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1. Choose A Location That Does Not Impede Air Circulation
Having the best location for an air purifier is important. The closer it is to the pollution sources, the quicker it will capture harmful particles in the air. Avoid placing the air purifier at the corner of a wall. Leave at least 2-4 feet of space for unobstructed airflow circulation. Make sure there are no objects like clothes blocking the air inlet and outlet. For more comprehensive coverage, you can place an air purifier at the center of the room but take note there is the risk of tripping over the wire.
Only place the air purifier on a flat surface like the floor or table to prevent it from tipping over. Avoid placing it next to electronic devices or underneath a window that may cause damage to an air purifier. The same goes with a wet area like a bathroom where the excess humidity will shorten the filter life.
2. Leave It On 24×7
An air purifier is designed to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week of air purification. There is no need to turn it off even when you’re away. By leaving an air purifier run continuously, it prevents airborne particulates from building up and takes a long time to clean. Don’t worry too much about energy wastage as modern air purifiers are energy-efficient and Energy Star Rated. With auto mode, the air purifier would self-regulate to only use higher fan speed when there is a high concentration level of air pollutants detected. If the particular model does not come with auto mode, leave it on at the lowest fan speed and the air purifier can run efficiently with no high utility bill to incur.
3. Keep Windows And Doors Closed
In order to use an air purifier effectively, you will need to make sure all windows and doors are shut tight. Also, seal any leakage or gaps on drafty windows with a sealing strip. This is to prevent purified clean air from escaping and outside airborne pollutants from coming in. Otherwise, healthy indoor air can never achieve as the air purifier will have to run indefinitely to clean the air.
4. Change/ Maintain The filters Regularly
Air purifier filters require schedule cleaning or replacing to prevent it from being clogged with contaminants. For permanent/ washable pre-filter, use a vacuum cleaner attached with a soft brush head, gently vacuum it without applying pressure to the mesh. For stains that are hard to remove, you can use lukewarm water and gently rinse it off. Leave it air dry for a couple of hours before installing back the filter. We recommend cleaning the pre-filter every 2 weeks or when there is a dip in the performance.
For other non-cleanable filters like HEPA and carbon filters, replace them according to the interval time or when the filter change indicator light is lit. After replacing the filter, remember to reset the filter indicator. Do not attempt to clean the filter as it may permanently damage the dense fibrous materials. Above all else, read and follow the manufacturer’s instructional manual on how to maintain the air purifier.
5. Clean The Air Purifier’s Sensor
Air purifiers that come with a built-in air quality sensor need to be clean periodically. The sensor monitor and send accurate data to the device for autonomous features. You can easily clean the sensor lens dust with a cotton swab or microfiber cloth. Do this monthly or when the air purifier inaccurately/ fails to detect the rises of nearby pollutants in the air.
6. Choose The Right Size Or Use Multiple Air Purifiers
Knowing your room size is vital in deciding what size of air purifier to go for. Choose the ideal size air purifier with the capacity to cover an entire room or leverage with multiple small air purifiers. You can find out if an air purifier can support a particular room size by looking at its Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). Better yet, use the manufacturer’s recommended room size square footage as a benchmark.
The Do’s And Don’ts
When an air purifier is used the right way, it can make a big difference in your home air quality. Here are more tips on how you should and should not use an air purifier.
- Do not use air purifiers outdoor. We cannot emphasize this enough.
- Turn off and disconnect the plug from the electric outlet before attempting cleaning or moving the air purifier.
- Supervise children that they do not go near the device. Some air purifier comes with a child lock feature that can be activated to prevent children from fiddling with the control settings.
- Avoid storing or spraying insecticides, fragrances, flammable items near the air purifier. The toxic substances could damage the unit or cause an explosion.
- Only use an air purifier with its local power voltage. Do not alter the voltage output with a boost converter or transformer due to fire risk.
- An air purifier should not be used without all the filters installed properly.
- Stop using an air purifier immediately when there is smoke coming out of the machine. Send it to the nearest authorized service center for repair.
In conclusion, air purifiers remove airborne impurities and help improve your quality of life. Depending on your needs, consider getting a medical-grade air purifier that offers the best filtration against ultrafine particles.