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How long should I run my air purifier & Where To Place?

Air pollution is without a doubt a great menace that we have been tolerating since industrialization. Now the state of affairs is totally worse that we have started to see its ill effects not only outdoors but also indoors.

An air purifier can seriously perk up the air quality steadily after its installation. To reap its full potential one should know how long it should be kept on active mode. Most of the air purifiers are capable of trapping most of the irritants that reside indoors and you can actually get visible results within few days.  So if you have doubts regarding its operation time then read below to know more.

I have seen people who actually keep it on active mode for a few hours a day and then just switch it off for the rest of the time. I mean seriously!!! Does it even help to clean the air? Well in reality using an air purifier for a mere few hours is actually a total waste of time and money. This device is actually designed and built to run for long periods without any breaks. It will continuously clean the air from all the particles that travel around indoors.  

If you just keep it on for few hours it won’t do any good and your air quality is not going to improve any sooner. Heating systems, air conditioners, pets and outdoor air continuously accumulate irritants into the indoors so it is very important to run air purifiers continuously during certain months of the year especially when it’s windy outside.

Well, the main reason why people use it just for a few hours is due to concern over electricity bills that would corner around the month-end. If you really wish to reduce your bills and at the same time improve air quality then use fewer air purifiers probably a single device that is portable. Use it optimally when you and your family are present at home and turn it off when nobody is there.

It is best to use air purifiers for long hours during change of seasons when pollens, dust and other allergens are at their peaks. Alternatively you can also consider cleansing your home frequently by dusting and vacuuming.

Consluion: Avoid clutters and provide proper ventilation periodically so that air quality is kept intact. Also, remember to change the filters as per instructions. Each air purifier has a different kind of filter with a specific life span. So use accordingly and moreover you are the one who knows what is best for your home.

Where Should I Place My Air Purifier

So planning to buy an air purifier and baffled where to place it so that it works proficiently.  Then you have reached the right place.

Buying an air purifier is really a tedious task and placing it at the right place is another task that needs to be done with care.

So once you have understood the level and types of contaminants that inhabit your house it is time to fix the sword at its place so it can fight the rest of the battle. Air purifiers are built to clean precise areas particularly single rooms so it is best to keep them where you stay the most.

A few tips on where you can place your air purifiers:

If your kitchen is near to your living area then keeping it at the vicinity between both the areas so that it will effectively trap odors and smell that emerges out of the kitchen. It will also trap all those harmful substances that are emitted during combustion.

Tobacco smoke is also a worst irritant that not only kills the one who uses it but also silently attacks the people around. So installing an air purifier where tobacco smoke is prominent can help to eliminate health risks such as cancer, lung problems and allergies.

If you have creeks or crevices in your walls from which bad odor enters from your neighbor’s yard or a specific place then you can install the air purifier near the source to put off such issues.

Most important thing to remember is, you should not install your air purifier in any random place where you have space instead chose a prominent area which is the source of contaminants. Some people actually install it under the furniture’s or at the corners so that they are not spotted easily. By doing so you are only lessening its functionality and ability to trap particles. 

Since it is an electronic device it can get affected by nearby devices that have higher wavelengths like microwaves. To steer clear of such interferences place them safely apart from such devices to increase their lifespan. Also use them after closing windows and doors properly so that they can clean efficiently. Too much ventilation can cause excess air flow making it hard for the air purifier.

Most of the air purifiers are portable so you actually purchase a trolley which will help you to move it around where ever you and your family stay put together.  

Conclusion: Air purifiers are bound to space so you need to utilize them in those areas of your home where you spend most of the time. 

How loud are air purifiers?

It is difficult to estimate. The sound becomes loud when it is really unpleasant. The favorite music when playing in full volume could still be pleasant while the music that we hate, no matter how low the sound is, could still be too loud, isn’t it? The same could apply for the sound of air purifiers. There are no air purifiers that can work silently. It WILL produce some kind of sound. Each manufacturer relates the sound of each fan speed to a particular sound from nature. Each of this sound will also have a scientific calculation depicting how loud each speed, according to science is. 

The science of how loud the air purifiers are

The sound is measured in decibels and designated as dB. Each and every sound has a decibel value. To make it simple, the whispering sound will have a measure of 15-20 dB, a normal conversation has 60 dB and a vacuum cleaner or a lawn mower works at 80-90 dB. The sound measurement when jumps from 50 to 60, it is said to be 10 times more. Each value has its value. The sound measurements would be given by each manufacturer to estimate how loud the air purifier could be. The measurements would be given for each of the fan speeds and also a description, so as to know which sound it can be related to. 

For example, the fan speed low could be working at 15-20 dB and the description says whispering, means it could be as low as a whispering sound, not that it sounds like whispering. Some air purifier companies would have descriptions like waterfall, table fan etc. All these mean that, the air purifier could be as loud as those given in the description. 

The factors that determine how loud the air purifier could be

There are a few factors that influence how loud the air purifier could be. The primary factor is the speed of the fan. The loudness increases with the speed of the fan. Most air purifiers will have an internal fan that has 3 speeds and rarely would it be 4. The second factor is the RPM, which is the number of times the fan rotates in a minute. The more the fan rotates, more would be the air movement and that is bound to make some sound. The next factor is the manufacturer. Each manufacturer uses different kind of circulatory fans. 

The personal preference, perception, and location

As said earlier, the personal preference also influences in the judgment on how loud the air purifier could be. Though technically, whispering is low sound but practically it does not blend with the other sounds around and could end up feeling loud to many people. This is one reason why may people feel that the air purifier is loud even at the low speed. It is a matter of perception. 

The location of the air purifier also matters. If the air purifier is placed in the bedroom, it might feel loud even at the lowest speed. The same might not bother you if the device is in the living room or in any other room. While decicidng how loud the air purifier is, do know that the sound anywhere around 20-30 is low, 50-60 is medium and 80 or above is just plain loud

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