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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a good majority of our time indoors. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being indoors accounts for 90% of our time. However, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outdoors.

That’s since our homes are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency. While this is good for your heating and cooling costs, it’s not so great if you’re a part of the 40% of the population with respiratory allergies.

When outdoor ventilation is restricted, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can get stuck. As a result, these pollutants might worsen your allergies.

You can boost your indoor air quality with crisp air and routine housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms when you’re at your residence, an air purifier may be able to help.

While it can’t remove pollutants that have landed on your furnishings or flooring, it might help purify the air moving across your house.

And air purification has also been scientifically proven to help reduce some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It might also be useful if you or a loved one has lung trouble, such as emphysema or COPD.

There are two models, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the distinctions so you can learn what’s appropriate 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 system to clean your entire home. Some models can purify independently when your home comfort equipment isn’t operating.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Look for a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and deliver the greatest filtration you can get, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

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

Avoid purchasing an air purifier that makes ozone, which is the top ingredient in smog. The EPA advises ozone can aggravate respiratory problems, even when released at low amounts.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has compiled a listing of questions to consider when buying an air purifier.

  • What can this purifier remove from the air? What doesn’t it extract?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A better number means air will be cleaned more rapidly.)
  • How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be changed? Can I complete that without help?
  • How much do new filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to get the most excellent outcome from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic advises completing other measures to limit your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers.

  1. Stay inside and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have other family members mow the lawn or pull weeds, since this work can worsen symptoms. If you must do this work yourself, you may want to consider using a pollen mask. You should also bathe right away and put on new clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outside your home.
  4. Use your air conditioner while at your house or while driving. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your residence’s HVAC system.
  5. Equalize your residence’s humidity percentage 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 Pros Take Care of Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Ready to move forward with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our specialists a call at 734-363-8907 or contact us online to get an appointment. We’ll help you choose the ideal system for your house and budget.

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