How to Wire an Electronic Air Cleaner

  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 300-800
What You'll Need
Electronic Air Cleaner
Electrician Tape

An electronic air cleaner unit is a humidifier or ozone cleaner used in homes to clean the air. These units are used in areas that have high ozone, pollutants, and other airborne irritants that can cause breathing problems for people with certain medical conditions and sensitivities. An electronic air cleaner can be wired to the home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system as a way to provide constant purification when any of these units are running in the home.

An electronic air cleaner is usually purchased after the installation of the home's HVAC system. Wiring the electronic air cleaner can be done by a qualified electrician or other professional who understands how this system works with your HVAC system.

You can attempt this type of wiring installation, provided you have some understanding about wiring an electronic appliance. This article will provide general information relative to wiring an electronic air cleaner. Specific information relative to your brand or type of electronic air cleaner can be found in the owner's manual or directly from the manufacturer of your electronic air cleaner.

Step 1 - Choose an Electronic Air Cleaner

Man working on a furnace

Prior to wiring an electronic air cleaner to your home's HVAC system you need to select a system that meets the needs of your home. Go to a retailer that sells electronic air cleaners to choose a model that is right for you and your budget. Be sure to check the system's compatibility with your home's current HVAC system and verify there are instructions that let you know how to properly wire the system to yours.

Step 2 - Remove the Electrical Panel to HVAC System

Place the electronic air cleaner near the HVAC system in the home. Remove the panel that houses the wiring. You will need to turn off the power to the HVAC system to work on wiring the electronic air cleaner. Determine where the wiring connects to the HVAC using the schematic provided on the panel and in the instructions provided in the owner's manual for your electronic air cleaner.

Step 3 - Wire the Electronic Air Cleaner

Man working on a furnace

With the instructions in hand, begin wiring the electronic air cleaner to the HVAC electrical panel. The wiring should result in the electronic air cleaner being operated automatically when the heating or air conditioning is running. You may want to leave any manual bypasses in place for those times you want to operate the electronic air cleaner independently of the HVAC's operation.

Step 4 - Close Up HVAC and Turn Power On

With the electronic air cleaner connected to the HVAC close up the electronic panel and turn the main power on. Run a test of the system to see if the wiring was successful and the electronic air cleaner is operating when the switch for the HVAC is turned on.