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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 estimated being indoors makes up 90% of our schedule. Having said that, the EPA also has determined your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outdoors.

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

When outside ventilation is restricted, pollutants such as dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could get trapped. As a result, these pollutants may worsen your allergies.

You can boost your indoor air quality with clean air and usual cleaning and vacuuming. But if you’re still having problems with symptoms while you’re at your residence, an air purifier might be able to help.

While it can’t get rid of pollutants that have settled on your furniture or flooring, it might help purify the air moving across your house.

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 might also be useful if you or a family member has a lung condition, like emphysema or COPD.

There are two options, a portable air purifier or a whole-home air purifier. We’ll go over the advantages so you can learn what’s correct for your house.

Whole-House Air Purifier vs. Portable Air Purifiers

A portable air purifier is for a lone room. A whole-house air purifier works alongside your home comfort system to purify your full home. Some kinds can clean independently when your heating and cooling unit isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Go after a model with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are installed in hospitals and provide the most comprehensive filtration you can find, as they trap 99.97% of particles in the air.

HEPA filters are even more beneficial 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 greatest in air purification, think over a system that also has a carbon-based filter to decrease household vapors.

Avoid purchasing an air purifier that generates ozone, which is the main ingredient in smog. The EPA cautions ozone could aggravate respiratory symptoms, even when emitted at minor concentrations.

The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has compiled a list of questions to think over when purchasing 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 better amount means air will be freshened more quickly.)
  • How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be changed? Can I do that on my own?
  • How much do replacement filters or bulbs cost?

How to Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the best results from your new air purification unit? The Mayo Clinic advises completing other steps to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergy triggers.

  1. Stay in your home and keep windows and doors sealed when pollen counts are heightened.
  2. Have someone else mow the lawn or pull weeds, since these tasks can worsen symptoms. If you are required to do this work yourself, you may want to consider using a pollen mask. You should also bathe right away and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid hanging laundry outdoors.
  4. Run your air conditioner while indoors or while driving. Consider installing a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s HVAC equipment.
  5. Even out your house’s humidity percentage with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the ideal flooring types for reducing indoor allergens. If your home has carpet, install a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Take Care of Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Prepared to progress with installing a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at 334-245-4748 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you choose the ideal unit for your home and budget.

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