Many Chinese believe in feng shui (风水) and thus, they hope to place their air conditioners in the best position based on it. I'm a Chinese and an air conditioning engineer at the same time. So, I did some research on feng shui to get a different perspective.
According to feng shui (风水), it is best to put air conditioners in the wealth position (财位) so that wealthy chi (财气) can be circulated throughout the house. However, air conditioners should never blow air directly to the body to avoid disturbing one's magnetic field (破坏气场) and affecting health.
Apart from the two most important considerations, there are a few more feng shui rules to follow when placing air conditioners in your house.
Air Conditioner Feng Shui (空调风水)
The teaching involved in feng shui is not just about beliefs but also aligned with the technical aspect of the air conditioner.
In feng shui, there are 5 elements (五行); metal (金), wood (木), water (水), fire (火) and earth (土).
Air conditioners are under the metal element (空调属金).
The golden rule of air conditioner feng shui is to place it in the position of the family member that is also under the same metal element with two special rules as follows:
- If the father is the metal element, put the air conditioner at the northwest position (西北).
- If the mother is the metal element, put the air conditioner at the southwest position (西南).
You need to talk to a professional feng shui consultant in order to calculate your feng shui element as well as the metal element position in your house.
Feng Shui Position (风水位) and Chi (气)
In feng shui, air conditioners are machines that can move chi (气) around.
According to feng shui, houses have feng shui positions (风水位). Some of the feng shui positions are wealth position (财位), luck position (吉位) and ominous position (凶位).
Hence, you should avoid putting air conditioners in the ominous position and placing them in the wealth and luck positions.
By putting in the wealth position, air conditioners can circulate wealthy chi (财气) throughout the room and house, bringing wealth to all family members.
Similarly, air conditioners in the luck position can bring luck to the family and thus, increase the chances of work, study and career success.
Again, these home feng shui positions need to be determined by a professional feng shui consultant.
Some feng shui consultants do not agree to put air conditioners in the wealth position because they believe wealthy chi will be removed.
However, most feng shui consultants agree that if the air conditioners do not violate the law of chi accumulation (藏风聚气) in feng shui, the wealthy chi can be contained within the house.
In order to contain the wealthy chi, air conditioners must not blow air directly to the door.
From an engineering perspective, the energy loss rate is greater when an air conditioner is blowing air directly to the door. Thus, avoiding it will improve the energy efficiency of the air conditioner.
Nonetheless, adjusting the diffuser blades to divert the airflow direction away from the door is both obeying feng shui and an acceptable engineering solution.
Feng Shui Magnetic Field (风水磁场)
In feng shui, air conditioners create a magnetic field (磁场) during operation. At the same time, humans have an internal chi magnetic field (气场) as well.
Hence, air conditioners should not blow air directly to the body so that the magnetic field created by the air conditioners doesn't interfere with one's internal magnetic field (忌破坏气场).
From feng shui, engineering and health perspectives, air conditioners should never blow air directly to the body.
It is especially important in the bedroom because the cold air indeed affects our health (eg: easy to catch a cold) and makes us feel uncomfortable after exposing it for a prolonged period of time.
In addition, some feng shui consultants believe that blowing air directly into the body can invite evil spirits (邪气) to possess one's body which causes health problems.
Again, it is a different expression of the concern for one's health through the concept of feng shui.
Best Air Conditioner Position Based on Feng Shui (空调最佳风水位)
Combining feng shui rules and engineering perspectives, I created a diagram to give you a better idea of where are the best air conditioner positions in a house as follow:
From the above diagram, air conditioner feng shui positions are drawn in green color while positions to avoid being drawn in red color.
List of air conditioner positions to avoid (red color):
|Position No.||Description||Feng Shui||Engineering|
|1||Air conditioner is placed in front of the bed.||Disturbs one's magnetic field and invites evil spirits.||Affects health. It May cause dry lips and headaches.|
|2||Air conditioner is placed on the side of the bed.||Chi is blowing out of the door.||Energy loss is greater.|
|3||Air conditioner is placed on the side of the desk.||Disturbs one's magnetic field and invites evil spirits.||Affects health. It May cause dry lips and headaches.|
|4||Air conditioner is placed in front of the dining table.||Disturbs one's magnetic field. Food gets cold.||Affects health. Food gets cold.|
|5||Air conditioner is placed in front of the bed.||Disturbs one's magnetic field and invites evil spirits.||Affects health. It May cause dry lips and headaches.|
|6||Air conditioner is placed in front of the cooking stove.||Disturbs one's magnetic field. Affect cooking.||Affects health and cooking.|
|7||Air conditioner is placed in front of the sofa.||Disturbs one's magnetic field and invites evil spirits.||Affects health. It May cause dry lips and headaches.|
List of good air conditioner positions (green color):
|Position No.||Description||Feng Shui||Engineering|
|1||Air conditioner is placed above the desk.||One's magnetic field is not disturbed.||Good air distribution.|
|2||Air conditioner is placed above the bed.||The person sitting at the desk may be affected.||Even better air distribution but avoid sitting on the desk for too long.|
|3||Air conditioner is placed above the desk||One's magnetic field may be disturbed and chi is flowing out of the door.||The only viable place to put the air conditioner. It's better if there is enough space above the door.|
|4||Air conditioner is placed above the door.||One's magnetic field is not disturbed.||Evenly air distribution. Health unaffected.|
|5||Air conditioner is placed on the side of the sofa.||One's magnetic field is not disturbed.||Health unaffected but potential cold air short cycle. There are better positions available.|
|6||Air conditioner is placed on the side of the sofa and dining table.||One's magnetic field is not disturbed.||Best for air distribution. Health unaffected.|
The positions shown in the above diagram are based on the initial plan. The final location may change based on your house layout and conditions. Always discuss with a professional air conditioner technician for the final position of the air conditioner while keeping in mind the feng shui rules.
If you're looking to buy new air conditioner, you may want to get a Daikin air conditioner because the Chinese name of Daikin is 大金. Perhaps, it can double the feng shui in your house.
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