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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a lot of time inside. As a matter of fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined being indoors makes up 90% of our time. Having said that, the EPA also has found your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside your home.

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

When outdoor ventilation is limited, pollutants including dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get trapped. As a consequence, these pollutants can worsen your allergies.

You can enhance your indoor air quality with clean air and routine housework and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms when you’re at home, an air purifier could be able to provide relief.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have gotten trapped in your furniture or carpet, it might help clean the air circulating across your residence.

And air purification has also been scientifically verified to help lower some allergic symptoms, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. It could also be appropriate if you or a loved one has lung issues, including 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 determine what’s appropriate for your home.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for a lone room. A whole-house air purifier works with your HVAC unit to clean your entire residence. Some types can purify independently when your HVAC equipment isn’t on.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Look for a purifier with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and provide the best filtration you can find, as they eliminate 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more effective when used with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This dynamic blend can wipe out dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are general allergens. For the ultimate in air purification, evaluate equipment that also has a carbon-based filter to take care of household odors.

Avoid buying an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the top ingredient in smog. The EPA cautions ozone may aggravate respiratory issues, even when discharged at low concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier remove from the air? What doesn’t it extract?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A bigger amount means air will be freshened faster.)
  • How frequently does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I finish that by myself?
  • How much do replacement filters or bulbs cost?

How to Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the best results from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic advises doing other steps to limit your exposure to problems that can cause seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have someone else mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these tasks can aggravate symptoms. If you have to do these chores alone, you might want to consider trying a pollen mask. You should also rinse off without delay and change your clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid stringing up laundry outdoors.
  4. Run the AC while at home or while in the car. Consider using a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s heating and cooling unit.
  5. Equalize your residence’s humidity percentage with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the suggested flooring kinds for reducing indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, add a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Professionals Handle Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Want to take the next step with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 203-734-7648 or contact us online to request an appointment. We’ll help you find the best equipment for your family and budget.

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