Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to make their homes more comfortable. This means having the right HVAC systems installed, maintaining those systems, and keeping their indoor air quality in great shape as well.
Wait, what’s that? You haven’t considered your indoor air quality? Well, it can actually be in worse shape than the quality of the outdoors, especially without the right indoor air quality products and services in place.
So what if you have an air purifier? How long each day should you use it? You might be surprised to find that you may not be running it enough, and you may equally be surprised that it’s perfectly safe to run it all day (though you might not want to). Read on to learn more!
The Air Purifier Difference
The first thing you should know about a whole-house air purifier is how different it is from a basic air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system(s). The air filter that comes with your air conditioner or heating system does have an important job, it just might not be what you think. Instead of protecting your indoor air quality, this filter is placed at the intake and is designed to keep dust, dirt, and other debris from infiltrating the inside of your HVAC system.
A whole-house air purifier comes in a few different forms, with different applications, and it is installed in your ductwork to clean the air going into your home. Whole house air purifiers include electronic air purifiers, ionization air purifiers, and UV germicidal lights that tackle viruses and bacteria.
Which air purifier is best for your specific home is dependent on many factors, and our pros can help you make an educated decision about what’s best for you.
“So, How Long Should I Run It For Each Day?”
As we mentioned above, it’s safe to run your whole-house air purifier all day, though you might not want to.
Depending on the type of air purifier you have, you may have to change out its air filters a lot more than you’d like to if you run it 24/7, and you may not even really need to run it that often. For instance, if the goal of your air purifier is to remove cooking smells, you could probably run it for a few hours during mealtime and after mealtime.
Whereas a UV air purifier you might want to go ahead and let run all day, especially on days with high humidity. this is because moisture likes to hide in the deep, dark crevices of your ductwork, making a great breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other bacteria.
Lastly, if you have an air purifier with low-medium-high settings, you may find that you do want to go ahead and run it the entire day–high the first couple hours of the morning when your start to move around a bit and kick up dust in the home, then medium for the majority of the day, and low in the evening.
We’re happy to answer any specific questions you might have about your air purifier use!