I have mine mounted on the ceiling behind my table saw where the out feed table would be, but a lot would depend on your shop size and layout. I would place it in the proximity of your largest dust producer. I wouldn't point the exhaust towards any door leading into the house. I also have the intake where it will suck in warm air from the heater and it helps distribute warm air to the farthest point in my shop. This was by accident and not design but it is effective. I can't tell you about the filter cleaning since mine is shop made. Contact Jet and I'm sure they could help you. I would think there is info online. Good luck.