How to Use an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are a gadget that helps to purify the air and improve the air quality by removing smoke, odors, dust particles, allergens, germs, , bacteria, viruses, mold, dirt and other pollutants so that people can breathe in cleaner air. The majority of people get one for their home or office when they suffer from problems like asthma or other breathing issues or if they just want cleaner and better smelling air.
There are several different types of air purifiers. The two most common types are air purifiers that use regular filters and those that use HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. An air purifier is principally useful inside of a closed room or a in room along with your air conditioner or humidifier.
However, if you buy an air purifier, then you must learn how to best use it so you can get the best results from the machine you choose, as all air purifiers are different. An air purifier will not do you any good unless you learn how to use it correctly.
Here are some hints and tips for getting the maximum good from your air purifier:
How long should an air purifier run to get the maximum effect
An air purifier is meant to be used for extended periods of time, not just turned on for a few minutes. There are always pollutants and particulates floating around in the air and if it is only turned on for a few minutes, it will not be able to clean them out of the air sufficiently.
Every air purifier is different. The exact length of time you run your model of air purifier depends on the brand, kind of air purifier, and the size and model. You should read your manual that comes with the air purifier. However, normally an air purifier should be left on for at least between five to 8 hours at a time.
Especially if your air purifier is an ozone type unit, it should not be run constantly and never turned off, as this can eventually actually be bad for your health instead of helping your health as the air purifier is meant to do.
Some air purifiers have an auto mode. If your machine has this, it is best to keep it in auto mode so it automatically stays on for the time appropriate to your type of air purifier. Plus, auto mode helps to save electricity since it shuts off after auto mode is done. In auto mode an air purifier can sense the amount of pollutants and allergens, etc., and works appropriate to those levels, thus it saves energy when the levels are less and uses more if there are more pollutants in the air.
For example, some air purifiers have a humidifier on it, while some don’t. If yours has a humidifier it likely has a water container. If you want it to run effectively you must ensure the water container is properly filled.
What if you wish to conserve electricity?
Some people may be concerned that air purifiers use up a lot of electricity. However, you still want to be able to run it long enough to get rid of the pollutants and other air problems. The solution is to run your air purifier during the times of the day that you are actually home to get the benefits of the cleaner air, instead of the times when no one is home.
Another way to help the air purifier do its job that helps it not need so much electricity is to keep the windows in the house open to help with ventilation, as that will help get rid of smoke and other pollutants to some degree, and thereby leave less for the air purifier to clean up. Another way that it wont have to work as hard is up you make sure to keep your house clean, vacuumed and dusted every day, as that too leaves less for the air purifier to clean.
Choose the best place to put the air purifier
If you don’t put the air purifier in the right location in a room, it also can’t do its job properly or effectively. You must place the air purifier so it has enough free area to work properly, not crowd it into a small space. There should be several feet of free space all around the top and around the sides of it so the air circulation is not obstructed or blocked.
Air purifiers are sold in several sizes as well, so check with the manufacturer and be sure to buy the one that is made for the size of the space you want to use it in. Even though air purifiers are usually small enough to move all around, it’s not necessary to move it as long as it is in an appropriate location in the room.
It’s best to operate an air purifier on a stable, flat surface. It shouldn’t be placed right up against a wall, and it shouldn’t be placed next to heating or cooling devices or in direct sunlight. Additionally, don’t use an extension cord to plug it into, and be sure to plug it directly into the electrical socket.
Be sure to clean or replace filters as needed
Some air purifiers must have new filters installed when they get dirty, and with some you have to clean the filters when they get dirty. In order for the type you clean the filters on to be effective you should do this at least once a month, more so if it is noticeably dirty. It all depends on the quality of the air to begin with and when you first get your air purifier, you likely will have to clean or replace the filters more often until the air quality improves.
When it comes to changing filters, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. For instance, some HEPA or carbon filters only have to be changed once a year, while the kind you have to clean manually may require cleaning once a week or so. If you let them get clogged up or dirty, your air purifier wills top working and become useless.
Doors and windows should stay closed
Additionally, you don’t want to try to clean the air inside and outside of the house. So, normally the doors and windows should be closed in the room where the air purifier is in use. This also saves energy since it wont have to work so hard to keep the air clean.
All in all, air purifiers will help to keep your air cleaner and more breathable as long as you use it properly and keep it maintained and the filters cleaned or replaced as needed.