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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 estimated being inside makes up 90% of our days. Having said that, the EPA also has found your indoor air can be three to five times more polluted than outside your home.

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

When outdoors ventilation is insufficient, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could get captured. As a consequence, these pollutants might irritate your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with crisp air and regular cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms when you’re at your house, an air purifier might be able to help.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have landed on your furnishings or flooring, it may help clean the air moving across your house.

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

There are two kinds, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll discuss the differences so you can determine what’s correct for your house.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for a single room. A whole-house air purifier accompanies your home comfort equipment to clean your complete home. Some models can clean on their own when your home comfort 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 most comprehensive filtration you can buy, as they eliminate 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more useful when installed with an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light. This mighty combination can wipe out dust, dander, pollen and mold, all of which are standard allergens. For the best in air purification, evaluate a system that also has a carbon-based filter to take care of household smells.

Avoid using an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA cautions ozone might irritate respiratory symptoms, even when discharged at minor concentrations.

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

  • What can this purifier extract from the air? What doesn’t it take out?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A higher number means air will be cleaned faster.)
  • How regularly does the filter or UV bulb need to be switched? Can I finish that on my own?
  • How much do new filters or bulbs cost?

How to Decrease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the most excellent results from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic advises completing other measures to decrease your exposure to things that can trigger seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are high.
  2. Have other family members mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can worsen symptoms. If you must do this work yourself, you might want to consider wearing a pollen mask. You should also bathe immediately and change your clothes once you’re completed.
  3. Avoid drying laundry outside your home.
  4. Turn on air conditioning while indoors or while in the car. Consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s heating and cooling system.
  5. Balance your house’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the best flooring types for lowering indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Pros Handle Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Ready to move forward with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our professionals a call at 209-257-3156 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you choose the ideal system for your family and budget.

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