Let me guess, you’ve probably had an air purifier in your house but don’t know how long you should keep it on. Should it be turned on the whole day? Or maybe I only need to turn it on when I thought the air isn’t clean enough? Well, this kind of question is so commonly asked by those who never use an air purifier before. To answer these questions, we will look into how long you need to run your air purifier and when is the best time to turn it on. Hopefully, by following our tips, you could maximize the use of your air purifier.
How Long Should I Use It?
A lot of people thought that using an air purifier for just one or two hours will provide you with sufficient clean air. While it might sound just right, but the fact is, it’s not. In order to work as it’s supposed to be, air purifiers need to be continuously used, because humans, pets, air conditioner, heater, and open windows present new contaminants into the room at all times.
That being said, the most ideal solution to keep your air as clean as possible is by running your air purifier constantly, 24 hours a day. However, this ideal solution brings another problem that might concern a lot of you, which is cost. Constant use of air purifier needs a lot of power, and high power consumption means that you have to pay a high price too. Even if the electricity bill is the least of your problem, the constant use of air purifiers will exhaust the machine and the filters. In order to maximize the potential of your air purifier, you need to adjust the running time of your air purifier with its extraction rate.
To put it simply, the extraction rate of air purifiers means the amount of air that the machine could clean in an hour. Usually, one unit of air purifier could clean your air up to six times in an hour. That being said, you could turn your air purifier on for about 10-12 hours a day. Please do remember that the optimal runtime of your air purifier could be different from what we said, depending on the brand, model, and type of your air purifier.
When Should I Use It?
You don’t have to keep your air purifier running 24 hours a day, especially if you’re not at home, because it would be a waste of power and money. You could turn it on at night to make you sleep better, but when you go off to work in the morning, don’t forget to turn it off. To conserve electricity, you could also make the machine work in a lower fan setting while you’re sleeping. By doing so, the machine would be quieter and might help you get better sleep.
You can use the air purifier in every room in your house. However, it would be optimal if you’re using this device in a place where you sleep, work, or play. If you’re not using this device to avoid allergies, you could open the windows when the weather is clear, and let the air changes naturally.
Kenneth is a proud native of sydney, born and raised there. However, he pursued his education abroad and studied in Australia. Kenneth has worked as a journalist for almost a decade, making valuable contributions to prominent publications such as Yahoo News and The Verge. Currently, he serves as a journalist for The Hear Up, where he focuses on covering climate and science news. You can reach Kenneth at [email protected].