Investing in an air purification system has many benefits, especially if you have pets, respiratory issues such as asthma, deal with a lot of pollen coming into the house during the changing seasons, or find yourself having to dust frequently.
An air purifier works by pulling air through a filter using a fan, and pushing out air clean of unwanted particles, including pet hair and dander, dust and other contaminants. If your air purifier works as it should, it will help improve the indoor air quality of your home. This is particularly helpful for those in Minnesota as the changing seasons and local flora can impact your home’s indoor air quality immensely.
However, as devices come in many sizes and are used in homes from studio apartments to multi-floor family houses, it’s important to understand if the air purifier you’re considering will work for your space.
Considerations for Air Purification in Your Minnesota Home
If you’ve decided to go with an air purification system in your home, it’s important to take a few questions into consideration:
Should I get more than one air purifier?
If you’re getting single-unit air purifiers, yes. Typically, a single air purifier can clean around 700 square feet of air every 30 minutes. Unless you live in a one-bedroom apartment, you’re going to need more than one. However, the number you need depends on the size of your home and the abilities of the device.
How many air purifiers do you need in a house?
When shopping for air purifier units, take a look at how many square feet it says it can cover, then divide your home’s total square footage by that number to get how many air purifiers you should get.
In Minnesota, the average house size is 1,828 square feet. Divided by 700, you get 2.6. Therefore, you should round up and purchase three air purifiers.
However, you also need to take into consideration how many floors your home has. Air doesn’t circulate as well up and down stairs, so you will want to put at least one air purifier on each floor. If you have multiple floors, treat each floor as its own section and divide the square footage by 700 to get the number of air purifiers per level.
Can or should air purifiers be on the floor?
To get the most benefit from your air purifying system, your air purifier should be around three feet off the ground and away from walls, furniture and other objects if possible. At around three feet, the device is better able to capture air flowing both vertically and horizontally, and placing it away from objects will help it capture more air from all sides.
Do air purifiers use a lot of electricity?
No. The average air purifier takes about .81 kilowatt hour (kWh) per day or about 294.93 kWh annually. In Minnesota, the average residential electricity rate is $0.16 per kWh. That means that for a single air purifier, you’ll pay about $0.12 per day which is about $4 a month. Using two or three air purifiers in your home will come out to around $0.36 per day and $12 per month.
While every dollar counts, the benefit of having better indoor air quality will likely outweigh the cost, especially if you’re someone who deals with terrible allergies. For between $4 and $12 per month, your family will be less likely to get sick and be able to breathe easier — literally.
Can an air purifier clean a whole house?
Yes! If the idea of having multiple air purifiers around the house taking up plug and surface space, and needing individual air filters replaced every few months, a whole-home air purifier is a great addition to your home.
A whole-home purifier is usually attached near the furnace to where the air is being circulated in the home. This way, the air is cleaned before it moves through your vents. Especially if your family deals with allergies or asthma, a whole-home air purifier will make it so that the indoor air quality (IAQ) is higher than without.
On top of not taking up room in your home and improving IAQ, a whole-home air purifier won’t make continuous noise like individual air purifying units, and you won’t need to worry about changing multiple filters in multiple units throughout the year.
If you’re ready to breathe easier and make the switch to a whole-home air purification system, Sedgwick has a number of options available. We can help you get set up with the perfect system and install it quickly. You’ll be breathing easier in no time.
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