Should I Run A Ceiling Fan With An Air Purifier? (2023)
Author: Irene Batres
Date: February 20, 2023
Time to read: 8 min.
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Nothing beats the feeling of having a fan running with clean air around you.
So, this made me wonder if I should run a ceiling fan with an air purifier.
I decided to look into it, and for a quick summary, here’s what I learned:
Running an air purifier with a ceiling fan is a bad idea. Any extra airflow added to the room from a ceiling fan will worsen indoor air quality. When temperature control is a priority, turn the fan on to cool down the room. Run the fan separately whenever possible.
But that’s just a quick snapshot.
So in this article, we’ll dive deeper into clearing up common myths and misconceptions about ceiling fans and air purifiers.
Let’s get right into it!
Should I Run A Ceiling Fan With An Air Purifier?
Plenty of folks will tell you that using a fan with an air purifier is okay. And you should use them every time you turn one or the other on.
Well, from what I have learned that this is the last thing you should do – especially if you want clean air to breathe indoors.
ee, flipping on a ceiling fan creates positive pressure inside a space.
That positive pressure forces air to get sucked in from negative pressure spaces. This means that all kinds of air will push into your space, bringing dust, particulates, and allergens in along with it.
All of a sudden, your air purifier has to work double overtime to keep indoor air clean. And the air purifier filter will get gummed up quickly, and your air quality will drop like a rock.
unning your air purifier or your ceiling fan separately whenever possible is a good idea.
Do Air Purifiers Work As Fans?
Some air purifiers have fans built-in. These can (usually) be run without any worry.
The fans built into these air purifiers are engineered with circulation in mind. They don’t create the positive pressure spaces created by ceiling fans, that’s for sure.
they swirl air around, encouraging pollen pollutants and dust to get scooped up in these air currents before getting circulated through the purifier again.
They usually create a bit of a gentle breeze at the same. This might not help you beat the heat in the middle of a heatwave, but it’s definitely better than nothing.
It’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need a lot of airflow to get your air purifier working, though.
How fast the fan blows in your air purifier can impact how well it works. If you crank up the speed, it’ll push more air through the purifier and get your air cleaned up faster, which is excellent.
But be aware that cranking up the fan can make it harder for the purifier t
o nab all those pesky airborne particles.
So, slower speeds can help the purifier do its job more efficiently, especially in smaller rooms or when the air isn’t too polluted.
And get this, some air purifiers even let you adjust the fan speed to help quiet things down. Plus, certain air purifiers are built with a fan already installed to help circulate air, and those are designed to work perfectly with the purifier itself for peak performance.
Bottom line: what fan speed is best for your air purifier depends on your p
urifier’s design, room size, and air quality. So, read the instructions, follow the recommendations, and adjust that fan speed to get the cleanest air possible.
Air Purifier Vs. A Ceiling Fan
Below is a quick overview of the differences between a ceiling fan and an air purifier.
To remove airborne particulates and circulate clean air
To increase the airflow within a room
Filters impurities and particles out of the air
It uses an arrangement of blades and vanes to move air
It does not cool the room
Cools the room with fast-spinning curved blades
Slow-moving air circulation
Fast-moving air circulation
Improves air quality by removing pollutants and allergens
It does not improve air quality or filter impurities
It contains filters to trap airborne contaminants
It does not contain filters to trap airborne contaminants
It can cost anywhere from $0.35 to $7.00 per week
It costs about $1.75 per week to run continuously at 1 cent/hour
What Are The Benefits Of Running A Ceiling Fan With An Air Purifier?
Running a ceiling fan alongside an air purifier can improve indoor air quality and comfort.
Firstly, the ceiling fan can help circulate the air in you
r room, essential for the air purifier to work effectively.
By distributing the air more efficiently, the ceiling fan can help the air purifier capture and remove airborne particles more quickly, resulting in cleaner and fresher air.
Running a ceiling fan can also help distribute the purified air more evenly throughout the room, preventing stagnant air pockets that may contaminate pollutants. This can be especially helpful for larger rooms or areas that are harder to reach with the air purifier.
Thirdly, running a ceiling fan can help regulate your room’s
temperature and humidity levels. By moving air around, the ceiling fan can help to create a more comfortable environment, reducing the need for additional heating or cooling and ultimately saving you money on energy bills.
Finally, running a ceiling fan can also help to reduce noise levels in your room. If your air purifier has a loud fan or is located in a busy area, running the ceiling fan can help to mask the noise and create a more peaceful environment.
All in all, pairing a ceiling fan with an air purifier is an excellent way to improve indoor air quality and create a cozier home.
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