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Where To Place an Air Purifier?

So, you’ve purchased an air purifier from Carrier and are wondering about the best practices associated with using it. Great! We’re here to help show you how to use an air purifier in a way that ensures the air in your home is cleaner and healthier. We’ll talk about where to place an air purifier, along with a few tips you might not have thought about.

Besides air purifier placement, we’ll also discuss which air purifier types work in which rooms.

Read on for tips from the experts at Carrier so you can start enjoying cleaner indoor air quality right now.

The Best Place To Put an Air Purifier

It might seem like an oversimplification or a case of stating the obvious, but the best place to put an air purifier is ultimately the spot in your home where you spend the most time.

For instance, if you spend the majority of the time in your family room, it might be a good idea to place an air purifier in that room. Besides trapping dust and other airborne particles, if your air purifier has activated carbon filtration, it will help reduce odors from the air in the room too.

Likewise, if you spend a lot of time cooking in your kitchen, you might bring your air purifier along with you to help reduce some of the harmful effects of indoor cooking, specifically the smoke and other byproducts that come off frying pans and other appliances.1

Another indicator that you’re in a room with poor air quality: your allergies or asthma symptoms become stronger in certain parts of your home.

If you can’t decide where to put an air purifier, you might want to consider first buying a Carrier Air Monitor. This smart indoor air quality monitor tracks the quality of air within a room. It isn’t just sleek and ergonomic but also quite practical because it can be moved from room to room. It comes with the ability to detect the types of fine particles (PM 2.5) which pose the greatest risk to health.2 Additionally, the Air Monitor detects relative humidity, room temperature and Total Volatile Organic Compounds, aka TVOCs. With 24-hour monitoring, the Carrier Air Monitor connects with your Amazon Alexa® or Google Home® device for complete voice control, and is 100 percent compatible with the Carrier Home App.3

Give Your Air Purifier Some Space

It is recommended that you put an air purifier on a flat surface with at least 12” of breathing area around the four sides of the unit. If the air intake and outlet space is crowded, it may impact the product's ability to filter and recirculate the air.

Air Purifier Placement Depends on Square Footage

If you’re curious about air purifier placement within a specific room, here’s what you need to know. It is vitally important that you choose an air purifier that is right for your room size. A small air purifier that only cleans 100 square feet of room will do little to no good in a large living room with vaulted ceilings or an open space that flows from one room to another. Instead, you should choose an air purifier that is capable of cleaning larger spaces.

The flipside of this is that if you choose a purifier designed for large spaces but use it in a small room, you might want to consider turning the fan speed down to prevent over circulation. In other words, pick the right tool for the job at hand.

Need a few suggestions? Carrier offers a full line of air purifiers for multiple room sizes. Here’s a look at a pair of our most popular units for slightly larger spaces.

The Carrier Smart Air Purifier XL is designed for rooms up to 560 square feet. Its built-in HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size and it comes with a variable 18-speed fan that adjusts as needed, depending on the quality of the air in the room. An onboard monitor with LCD screen shows air quality and pollutant levels, while its smart technology means it is fully compatible with Google® Assistant, Amazon Alexa® and the Carrier Home app.4

The Carrier Smart Air Purifier Regular is also a powerful unit, covering up to 430 square feet of space. Versatile, the Smart Air Purifier from Carrier also features the same air quality sensing technology as the XL, just for slightly smaller spaces.  

where to place an air purifier

Should I Keep Doors and Windows Open?

It is a bit oversimplified to think that opening windows and doors will help clean the air in your home. In truth, opening windows and doors can let in plenty of air pollutants found outside, such as smoke, pollen, dust and other airborne particles that can trigger asthma and allergies. On the other hand, opening windows is one way to reduce concentrations of indoor air pollutants that may become trapped indoors. In our book, it’s perfectly fine to open windows for fresh air as long as the outside air is at healthy levels and free from smoke.

Move the Air Purifier Around

Air purifiers are generally portable. If your family spends a lot of time in your main living room, you might want to move it to that area. Or if you’re concerned about the air, you breathe while you’re sleeping you might want to consider placing it in your bedroom. In the end, use your judgment to determine which room is best. Otherwise, back up your suspicions with a smart air monitor. If the surface you want to cover is greater than the recommended square footage on the user manual, or if you know you want to cover more than one room, rather than moving it around too often, you might want to buy more than one air purifier.

Where Should I Place My Air Purifier? The Verdict

In summary, the answer to, “where should I place my air purifier?” is this: place it where it makes the most sense to place it. If a room has odors from pets, food, or other smells, you might want to place it there. Otherwise, you might want to place in the room where you spend the most time. In order to cover high traffic spaces or multiples bedrooms we recommend having multiple air purifiers for a more efficient cleaning.

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  3. Wi-Fi® connection required. Free Carrier Home App download required. See User Manual for more details.
  4. Wi-Fi® connection required. Works with Alexa®, Google® Assistant and select Apple® and Android™ mobile devices. Free Carrier Home App download required. See User Manual for more details.
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