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Do Air Purifiers Help with Allergies?

We spend a lot of time in our homes. In reality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated being within a building comprises 90% of our days. However, the EPA also says your indoor air can be three to five times dirtier than outside your home.

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

When outside ventilation is insufficient, pollutants including dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may get stuck. As a consequence, these pollutants might worsen your allergies.

You can improve your indoor air quality with fresh air and routine dusting and vacuuming. But if you’re still struggling with symptoms when you’re at home, an air purifier could be able to provide assistance.

While it can’t eliminate pollutants that have settled on your furniture or carpet, it could help clean the air circulating across your residence.

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 can also be helpful if you or a family member has lung issues, including emphysema or COPD.

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

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 heating and cooling equipment to clean your full house. Some models can clean by themselves when your heating and cooling unit isn’t running.

What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies?

Seek an option with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. HEPA filters are used in hospitals and offer the most comprehensive filtration you can buy, as they remove 99.97% of particles in the air.

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

Avoid buying an air purifier that creates ozone, which is the main element in smog. The EPA warns ozone can worsen respiratory problems, even when released at minor amounts.

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 take out from the air? What doesn’t it remove?
  • What’s its clean air delivery rate? (A better figure means air will be cleaned faster.)
  • How often does the filter or UV bulb need to be replaced? Can I do that on my own?
  • How much do spare filters or bulbs cost?

How to Lessen Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Want to receive the best outcome from your new air purification equipment? The Mayo Clinic advises completing other measures to limit your exposure to things that can trigger seasonal allergies.

  1. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed when pollen counts are elevated.
  2. Have other household members cut the lawn or pull weeds, since these jobs can worsen symptoms. If you have to do this work on your own, you may want to consider using a pollen mask. You should also shower immediately and put on clean clothes once you’re finished.
  3. Avoid stringing up laundry outside your home.
  4. Use air conditioning while at your house or while in the car. Consider adding a high-efficiency air filter in your home’s HVAC unit.
  5. Balance your house’s humidity saturation with a whole-house dehumidifier.
  6. Hardwood, tile or linoleum are the best flooring materials for lowering indoor allergens. If your residence has carpet, use a HEPA filter on your vacuum cleaner.

Let Our Specialists Manage Your Indoor Air Quality Necessities

Prepared to move forward with getting a whole-house air purifier? Give our experts a call at (616) 669-3961 or contact us online to get an appointment. We’ll help you choose the best equipment for your home and budget.

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