things are generally determined based on the number of filters that an air purifier comes with.
Some air purifiers come with different filters and are capable of using different filter types, which helps the overall air circulation in the room.
For a smaller room, having an air purifier with two to three speeds is ideal, and the more types of filters it has the more beneficial it will be.
The more filters a model is capable of using the more fans that the model will also have.
For more powerful air purifiers that use filters, like HEPA filters or activated carbon filters, could have up to five fan speeds to make them as effective as possible. Plus, the more fans the model has, the more ideal they are for larger rooms.
However, regardless of how hard a purifier works to circulate and clean the air in a room, even if the room is the ideal size for the purifier, there could still areas that it is unable to help with, like blocked corners or areas that are blocked by furniture, like dressers or flower pots.
This is where extra fans will come into play.
If there are areas like this in the room with your air purifier, you should place small fans in these blocked areas to help ensure that all of the air in the room is circulated throughout the room and not just the generalized area.
How does this work? The fans will essentially push the unfiltered air towards the purifier to allow it to suck it in and circulate it, as needed.
You do not need large fans for this to work. Depending on the area, you could get away with a small desk fan that is inconspicuous.
Keep All Filters Maintained On A Regular Basis
Most common air purifier models generally come with two to five filters that make up their filtration systems.
Some of the most common filters that are used are pre-filters, activated carbon filters, and medical-grade and True H13 HEPA filters.
One of the best ways to use your air purifier effectively is by making sure to maintain your filters properly, at all times. This can mean different things, according to the type of filter that your model uses.
For instance, if your model uses a washable pre-filter, to maintain the filter, you just have to take it out periodically and wash it in the washing machine at least twice a month, but for best results every 10 to 11 days.
Some of these filters are also capable of being vacuumed, but you should only do so while following the manufacturer's instructions to ensure that you do not damage the filter.
The filter's main job is to trap the pollutants from the air that the air purifier sucks in, but compared to the actual purifier, filters have a smaller lifespan.
They will need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of filter, if they are clogged, or if they have a low CADR.
How do you know when it's time for you to change out your filter? Generally, air purifiers will have some sort of filter status indicator. This will usually turn red when it is time for you to replace the filter in your air purifier.
To help ensure that your filter lasts for as long as possible, it is always a good idea to keep the purifier wiped down with a microfiber cloth to keep dust and random debris from falling into the air purifier and clogging the filter before it is time.
Finally, you should make sure you avoid using a wet cloth to do this because water could cause some damage to the air purifier.
Always Be Wary Of The Placement Of The Air Purifier
Are you unsure what the best placement for your air purifier is? It is important to know that this is one of the most important things about owning an air purifier. The location of where you put it in your room could very well determine how effective it will be.
For instance, most air purifiers do have intakes on different parts of the model, generally on the sides and on the front. However, it is important to know where the intakes are located on your air purifier.
Why is this important? This is important because if the intakes on your purifier are blocked or covered in any way, it could cause a wide range of things to go wrong, ranging from clogged filters to burning out the purifier's fan motor.
You should always look for a place to put the air purifier where it can be at least 15 cm from any other object, including walls. As long as these intakes are not blocked, the purifier will be able to draw in more air, and it will be able to remove and trap more allergens from the air keeping the air in the room cleaner.
Although making sure that the intakes are free and clear, you also need to ensure that the air purifier is placed on a flat surface, like a table or the floor. This will help to provide the air purifier with stability, which will help to ensure that it has a better performance.
It is also best to ensure that the area where you place the air purifier is not humid. Most experts have recommended that the room should have a relative humidity of at least less than 85%, and they should never be placed outside or directly by an open window.
Keep The Air Purifier On At All Times
Most air purifiers have different fan speeds that they can be operated on, and it is recommended that once you turn on your air purifier, you should keep it running 24/7 at one of the slower speeds.
Most of the common air purifier models do have auto mode features that help to work together with the air quality system to ensure that it will clean the surrounding air to the best of its ability.
What does this do?
Basically, if the air quality sensors detect that there has been an increase in different pollutants in the air at any time, the air purifier will crank up the fan speeds to help ensure the best experience possible.
The higher the fan speed, the faster the purifier will clean the room. The air quality system in an air purifier is designed to help monitor the air quality. If it doesn't detect any pollutants in the air, then it will lower the fan speed, which will also make the air purifier quieter and it will take less energy to run.
However, you should avoid ever turning the air purifier off completely to keep the room in its best condition air quality-wise.
It is important to know that most air purifiers are considered to be Energy Star certified, which means even if they are running at the highest speed, they will still be energy efficient, but it will still make use of less energy, so you aren't wasting money when it doesn't need to be on high.
Don't Open Windows or Doors
Air purifiers are not designed to be placed outside, and when you are using an air purifier, you must keep all windows and doors in the room closed.
Basically, ventilation can help to keep the air from being stale, and it is meant to remove pollutants indoors.
However, if you open the windows, it will be constantly pulling in contaminated air, and the circulated air that has been cleaned will just get mixed with the influx of air coming from outside the room or from outside the window. This basically will render the air purifier useless.
They can remove the pollutants and allergens more efficiently in a closed space, and they can also do this faster, which means that you can run the air purifier at lower speeds and still keep the room's air clean and efficient for breathing.
Opening doors to come in and out of the room will not hinder the air purifier much, but opening a window even for a minute could cause you to lose all the clean air that the purifier has already filtered and cleaned.
Maintain The Dust Sensor
When purchasing an air purifier, you should look to see that your model comes with a built-in dust sensor.
This sensor is what actually allows the purifier to sense and monitor the quality of the air inside of the room.
When the purifier's dust sensor senses an increased level of dust or a higher level of pollutants than before, then the purifier will automatically increase the fan speed, if it is running on the auto mode, which will help to clean those levels faster. However, the lens of most dust sensors is rather sensitive.
So, if the lens is ever covered in dust, it will kick up when it doesn't need to.
Therefore, you must make sure to clean off the dust senses at least twice a month to help and ensure that the air purifier is running at peak performance.
You should definitely do this during times of the year when pollutants like pollen and other air-born allergens are high. If the sensor is not maintained properly, it will not be able to properly detect the level of pollutants in the air, which means that it will not run efficiently.
However, it is also important to note that even though you need to keep the dust sensor cleaned, you also need to make sure that it stays dry at all times.
Just like most mechanical devices, there are always dos and don'ts that you should consider and find out before purchasing and using them, and an air purifier is no different.
There are several ways and things you need to do to make sure that your air purifier is running efficiently, because what is the point of running an air purifier if it isn't being used effectively. We hope that the above ways to improve your air purifier experience were helpful and that they will help you to keep the air in your home cleaner for you and your family.
There are a lot of things that you need to watch, and you shouldn't think that changing the filter occasionally will be the only thing that you need to keep an eye on and keep clean.
These ways will help to ensure that this does not happen to you and you will be able to get the most out of your air purifier, at all times, for the entire lifespan of the air purifier model you choose to purchase.
Good luck and make sure you do your research before committing to an air purifier model to make sure it has everything you need and you will be capable of maintaining it properly.
If you have been asking yourself the question, "Do air purifiers actually work?", then it is safe to say that they are known to work very well.
There are different degrees that you should consider, and there are a few factors that you should consider when purchasing an air purifier to help and ensure that it will work for the allergens and filtering needs that your home actually has.
So, if you think you need to purify the air in your home for any reason, then the answer is most definitely yes.
It will easily help with different conditions, and it can help to keep you from experiencing some of these conditions at other times.
However, you should take your time when purchasing an air purifier to help and ensure that the one you purchase will work best for the conditions in your home.