Where should I install the Kaiterra Square? Should I worry about height, placement, orientation, etc.?

This article will outline our recommended installation practices, as well as other possibilities for our devices, including ceiling installations and upside down/sideways installations.

We recommend installing the monitor in a central location of a regularly occupied space and at the eye level of your occupants and users. This space is more commonly referred to as the breathing zone and is anywhere between 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters) off the ground. We also recommend installing our monitors at least 16 feet (5 meters) away from anything that may impact the airflow or readings of the device, such as HVAC diffusers, heaters, and operable windows.

Other things to consider:

  • Air is drawn into the Kaiterra Square from all four sides of the device, so it is important to refrain from completely blocking off these areas as any changes in airflow may affect the readings and accuracy of our devices.
  • In order to avoid direct breathing on the device, which would impact your air quality readings, try to avoid installing air quality monitors right next to a workspace, providing at least 3 feet (0.9 meters) of space between the device and any workstations. If the space does not allow this, then make sure the monitor is facing the occupants back.
  • You may be considering more uncommon installation scenarios, such as a sideways installation, upside down installation, or a ceiling installation. While these installations are not typically recommended, these types of installations should not impact the functionality of our air quality monitors.
    • For ceiling installations, in particular, it is important to keep in mind that these monitors will likely be measuring the air outside of the breathing zone, which is not the indoor air most users will be concerned with, so we strongly recommend following the general recommendations above for the best results.
  • Fully recessing or embedding the Kaiterra Square during installation is not recommended as this can easily affect the airflow and accuracy of the device. If absolutely necessary, the sensor must have at least 20mm of space on all sides of the device in order to avoid impacting performance and accuracy.

Note: Building certifications, such as WELL, RESET, and LEED, may have their own requirements for things such as installation height and placement.

If your installation is pursuing any of these certifications, please make sure to check their requirements so that your Kaiterra Square is properly installed to their specifications.


If you need more assistance, feel free to get in touch!