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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being inside accounts for 90% of our days. Although, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside.

That’s because our homes are tightly sealed to boost energy efficiency. While this is good for your utility bills, it’s not so good if you’re amid the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoors ventilation is limited, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get captured. As a result, these pollutants might worsen your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with clean air and regular cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still having issues with symptoms while you’re at your residence, an air purifier might be able to provide assistance.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have settled on your couch or carpet, it can help purify the air traveling across your home.

And air purification has also been scientifically confirmed to help lower some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It could also be appropriate if you or someone in your household has a lung condition, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two options, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll examine the advantages so you can determine what’s right for your residence.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for one room. A whole-house air purifier accompanies your home comfort equipment to purify your complete home. Some types can purify by themselves when your HVAC system isn’t operating.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Look for an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and offer the best filtration you can get, as they catch 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more beneficial when installed with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic combination can destroy dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are common allergens. For the greatest in air purification, evaluate a system that also has a carbon-based filter to decrease household odors.

Avoid using an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the primary element in smog. The EPA warns ozone might aggravate respiratory issues, even when emitted at minor settings.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has created a checklist of questions to think over when purchasing an air purifier.

  • What can this purifier take out from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A higher figure means air will be freshened more quickly.)
  • How regularly does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I complete that by myself?
  • How much do spare filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to get the top performance from your new air purification system? The Mayo Clinic suggests doing other procedures to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers.

  1. Stay inside and keep windows and doors shut when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have other household members trim the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can aggravate symptoms. If you have to do this work yourself, you may want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also rinse off without delay and put on clean clothes once you’re done.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside your home.
  4. Turn on the AC while indoors or while in the car. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your house’s heating and cooling unit.
  5. Even out your home’s humidity levels with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring materials for reducing indoor allergens. If your house has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Requirements

Prepared to move forward with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 623-208-6444 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you find the ideal system for your needs and budget.

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